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Nutrient-dense, cardamon, sesame seeds & coconut bites



Practicing vegetarianism since forever, I am a big fan of sesame seeds and I am always looking to eat more every day and promote the same. Let's be honest, it's not easy to eat them plain. Although sesame seeds are safe to eat raw, toasting the seeds brings out and enhances the nutty flavor and crunchiness.


Sesame seeds have been used as a health food for chronic disease prevention in many Asian countries for thousands of years. These are also believed to prevent human aging-related diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.


These little seeds are full of vitamin E which is an antioxidant, minerals like copper, manganese, and calcium. Another major fact about sesame seeds is the 'Sesamin', a lignan in sesame seeds that has multiple functions from having an antihypertensive effect to lowering cholesterol, and anticancer properties. So now we have all the reasons why we should be eating these more! :)


sesame coconut laddu, keto dessert, keto snack, easy no cook snack, diabetes friendly

Let's look at the recipe!



RECIPE:


Gluten-free

Nut-free: replace peanuts with roasted pumpkin seeds OR roasted rolled oats

Egg-free

Vegan

Soy-free

KETO-friendly: use sweetener instead of jaggery/sugar/dates

LOW-Carb: use sweetener

HEART-healthy- skip ghee, replace with equal amount of olive oil


Prep time: 5

Cook time: none

Blend and make balls: under 10 min

Serves: 9-10 balls

Ingredients:

  • roasted peanuts, 1/2 c

  • chia seeds, 1/4 c, soaked for 10 min in room temp water (1/2 cup)

  • sesame seeds, 1 c

  • flax seeds, 2 Tbsp

  • hemp seeds, 2 Tbsp

  • unsweetened shredded coconut, 1c

  • pea protein, 1.5 oz /1 scoop / 0.25 c

  • sugar/ jaggery powder/ sweetener, 4-5 Tbsp OR pitted medjool dates, 4 oz/1 cup by volume (loosely packed cup)

  • ghee, 2 Tbsp OR olive oil, 2 Tbsp

  • cardamom powder/crushed, 1-2 tsp




Instructions:

  1. roast the sesame seeds on the stovetop for 2 minutes till golden brown

  2. pulse roasted peanuts in the food processor

  3. add in all the rest of the ingredients and pulse few more times till it all comes together

  4. add just a splash of water if it's not coming together and pulse again

  5. taste test to see if the sugar content is up to your liking (everyone has a slightly different threshold)

  6. roll it into balls

  7. it freezes very well and is a wonderful snack even when you are on the go, traveling, etc.







Try my kids friendly, super-foods and chocolate energy balls for another variation of this snack!



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Did you try this recipe? I would so much love to hear your variation of this recipe! :)


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