I always remember as a kid seeing these sesame bars in little yellow packets. They were definitely at that time the ‘healthy’ choice at the postoffice sweet counter, but never seemed too popular! I tried a few and from what I recall, it was a lot of sticky syrup and cracking of the teeth, not my favourite by any stretch! However these chewy and scrumptious bites are a different story :)
I had mango in the fridge and sesame seeds in the cupboard. Both full of nutritious vitamins and minerals and lots of great health benefits together! Sesame seeds contain a substance called Sesamin which has been proven to help lower cholesterol deemed ‘fat-burning’. Just to be clear, eating these yummy bars aren’t literally going to shed the pounds but they are a great option for a sweet treat alternative that has also been proven to have some attractive benefits! I thought I’d give combining the two a go and it worked out pretty deliciously!
The mango is fruity and gooey whilst the sesame seeds add a lovely crunch and nutty flavour all at once. It’s sweet and filling and perfect for an afternoon cup of tea or to pack in yours or your kids lunch boxes! They are super easy to make and carry around for a pick-me-up. And unlike most raw treats, they don’t have to be kept in the fridge up until the very last moment you eat them!
Re-wind 10 years and I would have these any day of the week as a kid!
- 1 Large Mango (About 180g)
- ½ cup dates (About 14 medium sized dates)
- ½ banana
- ¼ cup almonds
- 1½ Cup of white sesame seeds
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp almond butter
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- Pre-heat the oven to 180℃
- Blend the almonds in a blender until they resemble a flour-like consistency and place in a bowl.
- Place the dates, peeled mango and banana in the blender and mix until smooth.
- Add the mango mix to the almonds along with the rest of the ingredients and stir well.
- Line a tray with baking paper and pour on the sesame mixture.
- Spread out the mixture evenly and thinly so that it can bake the whole way through. You are aiming for just under 1cm thickness, you may need 2 baking trays depending on the size.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until the sesame seeds start to brown at the edges.
- Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack for 30 minutes.
- Slice into bite-sized pieces and serve.
- They will keep in the fridge in a air-tight container for up to 5 days.