Delicious and healthy snacks are hard to come by. So when I came across this recipe from Green Kitchen Stories, I knew I had to try them. Not only are they surprisingly healthy, they are quite delicious too! Sesame seeds are very high in calcium and dietary fibre. In addition to these important nutrients, they also contain sesamin and sesamolin which belong to a group of special fibres called lignans. Lignans have been shown to have a cholesterol lowering effect in humans, decrease high blood pressure, protect the liver from oxidative damage, and help to balance hormones.
Not only are sesame seeds an excellent source of copper and manganese (good for the knees), they are also rich in beneficial minerals, high in copper which provides relief for rheumatoid arthritis, high in magnesium which supports vascular and respiratory health high in zinc which ensures bone health, and lowers cholesterol.
- 1 cup almond flour (or walnut flour)
- 3/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup quinoa flakes*
- 1/2 cup goji berries (or other dried fruit of choice)
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (or other seeds of choice)
- 4 tbsp. maple syrup (or coconut nectar or honey)
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tsp. salt
How to Make:
- Lightly toast the walnuts in a large saucepan on low heat for a few minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
- Add the sesame seeds and quinoa flakes to the pan to lightly toast. Make sure the heat is really low because sesame seeds are very sensitive to high heat.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (maple syrup, coconut oil, shredded coconut, and salt) and stir until everything is combined, sticky and warm.
- Cover a 8 x 10-inch baking dish with parchment paper and pour the mixture into it. Flatten it out with 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 to harden. You can leave in the fridge in the dish or wrap them individually.
*If you don’t have quinoa flakes, you could use 1 cup of sesame seeds. You could also use any dried fruits that you have on hand including unsweetened cranberries, golden berries, or mulberries. Same goes for the pumpkin seeds – add any seeds that you have on hand.