When my acupuncturist said that I needed to start incorporating black sesame into my daily diet I was initially all “No problem, I’ll sprinkle those suckers on everything!”  And then she clarified:  I need to eat at least a tablespoon of them a day, toasted and ground, a little honey for sweetener.  A consummate over achiever I of course developed a recipe for tasty snack bars to make the tablespoon a day go down with a happy face.  And man, I’m so glad I did- they’re crazy good!  An aside:  If you’re interested in these sorts of things, read about the health benefits of black sesame here.  If you prefer the short and sweet of it, here it is: black sesame seeds are crazy good for you and MAY TURN YOU INTO A UNICORN!  I know!!!!!  So, do yourself a favor.  Make these bad boys.  Then eat them.  You will be so happy you did!

And because it’s the internet, and people be crazy googling shit like “how to turn into a unicorn” I think I should state that I am not a medical professional or scientist, the above post is based on my personal experience only. *Seriously, start typing “how to turn into a unicorn” in your google search bar and see what other seraches pop up as options, it’s pretty great!)   xx- Sarah  {more after the jump}


Makes approximately 12 bars



2 cups black sesame seeds

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut flakes

1/2 cup golden berries

1/6 cup pumpkin seeds

3 tablespoons flax

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil

white sesame seeds to garnish



– Lightly oil a 7X10″ pan with coconut oil, set aside.

– In a large frying pan heat the seeds over medium low heat for 3-5 minutes.  (I did mine in two batches on a smaller frying pan, so that’s an option as well!)

– In a high powered blender grind the sesame seeds into a powder.  Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, as long as it’s 90% ground you’ll be good to go!

– In a medium mixing bowl combine sesame powder, honey and coconut oil.  Mix well.  Add golden berries, pumpkin seeds, flax, coconut and salt. Continue to mix until well combined (I used a rice paddle to make easy work of it!)

–  Spread mixture into a pan, flattening with the back of a spoon, spatula or rice paddle.  Sprinkle generously with white sesame seeds.

–  Refrigerate and let set for at least one hour.  Cut into 12 bars.

–  Serve cold or room temperature (they will become a little less sticky at room temperature, but it’s a matter of preference how you’d like to enjoy them!)

–  Store in the refrigerator.


Notes:  If you haven’t tried Goldenberries you are in for a major treat!  They’re the perfect combo of sweet and sour, I can’t get enough of them.  And they’re a superfood, so there’s that who becoming a super hero thing.  If you’re not interested in Goldenberries, dried cherries or cranberries might be a good substitute!

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  1. caitlin|

    these look great! i love that you took the 1 tbsp of sesame seeds as a challenge to make something so fun and delicious to eat.

    are you planning on talking more about why you are seeing the naturopath and why they are suggesting you eat more nuts and seeds? i'd love to hear about it!

  2. sarah yates|

    Thanks everyone!

    @Caitlin- I hope to someday! It feels a little too personal at the moment since I'm right in the middle of it, and I'd love to ideally have a happy ending to share. (and just in case anyone reads into that- No, I'm not trying to get pregnant!) :)

    @Tracy- I don't know what seed cycling is but I'm totally curious! Tell me!!

  3. Kate Schwabacher|

    I just bought a bag of black sesame for similar reasons, and I cannot wait to try these amazing looking bars! Thanks so much for the recipe; I'll be sure to share it with my ayurveda community!

  4. Lisa|

    I made these and they're freaking delicious. I'll admit mine didn't set up very well ( I think I skimped on the coconut oil too much and I used large coconut flakes instead of the finely shredded kind which are stickier). But the flavor is amazing and I'm digging it crumbled over my coconut milk yogurt. Love it. I had never even heard of black sesame seeds or golden berries before this. Your blog is a constant source for new foods and ideas. Thank you!

  5. Katherine|

    Hi Sarah! You are such an amazing source of inspiration! I was curious after reading more about the seeds and how they darken dark hair – do you have any idea whether they will darken naturally blond hair? Thanks!

  6. Barbara|

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe – my family just loves it! I used acerola cherries and cranberries and it tastes great.
    Taking it with me to the gym, to work, everywhere:-)
    Please go on with your awesome blog and the great recipes

  7. sarah yates|

    Thanks everyone!

    @Katherine- I have no idea, I hadn't read that! how crazy!

  8. Erin B|

    I made these yesterday and they are fantastic. So much flavor! Thank you for sharing… these will definitely be a staple going forward in my home!

  9. Jennifer|

    Mine would not cut into squares. They just fell apart. I am in Hawaii and wondering if it is the humidify factor? Any suggestions? Still taste great though. Thanks,JB

  10. AlexSmith|

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