These cereal bars are an easy one pot, one pan recipe. They take about 10 minutes to prep and put together, then cool in the fridge before cutting and eating. The thing that makes the taste of these bars quite special is the toasting of the sesame seeds in the beginning. If you don’t have sesame oil on hand, use vegetable oil. Just make sure to get the sesame seeds nice and golden before mixing the other ingredients together. The other “moment” in the recipe is to watch the honey turn a little darker…the flavor intensifies this way. Once you get the hang of this recipe, swap out whatever ingredients you want: Rice Krispies, slightly crushed Corn Flakes…even gently crushed Raisin Bran will work.
Makes about 27 bars
Start to Finish: 25 minutes
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (veg oil works also)
- ½ cup sesame seeds
- ½ cup orange blossom or mild honey
- ½ cup tahini
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 3 cups brown rice cereal
- 1 cup golden raisins
- About 1 tablespoon of flake salt, if desired
Spray a 10”x15” baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
Heat the sesame oil on medium in a sauce pan for 1-2 minutes until it loosens; swirl in the pan to coat the bottom. Add the sesame seeds and stir to coat the seeds. Toast the seeds until they are golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Transfer the sesame seeds to a large mixing bowl. Wipe any remaining seeds from the pot into the bowl. Return the sauce pot to the heat turn up to medium-high.
Add the honey to the pot. Cook for about 4 minutes until the honey foams and begins to turn amber in color - don't touch! Whisk in the tahini, vanilla and salt. Remove from the heat.
Add the cereal and raisins to the sesame seeds and mix well. Pour the honey-tahini mixture on top. Mix again thoroughly so everything is coated.
Immediately, transfer the mixture to the baking sheet. Press it evenly into the pan. Sprinkle with flake salt. Refrigerate 15 minutes to firm up.
Cut into 1½” wide bars. Store in an air tight container for up to 1 week. Freeze for up to 3 months – separate each layer with wax paper.