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Front view of stacked pieces of chocolate sesame bark.

Sesame Chocolate Bark


  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10-14 Pieces 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

With a layer of nutty, sweet, crunchy sesame brittle and a layer of rich dark chocolate flavored with creamy tahini, this sesame chocolate bark is the ultimate light dessert or snack.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 1/3 cup hulled white sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup agave or maple syrup
  • 4 tsp olive or sesame oil
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 9 oz semisweet or dark chocolate
  • 1/3 cup tahini, divided
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275˚F / 135˚C and line a half sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the sesame seeds, agave, oil, and 1/2 tsp salt.
  3. Spread sesame seed mixture onto a parchment lined tray and bake for 23-25 minutes, rotating the tray once halfway through baking. Remove from the oven and let cool for 35-40 minutes, until cool to the touch and crispy. (You can speed this up in freezer). 
  4. Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring well between each interval, until fully melted.
  5. Whisk 1/4 cup of tahini, cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp salt into the melted chocolate and pour chocolate mixture over cooled sesame brittle, using a spatula to spread it into an even layer. 
  6. Dollop about 1-2 tbsp (total) of tahini in various places on top of the chocolate, then use a fork or knife to swirl. Sprinkle with more sesame seeds.
  7. Return to the freezer for 1 hour. Remove and cut or break into bite sized squares. Store in an airtight container in the freezer between layers of parchment paper.

Notes

Let the sesame brittle cool completely: when you first remove the brittle from the oven, it may not look quite set. Don't worry! Once it cools completely, it will firm up and get super crispy. You can transfer to the fridge or freezer to speed this process.

Tahini swirl optional: we love how the tahini swirl looks on top of this sesame chocolate bark, but feel free to skip that step if preferred. You'll still get plenty of tahini flavor since there's some mixed directly into the chocolate!

Hulled vs. unhulled sesame seeds: Hulled sesame seeds have their tough outer shell removed and are best in this sesame chocolate brittle. It makes the brittle easier on your teeth and tastes a bit milder. 

Agave: really any liquid sweetener would work well in this sesame chocolate bark. We also love using maple syrup. If you're not vegan, honey is also a great sub. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cool/Freeze Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Freezer
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Square
  • Calories: 254
  • Sugar: 12.1 g
  • Sodium: 171.8 mg
  • Fat: 18.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.1 g
  • Fiber: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 4.6 g

Keywords: sesame chocolate bark