YAY FOOD! And food that is not too bad for you 🙂 This all falls under my whole idea of trying to eat better and trying new things resolutions for this year. I often suffer from 3:30-itis 🙂 For those of you that haven’t heard of this it is that time in the afternoon (usually around 3:30) where you get really hungry. The craving is usually for carbs or chocolate – it is the danger zone 🙂 Basically your body needs something to get you through until dinner. I often get it bad and it seemed the more I tried to not reach for carbs or something sweet AKA chocolate the more my brain would think of nothing else. Now, I love myself some muesli slice, however it is not exactly good for you depending on what you put in, it can have a lot of preservatives, sugars etc. So on my researcher hat went in search of a healthy muesli slice. I discovered Tahini slice 🙂 Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds (I found the consistency similar, but a little runnier than peanut butter) you can get hulled and un-hulled varieties, it is also a main ingredient in hummus so in buying it I will also finally get to try making my own hummus, yay for no wastage :). Tahini is a good source of calcium, protein and healthy fats. In my case I chose un-hulled Tahini because when I compared the labels there was less fat, sodium, carbs etc. Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/2 cup agave nectar
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup sultanas
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. Line a slice tin with baking paper.
In a large bowl, stir together the tahini and agave. Stir in the oats and sultanas.
Spoon the mixture into the slice tin you prepared and smooth it out with the back of the spoon. Bake for 10-15mins or until golden. Cool Completely before slicing to serve.
Please note that it is a sticky slice. It is not meant to have the consistency of cake 🙂 Mine kept for over a week in Tupperware and it was a huge help with my 3:30-itis 🙂 I cut mine into 12 biggish slices. It has a heavy nutty flavour (so good) and goes great with an afternoon tea or coffee. You get some carbs from the oats and tahini and sweetness (not at all overpowering) from the agave syrup and sultanas.
I found the recipe in a book called 4 Ingredients Diabetes by Diabetes Australia VIC.