Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sesame Sprinkles

Sesame seeds are highly nutritious, but I assume that for most of us, they are not a staple in our diet. Research shows that they are rich in oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fatty acid that helps to lower the "bad cholesterol" in our bloodstream. Sesame seeds are also a great source of good quality plant protein. They contain anti-oxidants that help reduce harmful free radicals in the body. And they are an excellent source of a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, folic acid, thiamin (B1), pyridoxine (B6), riboflavin, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, and selenium. These nutrients serve many helpful purposes in the body. 

Here's a recipe using sesame seeds that is easy to make, tasty, and versatile. It can be made ahead and sprinkled on foods as desired, used in a way similar to Parmesan cheese or flavored salts.

Sesame Sprinkles

1 cup hulled sesame seeds

1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Place all ingredients in a container and stir. Then, grind small amounts at a time in a coffee grinder (I use one that is dedicated only to seeds and nuts). Place mixture in a jar and cover with a lid. Store in the fridge.

To serve, sprinkle on salads, pasta, or cooked vegetables. Adding lemon juice enhances the flavors! Although this is a great recipe for an afternoon tea party, it is also delicious sprinkled on pizza!

Today I am linking to Bernideen's Tea Time Blog.


  1. Oh I do love sesame seeds... This sounds like a great little recipe to add variety and a bit of interest to favorite dishes.

  2. Mmmm...that sounds delicious! We use tahini (sesame paste) to make a creamy salad dressing. Tahini, water and a bit of fruit jam. Yummy.

  3. I do like sesame about anything, so I am sure this must be good. At the Chinese Market I love their little sesame cookies, they are too addictive and I just want to gooble up the whole container.

  4. That does sounds like it would make a tasty way to add nutrients to a salad dressing.


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