Pasteli Honey Sesame Bars Recipe

Everything Green Mediterranean Cookbook
Everything Green Mediterranean Cookbook

Pasteli Honey Sesame Bars

The Mediterranean Diet became popularized in the early 90’s. This healthy lifestyle survives today and for good reason. It’s full of healthy fats, natural foods, whole grains, nuts, and very little meat. It even allows for some delicious (and secretly, nutritious) snacks and desserts, like these Pasteli – or Honey Sesame Bars. It’s no surprise that many dieticians recommend following this fun and easy way of eating.

I found this recipe in the Everything Green Mediterranean Cookbook by Peter Minaki. This Mediterranean Cookbook contains an array of 200 healthy and delicious recipes. Packed with twelve chapters of information, the author arms you with everything you need to know to get started.

Most of the recipes are vegetarian, and it even has a recipe for Vegetarian Gyros (which I almost opted to share). But there are a few meat recipes for poultry and fish, too. I decided to share this Honey Sesame Bar recipe since I have very few snacks and dessert recipes. They aren’t too sweet nor are they too fussy. It pairs well with a cup of hot tea, too!

In addition to a tasty afternoon snack, these treats make and easy, not-too-sweet breakfast. Pair it with some fresh fruit, such as dates or figs, for a well-rounded breakfast. One recipe makes 20 bars and they freeze well for future meals.

Be sure to check out our other breakfast or dessert recipes.

Pasteli Honey Sesame Bars Recipe

CategoryDessert Recipes, Snack RecipesDifficultyBeginner

These delicious sesame bars contain healthy fats, protein, fiber, and antioxidants—they’re the original energy snack. Choose a good-quality honey for these bars.

Yields20 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time40 mins

 1 ½ cups Honey
 1 ½ cups Toasted Sesame Seeds
 ½ cup roughly chopped roasted unsalted almonds
 1 tbsp grated orange zest
 ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

1

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2

Pour honey into a medium saucepan and clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Heat over medium heat until the temperature reaches 250°F.

3

Add sesame seeds, almonds, orange zest, and cinnamon. Cook and stir another 3 minutes.

4

Pour the mixture onto prepared baking sheet and lay another piece of parchment paper on top.

5

Use a rolling pin to roll out the mixture to 1⁄4" thickness. Remove the top sheet of parchment and allow about 30 minutes to cool completely.

6

Cut into square or diamond shapes and serve. Store in an airtight container with parchment paper placed between layers up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1

Servings 20


Amount Per Serving
Calories 170Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g13%
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 15mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 23g8%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 21g
Protein 4g8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients

 1 ½ cups Honey
 1 ½ cups Toasted Sesame Seeds
 ½ cup roughly chopped roasted unsalted almonds
 1 tbsp grated orange zest
 ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Directions

1

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2

Pour honey into a medium saucepan and clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Heat over medium heat until the temperature reaches 250°F.

3

Add sesame seeds, almonds, orange zest, and cinnamon. Cook and stir another 3 minutes.

4

Pour the mixture onto prepared baking sheet and lay another piece of parchment paper on top.

5

Use a rolling pin to roll out the mixture to 1⁄4" thickness. Remove the top sheet of parchment and allow about 30 minutes to cool completely.

6

Cut into square or diamond shapes and serve. Store in an airtight container with parchment paper placed between layers up to 1 week.

Pasteli Honey-Sesame Bars Recipe

Excerpted from The Everything Green Mediterranean Cookbook by Peter Minaki. Photographs by James Stefiuk. Copyright © 2021 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.

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Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

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