Oatmeal bars

Seems like oatmeal bars (and cookies) are in the air; saw some over at Bo’s then at Oui, Chef. Had to make a Levantine version!

Cranberries are imported here (from the US) but can easily be replaced by dried cherries or apricot or raisins. These bars are chewy and the cranberries add a lot of sweet tanginess.


  • 1/3 cup of tahini (light-colored)
  • 4 ounces of unsalted butter (125 g.)
  • 4 tbsp of honey (raw is best)
  • 1 1/2 cup of raw brown sugar or light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp of dark rum or vanilla or
  • 1 tbsp of orange rind
  • 3 cups of oats
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 cup of cranberries
  • 1 cup of pistachios (peeled if possible)
  • 1 tsp of dukkat al-kaak or a mixture of ground anise, dash of nutmeg, dash of cinnamon
  1. In a large mixing bowl, place the softened butter, tahini, sugar and honey; beat till combined and smooth. Add the egg and beat well to combine. 
  2. Mix the flour, dash of salt, spices, baking soda and powder till well combined, using a wire whisk. Add to the butter mixture and combine. Add the oats and mix. Add the cranberries and pistachios and mix to combine. There is no need to overbeat here. Transfer the dough to a rectangular pan greased with extra tahini; spread the dough evenly, using a spatula or your palms (over a sheet of plastic) to even out the dough throughout the pan. Preheat the oven to 350F and bake until the top is set and golden. Cool, cut into bars and serve.
NOTE: To peel pistachios, soak them in water for one hour or longer. They will peel easily, especially if you start out with very hot water.
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  1. Astheart
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    Like it! Will try.

  2. Posted January 28, 2012 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    hummm!! ça doit étre à tomber!! je prend juste le petit morceau avec la tasse de café!! bon week end! bises!

  3. Posted January 28, 2012 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    Divine looking! I love such bars.



  4. Posted January 28, 2012 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    Mm! It’s chock full of good-for-you-sweets!

  5. Posted January 28, 2012 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    I would much rather have dried cranberries in my oatmeal bars rather than raisins any day. Tahini and pistachios put them in the must try list! They sound wonderful, Joumana.

  6. Posted January 28, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Never get tired of oatmeal bars. I could even have them as the breakfast!

  7. Posted January 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Hey Joumana, thanks for the shout-out! These sound fabulous! I have been looking for a good granola bar recipe and these sound amazing with all the fruits nuts and tahini! How do they hold together, would they travel well?

  8. Posted January 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    These look delicious. Also like your tip on peeling pistachios.

  9. Posted January 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Bonsoir Joumana, avec cette petite douceur tu nous mets la ” barre haute ” pour nous régaler et nous éviter le coup de ” barre “, bisous et bon dimanche

  10. Posted January 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Seriously cant take my eyes from ur irresistible click,wat a healthy bars.

  11. Posted January 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Mmmm voila une très belle recette a tester!! Bonne nuit et bon week-end.

  12. Shannon
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Oh yum! I have tahini, pistachios and dried cherries in my pantry! I guess I know what I’m making tomorrow!

  13. Joumana
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    @Oui chef: They would travel well wrapped tightly in plastic wrap; can’t say I tested the travel, we gobbled them down too quickly.

  14. Posted January 29, 2012 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Joumana, my sister and I were talking about these fruit-oatmeal bars from a little bakery we went to in South Carolina as kids. I think you may have just recreated a childhood memory for us, and a delicious way to rekindle it often. Merci!.

  15. Posted January 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Delicious oatmeal bars, Joumana….all natural sweetness!

  16. Posted January 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Wow! The bold flavors of orange rind, cranberries, pistachios, rum and the spices make one of the most intriguing oatmeal bars I’ve seen yet.

  17. Posted January 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Hmm. And, I can even convince myself that the oats and fiber are good for me!

  18. Posted January 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Yum! The cranberries make this a really beautiful snack or dessert. They look so chewy and with the ingredients, are healthy too.

  19. Posted January 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    I love oatmeal bars SO much, Joumana! My Mum used to make them filled with dates. Delicious. :-)

  20. Posted January 30, 2012 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    Voilà une parfaite recette pour moi ! Cette version un peu “orientalisée” me plaît énormément ! Je suis ravie de la trouvaille. j’ai bien fait de passer par ici ce matin.
    Bisous et bonne journée

  21. Posted January 30, 2012 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    The bars look divine: flavorful and chewy! Love the dried cranberries (or cherries!) and pistachios for these wonderful bars but the addition of tachini has me intrigued! I definitely want to try these. Scrumptious!

  22. Posted January 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    These look fantastic! I love chewy oat bars and will want to try these :)

  23. Posted January 31, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    The recipe looks wonderful. I never knew that tahini could be used like this!
    All the best from Chile…

  24. Posted March 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    this looks very yummy :)

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