Chewy Sesame Seed Bars

Chewy Sesame Seed Bars

Superfood sesame and chia seeds, hemp hearts, and sunflower seeds are combined with creamy sesame paste, salty-sweet peanut butter, and rich honey in these wholesome, easy to prepare chewy sesame seed bars. What’s not to love about these? They take under 10 minutes to prepare. They’re packed with healthy ingredients. And they’re absolutely delicious!

I’m constantly on the lookout for the perfect energy bar, and coincidentally constantly in the kitchen whipping up new and improved recipes of my favourite homemade bars. It’s a highly impossible mission trying to find the perfect combination of salty-sweet, crunchy-chewy, and crumbly-yet-not-fall-apart bar.

Oh, and did I mention, tasty too? That’s a lot of pressure for one bar.

Chewy Sesame Seed Bars

Having said that, these chewy sesame bars might just be close to perfection, in terms of flavour. Not too sweet, not too salty. They’re rich and creamy and literally melt in your mouth. I love the crunch that the seeds and hemp hearts give to these bars, yet they don’t take away from the chewy bite. On a side note, the quality of ingredients you use to make these bars will make or break this recipe and will greatly determine the overall flavour of the bars. Choose fresh ingredients, particularly a good quality all-natural nut butter and raw, local honey, if possible.

If you’re looking for that bar that holds up well out of the fridge or freezer, this may not be the one for you. They have very few binding ingredients, like oats or nuts, which means they tend to soften easily when at room temperature. I can overlook this fault, however. Their deliciousness makes up for it!

I store these in the freezer and remove them about 5 minutes before eating. Albeit, I’ve forgotten them on the counter a few times, returning after a while to enjoy them, and actually didn’t mind the sticky mess they made of my fingers! Maybe not the best portable snack, but definitely the tastiest bar I’ve made to date!

Chewy Sesame Seed Bars

If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!

Chewy Sesame Seed Bars

2015-02-12
: 10 bars
: 5 min

Superfood sesame and chia seeds, hemp hearts, and sunflower seeds are combined with creamy sesame paste, salty-sweet peanut butter, and rich honey in these wholesome, easy to prepare chewy sesame seed bars. What’s not to love about these? They take under 10 minutes to prepare. They’re packed with healthy ingredients. And they’re absolutely delicious! I’m constantly …

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Ingredients
    1 cup raw sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup salted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 2 tbs. chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/3 cup smooth organic peanut butter
  • 1 heaping tbs. sesame paste
Directions

Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl. Heat the honey, sesame paste, and peanut butter in the microwave on high heat for 20-25 second intervals until melted. Mix until smooth then add to the bowl of dry ingredients. With a large wooden spoon or spatula, mix all the ingredients until combined all the seeds and nuts are coated with the liquid mixture.

Transfer the mixture into a shallow pan (I used a 12 by 5.5 by 2 inch biscotti pan) and firmly pack down with your fingers (coated with cooking spray). Another method is placing a second piece of parchment paper over the bars and using a rolling pin to flatten them. Remove the parchment paper before placing in the fridge. Set in the fridge for 1-2 hours or until fully cooled and firm. Remove from the freeze and cut into desired portions.

As an alternate to bars, you can transform these into small energy balls. Once the mixture is prepared, allow to cool in the fridge for about an hour then remove and roll into balls. If the mixtures sticks to your hands, simply spray your hands with cooking spray or brush your palms lightly with cold water.

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