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Banana, walnut and sesame health bars

Frank Camorra
Frank Camorra

Sesame seeds may be tiny but they pack a flavour punch. These health bars make a fantastic energy snack for long bike rides, lunchboxes or runs on the weekend.

Snack right: Banana, walnut and sesame bars.
Snack right: Banana, walnut and sesame bars. Photo: Marcel Aucar


300g pitted dried dates
200g dried bananas, chopped
130g walnuts
2 tbsp tahini
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
3 tbsp puffed quinoa


1. Line a 21-centimetre-square container with baking paper.

2. Soak the dates in water for 10 minutes then drain.

3. Place the dates, banana, walnuts, tahini and vanilla in a food processor and process to a paste (it's fine if it still has some texture). Add the sesame seeds and quinoa and fold through the paste.

4. Press mix into the lined container, refrigerate overnight, then cut into 16 squares.

Main ingredient:
Banana, Nuts, Quinoa
Modern Australian
Snacks, Lunchbox, Finger-food
Picnic, Morning/Afternoon Tea, Children's Party, Kids' cooking

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