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Sesame Bites

on March 14, 2013

March 14th, 2013 027

This started out as a bit of a mission to recreate a chocolate covered halva bar we found at a health food store last week.

When I got home I wanted to recreate this bar of goodness so I did some research.  First thing I noticed was that most halva recipes require honey… not vegan.  Not terrible for you, but not vegan.  So I called the health food store to get the actual list of ingredients… I really just wanted to know if I consumed anything that is not considered a vegan food, other than the honey.

YIKES!

It wasn’t honey…  corn syrup was the second ingredient.

Enough said.

Here’s what we came up with while trying to make a healthier version.

Not the same of course without the corn syrup, but in my opinion… much better for us!  🙂

What you’ll need…

  • 1c of raw sesame seeds
  • 10-12 dates
  • 2tsp of mesquite powder
  • 2tbsp of flax seeds
  • 4-6 squares of ‘Camino dark chocolate

Put your sesame seeds into the food processor and whiz away for a minute or two… you want them to become crumbly, almost a paste but not quite tahini.  🙂

Chop your dates and add them in… sometimes it helps the processor a bit if you soak your dates in some warm water first, for about an hour.

Process for another minutes or so and add in the mesquite powder.  This ingredient is optional, but it is highly recommended.  It is a super food… it is so good for you…. and… it adds a great, unique flavour that will keep people guessing. I love that.  🙂

You know where to find it, right?

Put all of that goodness into a bowl and add in your flax seeds.   Squish it all together.

Find a small square or rectangle dish, line it with parchment and pack the mixture in tight.  Cover and place it in the freezer for an hour or so… we kept ours in overnight.

Remove from the freezer, cut it into small, bite size squares.

Melt some ‘Camino’ dark chocolate in a stainless steel bowl over a pot of simmering water.  Dunk the top of the sesame square into the chocolate and you’re done!  Well, almost…

We topped ours with ground up cacao beans – YUM… but you don’t have to.  🙂

We recommend you keep these beauties in the fridge… enjoy!!

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