Sesame Snack Bars

Remember Sesame Snaps? They’re still in grocery stores, usually by the checkout, priced around the 50-cent mark or offered at three for a dollar.

When I was diagnosed with osteoporosis, I often snacked on them because I’d heard that sesame seeds were very high in calcium.

Which is true. But the ample amount of sugar and glucose syrup entwined in those sesame snaps negate any benefits of the calcium, since sugar strips your body of nutrients, plus it creates acidity that must be buffered by alkaline minerals such as calcium.

So I was sort of on the right track, but not quite there yet.

These sesame snack bars are a much healthier alternative, and not only have plenty of calcium, but healthy fats from the almond butter, B vitamins from the coconut sugar and enzymes from the honey.

They’re super addictive, though – one of the best homemade granola-like bars I’ve had in awhile. I could have eaten half the pan at once. I swear you’ll find them impossible to resist. Exercise your willpower, friends!

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Sesame Snack Bars
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gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, egg-free
Serves: 10 to 12
  • ¾ cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ⅓ cup almond butter
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups raw sesame seeds
  1. In food processor, pulse coconut and cashews into rough meal.
  2. In a medium saucepan, gently heat almond butter, honey, coconut sugar, vanilla and salt until they are combined.
  3. In large bowl, combine cashew mixture, almond butter mixture and sesame seeds.
  4. Press firmly into a parchment-lined 8x8-inch pan. Bake at 300 degrees F for 20 minutes.
  5. Cool and transfer to refrigerator. Once chilled, slice into small bars with a sharp knife. Store in an airtight container.


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11 Responses to Sesame Snack Bars

  1. emmycooks February 29, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    These look great! Are they crisp or chewy once they cool?

    • Sondi Bruner February 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

      They’re chewy and delicious.

  2. infinebalance March 1, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    I think Sesame Snacks are the only “candy” I like that does not involve chocolate. I need to try these!

    • Sondi Bruner March 1, 2012 at 10:42 am #

      They are awesome – please make them!

  3. Renee March 2, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Great! How long do they keep?

    • Sondi Bruner March 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

      Should be ok for a couple of weeks in a sealed container in the fridge. Honestly, mine didn’t last that long since I ate them! I’d imagine they would freeze well, too.

  4. Amber March 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    MMMMM….. they sell “birdy bars” which are to die for at our local outpost health food store. I was looking for a similar recipe and these might just do the trick! Thanks for posting :)

  5. TL MN May 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    These are so delicious. I cannot stop eating them! Will definitely make again but not until I have a big group of people to share them with so I don’t eat the whole batch myself!

    • Sondi Bruner May 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

      Yep, I hear ya. That’s always my problem – hoovering everything right away.

  6. Dominique April 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    My son can’t do nuts (but can do coconut), so I substituted Sunflower Seed butter and whole sunflower seeds for the almond butter and cashews. I also added mini chocolate chips for some added fun :)

    • Sondi April 28, 2014 at 8:59 am #

      Great subs! I’m glad that you were able to adapt so you and your son can enjoy these.