peanut butter sesame no bake bars

Last week Hunter and I joined our friends Megan and Mabel for a trip to the Oregon zoo.  It was such a gorgeous day for it.  Hunter had a blast seeing all the animals and stomping around the zoo with his bestie Mabel.


It was actually his first time going to the zoo.  Zoe’s too, but she slept through pretty much the whole thing.


I made a big batch of no bake oatmeal bars to take along.  We didn’t end up eating them while at the zoo, instead we had them as a snack on the drive home.  Food is always a good trick for keeping the kid awake when it’s getting close to nap time and we’re in the car.


We both loved these bars.  The little crunch from the sesame seeds is a great addition.  I have to admit, there may have been more than one time where I stood in front of the fridge eating ‘just one more bite’.  They’re quite addictive!

The recipe came from my Secret Recipe Club pick Mostly Food and Crafts, a fun little blog written by Danielle a SAHM to two girls.  She has such an extensive list of crafts that I can’t wait to search through!  I modified the recipe just a bit based on the ingredients I had on hand.  They are best straight out of the fridge, since they soften up when warm.


Peanut Butter Sesame No Bake Bars

adapted from here


  • 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Mix the oats, raisins and sesame seeds together in a large bowl.  Next, whisk together the peanut butter, honey, coconut oil and salt in a small pan over medium heat.  Once warmed and combined, pour into the oat mixture and stir to combine (use a spoon or hands).
  2. Press this mixture into a shallow baking dish (lined with plastic wrap), muffin tins or roll into balls.  Refrigerate for about 4 hours.  Cut into shapes if needed and keep in the fridge.

What’s your favorite zoo animal to see?  I love watching the gorillas.  Sadly, there were none around for us to see during this trip.  Maybe next time.

Have an awesome day!


PS: Love no bakes?  Check out these peanut butter coconut no bake oat bars!


16 thoughts on “peanut butter sesame no bake bars

  1. These look yummy, can’t wait to try. Also, what baby carrier do you have miss Zoe in? Do you/she like it? We’re expecting our first in July and trying to figure out what carrier we want. Thanks!

  2. I love the pic of the kiddies in the shades, being cool! I might leave out the raisins, but these seems like a very easy nutritional carry along snack!

  3. What fun no bake treats. Perfect for a trip to the zoo! We just took our grandson. We are lucky to have a fun penguin exhibit, they’re so fun to watch!

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