What can I use to replace [beige] sesame seeds? What could be a close visual match?

I want to make an "everything bagel" inspired scone, but want to avoid sesame seeds due to allergy concerns.

Thanks in advance.

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    Everything "spice" has several ingredients. You could simply leave them out with no ill effects.
    – moscafj
    Aug 31, 2017 at 20:05
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    Finely chopped nuts could be an option, but is this a sesame specific allergy concern, or would any seed or nut cause similar concern (I am thinking of conditions where many who react to any seed or kernel)?
    – dlb
    Sep 1, 2017 at 13:49

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Golden Flax Seeds

Since you're only looking for a visual match, I suggest Golden Flax Seeds. The taste and texture, of course, are quite different, but they are still edible.

Here is a side by side comparison.

Toasted Sesame Seeds Sesame seeds

Golden Flax Seeds Flax seeds


Quinoa seeds are somewhat visually similar to sesame when uncooked/roasted.

They are slightly more spherical, whereas sesame are flatter shaped. Texture is probably very similar too.

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Lineseed are also vaguely similar, if a bit darker in color and slightly bigger in size.

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    Note that linseed and flaxseed are the same thing. Sep 1, 2017 at 6:48

I'm not sure it would be an improvement on the issue of allergies, but sunflower seeds would be a good substitute.

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  • Sunflower seeds are not a 'close visual match' to sesame seeds.
    – user58858
    Sep 1, 2017 at 6:57
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    "close" is a matter of opinion.
    – Cos Callis
    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:31
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    It's really not
    – user58858
    Sep 1, 2017 at 13:32
  • Size, color... Also an opinion, but I think most would not find that a match, plus and "everything" there would be a good chance sunflower would already be included. But then, that is a counter argument to add them and let the sesame seeds slide, close enough for some and putting them there anyway?
    – dlb
    Sep 1, 2017 at 13:45

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