We were looking for an Indian sweet treat we could infuse with some superfood goodness while eliminating the peanuts (for our nut-sensitive friends). This Sweet Sesame Superfood Snack is a twist on the Indian Tilgul recipe for sweet sesame-peanut balls, and a vegan Greek pasteli.
Our recipe experiment was turning out to be a fail for us because we didn't have the jaggery the traditional recipe called for. The coconut sugar wasn't melting. We added a bit of water but then the mixture wasn't holding together. In came the brown rice syrup and tahini to save the day. They were a pan full of chewy goodness, but we wanted some crunch. Ten minutes in the oven perfected the recipe.
These sesame seed bars lasted about 30 minutes in our house!
Bursting with sesame, flax, chia, cardamom, and coconut, these vegan Indian-fusion sesame bars are crunchy, sweet, and oh-so-good for you. They're a plant-based dessert you can feel good about eating!
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Toast the superfood seeds (sesame seeds, chia seeds, and flax seeds) in a pan. Next, melt your sugar and heat until bubbly and dissolved. Add the Tahini and cardamom.
Press the sesame bar mixture into a pan lined with oiled parchment paper. Trim the paper to the top level of the pan before baking.
You can use cutouts to make these bars into fun shapes! Throw in some vegan chocolate chips for an extra special treat.
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Stacy and Markus live an adventurous vegan lifestyle and write articles about their experiences cooking global vegan cuisine, creating businesses, raising vegan kids, and traveling through more than 65 countries. They earned degrees in molecular biology and acupuncture, consulted over decades for healthcare companies and individuals, created businesses in Asian medicine, eco-tourism, cultural immersion, and taught yoga in myriad venues.
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