Sticky Sesame and Walnut Balls

by Yuan Wang, Warren Sheir, and Mika Ono

Makes 4 to 6 Servings

1⁄3 cup (about 2 ounces) black sesame seeds
1⁄3 to 1⁄2 cup (about 2 ounces) chopped walnut pieces
3 to 4 tablespoons honey

1. If your sesame seeds aren’t already roasted, toast them in a wide skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally. Continue frying until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. When they are done, transfer the seeds from the hot skillet to a bowl so they don’t overcook, and let cool for at least 1 minute.

2. In a food processor, whir together the sesame seeds, walnuts, and 3 tablespoons of the honey.

3. Roll into 3⁄4-inch balls. If the balls don’t stick together at first, add a little more honey and whir the mixture some more.

4. Serve–and don’t tell anyone how easy this dish was to make!

Themes and Variations: If you aren’t in the mood for something sweet, the black sesame seeds and walnuts can be consumed as a powder, either in spoonfuls or sprinkled on another dish.

Especially Good For: Anyone suffering from insomnia or who wants to slow the onset of gray hair or hair loss. For insomnia, eat two sesame and walnut balls (or 1 tablespoon of the powder) an hour or two before bedtime.

For Those Familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine: This dish addresses kidney deficiency.


From Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen Recipes from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life
by Yuan Wang, Warren Sheir, and Mika Ono
published by Da Capo Lifelong