Gluten-free Classic Greek Honey Sesame Bites (Pasteli/ Παστέλι)
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'Pasteli' is a traditional and nutritious sweet snack which is adored by children and adults all over Greece.
In ancient times, it would have been made from honey and sesame seeds, but nowerdays so many commercial pasteli are now made with sugar and glucose syrup, so I decided to make my own refined sugar-free version.
It's made from honey, sesame seeds and a small amout of coconut sugar to help give it structure and that *snap*.
The steps are so straight forward, you just need to make sure you do not burn it!
125g sesame seeds
40g almonds, roughly chopped
80g / 4 Tbsp Greek honey
50g coconut sugar
Prepare a sheet of baking paper on a tray and put aside for later.
Put the sesame seeds and nuts into a frying pan and lightly toast til they're a light golden colour. Remove from heat and put into another bowl.
Place the pan back on a medium heat and sprinkle the sugar evenly across the base of the pan, let it sit til it begins to melt, but don't stir it yet.
When it has melted, pour the honey into the pan along with the sesame seeds and almonds and quickly stir til everything is well combined and coated. It will be thick and sticky.
Use a spatula to scrape out onto the baking paper and flatten a bit to form a rectangular shape. You must work quick as the sugar will being to harden.
Lay another piece of baking paper on top and use a rolling pin to level the surface.
Cut into small squares and leave to cool at room temperature or in the fridge.
(Optional) drizzle melted dark chocolate over the top, or dip half (or all) in dark chocolate and leave to cool.
They can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature or in the fridge for approx 2 weeks.
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Sesame seeds - are a rich source of B vitamins that boost energy and brain function, vitamin E, which is protective against heart disease and stroke, and important minerals, such as magnesium, iron and calcium. (Source)
Almonds - are high in protein and fibre and are an excellent source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids and Vitamin E. (Source)
Greek honey - is nutritionally dense and filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. (Source)
Coconut sugar - brings a lovely caramel flavour with a lower GI. (Source)
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