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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Peanut Butter Sesame No Bake Bars

adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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!

Heather

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

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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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