In case you don’t know what halvah is , it is a delicious devil’s brew of ground sesame and sugar, and I, its helpless servant of sin. Here is an alter whereupon we worship it:
Halvah in Israel is serious business. It comes in a wide variety of flavors from marble to coffee bean to run raisin to the ever ill-advised passionfruit, poppyseed, and many many more…
Seriously though, as sweets go, halvah is not the unhealthiest, but it will rack up several hundred calories unless you keep your portion size to just a nibble. My version, although sugarless, is also meant for nibbles. They also have protein, and calcium and fiber, so you can feel good about that. And because I know that at least one of you is going to write asking for the calorie count, I did it for you: If you make 24 balls, each ball has 68 calories, 3.5g fat (ahem), 9.3g carbs, 1.2 g fiber, and 1.5g protein.
If you are not already well acquainted with tahina, I am going to suggest you re-read my tahina tutorial HERE. This recipe calls for tahina in it’s raw, unadulterated form, sometimes called Sesame Butter, or here in Israel, Tahina Golmit. Don’t be adding that pre-mixed tahina that has lemon and garlic and spices already in it. That would be gross.
The strange amounts below are due to the fact that that’s what I had on hand. Culinary genius, right there. Must be the middle of Vegan MoFo!
- 1/3 cup dry rolled oats
- 2/3 cup raisins, dark or light
- 2/3 cup tahina
- 8 large Medjool dates
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or rose water
- pinch of sea salt
- sesame seeds, hemp seeds, coconut, cocoa powder etc for garnish if desired
- Grind the oats in the food processor a bit to chop.
- Add the raisins and run the food processor until it forms a totally uniform, sticky ball. This will take a couple of minutes and will look like it's not happening, and then suddenly, it will.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and process until all mixed and sticky.
- You want the final mixture to form a large ball in your machine, so if it's not balling on it's own, add a FEW drops of water until it does.
- Roll into about 24 small balls.
- Set in refrigerator for 30 minutes or so to harden.
- Roll in seeds for garnish if desired.
- Store in the fridge.
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