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Do you love black sesame as I do? Then I’ll say that these Black Sesame Energy Bars would become one of your favorite snacks! They are full of the earthy black sesame flavor and only require 5 ingredients. Shall we?
Black Sesame Energy Bars
I love black sesame. It’s kind of a deep earthy flavor that specifically in Asia. It has its own unique “characteristic” that I could not find in other food. And that’s this “characteristic” that makes it stand out, becoming a hero in many cuisine and recipes, including this recipe.
Energy bars are introduced from the western world. There are tons of flavors, including peanut butter, chocolate, and almond butter, etc. However, I haven’t really seen the black sesame ones.
So I thought, why not? And here it is!
Only 5 ingredients!
As I mentioned in the intro, there are only 5 ingredients in these black sesame energy bars. If you are familiar with energy bars, you probably have already guessed some of these ingredients: black sesame paste, rolled oats, walnuts, dates, and chia seeds.
Oh right, you know I love to add a tiny pinch of salt to my recipes, but that’s totally optional. But if you got the time (and the salt), just add it in.
They are really easy to make, as the other tons of many other energy bar recipes. However, I think the most valuable part of these recipes is the ratio.
Black sesame tastes a bit bitter on its own, so finding the balance is the most important thing taste-wise. As for the texture, I don’t like things too mushy, so they are not. These black sesame bars (or squares) still has a little crunchiness from the nuts and softness from the dates.
I decorate them with a sprinkle of coconut flakes just for the picturesque reason. The black sesame energy bars taste amazing on their own.
They are simple but really delicious … at least in my opinion. Sometimes we don’t need complications, right?
If you haven’t taste black sesame paste on its own, I hope you could give it try first You probably will be a little bit surprised by its flavor (in a good way, I hope). Then you could go on to try to mix it in different recipes, like this one!
By the way, if you haven’t tried my Peanut Butter Energy Bars, I would highly recommend to put them into your next-to-do list. And if you’re into carrot cake, check out the Carrot Oatmeal Energy Bars.
All righty, let’s do this first!
Some Few Final Thoughts:
- I usually make a small amount at one time since I often only make them for my own, one single
lonely(just kidding) person. But if you have an extended family, then I would recommend to double or triple the recipe.
- As mentioned above, the amount of ingredients in my recipes is not much. So if you make the same small amount, you will need a small food processor to make it work. I use my beloved Magimix with its small bowl. You could use a mini food processor as well. If you don’t have a small food processor at hand, I will also suggest doubling the recipe.
黑芝麻能量棒 Black Sesame Energy Bars
- 30 g pitted dates 去籽椰棗乾
- 35 g walnuts 核桃
- 30 g rolled oats 傳統燕麥片
- 1 Tbsp ground chia seeds 奇亞籽粉
- 2.5 Tbsp black sesame paste 黑芝麻醬
- A pinch salt 1 小撮鹽
- Add the pitted dates to a food processor to chop finely.
- Then add the rest ingredients EXCEPT the black sesame paste . Continue to process until the mixture looks like bread crumbs.
- Add the black sesame paste in and go on to process again until the mixture start to looks sticky. Test by press the mixture between your fingers and it could stick together. If not, add a dash of water and process again to help to bind.
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Transfer the mixture to the pan and press down with a spatula or a spoon.
- Place it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to set up. Once it's set, take it out, remove from the pan, and chop them into squares or long bar shapes to enjoy. You can add other toppings to decorate if you want. I add a handful of toasted coconut flakes.