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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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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Hi Mh,

I don't think it would help enough to hold it together, but it would probably still taste good haha.
If you were going to try it, you'd need a lot of date paste - like maybe 1 cup?

Flax seeds will help hold it together, but they will also affect the taste a lot.

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Yummy!They turned out great cooked at lowest oven heat setting -- probably work well in dehydrator too. Thank you for a fantastic recipe.

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Hi Helene,

Interesting idea! Glad you enjoyed

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Hi, I made this recipe, and the taste is really delicious! But it was a bit too dry...I could not make a bar.
I suppose I used the "dry" part of the tahin (because the oil is above)...I used the coconut in a solid state too. Do you know where it went "wrong"?

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Yes, I usually stir my tahini before using - also, next time you could melt the coconut oil, that might help. Also, just adding more of both might help too if it becomes a problem.

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we just had the sesame seed bars with a lil glop of the whipped crem spread on top n OMG!

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Dee Dee, yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yum. Never tried that combo before but my brain is telling me GOOOOOOD

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I had my doubts about this slice as I am not a fan of tahini, but almond butter wasn't available in my local store so I made it anyway and just love it! Thanks once again, Laura-Jane, for another delish recipe :)

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Aaah, even a non-tahini lover likes this one!! I call that a success :) xox

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daxnine's Review

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i agree with everyone, these are absolutely delicious. i omitted the coconut and added 1 tsp of cinnamon.

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Yum Daxnine!

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My little boy chose and made these for desert (I helped measure). We couldn't put them down once we tasted them!

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Your son has good taste ;)

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Sherry G.'s Review

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5/5 on these!!

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So glad you liked, Sherry! Were these the ones you dehydrated?

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I whipped up my first batch of these this morning. Delicious! The best part of raw foods is that you can sample the product as you create! Nom nom! Thank you for the recipe. So appreciated! My batch is in the freezer firming up. Question: has anyone tried dehydrating these bars (once firm enough to cut)? I'm going to try it out....and will report back on the results.

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This recipe totally begs to be nibbled on while uncooking it. I haven't dehydrated them, but I think they'd be a good contender, although the coconut oil will mean that they won't crisp out completely

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John Montalto's Review

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Love these! Thinking these would also work well to shape into balls. Going to experiment with that idea and maybe seeing how a bit of raw coco powder will do.

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thank you sooo much for posting this recipe-bar far the best chewy and morerish bar i have made! i used currants and LSA with a hint of cinnamon and we all (hubby and 3 boys) scoffed them! Going to use cranberries next and see how they pan out.

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Hi Sonia,

So glad you enjoyed the bars. I love them too - cranberries?? Yes, yum!

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Balls would be great, methinks! Like, sesame seed powerballs, yah? Ooh and adding cacao powder - yes.

:)

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Kyle's Review

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Soo good! this is my new Breakfast with a Banana:)

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Mmm nice combo! Do you think the bars have too much of a "tahini" taste?

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Hmm maybe oh so slightly, and sadly I could not find raw Tahini anywhere either so it probably changed the taste. I might try almond butter next time since I can get that raw. I love this as a breakfast though, nice and quick and filling too.

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I want to try it with almond butter too. I am curious to know how much the flavor will change

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Paula C's Review

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OMG, these are to die for! You forgot to mention that they are addictive!

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Well, that goes without saying ;P

xox

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Is there a possible replacement for the Tahini?

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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.

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These look soooo good! My hubby and I just recently started to really get into Paleo, and these sound like the perfect snacks for both of us! Thanks so much for sharing.

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Thanks Angela! Glad to have you here. If you try them I'd love to know what you think :)

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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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Looks delicious Shelly! Love the pic too. Mmm currants. Now that is a dried fruit that I LOVE and that I NEVER use! I am weird. You are inspiring me to keep currants in my regular rotation. Not sure why I don't think of them often!

Glad hubs loved them too! Except, that just means less for you, soo... I am sorry for that lol.

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I also use currants in your apple breakfast bowl...and sliced almonds...no grains. It is a house favorite. In fact, I invited a friend over on Sat. and we had an anti-cook event. We made your carrot cake, lemon bars, and brownies. All went in freezer. We make brownies a la Almond Joy with your icing and coconut. I turn people on to your site daily. Thanks for making this lifestyle scrumptious!

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Sounds scrumptious, Shelly! Your anti-cooking event sounds fun. My only question - why didn't you invite me over too! :P xox

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Chelsea's Review

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Easy yum my dad could even make them no need to go buy extra things everything was at home for us To make it with

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Thanks Chelsea! So glad you had everything at home. Love it when that happens!

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