I love easy to make snacks/desserts, like this sesame brittle. Especially when you’re craving something sweet but don’t feel like standing in the kitchen for hours. So I like to make quick snacks to satisfy my sweet tooth in a matter of minutes. Sesame brittle’s are definitely one of my favorite sweets.
They’re crunchy, chewy, nutty and a little messy to eat. Growing up we always bought our sesame brittle’s from Arabic/Middle Eastern stores, but they’re probably filled with unnecessary sugars so now I came up with my own super clean recipe using very few ingredients. I’m not saying you can’t find healthy versions of it in the stores, but it’s still much better and cheaper to make it yourself. Seriously give this recipe a try and you’ll thank me later.
The base ingredients are sesame seed and dates. I cannot say enough good things about dates. To me they’re more like sugar bomb than a health food. Due to their sweetness they are the perfect ingredient to use in smoothies, cakes, sweet sauces or anything that requires some sweetness. That is why this recipe has no added sugar. The sweetness from the dates is more than enough. They’re a great source of energy, contain a wide range of minerals, vitamins, fiber and more. Being so high in fiber they also help in digestion of food.
I love the nutty flavor of toasted sesame seeds. Like dates they are also packed with a ton of health benefits. They even promote healthy beautiful skin because of zinc, which is a mineral that produces collagen that adds elasticity to the skin. I like to consume sesame seeds mostly in the form of tahini, which is also a sesame paste.
You’ve probably noticed how much I like using cardamom in my foods by now. I even use it in coffee and tea. I’m not sure whether I like the taste or the smell the most! The taste and smell of cardamom are enough reasons for me to consume it, but as an extra bonus it also has a range of health benefits. It is very good to use if you have digestive issues, gas bloating etc. And if you need to freshen your breath after a meal, chew on cardamom. It really helps fight bad breath!
Here’s the recipe for my easy four ingredient sesame brittle.
In a non stick pan start toasting your sesame seeds and walnuts with one teaspoon cardamom and set aside.
In another nonstick pan, sautee your pitted dates with one teaspoon of cardamom until they become very soft. Keep stirring them with a spatula so they don’t get burned They will stick together and almost form a dough which is what you want.
Dip your date “dough” onto the toasted sesame seeds and walnuts and transfer to parchment paper (you won’t get all the sesame seeds at once)
Place another parchment paper on top and start rolling the “dough”. Keep adding the rest of the sesame seeds and keep rolling until you are happy with the thickness.
You can enjoy right away or place it in the fridge for an hour.
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