Halvah is a Middle Eastern snack/dessert made mostly of sesame paste and sugar with various flavorings. I’ve usually had the chocolate flavor and liked it, but I never felt a craving for halvah until about six weeks ago. Suddenly, late one night, I found myself wishing I had halvah and wondering if I could make something like it with the tahini I happened to have.
It was easy! Now I’m making this stuff once or twice a week, to eat all by itself or as an apple dip. It’s a great way to get a boost of energy that will last a few hours, instead of a short-term sugar buzz like you’ll get from eating candy.
To make one generous serving, you will need:
- 2 Tbsp. tahini (sesame butter)
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (Choose fair-trade cocoa powder if you possibly can. Chocolate is often produced using child labor and even slavery!)
Mix the ingredients in a small bowl with a butter knife. It takes just one minute to make!
The recipe analyzer at happyforks.com tells me it has 234 calories, 5 1/2 grams of protein, 13% of the Daily Value of fiber, 35% of Vitamin B1, 37% of Vitamin B2, 12% of Vitamin B3, 22% of zinc, 17% of iron, 15% of calcium, 13% of magnesium, 61% of copper, 60% of manganese, and 33% of phosphorus. Wow! Not bad for a dessert.
This recipe has a mild chocolate flavor. If you want it more chocolatey, add more cocoa powder.