Remember Sesame Snaps? They’re still in grocery stores, usually by the checkout, priced around the 50-cent mark or offered at three for a dollar.
When I was diagnosed with osteoporosis, I often snacked on them because I’d heard that sesame seeds were very high in calcium.
Which is true. But the ample amount of sugar and glucose syrup entwined in those sesame snaps negate any benefits of the calcium, since sugar strips your body of nutrients, plus it creates acidity that must be buffered by alkaline minerals such as calcium.
So I was sort of on the right track, but not quite there yet.
These sesame snack bars are a much healthier alternative, and not only have plenty of calcium, but healthy fats from the almond butter, B vitamins from the coconut sugar and enzymes from the honey.
They’re super addictive, though – one of the best homemade granola-like bars I’ve had in awhile. I could have eaten half the pan at once. I swear you’ll find them impossible to resist. Exercise your willpower, friends!
Sesame Snack Bars
From Lexie’s Kitchen
¾ cup unsweetened dried coconut
½ cup raw cashews
1/3 cup almond butter
1/3 cup raw honey
¼ cup coconut sugar
½ tsp vanilla powder or extract
¼ tsp sea salt
1 ½ cups raw sesame seeds.
In food processor, pulse coconut and cashews into rough meal.
In a medium saucepan, gently heat almond butter, honey, coconut sugar, vanilla and salt until they are combined. In large bowl combine cashew mixture, almond butter mixture and sesame seeds.
Press firmly into a parchment-lined 8×8-inch pan. Bake at 300 degrees F for 20 minutes. Cool and transfer to refrigerator. Once chilled, slice into small bars with a sharp knife. Store in an airtight container.