Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Chewy Toasted Sesame Kamut Bars

I was reorganizing my pantry this past weekend, and unearthed some long forgotten treats and treasures.  One thing I found was a big ol' bag of Puffed Kamut cereal, it was about to expire, and I needed to find a way to get the kids to eat it!
Kamut (ka-moot), if you're not familiar, is an ancient grain which closely resembles puffed wheat, and tastes very similar as well...maybe slightly more nutty in flavour.  Kamut does contain gluten, but has been said to be "easier to digest", and some people who don't tolerate wheat well, can tolerate kamut.  I myself don't have Celiac disease, but I would love to hear from those of you who do, and your experience with kamut!  

What I love about these bars in particular, is the taste of the roasty-toasty sesame seeds, the crunch of nuts and sunflower seeds, and the chew of the kamut, almost like a "rice crispy"square, but replaced with healthier ingredients.  It's a fast and easy no-bake recipe, and got a thumbs up by grown-ups and kids alike at my house!

Chewy Toasted Sesame Kamut Bars

1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 cup sunflower seeds or roasted peanuts (optional)
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup brown rice syrup
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 cups Kamut Puffs

Line a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with parchment paper, or grease with coconut oil or butter, and set aside.  
Using a medium sized pan, over medium-high heat, toast the sesame seeds, stirring & keeping an eye to ensure they don't burn!  Using the same pan & keeping the same heat, add the peanut butter, honey, brown rice syrup, and salt.  Stir until whole mixture is warmed through, and well combined.  Remove pan from heat, and add the cereal, and sunflower seeds or peanuts if your using them.  Stir until completely incorporated.
Pour into the prepared baking dish, and spread as evenly as your able.  Transfer the dish to the fridge to cool completely, before cutting into bars.  They stay chewy when kept in the fridge, but are more soft kept covered at room temperature. 


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