Sesame Bars

Like most people, I love snacking!

You will love this recipe. It’s easy, delicious, and nutritious. Whenever I make this, which is often, it never lasts past a few days around here. This is one of those recipes that’s great for Ramadhan.

My natpath says to cook everything I eat, including fruit. Nutrients are absorbed by the body better when cooked.

With that in mind, I adjusted this recipe.

Here goes! And let me know if you make this.

My Sesame Bar Recipe

Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 cup whole walnuts ** do not chop them
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • 1½ cups pitted dates
  • 1½ cups raisins
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. Heat a dry frying pan/cast iron skillet over medium heat. Make sure there is no oil or water in the pan. Add sesame seeds. Shake the pan every 20 seconds or so or stir with a wooden spoon. Don’t take your eye off the pan when toasting sesame seeds. Lightly toast the seeds until they are a light to medium caramel color, about 2 minutes. Make sure not to burn them.  When done, remove sesame seeds from pan or they will continue to cook.
  2. Now you’re ready to toast the walnuts. Return the pan to the heat. Add walnuts. Toast lightly, about 1 to 2 minutes, shaking the pan every 20 seconds or so or stirring with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat. Allow to cool.
  3. Add all ingredients to a large bowl. Mix together with a wooden spoon.
  4. If using a small food processor (2-cup size), separate the mixture into 3 or 4 batches.
  5. Pulse the first batch until mixture holds together when pressed. Remove from food processor and place in square pan. Repeat for remaining batches.
  6. When all of the batches have been processed, press into a 9-inch square pan. Let chill so that it firms up. Cut into squares to serve. I use a pizza cutter to cut mine; it’s faster and easier.

Makes 30 1-1/2″ bars

Healthy Cooking Tips:

Pulse the ingredients in your food processor just long enough so it holds together without turning into a paste.

Original Recipe (HERE):


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