It seems like these days I'm learning more and more about the importance of self-love and self-care. And food is no exception. Personally, I thrive best when maintaining a whole foods, plant-based diet, and that by eating certain foods, I choose to look after myself; body, mind, and spirit.
It's amazing really: food has the potential to nourish so many aspects of ourselves, and becoming cognizant of the reasons we eat or are drawn to certain foods
provides a window into our habitual patterns of thought and
conditioning. The distinctions between eating for functionality, eating for pleasure, and eating for emotional reasons (the last two are sort of intertwined) are important ones to keep in mind. They have the ability to elude even the most vigilant of healthy eaters.
Heavy stuff for a raw dessert post, eh?
But all is not heavy my friends! We absolutely need to appreciate and nourish ourselves with delightful treats every once in a while. Think of it as a chance to revel in your good fortune. Making such revels healthy choices is an even better bet.
These Black Sesame Seed Sweet Treats are awesome - there really is no better way to describe them. Who would have thought that walnuts, black sesame seeds, and ground coffee could go so well together?
Black sesames are loaded with calcium, and are even noted for their ability to reverse the signs of aging (grey hair included). The ground coffee was a last minute addition, and adds a little extra kick. Along with maca and lucuma, the coffee tempers the sweetness of the dates and raisins. The walnuts provide essential fatty acids, and help to bind the coconut with the mixture.
And I can't take all the credit for these tender morsels - I had some help from a special someone in the kitchen. In fact, this was one of the rare occasions where I helped make a recipe I didn't necessarily create on my own. We made these for a group of family visiting, and they couldn't have been more thrilled.
Black Sesame Seed Sweet Treats
Makes 24 bars
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup black sesame seeds, ground
2 cups dates
3 cups coconut
1 cup raisins
1 tsp ground coffee beans
2 tsp maca powder
2 tbsp lucuma powder
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp almond pulp (can substitute with 1-2 tbsp water)
Grind the black sesame seeds into a fine powder using a coffee grinder and set aside.
Combine ground sesame seeds with the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and process with an 's' blade until mixture is well-combined.
Transfer to a large glass baking dish and place in the fridge to chill for at least thirty minutes. Cut into small bars and serve with a mug of warm tea.
Will keep for a few days in the fridge, or a few weeks in the freezer.
Although coffee and dates might not be part of the adrenal fatigue healing plan I'm on right now, a little nibble was soothing to the soul.
Even better, sharing them with friends and family was all the more rewarding. In fact, making raw vegan desserts and sharing them with others is one of my favourite things to do; the happiness and exclamations they bring is always lovely and priceless;
"Is this really raw and vegan?
There's no white sugar in here?
How can it be so delicious and yet healthy for me??"