Sesame seeds are not only rich in magnesium and copper but also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber. Besides that, they also contain lignans, including unique content of sesamin, which are phytoestrogens with antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Among edible oils from the six types of plants (sesame, groundnut, cottonseed, sunflower, corn and olive), sesame oil has the highest antioxidant content. The nutrients of sesame seeds are better absorbed if they are ground or pulverized before consumption. While sesame seeds have many health benefits, they can cause allergic reaction to some individuals. So, parents and caretakers should be mindful of this when introducing sesame seeds into a child’s diet.
My family loves sesame seeds for its aromatic flavour. As my son is not allergic to these seeds, I use sesame seeds extensively in my cooking and baking. Speaking of baking, these baked sesame crisps are a great way to introduce sesame seeds to your child’s diet.
These crisps are incredibly simple and easy-to-make, best for those who have a sudden urge to bake something quick. (Don’t be surprised, I belong to this group too!). The method is very straight forward. Egg white is used to bind the toasted sesame seeds. By combining with sugar, flour and butter, a mixture is formed. When the mixture is spread out into a thin layer and baked, it is “transformed” into a crunchy crisp. The tricky part is to make sure each layer is spread thinly and evenly, which means no overlapping of sesame seeds. A fork and a little patience are all you need to achieve that.
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For taste wise, these crisps are not sweet at all but filled with nutty and fragrant sesame flavour. They are extremely addictive too!! I’m sure kids will love to munch on these crunchy yet nutritious crisps as snack. Perhaps you can make them as festive cookies for the coming Chinese Lunar New Year.