My husband has a love (…ok craving…) for sesame snaps and frequently buys them at grocery stores. It looks deceptively healthy…after all it’s packed with sesame seeds, which are nutritious right? However, a look at the ingredient labels reveals that the snack is basically made up of sugar. For example, of the four ingredients in a Sezme brand sesame snap, three of the ingredients are sugar based. Here is the entire ingredients list: Sesame seeds, glucose syrup, sugar, honey.
I was determined to make a healthier version. But I was disappointed to see that most of the recipes out there on the Internet for homemade sesame snaps or sesame bars use quite a lot of sugar or sweeteners as the main ingredient as well. I really wanted a healthier, lower sugar version. So when I stumbled across this recipe (see source) from bon appetit for Sesame-Peanut Bars Recipe by Molly Mitchell, I was ecstatic!! I tried it out right away, making some modifications and a winner was born! I absolutely love the fact that it only calls for ¼ cup of honey. Try it yourself!
Recipe by: Dietitianmom
Makes about 16 snaps
- 1¼ cups raw or toasted sesame seeds
- ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup unsalted, roasted cashews (chopped).
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup honey (or maple syrup or agave nectar)
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seed butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal (optional)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9 x 13 inch glass bakeware pan with parchment paper, with sufficient overhang on all sides.
- In a large bowl, mix the wet ingredients (sesame seeds, coconut, chopped cashew nuts, salt and optional ingredients like the flaxseed meal and chia seeds if desired).
- In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients (honey, sunflower seed butter, and vanilla)
- Add the wet ingredients mixture to the dry sesame seed mixture and mix well.
- Scrape mixture into prepared baking dish, and then press firmly into an even layer, as thinly as you can!
- Bake in the oven until golden brown around the edges (at least 20–25 minutes, depending on how thick the mixture layer is).
- Transfer to a wire rack and let cool until firm (this will take at least 30–40 minutes). Lift the entire parchment piece with the baked layer out of the bakeware (if it starts to crumble, let cool longer) and let it cool fully. Then cut into rectangular snaps.
This is a very easy and versatile recipe, and quick to throw together when the snack craving hits. Use whatever you have in the kitchen, be it toasted or raw sesame seeds, sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes or coconut shreds. I’m sure it will work fine with other nuts too such as chopped pecans, hazelnuts or walnuts! Feel free to experiment! You can also make these bars a few days ahead of time and store them in an airtight jar or container. However, if you don’t intend to eat all of this right away, the best method I’ve found to maintain the crispiness of the sesame-cashew snaps is to freeze them in an airtight container. Then take some snaps out to thaw for about 10 minutes before consuming.
The problem? Now I’m addicted!
(Source: Sesame-Peanut Bars. Bon Appétit. http://www.bonappetit.com.
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/sesame-peanut-bars. Published September 2015. Accessed June 20, 2017.)