Choco-tahini rice bars

What happens when hunger pangs start manifesting themselves and it is 4 PM? I propose grabbing (just) one of these and having a cup of (decaf) coffee. Made of dark chocolate (good for you), tahini (great for you), peanut butter (great for you) and puffed rice (protein).

If you like the taste of halva, make these with tahini only.

If you like the taste of peanut butter, use only peanut butter and forget the tahini.

Since I like both, I used both.


  • 250 g. (8.8 ounces) dark chocolate (I used Lindt excellence chili flavor)
  • 40 g. (1.4 ounces) unsalted butter, cut in small dice, softened at room temperature
  • 50 g. (1.8 ounces) puffed rice (can substitute rice krispies)
  • 100 g. (4 ounces) tahini
  • 100 g. (4 ounces) peanut butter


  1. Cut the chocolate in small squares, place in a glass bowl and microwave for one minute or so, until the chocolate starts to melt. Using a spoon or a spatula, stir the chocolate until it melts completely.
  2. Add the butter to the chocolate and stir till the butter melts as well. Mix the two well for a few seconds.
  3. Add the tahini and peanut butter or one or the other and mix well. (You can use a blender for this if your peanut butter or tahini is not soft enough); blend the mixture until it is smooth and shiny.
  4. Add the puffed rice (or rice krispies) and mix well. Take a 9 inch x 13 inch rectangular pan and line it with parchment paper or wax paper. Pour the mixture on the pan and using a spatula, spread it all over the pan evenly.
  5. Use another piece of wax paper and spread the it as well, using the paper as a guide (to prevent your fingers from getting stained with the chocolate mixture).
  6. Place the pan in the fridge for one hour (or the freezer for 30 minutes). Remove and cut into bars or squares and enjoy!
Inspired by a recipe from Chef Bruno Viala.
NOTE: Puffed rice is available in Indian grocery stores in abundance.
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  1. Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    fantastic idea! I can imagine the texture being so creamy and rich, yummy. Nice work J.

  2. Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    I remember chocolate crispy bars from my youth! These look so good!

  3. Posted February 26, 2011 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    Forget rice krispie treats. These are so much more glam looking. Love ‘em! ;)

  4. Posted February 26, 2011 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    Bonjour Joumana, une délicieuse gourmandise qui pourrait nous évité d’ avoir…. le coup de barre, et de plus voilà un dessert qui va ” soufflé ” plus d’ un gourmand. Bisous et merci de cette belle recette, passe un bon week end

    Posted February 26, 2011 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    A close cousin of rice crispy, with a dose of antioxidant packed bittersweet chocolate. Perfect recipe to serve to kids. Flavorful, and sweet on the tongue. Won’t last long once they arrive.

  6. Posted February 26, 2011 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    This KICKS RICE KRISPIE BAR’S ASS!!!!!!! I love your addition of tahini!!

  7. Posted February 26, 2011 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    une idée sympa! à tester absolument.. merci joumana pour ton gentil passage!

  8. Posted February 26, 2011 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Those bars are irresistible!! A great combo!

  9. Posted February 26, 2011 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    très bonne idée pour une belle gourmandise, c’est très appétissant !!! bon week end

  10. Posted February 26, 2011 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    These look delicious, but the only food I do not like in this world is peanut butter!! Could I use only tahini? Diane

  11. Posted February 26, 2011 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Your recipes are always amazing! I love puffed rice and I’m sure this one must have tasted awesome! I would certainly want to try this one soon..thanks for sharing!

  12. Posted February 26, 2011 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I just found some Quinoa puffed wafers the other day…and you just inspired be on an idea derived from this treat you shared.

    Thanks for thinking of our sweet tooth and of course trying to help keep our hips slim ;o)

    Have a great weekend and flavourful wishes,

  13. Posted February 26, 2011 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    And what if you like the taste of both halvah AND peanut butter? I say, make a double batch!

  14. Posted February 26, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    elles sont irrésistibles tes petites barres !!pierre

  15. Posted February 26, 2011 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    This looks like the perfect afternoon pick-me-up!

  16. Posted February 26, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Wow!!!I can’t take my eyes off those delicious bars.You will hear from me soon as to how they turned out.Great recipe:)

  17. Joumana
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    @Diane: Yes you could use only tahini.

  18. Posted February 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    I love the ‘mosaic’ look of these rice bars!

  19. Posted February 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Feel like munching some…beautiful bars..

  20. Posted February 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Never thought of using tahini in baking, great idea!

  21. Posted February 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    très bonne idée, ca a l’air super bon !

  22. Posted February 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Ces barres chocolatées sont une pure merveille de gourmandise !!!
    Je te souhaite une très belle soirée en ce samedi,
    Bisous, Doria

  23. Posted February 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    That looks irresistible! I love the idea of this recipe!

  24. Posted February 26, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Joumana! You’ve been posting the most awesome stuff lately! Yum, Lady:-)

  25. Posted February 27, 2011 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    Sounds like a scrumptious snack for sure, love the puffed rice there!

  26. Posted February 27, 2011 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Perfect for me right now Joumana, as I am currently having to eat gluten-free. Thanks!

  27. Posted February 27, 2011 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    This is a nice idea for a snack since my oven has conked off and I need to make something for my daughter to keep her going for the week.

  28. Posted February 27, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    These look great! A very nutritious snack.

  29. Posted February 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    First I though you used rice krispies, but I was thinking of the Indian puffed rice. And I like halva way better than peanut butter. Tahini and chocolate sounds amazing!

  30. Joumana
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    @Soma: I did use the Indian puffed rice.

  31. Posted February 28, 2011 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    Just one?! No, it won’t work for me. I love both peanut butter and tahini.

  32. Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Joumana, I had a hankering for something crunchy and chocolate, thanks so much for reading my mind!

  33. Posted March 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Great combination, chocolate and pretzel. They look like great fun.

  34. Posted March 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I saw your mention elsewhere that these can be Lenten–have you made them with only the nut butter(s), leaving out the dairy butter? I will have to try that, in any case. :-)

  35. Joumana
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    @GretchenJoanna: I have use both but you can make them using margarine for Lent; I would not make them using only tahini though!

  36. Zeina
    Posted March 13, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Can you make this without the peanut butter?

  37. Joumana
    Posted March 13, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    @Zeina: Yes, just add that quantity of peanut butter in chocolate.

  38. Habibi
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    The Indian puffed rice looks just like ordinary puffed rice cereal which can be bought in the regular cereal aisle at any American grocery store. Easy to find and cheap! Rice Krispies just aren’t quite the same, but some Americans are probably more familiar with those.

  39. Arianna
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    These were on my “to try” list for quite a while, and I finally made them last month and could kick myself for waiting this long! These are SO easy and so delicious! I love peanut butter, but have a real soft spot for tahini, so I made them only with tahini. I used Earth Balance instead of butter because I was gifting them to a vegan friend. They were very much appreciated! I have made them again, since i really have no other use for the left over puffed rice :) I see potential here for substitutions/additions, though. Do you think these would work with nuts and/or rolled oats? Thank you!

  40. Joumana
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    @Arianna: Sure, great idea! I would try them with all sorts of things including nuts and raisins.

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