A trip to the bulk bins section of the local health food shop is not complete without a scoop of sesame seed sticks. I know they are probably deep fried but they are a little indulgence myself and kids enjoy.
I have been trying to replicate my own version at home using coconut oil, olive oil and found these ended up as a crumble. The best version came from my last batch which I branched out and included some Bioglan beetroot powder, which adds the boosting element of nitrates (endurance boosting, detoxifying and alkalising). This is completely optional as I did a basic batch as well.
You really can get as creative as you like with this recipe for healthy sesame seed sticks but I recommend you stick with the basic one to start with. This version includes ground sunflower seeds, which are are the gift of the beautiful sunflower, which supply significant amounts of vitamin E, magnesium and selenium. Sesame seeds adds a nutty texture without the nuts and are an excellent source of copper, a very good source of manganese, and a good source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, molybdenum, vitamin B1, selenium, and dietary fiber.
I use rice flour (rice put in food processor) but feel free to use wholemeal, spelt etc.
Healthy sesame seeds sticks
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup rice flour (or wholemeal, spelt etc)
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbs olive oil
1/4-1/2 cup water
pinch of season salt
Beetroot powder (optional)
*here you can design to suit your tastebuds using turmeric, garlic powder, even a touch of maple syrup or chia seeds
1// Ground the sunflower seeds in your food processor or thermomix
2// Add in the flour of your choice plus sesame seeds, baking powder, salt, oil olive (beetroot) and stir to combine
3// Gradually add in the water so it is enough to form a dough without sticking to your fingers
4// Roll into a ball and place on tray, between two layers of baking paper on the bottom and cling wrap on the top. Using a rolling pin roll out to form a thin base and then using a pizza cutter, cut into small sticks.
5// Bake in a moderate oven – 160 degrees for around 25-30 mins until they turn a slight golden colour. They will crispen up once cooled.
Store them in an airtight container and keep handy on flights, at work or on the go for a healthy snack attack.