Goodness of oats and sesame in every bite!! Yummm..Yummm..!!!
Let us see how to make a no bake sesame-oats bar for kids.
Makar Sankranti is this year’s first big festival. Sankranti will be celebrated on 14 Jan -15 Jan and it is a harvest festival celebrated across India. It is known by different regional names including Uttarayan in Gujrat, Sankranti in MP and Pongal in Tamil Nadu.
My daughter loves sesame recipes and I thought of making something new this time like a healthy oat bar with sesame in it and this sesame oats bar recipe is the output of the whole process.
These crispy brittles are good and safe for kids above one year and are very good alternatives to health bars and chocolates 🙂
In fact you can wrap them in foil paper and it can be given as snack, a sweet item in the lunch box or as an evening snack with milk.
I am very confident that all the family members will relish this homemade chikki in the winters.
Health benefits of sesame and oats:
Til, ellu or sesame seeds have immense health benefits like low glycemic index and also contain dietary protein with fine quality amino acids. These are essential for growth, especially in children. It is safe to give sesame seeds for babies above one year.
Oats are considered to be a concentrated source of fiber and nutrients. These whole grains are considered as super foods across world and are also known to
- Reduce the risk of heart diseases
- Enhance immunity
- Stabilize blood sugar
- Lower cholesterol levels.
- Promote health due to presence of phytonutrients
Healthy oats sesame seed bar recipe:
For this quick 5-ingredient recipe, we will roast oats, sesame and pistachio and add them all to the sugar syrup.
A lot of people get confused with the consistency of sugar syrup, trust me this one is a super easy task as we just need to melt the sugar and do not need to be bothered about the thread consistency at all 🙂
So let us see how it is done step by step.
First of all grease a clean flat surface or plate with some ghee to set the chikki/bars. Dry roast half-cup sesame seeds on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes in a thick pan/kadai. Transfer the roasted sesame seeds into a bowl.
In the same pan / kadai, add 1 tablespoon of ghee and roast half a cup of oats for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the kadai and add it in a bowl.
Add ½ tbsp. of ghee to the kadai and add the sliced pistachios and roast them for a few seconds. Transfer the roasted pistachios into a bowl.
Now we will make the sugar syrup. To make the syrup add 1 tablespoon of ghee to the kadai on medium heat and add one cup sugar. Keep stirring, the sugar will slowly start melting. Once the sugar is melted completely, the syrup is ready. Switch off the flame, as we do not want to heat the syrup further.
Add in the oats, sesame and pistachio to the syrup and mix well.
Transfer the mixture onto a greased plate or board. Bring the mixture together using a spoon or spatula and roll it out using a greased belan or rolling pin.
One needs to do this step a bit quickly else the chikki can set in the kadai/pan. At the same time do take care, as the mixture will be very hot. Thickness of the chikki/bar can be around 8 to 10 mm based on personal preference.
Make cuts using a sharp knife / pizza cutter (in any desired shape).
Wait for a few minutes for the chikki to cool down and then separate the pieces. Crispy oats sesame bars are ready.
These bars store well for 20-30 days and are a very good option when travelling with kids. Do Store them in an airtight container.
- Sesame seeds or til - ½ cup
- Oats - ½ cup
- Sugar or shakkar - 1 cup
- Pistachio or pista – 10 to 15
- Clarified butter or ghee – 3 tablespoon
- Grease a board or plate with some ghee to set the chikki/bars.
- Dry roast the sesame seeds on medium heat for 2-3 minutes in a thick pan/kadai. Transfer the roasted sesame seeds into a bowl.
- In the same pan / kadai, add 1 tablespoon of ghee and roast the oats for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the kadai and add it in a bowl.
- Add ½ tablespoon of ghee to kadai and add the sliced pistachios and roast them for a few seconds. Transfer the roasted pistachios into a bowl.
- Add 1 tablespoon of ghee into kadai and add the sugar on the medium heat. Keep stirring till the sugar melts completely. Once the sugar is melted completely, the syrup is ready.
- Add in the oats, sesame and pistachio to the syrup and mix well.
- Transfer the mixture onto a greased surface.
- Bring the mixture together using a spoon / spatula and roll it out using a greased belan / rolling pin. Thickness of the bars can be around 8-10 mm.
- Make cuts using a sharp knife / pizza cutter (in any desired shape) . Wait for a few minutes for the chikki to cool down and then separate the pieces. Yummy winter delights are ready to be enjoyed.
- You can grind the roasted oats and sesame to a fine powder and then add it to the syrup for a different texture.
- Cardamom powder or Vanilla essence can be added for enhancing the recipe.
- You can also add roasted peanuts / combination of almonds, cashew nuts, walnuts etc. instead of sesame to make a multi-fruit bar. I have tried the same recipe with peanuts too and it tastes just wonderful.Try this homemade peanut chikki recipe too.
- Try to give only 1 to 1.5 of these sesame candy bars a day for kids as more than that may be heavy for young stomachs.
Do you have any other healthy oats and sesame bar recipe? Please share your healthy sesame or oats recipes in comments and also tell us how your sesame-oats bar turned out.
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