If I can be honest, I’m still coming off of the sugar high holidays. In addition to all the cookies and cakes I mentioned, there may have also been a little too much eggnog and a few Reese’s cups shaped like christmas trees. I’m all about easing into cleaner eating habits and I’ve found that these healthy-ish seedy bars are the perfect accompaniment to that green juice. You need those healthy fats to help absorb all those vitamins after all, amiright? These bars satisfy that peanut butter candy craving but with just the right amount of sweetness, plus sesame seeds are jam-packed full of beneficial minerals, b vitamins and more! I’m off to make a second batch now!
1¼ cups white and/or black sesame seeds
¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup unsalted, roasted peanuts
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
a little oil for the baking dish
Preheat oven to 350°. Rub a little bit of coconut oil or butter on an 8×8″ baking dish, line with parchment paper, leaving a generous overhang on all sides. Mix sesame seeds, coconut, peanuts, and salt in a large bowl. Mix honey, peanut butter, and vanilla in a small bowl. Add to sesame seed mixture and mix well. Scrape mixture into prepared baking dish; press firmly into an even layer. Bake until golden brown around the edges, 20–25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool until firm, about 30–40 minutes. Cut into bars once cooled so they don’t crumble.
Recipe from Bon Appétit