Rich dark nutty fudge packed with precious minerals.
3/4 c smooth peanut butter, almond butter, or a combination of nut butters (pepita, sunflower seed, cashew...)
2-4 Tbsp water (use 2 Tbsp for runnier nut butters, 4 if it's drier)
1/4 c black strap molasses
2 Tbsp honey (or agave nectar or maple syrup)
*3 Tbsp carob powder (or cocoa)
*2 Tbsp cocoa (or carob powder)
2 Tbsp ground flax seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt (optional)
Place all ingredients in a sauce pan and mix together on low heat. You only want to use the heat to soften the mixture, not to cook it. Mix well.
* If using all cocoa (5 Tbsp), you may want to add another Tbsp of honey (or agave/maple), as carob is sweet and cocoa is bitter.
Sprinkle enough black sesame seeds to cover the bottom of a smallish square pan. Press the warm mixture into the pan. Sprinkle more black sesame seeds to cover the top. Gently press the seeds in with a piece of wax paper/parchment/etc.
Cut into squares - a pastry scraper works great for this.
You can also make this into balls: use about 1 heaping tsp of batter per ball, and then roll in sesame seeds.
Cover and refrigerate.