My purse is always somewhere between a partial and complete disaster.
It’s such a mess that my son and I joke that it’s basically a trash can.
From receipts to pens to crayons, it is a clearinghouse for forgotten junk.
Whenever I have to find my keys and it takes more than a few seconds, I panic. Have I lost them!?
With a little more digging they appear, but that still isn’t enough motivation to find time to tidy up.
It doesn’t help that my handbag style of choice is unstructured and slouchy. Nothing will ever stay where I put it.
Before I became a mom, I never left home without a snack in my bag. That’s even more important now having a child.
We both need to be properly fueled for whatever we have during the day ahead.
That means my purse ends up with stray crumbs at the bottom, but if it involves homemade snacks, those bits are totally worth it.
I’ve been trying to avoid packaged snack food and reach for fruit like apples, veggies like carrot sticks or for something I’ve made in my own kitchen.
Call me a control freak, but I like knowing exactly what’s in my food whenever I can.
These sesame bars are the best combination of chewy and peanutty with a touch of sweetness.
They use both white and black sesame seeds. Sometimes it can be hard to find sesame seeds in bigger quantities than those small jars in the spice aisle, so I like to order them online in bulk.
The best part is how easy they are to make.
How To Make Sesame Peanut Bars
After preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and lining a baking pan with parchment, I stir everything into a big bowl: white and black sesame seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, roasted salted peanuts, creamy peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract and salt.
Then I spread that mixture into the pan and bake the bars for 20-25 minutes.
It’s important to let the sesame peanut bars cool completely before cutting them into squares.
That gives the bars a chance to get more sturdy otherwise they will fall apart.
These sesame peanut bars are a great mid-morning or afternoon snack. I will even nibble on them for a healthier dessert.
Sesame Peanut Bars
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
- Total Time: 30-35 minutes
- Yield: 16 bars
Non-stick cooking spray
1-1/4 cups black and white sesame seeds
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup salted roasted peanuts
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and grease with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the sesame seeds, coconut, peanuts and salt. Whisk together the honey, peanut butter and vanilla extract in a small bowl and stir into the sesame seed mixture. Transfer to the prepared baking pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown at the edges. Cool completely until firm and cut into 16 bars.
Adapted from Bon Appetit September 2015