This slice is a super-powered variation of the sesame seed and honey bars popular in Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine. It combines a variety of seeds, of various tastes and textures, to create a sweet and crunchy slice.
- DF Dairy free
- GF Gluten free
- VG Vegetarian
- S Sweet
- S/S Sides/Snacks
- HH Heart-healthy
- GUT Gut-healthy
- Prep time 10 mins
- Cook Time 90 mins
- Difficulty easy
- Line a slice tin (26-30cm x 18-20cm) with baking paper.
- Mix all seeds together in a bowl.
- Place honey and tahini in a large saucepan and melt on low heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring regularly, until a smooth paste. Add seeds and stir well to combine (best achieved with your hands, either by lightly oiling your hands or food-handling gloves with olive or coconut oil, and mush/squash until well combined).
- Once combined, press firmly into the tin and smooth down with the back of a metal spoon.
- Refrigerate or freeze for 1-2 hours.
- Cut into small squares and serve immediately. Keep chilled.
By Jean Hailes naturopath and herbalist Sandra Villella
Various sesame bars can be found in health foods stores (and even the local petrol station). This slice is a super-powered variation of the sesame seed and honey bars popular in Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine. It combines a variety of seeds, of various tastes and textures, to create a sweet and crunchy slice.
The linseeds, chia and hemp in this slice provide plant sources of the omega-3 essential fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which in the right conditions can be converted in the body to the same omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) found in fish.
While both omega-3 and omega-6 PUFA are needed in the diet, the Western diet often contains too much omega-6 (found in meat and vegetable oils). This slice helps to boost dietary omega-3 PUFA, and get closer to the ratio of omega-3 and 6 found in Mediterranean and Japanese diets.