Healthy Halvah

Halvah is a Middle Eastern sweet, usually made from ground sesame seeds and lots of sugar. This recipe is just as delicious but nutritionally far superior. Like all the recipes I like and keep, it is quick and easy and freezes well.


  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup macademia or cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup raw tahini
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons honey (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla
  • variation: for a lighter version use the pulp of almonds after making almond milk)


  1. In a power blender or food processor grind the nuts to a fine consistency.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and process to a paste.
  3. Roll into balls and place on a few sheets of absorbent kitchen paper to drain off excess oil from the tahini.
  4. Leave in refrigerator for at least one hour.

Makes approx. 24 small balls.

recipe adapted from “The Raw Gourmet” by Nomi Shannon, page 184



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