Try these Sesame Peanut Butter Oat Bars for a healthy snack, light breakfast, or dessert. Simple, flavourful, satisfying, and so tasty.
I have a thing for snack bars at the moment (see Peanut Raisin Energy Bars, Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars, and 4-Ingredient Raw Cacao Bars). Apparently, I also have a thing for peanuts because I use it in 3 out of 4 recipes.
I can’t say the latter surprises me though. Peanuts, especially in the butter form, just makes everything better. Am I right?
Sesame seeds, oats, and dates act as the base of these bars. For the add ins, I went with peanut butter and coconut flakes, which both add so much flavour. The peanut butter also helps bring everything together.
These bars are AMAZING! Here’s why:
They’re so simple and quick to make. All you need are 6 ingredients and 10 minutes.
They’re crunchy, yet chewy. The sesame seeds add a nice crunch to an otherwise chewy bar.
They’re full of flavour. Toasting the oats, coconut flakes, and sesame seeds really help bring out their flavours. So even though the toasting is an optional step, I seriously recommend doing it.
They’re satisfying thanks to a great balance of carbs, protein, and fats.
They’re so good, you’re gonna wanna eat all of them right away.
And let’s not forget how healthy they are. Oats, seeds, and nuts = so many nutrients.
You simply must try these bars. They’re the perfect pick-me-up snack, light breakfast, or healthy dessert.
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- 2/3 cup oats (70 g)
- 2/3 cup shredded coconut (50 g)
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds (70 g)
- 1 cup dates (145 g)
- 2 tbsp peanut butter (40 g)
- 1/4 cup water (60 ml)
Optional: toast the oats, shredded coconut, and sesame seeds in a dry pan on low heat for 3-6 minutes or until golden and fragrant. This step helps enhance the flavours but can easily be skipped if preferred.
In the mean time, blend the dates with the peanut butter and water until well combined and smooth.
Mix the dates mixture with the oats, coconut and sesame seeds. Make sure everything is well combined and sticking together.
Transfer the mixture to a baking tray aligned with parchment paper. The size of the pan doesn’t really matter. Go with whatever you have.
Press the mixture down firmly and evenly - about 1/2-1 inch thick. Cover the pan with plastic wrap or in a plastic bag and place in the freezer for at least 1 hour to set.
Remove the bars from the pan and chop into 12 equal bars (or preferred size). Store in an airtight container either in the fridge or freezer for at least a week (in the fridge) and several weeks (in the freezer). I recommend keeping the bars in the freezer as they do tend to get more sticky when kept in the fridge. The freezer will ensure they stay more firm.
As they will get quite sticky at room temperature, I do recommend eating them straight after taking them out of the fridge/freezer.