Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Easy, healthy desserts: Lemon sesame bars

Easy, healthy desserts: Lemon sesame chickpea bars
My favourite foods are desserts. Hands down. However, maintaining a healthy diet tends to clash with my desire to eat brownies, cakes, and cookies. This is why I love, love, love, baking easy, healthy desserts. I came up with these lemon bars - they are absolutely delicious, sweet, and oh so soft. Bonus: there is no sugar, no butter, which means the toddler can also dig in!

Easy, healthy desserts Lemon bars stacked

I love how making baked goods fills my house with a lovely aroma. When I whipped up these chickpea bars, I could practically taste how delicious they would be just because of the way my house smelled. Apparently, my toddler could also tell that there was some baking going on because he woke up from a long overdue, far too short nap as soon as these babies had been in the oven. We came downstairs, and I had to check on the bars. The kiddo saw.

Cue meltdown. Meltdown filled with tears, screaming, red face, and kiddo's adorable I-hate-this face where his bottom lip trembles. It's the kind of face that makes me laugh because it's so darn cute. Ooops. He really, really wanted to try these. After all, their smell clearly woke him up. They weren't ready and had to go back in the oven.

Oh. My. Word. I thought Melt Down 1 was bad, this one was worse. It was as if this child had not eaten in days and I had taken the last bread crumb away from him. More screaming. More tears. 

After a few distractions (including taking every last card/id out of my wallet and putting it back in for about twenty minutes), the bars had baked for long enough to no longer contain raw egg, and had cooled enough to be eaten.

I am also pleased to report that both the kiddo and I were very happy with how they turned out. The next morning, he most definitely requested more.

Viola, my newest (easy), but healthy dessert: lemon sesame bars 

Easy, healthy desserts Lemon bar


This depends on whether you are using canned or dried chickpeas. 
Total time if using dried chickpeas: two hours ten minutes
Total time if using canned chickpeas: thirty five to forty minutes 


10 - 12 bars

Kitchen tools

  • Blender or food processor. I recommend a food processor because the dates need to become paste like. This is harder in a blender, but I got it to work! 
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula to help scoop
  • 8x8 oven safe pan


  • 1.5 cups chickpeas (secret ingredient - you won't even know they are there!) 
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 10 large dates
  • 1/2 cup ground oats
  • 1/2 the juice of a lemon
  • the zest of 1 lemon
  • 4.5 tablespoons black sesame seeds (you could also be creative here and add chia seeds or another seed. You could do a mixture, too. I found that I liked the ratio though, so I wouldn't change that) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk 
  • 2 eggs

Easy, healthy desserts Lemon bar


  1. If you are using dried chickpeas you will need to soak them overnight, and then let them simmer for an hour and a half beforehand. 
  2. Preheat oven to 200 C or 400 F
  3. Get out your blender and a large mixing bowl. Blend the oats, then remove them and add to mixing bowl.
  4. Add dates to food processor. They should get a paste like consistency  
  5. Add dates to mixing bowl
  6. Add milk and chickpeas to food processor or blender. 
  7. Now, combine the rest of your ingredients in the mixing bowl 
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes 

Easy, healthy desserts Lemon bars

After letting these bars sit, they became even tastier the next day!

For more dessert ideas, visit my healthy dessert recipes page. Don't forget to stop by my pinterest board:

Follow Yuliya Fruman's board Healthy Desserts on Pinterest.

Today, I'm linking up with 

April at April's Homemaking

April's Homemaking

Raia at Raia's Recipes and Eva at Whole Food Mom on a Budget for Savoring Saturdays

Thank you for reading,