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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.
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49 Comments

  1. Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 13:56 | #

    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!

  2. Chris
    Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 14:14 | #

    Cant’t wait to see your book! I love your beautiful photos.

  3. Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 14:47 | #

    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!

  4. Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 14:49 | #

    Mmmm what a lovely treat! Looks awesome.

  5. Laura
    Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 15:03 | #

    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!

  6. Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 15:19 | #

    Looks berry-licious. And so packed with energy. Congratulations on finishing the book!

  7. Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 16:05 | #

    Oooo I just love these! I’ll take 16 million.

  8. Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 16:16 | #

    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.

  9. Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 16:26 | #

    You pushed through the fear of failure, and now look at the marvelous reward on the other side! I admire you two tremendously.

  10. Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 17:04 | #

    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)!!

  11. Charlie
    Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 17:36 | #

    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

    • Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 17:48 | #

      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

  12. Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 17:39 | #

    Congratulations!!! I’m looking forward to reading the book.

  13. Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 17:53 | #

    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!!

  14. Aleksandra Peyrer-Na
    Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 18:16 | #

    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.

  15. Charlie
    Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 18:57 | #

    Thank you David!

    Have a Joyful Day :~D
    Charlie

  16. Sini
    Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 19:48 | #

    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) :)

  17. Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 21:42 | #

    Congratulations on the book! I am so excited for its release…and to make and eat these bars. Yum!

  18. Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 23:20 | #

    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 :)

  19. Posted 12 Nov ’12 at 23:39 | #

    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

  20. sally alexandrine
    Posted 13 Nov ’12 at 01:30 | #

    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 :)

  21. Posted 13 Nov ’12 at 02:41 | #

    Félicitations to your three! What a great news! You must be beyond happy and excited to read through the prints of your book. I am certain that the finished cookbook will be stunning and filled with healthy delicious recipes to discover and enjoy. I recently bought your App and made the Baked Pistachio & Herb Falafel (love the color), Raw Hemp Protein Bars (great after my bootcamp training), Chocolate Black Bean Power Cookies (my kids and their little friends ate them all at a playdate with some almond milk). I cannot wait to try the Sesame Super Bars soon. Thank you!

  22. Isabella
    Posted 13 Nov ’12 at 07:47 | #

    I cannot wait for the book to come out! I Just made these now and wanted to tell you how wonderful they are, they taste lovely.

  23. Josefin
    Posted 13 Nov ’12 at 11:01 | #

    Just found your site yesterday through Rawclarity.com and I am HOOKED! Love the texts, the pictures and of course the food. So much inspiration in a time whan I am going for more veggies and less meat. Love it! Thank you so much for your inspiration, can not wait to see the book!

  24. Posted 13 Nov ’12 at 20:51 | #

    I am sure your book is perfect! :) andthis recipe is just what I needed! I have a whole bag of sesame waiting impatiently to be used … Thanks!

  25. Lisa
    Posted 14 Nov ’12 at 01:27 | #

    …I just made seed balls with my little son to hang out for the chilly Norwegian birds, and now we can make a super-tasty looking (and calcium rich) version for us too – Thanks so much!

  26. Posted 14 Nov ’12 at 03:01 | #

    Congratulations on getting your book in! I’m glad you had your editor to help you midwife it. I’m impressed that you put in all that hard work in the midst of family life and your regular jobs. If the recipes are as good as this one, you can be very pleased with yourselves.

  27. Posted 14 Nov ’12 at 07:10 | #

    Congratulations on your new book! I am a big fan of your recipes and can’t wait to check it out:)
    And I loved the way you individually packed these sesame bars – so cute!

  28. Posted 15 Nov ’12 at 03:08 | #

    Hi David, Luise & Elsa,

    So lovely to hear the trials and tribulations of such a process. After recently beginning a similar journey (albeit a small one in comparison to your momentous achievement) I am constantly questioning my own abilities – the look of each photo, the taste of each recipe and the feel of each post. I use your recipes every single week and this week I took great encouragement from hearing that we all suffer from similar things and sometimes we just have to keep at it! All the best, if your book is even half as good as this site you will be onto a winner!

  29. Lieke
    Posted 15 Nov ’12 at 09:15 | #

    I’m very much looking forward your book! I’m sure it’ll be a beautiful one!
    I made the sesame bars this week and they are so yummy! They tend to fall apart very quickly though. I made them with maple syrup instead of honey, could that be the reason?

  30. Posted 17 Nov ’12 at 05:14 | #

    Congratulations. I can sense your apprehensions; I’m looking forward to your recipe book. Rest assured that it I will not be perused but rather I’ll savor its content. I’m happy that you came up with a recipe for sesame seeds because indeed these small seeds are packed with nutrients. Any idea on how long will the sesame bars last when stored in the refrigerator?

  31. Posted 18 Nov ’12 at 12:45 | #

    Congratulations! I’m waiting for the book and so excited for eating these bars. Thanks for yummy recipe.

  32. Posted 18 Nov ’12 at 15:49 | #

    I don’t only love the look of these sesame bars and the prospect of your cookbook coming out, but also really admire your honesty about the creating process. We all have our insecurities (especially when you’re perfectionistic, totally recognize that) and those “is it ever good enough?-feelings”, but I’m thrilled to know you’re happy with the end result. I can’t wait to see it myself!

  33. Posted 18 Nov ’12 at 15:59 | #

    I have been following your blog for a long time now (usually silently) but I have tried many of your recipes and both enjoyed and felt healthier for them. You are sharing a wonderful interest and talent online. I’m very much looking forward to buying your book as soon as it’s available! Best of luck and have fun with the final stages of its preparation.

  34. Michelle
    Posted 19 Nov ’12 at 01:01 | #

    I wish you all the best with your new book! I can’t wait to have it on my hands. I wish you all the best and thank you for sharing every single recipe!

  35. Posted 19 Nov ’12 at 15:22 | #

    I made these last night (using black sesame seeds, because that was what I had on hand) and they are marvelous! Just the right thing for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up with hot tea.

  36. Posted 26 Nov ’12 at 04:55 | #

    I know what you mean about the questions + doubt! I’m currently in the same boat but not quite as far along in the process. I am in love with that bird’s eye shot and am curious what lens you used for it. Best of luck finishing things up. I can’t wait to see the final book!

    • Posted 27 Nov ’12 at 18:43 | #

      Hi Ashley,
      I have always used a Canon EOS 5D but have recently upgraded to their latest (and much more expensive) model 5D mark iii. Both of them are great. I use the 50 mm f1.4 lens or the 100 mm f2.8 macro lens.
      /David

  37. Posted 3 Dec ’12 at 22:16 | #

    Wow! Your recipes sound amazing and your photographs are beautiful. I will be trying the pumpkin and coconut soup this week!
    Cheers,

    Iris

  38. Mia
    Posted 30 Dec ’12 at 22:55 | #

    I just tried to make these, and they are awesome! Such a good snack after a good workout:) I had a bit of a problem with the bars falling a part though – is it a good idea to press the mixture into the baking dish, and maybe let it sit in the fridge over night? Would be great to get them more portable next round…:)
    Oh, and I am, like many others, very much looking forward to welcoming your cookbook into my kitchen..:)

  39. Georgina T
    Posted 9 Jan ’13 at 23:17 | #

    I just made these and I nearly died. Trying to find new delicious ‘bar’ recipes as am training for the Paris Marathon. I made them with dried mulberries for that honey flavour and the coconut flavour with it all is divine. THANK YOU!

  40. Anne
    Posted 26 Jan ’13 at 11:20 | #

    Thanks for this great recipe. I’ve to up my fiber intake, so these bars look really helpful. I tried them this week and they turned out quite delicious. The berries I used were sour cherries, Inca berries, cranberries and red flame raisins to a total of 150 grams (being a little indulgent on this point doesn’t harm the bars at all). I’ll definitely make these bars again soon.

  41. Sandeepa
    Posted 20 Mar ’13 at 07:32 | #

    Many congratulations on the book! I have been recently introduced to your blog through the Alkaline sister’s blog and I am absolutely in love with it. I am always on a hunt for good vegetarian recipes and your blog has some great recipes I must say.
    In regards to this particular recipe, I wanted to know if it will be good outside the refrigerator and for how long?
    Thanks for sharing these great recipes, some of them are already my family’s favorite.

  42. Bec Rowe
    Posted 15 Jul ’13 at 03:31 | #

    Oh my goodness thank you! So delicious.

  43. Camille
    Posted 23 Aug ’13 at 22:22 | #

    These are soooo good! i just made them with pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds in the mix, and they are absolutely delicious. What a great recipe, with room for so much creativity!

  44. Jo
    Posted 28 Nov ’13 at 13:48 | #

    Just made these bars and they are amazing! Are they ok to freeze?

  45. Sandra
    Posted 1 Feb ’14 at 00:13 | #

    Can´t wait to see your book! Loooooved your blog!!!

  46. Posted 18 Mar ’14 at 18:52 | #

    This is a very late comment, just to let you know your book is absolutely perfect, it’s standing on our table all the time and I love go through the pages again and again. I’ve already made many of the recipes and they all came out perfect and delicious. Actually before I only looked at cookbooks to find inspiration, not really to make the recipes, but your recipes are just what I’m looking for!

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