Tahini paste is so incredibly versatile, delicious and very nutritious. Tahini is made from pulverized raw or roasted sesame seeds and is primarily used in Middle Eastern cuisine. The original recipe for these sesame power bars comes from Turkey where it is called “halva” and is a popular dessert you can buy almost everywhere.
Tahini has a sweet nutty flavor that goes well with pretty much anything. It is one of those low-profile superfoods that not many people know of.
Sesame seeds are an incredibly good source of plant-based calcium, a quarter cup contains about 35% of your daily calcium intake requirement. They are also high in B vitamins, necessary for optimal cell metabolism as well as important minerals, such as manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and copper – all needed to maintain a healthy electrolyte balance and an alkaline environment in your body.
Sesame seeds add a good amount of healthy polyunsaturated fats and high quality plant-based protein to your diet too, so they are very well-rounded little fella’s. So much nutrition packed in such tiny shells!
When sesame seeds are ground into paste, their amazing nutritional benefits are even more powerful as your body absorbs the nutrients more efficiently.
One of the easiest ways to use sesame seeds in your cooking is to sprinkle them on salads and cold dishes, or simply toss a spoonful in a smoothie. Lately, I have been loving these sesame paste pecan bars, which are super easy & quick to whip up if you are in a mood for a sweet and healthy snack.
I know these guys look yummy and I promise you, they really are! All you need is three simple ingredients: raw sesame seeds, a healthy sweetener of choice (I use raw honey or maple syrup) and raw pecans.
I know you can’t wait to make this delicious dessert, so lets get to it. Enjoy and please leave me a comment to let me know how it goes.
- 1½ cup raw sesame seeds (or 1 cup raw tahini)
- 2 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
- ½ cup raw pecan halves or walnuts (chopped)
- 4-6 Tbsp water
- Blend sesame seeds into fine powder
- Mix sesame seed powder, honey and water in a bowl
- Toss in the nuts and stir well
- Form a loaf and place in the refrigerator until it firms up (usually overnight)*
- Slice into 2" squares and enjoy!