Sesame Seed Candy Recipe

My Sesame Seed Smoothie for Increasing Breastmilk was a big success, and several people asked for other ways to use these powerful seeds.  One of my favorite childhood treats are Sesame Seed candies. The store bought kind has high-fructose corn syrup and too much sugar, so we no longer get those. Sesame Seed Candy is also known as Pasteli, and is apparently of Greek origin.  These treats are easy and quick to make, they’re always a big hit. By adding Chia seeds, we’ve made them extra nutritious too.

Sesame Seed Candy (Pasteli)

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 1/3 cups of honey

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 cups of hulled white sesame seeds

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds


In a saucepan, bring honey, sugar and cinnamon to a boil. Add sesame seeds stirring continuously and continue to cook while stirring to mix completely and thoroughly. When the seeds are fully mixed in and the mixture has boiled again, remove from heat. Add chia seeds and mix thoroughly.

Spread a piece of baking parchment on a cool work surface and spread out the hot mixture thinly and evenly, on the paper (about 1/4 inch high).

When the pasteli cools to room temperature, refrigerate, as is, on the parchment paper (it doesn’t need to be covered). Chill for at least 2-3 hours if desired. We rarely wait that long and start eating within 5 minutes.

With a kitchen shears, cut the pasteli into small pieces, together with the parchment paper on the bottom, and serve.

To eat, peel off the parchment paper. Store in the refrigerator.

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