Sesame Super Bars

Last Friday we received a full set of printouts of our book in the mailbox. It’s the first time that we see all the chapters fully designed and printed out. We have seen a few spreads digitally earlier, but this was different. It felt real.

We knew that it wouldn’t be easy to write a cookbook with no previous experience, but we had no idea that it would be so very very difficult. We have had tremendously high expectations on ourselves during this process, and every little thing that didn’t end up perfect felt like a complete failure. We have doubted the photos, recipes, chapters, texts and design details. I guess most writers go through this inferno, but it feels like it somehow has been extra difficult for us.

I am sure that our editor has David & Luise voodoo dolls hidden under her desk, to punch every time she receives an email from us. Otherwise I have no idea how she has been able to handle us. All our emails to her have been filled with questions, changes, doubts and insecurity. And all her responses have been cheering, understanding and uplifting. (Thank you Kate!!)

The reason why we have been so doubtful is of course because we so badly wanted to create the perfect book. A cookbook that shows how versatile, uncomplicated and delicious vegetarian food can be. A book that inspires and is beautiful to look through, but also helpful for anyone who wants healthier eating habits. A book that captures the voice and soul of this blog and also explains the thoughts behind our cooking philosophy. We wanted the book to be so perfect that, for a while, it felt like nothing was good enough.

When we sent the finished manuscript and photos to our publisher we were happy that we had been able to deliver on time, but also dead scared. Is this really good enough?

So when the printouts landed in our mailbox we climbed up in our loft bed (better than the living room sofa) with tea and sesame bars, and read everything through from the first chapter to the last. As we sat there, turning the pages, reading the recipes, making small notes and text edits, we didn’t see those small imperfections anymore. We saw the book that we had just made. And we actually liked it! There are some great recipes in there. Some very personal texts. And beautiful photos.

We can’t hardly wait to show it to you.

The release date is still far ahead, sometime around mid April. As soon as we have more info about it we definitely will let you know.

We mentioned above that we have been snacking on these sesame bars while proofreading. They are very uncomplicated, tasty and surprisingly nutritious for being a sweet snack. Apart from sesame seeds they are also filled with various super berries, honey and walnuts.

Sesame Super Bars
Makes around 18 

1 1/2 cup (360 ml / 150 g) walnuts
1 cup (240 ml / 145 g) sesame seeds (we used half unhulled and half hulled)
1/3 cup (80 ml / 40 g) goji berries
1/2 cup (120 ml / 70 g) dried super berries (such as aronia, inca, mullberries or unsweetened cranberries)
4 tbsp honey or maple syrup
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup (120 ml / 55 g) shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tsp salt

Lightly toast the walnuts in a large saucepan on low heat for a few minutes. Transfer them to a food processor and blitz into a coarse flour. Add the sesame seeds to the sauce pan, make sure the heat is low as the sesame seeds are very heat sensitive – you want to lightly toast them without burning. Meanwhile, add all the berries to the food processor. Pulse for at least a minute, then pour everything into the sauce pan. Add honey, coconut oil, shredded coconut and salt and stir around until everything is combined, sticky and warm.
Cover a 8×10-inch (20×25 cm) baking dish with parchment paper and pour the sesame mixture into it. Flatten it out with your fingers and the backside of a spoon (dip it in water to prevent the sesame seeds from sticking to it). Put in the fridge for at least an hour, then cut them up and wrap in sandwich paper.

53 Comments

  • sally alexandrine
    i'm sure i'm gonna love those bars. somsom/simsim(sesame) bars are a mediterranean snacks and they are called "sim-sim-ih".i love them so so much.it would be interesting to try them with your add-on's <3 btw they also make peanut, soybeans and chickpea bars, they are all mostly made the same way. it depends on the country/region. in palestine the most consuming bars are the sesame and peanut bars :)
  • I want to do them right now, but it's almost midnight and I have to go to bed... but I'm gonna do them tomorrow... thanks for the recipe! Iren
  • I can hardly wait to see the book! I'm glad you have these treats to keep you going through these weeks of hard work :)
  • Congratulations on the book! I am so excited for its release...and to make and eat these bars. Yum!
  • Sini
    I can't wait for your book to come out. In the meantime I'll enjoy these sesame bars (which by the way look incredibly good) :)
  • Charlie
    Thank you David! Have a Joyful Day :~D Charlie
  • Aleksandra Peyrer-Na
    Lovely recipe and lovely words on the book.The word "perfect" scares me. What is perfect? Most of the times it is the things with imperfections that I find most intriguing, inspiring....We are human after all and I think it is a process we all go through and that helps us to grow and in your case has brought you the marvellous opportunity of publishing a book. I can't wait to see your book and I am sure I will love it as much as your blog.
  • Sounds like your hard, hard work is soon about to pay off... Can't wait to add your book to my collection! Well done! p.s. Those sesame bars look amazing!!
  • Congratulations!!! I'm looking forward to reading the book.
  • Charlie
    Hello! Congratulations on your book! I will be looking for the premier of it. These sesame seed bars look and sound fantastic. I have one problem. Coconut Allergy. Can I leave it out or substitute something (suggestions please)? Have a Joyful Day :~D Charlie
    • Hi Charlie, you could substitute the coconut oil with butter or ghee. And just skip the shredded coconut, they will taste good anyway. Good luck! /David
  • I truly understand all the emotions you had, and that feeling of never really reaching perfection is so very familiar to me. It's actually nice hearing that others feel the same. But I can tell you this from the bottom of my heart, In my world everything creative and new you come up with is perfection. I always find my inspiration here, and whenever I am in doubt about something you guys and Mrs Sara B seems to hold all of my answers :) I am just looking forward to your book, and I am sure it will be stunning and very delicious (as always)!!
  • You pushed through the fear of failure, and now look at the marvelous reward on the other side! I admire you two tremendously.
  • Congratulations! What a wonderful feeling to see your words, photos, recipes -- your WORK! -- all gathered together and designed! I can't wait to see the finished project. Sesame bars seem like the perfect wholesome fuel to copyedit it into perfection.
  • Looks berry-licious. And so packed with energy. Congratulations on finishing the book!
  • Laura
    I have faith the book will be perfect, I love your recipes and website layout so much. I just realised I have had two of your recipes already today! I had buckwheat porridge for breakfast, kale and chickpea soup for lunch and have just bought ingredients for avocado soup. I'm also having pumpkin pie later but we'll just ignore that! I'm relocating to Norway in January (from England), I know you are not in Norway but you give me inspiration that I can cook healthy where ever I live. I alway thought the Scandinavian countries were very healthy but after some research I'm not so sure. I will find out soon for sure!
  • Mmmm what a lovely treat! Looks awesome.
  • they look so pretty and delicate yet I'm sure they are filling and the perfect snack to keep sugar cravings at bay! I'm going to make these to have as a snack before the yoga classes (I can't have anything heavy 3h before class). I am sure you book will be perfect. And, if you forgot to add something and did not include this or that recipe, you know what? We, readers, don't mind a second book at all!
  • Chris
    Cant't wait to see your book! I love your beautiful photos.
  • Congratulations David and Luise! And Elsa, of course :) My birthday is around that time so I am very excited to treat myself with a new cookbook... Thank you again for a most wonderful recipe as well!

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