Halva is likely the quintessential favourite dessert in the Middle East. Traditional halva recipes can vary greatly from region to region and country to country. Usually, it is a dense, sweet confection and the two most common variations are flour-based halva and a nut and seed-based halva. I personally prefer the drier, more crumbly texture of a simple seed-based halva. Most commonly found in Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, is halva that uses sesame seeds as its superstar, and so do I in my keto, paleo, and vegan-friendly recipe here.
Aromatic spices combined with toasted sesame, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds make these truffles a vehicle for healthy fats and fiber to be delivered in the most delicious way! I’ve upgraded my halva for my health with just two tablespoons of sugar-free maple (instead of traditionally used sugar), vanilla monk fruit drops and coconut flour (instead of traditionally used white flour with wheat and gluten). Feel free to use whatever liquid sweetener you prefer, I just like mine to be sugar-free wherever possible so as not to buy myself (or my clients) a ticket on the blood sugar rollercoaster. Experiment as you wish with this recipe, as sometimes I like to add food-grade rose essential drops and saffron. I will say though, that most of the time I stick to this OG recipe – you can’t go wrong! Definitely one of my fav treats. I hope you enjoy the nutty flavours as much as we do!