SESAME SEED BALLS
Sesame seeds or Simsim are an oilseed crop, said to have been cultivated for over 3,000 years. The plant is native to Afrika and India and the tiny seeds are used for a variety of food preparations. They are rich in natural oils, zinc, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorous, vitamin E, magnesium, B vitamins, dietary fiber and protein.
They are great for skin and hair care, heart health, managing diabetes, promoting healthy digestion, bone and oral health and boosting the body’s fight against cancer. They also help prevent infertility in men, reduce inflammation, protect against radiation and boost the body’s metabolism.
Simsim seeds contain small amounts of THC, can irritate the stomach and colon if excessively consumed and can increase blood sugar levels so consume in moderation. They are not nuts but may cause some of the same allergic reactions as nuts do.
¾ cup of raw sesame seeds
½ cup of honey
1 pinch of salt (optional – helps balance the flavor)
In a pot, lightly toast the sesame seeds until golden brown. Watch them closely to prevent burning.
Reduce the heat to medium/low, add the salt stir.
Pour in the honey and mix together until well combined. Make sure not to boil the honey so as to preserve its potency. The aim here is to combine the ingredients well.
Take off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
With clean hands and a clean spoon or ice cream scoop, gather an amount of mixture and roll into balls, place on a clean surface/parchment paper to cool completely – or pop them in the fridge to cool.
You can make these as balls or bars depending on your preference and you can use the oven instead of the stove top.
You can use raisins, nuts, dried fruit, coconut flakes and other ingredients to give this snack a boost – or keep it simple and pure.
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