Sesame bars, very similar to these, are available at the Union Square farmer’s market. I use to purchase them every once in awhile. Lately, however, I have been wanting the bars with regularity - an expensive habit. To make matters worse - my children are equally enamored. I hate to deny them such a healthful treat and so resolved to make them myself. After some experimentation, I have discovered that the binder/filler ratio is much more important than an exacting recipe. Take advantage of the opportunity to finish off half eaten containers of nuts, dried berries and seeds.
Sesame Bars a la Union Square
Makes about 18 bars
- 2 cups white sesame seeds
- 1 cup raw cashews, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 2/3 cup raw wildflower honey
Combine sesame seeds, cashews, sunflower seeds, coconut, and sea salt in a large pot and set over low heat. Toast until everything starts to take on a golden color and to smell sweet and nutty. Stir constantly to prevent any scorching. Stir in tahini and honey and mix until combined. Press mixture into a parchment lined brownie pan (mine is 7 X 12) and let stand until cool. Cut into squares before serving.