I always remember as a kid seeing these sesame bars in little yellow packets. They were definitely at that time the ‘healthy’ choice at the postoffice sweet counter, but never seemed too popular! I tried a few and from what I recall, it was a lot of sticky syrup and cracking of the teeth, not my favourite by any stretch! However these chewy and scrumptious bites are a different story :)
I had mango in the fridge and sesame seeds in the cupboard. Both full of nutritious vitamins and minerals and lots of great health benefits together! Sesame seeds contain a substance called Sesamin which has been proven to help lower cholesterol deemed ‘fat-burning’. Just to be clear, eating these yummy bars aren’t literally going to shed the pounds but they are a great option for a sweet treat alternative that has also been proven to have some attractive benefits! I thought I’d give combining the two a go and it worked out pretty deliciously!
The mango is fruity and gooey whilst the sesame seeds add a lovely crunch and nutty flavour all at once. It’s sweet and filling and perfect for an afternoon cup of tea or to pack in yours or your kids lunch boxes! They are super easy to make and carry around for a pick-me-up. And unlike most raw treats, they don’t have to be kept in the fridge up until the very last moment you eat them!
Re-wind 10 years and I would have these any day of the week as a kid!
I’d love to try this recipe but can’t find almond butter.
Is there anything else I could use instead or leave it out?
It’s just a tsp so don’t think it will make a huge amount of difference, just make sure your dates are lovely and juicy and everything should stick together well! Carly x
Ok great thanks.
I’m going to make them tomorrow.
I was wondering, would you consider putting the amount of calories in your recipes? I know calorie content isn’t the most important thing about food and you’re trying to promote healthy living and eating for life rather than following a diet. It’s something I am trying to do but at times it would help to have a vague idea of how many calories we consume each day. Just a thought!
As an aside, I made the lemon coconut balls last week and although delicious, mine look nothing like yours!!
Absolutely that’s really good feedback. It’s not that I’m against calorie counting, I actually think it’s really important to have a gauge as you said. Ultimately fat loss is about expending more calories than you consume but of course it’s the quality of those calories that’s far more important.
I’ll look at putting it in from now on, especially on the sweeter treats :)
Hi Carly, great recipe, but I have a nut allergy and was just wondering whether I could leave out the nuts and still get a decent consistency? Do you have any protein bar recipes or something similar? I am struggling to eat my protein macros at the moment and love baking/cooking.
Thanks so much for your message! Glad you like the recipe :) I don’t see leaving out the nuts being a problem for the texture of the bar, try it with 1/4 of banana instead to make sure it isn’t wet.
I am going to be doing some protein bar recipes soon so keep your eyes peeled, promise they’re coming! Hope you continue to enjoy the blog and thank you for your support!
Thanks for the reply, will give it a go!
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