Sesame jar

Tahini is so incredibly versatile, delicious and packed with nutrients. Tahini is made from pulverized raw or roasted sesame seeds and is primarily used in Middle Eastern cuisine. The recipe for these sesame power bars actually comes from Turkey where this treat is called “halva” and is a popular dessert you can buy almost everywhere.

Tahini has a sweet nutty flavor that goes well with pretty much anything. It is one of those low-profile superfoods that not many think to pick up at the grocery store.

Sesame seeds are a great source of plant-based calcium. A quarter cup contains about 35% of your daily calcium intake requirement. They are also high in B vitamins, necessary for optimal cell metabolism as well as important minerals, such as manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and copper – all needed to maintain a healthy electrolyte balance and an alkaline environment in your body.

Sesame seeds add a good amount of healthy polyunsaturated fats and plant-based protein to your diet too.  So much nutrition packed in such tiny shells!

When sesame seeds are ground into paste, their amazing nutritional benefits are even more powerful as your body absorbs the nutrients more efficiently. One of the easiest ways to use sesame seeds in your cooking is to sprinkle them on salads and cold dishes, or simply toss a spoonful in a smoothie. Lately, I have been loving these sesame paste pecan bars, which are super easy and quick to make if you are in a mood for a sweet and healthy snack.

All you need is three simple ingredients: raw sesame seeds, a healthy sweetener of choice (I use raw honey or maple syrup) and raw pecans.

I know you can’t wait to make this delicious dessert, so lets get to it!

Enjoy and please leave a comment below to let us know how you like this recipe.