Overview

Gotta love this no-equipment-required recipe! Just mix in a bowl, press down into a pan and freeze. The only problem with this recipe is that they are so tasty they may spoil your dinner!
  • Prep Time

    10 min
  • Total Time

    1 hour 10 min
  • Suggested Servings

    14 servings
  • Yield

    14 bars
  • Shelf Life

    1 week in freezer
  • Equipment

    None

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir.
  • 2. Add remaining ingredients and stir gently with a spoon.
  • 3. Press mixture FIRMLY down into a large dish. (I use a large brownie pan.)
  • 4. Cover and freeze for at least 1 hour.
  • 5. Bars should always be kept in the freezer and eaten when chilled.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Gotta love this no-equipment-required recipe! Just mix in a bowl, press down into a pan and freeze.

Lately I've been eyeing up some gourmet sesame seed bars at the grocery store and wanting a similar chewy texture. Well, I've replicated it myself! Nomnomnom.

There are a number of critical ingredients in this recipe. The sesame seeds are important because they lend that chewy texture, the ground flaxseed (AKA flaxmeal) is important because it holds the bars together, the tahini (or another nut butter) is important because it provides creaminess, and the coconut oil is important because it semi-hardens the bar in the freezer.

But feel free to substitute different dried fruit for the raisins, and instead of coconut you could use hempseed hearts or just substitute even more sesame seeds. As for sweeteners, I've made these with maple syrup, but feel free to substitute with agave nectar or honey.

The only problem with this recipe is that they are so tasty they may spoil your dinner!

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is low in Calories.
  • This recipe is a good source of Protein, Calcium, and Iron.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Dietary Fiber, Riboflavin, and Vitamin B6.

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Hi Nadia, not really. The only possible substitute for the tahini would be another nut butter, like almond butter or cashew butter. Ideally very runny. That being said, tahini definitely lends the best flavor.

Do not use sesame seeds instead of tahini because they won't blend up well and the oils won't be released and the recipe will be way too dry and won't stuck together.

Hope this helps!

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Shelly Marshall's Review

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Excellent! Best bar I have tried. I used currants instead of raisins, and honey instead of syrup. My husband devoured a few without blinking.

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Well, that goes without saying ;P

xox

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how many calories and how much protein is in a bar?

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Hi Shoshana, 298 calories and 7 g. protein per serving (based on 14 servings).

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I just made a 1/2 batch of these. The badder is divine! I added one tablespoon of cocoa nibs. Now I have to wait for it to freeze.

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Ah, you tried these, Janace! These ARE good, I must admit! :)

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Can the coconut oil be substituted with anything else? Also, how long will these last in the freezer before they spoil? Thanks!! :)

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Hi Robyn! No, the coconut oil cannot be substituted with anything else unfortunately.

They are probably fine in freezer for 2 weeks.

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Is there any alternative to coconut oil?

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Hi Heena, No sorry... no alternative for coconut oil in this recipe.

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Hello,

First of all thanks a lot for all those amazing recipes.
Is it enough to refrigerate bars instead of freezing them?

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Hi Kristina, they will take longer to harden and the final product won't be as solid. So best to freeze :)

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OOPS! So many substitutions ~ cherries, almond butter and sunflower seeds with a few pistachios and pumpkin seeds thrown in when I discovered I'd run out of sesame seeds ~ but now after mixing it all together can hardly wait for them to freeze

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And I'm sure your bars will be totally amazing, Mr. Pete! :)

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Thanks - they're lovely. Added apricots, chia seeds and cacao - YUM!

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YUM, indeed. Sounds delish! :)

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Love this recipe. I just put a batch in the freezer and can't wait to try them!! Thanks so much!
My husband hates raisins so I replaced them with a mixture of dried fruits; mango,apricots,blueberries, cranberries and ginger! Excited to try more of your recipes too!!

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Mmm, yummy substitution, Cheryl! :)

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Absolutely beautiful. Thank you!

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Thanks, Lara. I'm kinda partial to this recipe myself!

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My family is nuts for these bars, Laura Jane! We went on a ten mile hike on Saturday and we were all enjoying these at the top- more than anything else we brought. Thanks for these awesome recipes!

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So awesome, Lynsie! These are a great snack to keep on hand.

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I just discovered your website, and have bookmarked over 10 recipes that I'm dying to try. This was the second I've tried, and I loved it enough to repost in my own blog: http://blissfullyhomemade.blogspot.com/2014/05/sesame-seed-bars-and-my-stance-on-sugar.html. Thanks for the recipe! I love the option of making a granola bar without the standard oats. And always happy for raw options :)

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Thank you, Amy, for the call-out and your compliments! :)

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Made these on holiday when in unfamiliar kitchens to take to people we were visiting. So easy and delicious had to make another batch. Too easy and way nicer and healthier than ones Mum used to make. Everyone wanted the recipe.

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Awesome, Rach. These are tasty, I must admit! :)

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Hi!
Thank you very much for all the details & description on the ingredients!
Can we use date paste (mashed dates) & flax seeds to harden or hold the bars together, instead of coconut oil!?
If yes, how much? Thanks again!

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