Pasteli: Sesame Honey Candy

Warning, this delicious, chewy Greek candy is easy to make and rather addictive. It’s a great energy-packed snack, so don’t feel too bad if you eat more than a few.

2 cups sesame seeds, toasted*
1 cup pumpkin seeds (raw or toasted)
1 tablespoon flax seeds, ground
1 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease it with oil or butter.
  • Place honey in a small saucepan and heat over a medium heat until it starts to bubble and forms a mass.
  • Add sesame seeds, pumpkin seed, ground flax seeds and salt to the pan and mix well.
  • Continue to cook over medium-low heat, stirring until the mixture is a rich golden-brown color, about 10 minutes.
  • Scrape mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it to about 1/4 inch thick. You can do this with a spatula or by placing a slightly oiled piece of parchment paper over the mixture and using a rolling pin to thin it.
  • Cool completely.
  • Transfer the candy to a cutting board (keep it on the parchment paper). Using a knife, pizza cutter or kitchen shears, cut into small pieces (rectangle, triangle, your choice).
  • Place in an airtight container.

Yield: Approximately 50 pieces.

* Note: Toasted sesame seeds: Heat seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan frequently. Heat until lightly browned (about 5 minutes). Watch carefully; they burn quickly!

3 Responses to “Pasteli: Sesame Honey Candy”

  1. Beth West says:

    Thank you for posting this! it’s one of our favorite treats and now I know how to make it at home.

  2. George says:

    What a great alternative to boring peanut briddle or toffee.

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