Gluten-Free Sesame Snack Bars

 

One of my husband’s favorite snacks are these Sesame Bars. If you love sesame, you'll love this treat. It reminds me of the sesame seed "candy" we got growing up in Hawaii. Sesame seeds are an excellent source of manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and zinc, and a very good source of vitamin B1 (thiamin) and dietary fiber. The nutrients found in sesame seeds may offer cardiovascular benefits, reduce inflammation in those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, support respiratory health, and offer protection against colon cancer, osteoporosis and other conditions.

Measurements below are for a small batch. Double for a large batch. For the "glam" effect I used a Wilton brownie cutter to make these rounded-corner bars (purchased at Michaels). Totally not necessary. You can just cut them into bars.

Gluten-Free Sesame Snack Bars

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Easily Vegan

Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsweetened dried COCONUT
1/2 cup raw CASHEW NUTS
1/3 cup ALMOND BUTTER
1/3 cup HONEY
1/4 cup COCONUT SUGAR
1/2 teaspoon gluten-free VANILLA
1/4 teaspoon CELTIC SEA SALT
1-1/2 cups raw SESAME SEEDS
3 tablespoons CHIA SEEDS (optional)

Directions:

  1. In food processor, pulse coconut and cashews into rough meal.
  2. In a medium saucepan, gently heat, just to soften and combine; almond butter, honey, coconut sugar, vanilla, and salt.
  3. In large bowl combine cashew mixture, almond butter mixture, sesame seeds, and chia seeds.
  4. Press firmly (I use a flat-bottomed glass) into a parchment-lined 8x8" pan. Bake at 300˚F for 20 minutes. Cool and transfer to refrigerator. Once chilled, slice into small bars with a sharp knife. Store in refrigerator in an air-tight container.

Notes:

Vegan: Substitute honey with agave nectar or brown rice syrup.

More Snacks

No-Bake Snackin’ Orbs over at Diet Dessert and Dogs
Snackin’ Tray over at Cook IT Allergy Free (this is a new idea for is and I love it!)
Power Bars over at Elana’s Pantry
Tortilla Pizza over at The Spunky Coconut
Monster Cookies over at The Spunky Coconut
Almond Pulp Crackers here at Lexie’s Kitchen
Sticky Toffee Power Balls here at Lexie’s Kitchen
Nut or Seed Butter on Apples here at Lexie’s Kitchen
Raw Nacho “Cheese” Dip here at Lexie’s Kitchen
Olena Hummus here at Lexie’s Kitchen
Saturday Pancakes  (leftover) toasted & topped w/ Sunbutter here at Lexie’s Kitchen