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.

56 thoughts on “Chewy Sesame Seed Bars”

  • Suzie 2 weeks ago

    Can’t wait to try and make these. Is there an alternative to sesame paste? That’s not something I have bought before.

    • You could use another nut butter but it would change the flavour. You can find Tahini in most grocery stores!

  • Can I add pistachio?

  • Maryna Bakker 5 months ago

    Delicious I make them all the time. Just finished my last bar making another tomorrow morning. Thanks for this fantastic recipe

  • Lora 1 year ago

    These look delicious and I love the ingredients, except for the honey. Have you ever tried maple syrup or date paste or any other sticky sweetener?

    • I think the best option would be to use brown rice syrup! As far as I know it has the closest consistency to honey! If you try it I’d love to hear your feedback on the results!

  • c. yogi 3 years ago

    these look amazing! i make a similar version that’s raw but they have to be kept in the freezer. would these hold up for backpacking in hot weather or do they need to stay cool to keep their shape?

    • I wish I could say yes, but unfortunately the answer is no! If you have a cooler they would be fine…I would store them in the freezer until the last minute then wrap them in plastic wrap so they keep their shape in the cooler. You could try playing with the recipe, maybe adding some puffed rice so they stick together better? These are perfect from the freezer, or the fridge however, if you want them to last a bit longer out of both I also suggest making them into balls as opposed to bars since they hold together better!

      • I wonder if you baked them for a little bit if they would harden up a little and hold shape in hot weather. I will try this for my next backpacking trip.

        • That’s possible…but I wonder if they honey would just get runny??

          • Baking them worked perfectly!

            I pressed the mixture into a baking sheet, about 1/2″ thick. Baked it at 325 for 20 minutes. Let it cool and then cut it into 10 bars.

        • You did?! You did the work for me lol!! I’m always looking for no-bake recipes, including this one, but I’m happy to hear that with a little more effort then can turn out even better. Thanks for trying it out, and thanks for getting back to me on it! I will definitely try baking them!

  • Thank you so much for this recipe! I made these yesterday with a few minor changes (used whole flax seed, added black sesame seeds, almond meal, chopped salted peanuts, and cashew butter). Super delicious! A new fave! 🙂

  • Nadia 5 years ago

    What can I use instead of Flax? I don’t have any.

  • Camesha 5 years ago

    These look so good. I’m love snacks like this.

  • Erin Shebish 5 years ago

    Oh, I am making this asap! My iron levels are always on the floor so I’m hoping this will give me the boost I need! Thanks!!!

  • songbirdsandbuttons 5 years ago

    Yum! These look amazing!! I need to whip ’em up asap!

  • Racquel Schroder-Bregg 5 years ago

    These look tasty and I have low iron issues pretty often, I may try these. I wonder if you could add pumpkin seeds, they’re a lot bigger but the flavor is amazing.

  • Chrissy Hme 5 years ago

    I used to buy these in the store but they were always too hard and had corn syrup in them. These look delicious and I love that I control what goes into them.

    • I know! Maybe that’s why I didn’t care for them too much…besides the fact that they are so overpriced and probably ONLY have sesame seeds and corn syrup in them!

  • I love the combination of ingredients you use for this recipe! I haven’t made anything like this before but I think I might give it a try after seeing your recipe! 🙂

  • Ann Bacciaglia 5 years ago

    These bars look delicious. I will definitely be making these this weekend.

  • Dawn McAlexander 5 years ago

    I love sesame seeds and eat them all the time. I bet I would love these, too.

  • Stacey – Travel Blogger 5 years ago

    I haven’t tried sesame seed bars. They sound interesting. 🙂

  • Those taste heavenly. But I bet yours taste even better… Perfect snack.

  • CourtneyLynne 5 years ago

    Ahhhh I’m definitely a sesame seed fan so I will have to give these a try!

  • Kori 5 years ago

    I love sesame seeds. Definitely going to give these a try.

  • onceuponamaritime 5 years ago

    I am a big fan of sesame seeds, these bars are something I’d love to try!

  • mail4rosey 5 years ago

    That’s a good looking bar. I have a thing for seeds so I’d love it, I already know!

  • Ourfamilyworld 5 years ago

    What a great bar. I never tried chia seeds in my bars. This must be delicious

  • Elizabeth O. 5 years ago

    Why didn’t I think of this before? I’ll try this later.
    Always loved sesame seeds!

  • Sharon Ulery Ruggieri 5 years ago

    Really? Pumpkin seeds worked in this? I love it 🙂

  • Nina Say 5 years ago

    Sesame seeds are great. I would love to munch on this!

  • Melissa Pezza 5 years ago

    These look amazing! I’m trying very hard to eat clean, and this will definitely help me with that.

  • I bet you get a nice burst of energy by eating these during the day. I really want to try this out!

  • These sound super tasty. I love making bars like this to take as a snack on the go!

  • elgeorgia 5 years ago

    Grab and Go is the way to go in this house! This looks like something we would could actually make!!
    Diane Sullivan

  • Krystal 5 years ago

    I love this so much! The hardest thing about eating healthy for me is that it always seems to be something horrible tasting or just plain weird. Thanks!

  • Robin Rue 5 years ago

    Those sound really good. I am a big fan of anything like this that I can just grab and go!

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