Tropical Tahini Oat Bars

Tropical Tahini Oat Bars Recipe

We’re having dinner tonight with an old friend who I haven’t seen in a while, and I want to bring her something. I know she likes healthy treats, so I consulted online, looking up ingredients I have in the house – Dried Tropical Fruit, Tahini, Instant Oatmeal, and Blueberry Rice Syrup. ย Between a bunch of “Tahini Cookie” and “Dried Fruit Bar” recipes, here’s what I came up with – Tropical Tahini Oat Bars!



Use a pizza cutter to cut it while it’s warm. ย Itย makes 9 bars.


Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan. I couldn’t wait though, and served myself a warm edge.


Overall, it’s not very sweet, though the dried fruit packs a sugary punch with each bite. ย The rest of them got packaged for tonight – they were a big hit with the recipient!


Tropical Tahini Oat Bars


  • 1/2 cup Dried Kiwi
  • 1/2 cup Dried Pineapple
  • Hot water
  • 6 Heaping Tablespoons Tahini
  • 1/4 cup Rice Syrup
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3 packets (1.5 cups) Instant Oatmeal
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Ground Flax


  1. Start by soaking the Dried Fruits in hot water for 10 minutes. While those soften, mix together the Tahini, rice syrup (or sweetener of your choice) and cinnamon.
  2. Add the Oats and Flax to the Tahini mixture.
  3. Once the dried fruit has softened, chop those up and add to the bowl, along with the egg.
  4. Spray an 8x8 inch container and press the mixture in (with wet hands to prevent going hysterical from sticky fingers)
  5. Bake between 20 and 25, until a toothpick comes out clean.


37 thoughts on “Tropical Tahini Oat Bars

  1. Teresa

    Sounds… Yum..Yum ..Yummmmmmy! Hey! I so think Huell is a hip guy.. Such a Retro one… Love love love him! Now I’m ravished…. Great ending to a Sunday night. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Jenna

    I am so impressed how productive your Sunday has been! I can’t say mine has been quite as productive as yours. Those bars look great!

  3. Karen

    OMG! It happened again last night. I was having dinner and guess who I saw on TV! I didn’t know you were in Lakeview Terrace with Samuel Jackson. Have you lost weight since then?

  4. Carrie (Love Healthy Living)

    I like him too!!! Next time you’ve got to get on camera with him, I bet you guys would have an awesome interview.

  5. Lauren

    I definitely thought that was broccoli in those bars, lol. I had to go back and see what was in the recipe. Dried kiwi makes sense now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. leftcoastcontessa

    Always exciting to have a sighting! I was at the grove today too! I, however, got there around 3 and it was PACKED. Also, I love the dried fruit on Aaron Sorkin’s face. He’s one of my favorite writers of all time!

  7. Walking E

    Yay, I love Huell Howser!! You shoulda told him that you also visited the Kruegermann plant like he did. Huell seems like a great guy.

  8. Janet

    I totally thought that was broccoli in the bars, too! Dried kiwi sounds much more fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. jessica o'brien | jessohbee

    oh my gosh, my husband is OBSESSED with huell! he will appreciate your celeb sighting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. vanillasugarblog

    never used the Bragg’s b4. what else do you use it on? is it just like soy sauce? i know its weird that i am a chef and do not know of this stuff.

  11. Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Celeb sightings are always fun! I live in Chicago, so I get one on occasion. Last was Vince Vaughn at Bloomingdales! I had to tell my brother about eight times to stop staring. lol

  12. glidingcalm

    OOO lala!! Farmers market!! soo so funn!!

    and those bars look amazing.

    I also love that orange shirt.


  13. Amy @ Second City Randomness

    You were so much more productive than I was. I need a Sunday redo… :p

    Glad you enjoyed your day!

  14. Susan

    Love the idea of using tahini in baked goods! It’s the only nut/seed butter that goes rancid in my house because I only use it in hummus. I’ve never found a dressing recipe I like for it. But fruit bars I can get into ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Katharina

    You look so adorable in these pictures ๐Ÿ˜€ That fried rice looks gooooood! My favorite kind of fried rice is Thai pineapple fried rice (I want some now lol). Anyway, that recipe looks and sounds delicious! I think I’m going to bookmark it ๐Ÿ™‚


    p.s. cherishing these years while I can for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. lequan

    wow! so impressed with the foods you just whip up, Lynn. you have this natural talent to combine great ingredients that go so well together. those bars look and sound awesome! so does your rice, but since i eat rice almost everyday, your bars are more eye candy to me.

    baking and i unfortunately are still not great friends, but i’m trying, i’m trying. if only cakes could be baked in a wok…teehee.

  17. squigglefloey

    Omg I love Huel H.!! My mom got me into watching his episodes on PBS. He’s SO interesting! You should’ve taken a pic with him, you’re a celeb too!!

  18. edenseats

    Ha, I love seeing celebs like that! you totally should have done an interview for the blog with him! Then again, as a chatterbox that I am, I would have kept mum in fear of making a total fool of myself.
    I love tahini in everything. Have you ever tried “Halva”? its like tahini fudge!

  19. elise

    whoa. i never would have thought to try that soaking method with dried fruit. clever. these sound interesting. im not sure if i like the flavor of tahini plain, but maybe with another nut butter?

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      i only had one of the bars, but it really didn’t taste very tahini-esque. but i bet any other nut butter would be good too!

  20. Healthy Coconut

    i saw the pictures first before reading the ingredients or the name of treat…I totally thought you put brocolli in the bars, lol!

  21. jeanyoochew

    lynn you should put on some pics with Michelle, which will remind us of the saving face time!

  22. Walter Ian Kaye

    Haha, I thought “broccoli” too! I do love broc, but kiwi does sound better for this, lol.
    Lynn, I loved you in Saving Face (and everyone too โ€” Alice Wu is awesome and delightful).
    You seem to eat similar types of food to what I like, yum! You’d probably love what my mom always made for turkey stuffing: brown rice with sautรฉed onions, shredded coconut, and raisins. She’d always have to make an extra casserole of it, and there was never anything left over! ๐Ÿ˜€ (I admit to eating pretty much the whole casserole;)

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