Gluten-free Vegan Chocolate Chia and Sesame Bites (Super Pasteli/ Παστέλι)



This 'Pasteli' recipe is an adaptation of the traditional 'Pasteli ' with additional superfoods like chia seeds, dark chocolate and Yacon powder (optional but recommended). They are the perfect go to healthy snack!


24 Servings


10 Minutes


5 Minutes


  • 65g sesame seeds

  • 60g chia seeds

  • 40g almonds, roughly chopped (or seeds for nut free)

  • 50g quality dark chocolate at 75% cacao, chips or a bar roughly chopped.

  • 4 Tbsp Greek honey (or maple syrup for vegan)

  • 1 Tbsp Yacon powder (optional)


  1. Prepare a sheet of baking paper on a tray and put aside for later.

  2. Put the sesame seeds, chia seeds and nuts (or seeds) into a large frying pan and lightly toast til they're a light golden colour, then remove from heat.

  3. Pour the honey (or maple syrup) into the pan and coat all the sesame seeds and nuts. 

  4. Drop in the choclate chips and rougly stir til melted. I half mixed it so it would have a marbled effect.

  5. Sprinkle in the Yacon powder and again mix to combine. It will be thick and sticky.

  6. Use a spatula to scrape out onto the baking paper and flatten a bit to form a rectangular shape.

  7. Lay another piece of baking paper on top and use a rolling pin to level the surface.

  8. Cut into small squares while still soft then allow to cool at room temperature or in the friedge. 


  • They can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature but better in the fridge up to 2 weeks.



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)

Chia seeds - Provide all 8 essential Amino Acids and non essential Acids and are a good source of dietary fibre, calcium and protein. Chia seeds are also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which is needed for brain and heart health. (Source)

Greek honey - is nutritionally dense and filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. (Source)

Quality dark chocolate (75% cacao or higher) -  has a wide variety of powerful antioxidants and is rich in fibre, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and other minerals. (Source)

Yacon powder - high in potassium and antioxidants, the yacon root is considered the world’s richest natural source of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) which is an excellent pre-biotic booster for the digestive system. Yacon feeds your good bacteria! (Source)


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  • Many of my recipes call for Greek products like Greek extra virgin olive oil, Greek honey or Greek oregano. It is not mandatory for it to be Greek in order to make the recipe, you are more than welcome to use a good quality alternative; just keep in mind if you are after the authentic flavours of Greece these details do make all the difference in Greek cuisine. You can shop these ingredients here.​

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  • Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.


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