I have such a sweet tooth. I come by in naturally as both my mom and dad liked their sweets. That is one reason I don’t bake. I would eat everything I baked. However sometimes I get desperate enough to try to make something sweet but I make sure it’s healthy. Ok at least I try to rationalize that it’s healthy. 😉
This little treat is a take on Halva. Halva is something that my dad ate growing up that looked gross to me as a child. It was a pale, crumbly paste that did not look appealing to me. It’s usually made from tahini (sesame seed paste) or some other nut butter, honey and a few other ingredients. I just tasted it for the first time last year and now I’m in love with it. I usually buy a little piece when my friend and sister and I go down to the Strip district in Pittsburgh and shop at all the ethnic stores there. I always come back with something new and interesting from these trips and usually a piece of halva too.
Chocolate Honey & Sesame Treats Recipe
There is not much to this recipe. It’s much like my Date & Nut Brownie Bites in that it only has a few ingredients. I used raw cacao powder, tahini, honey and vanilla. I smushed it altogether with a fork until it looked like dough pictured above. At this point you could just put it in a baking dish and cut it up like fudge if you like or you can roll it into little balls and top with crushed nuts, sesame seeds, cacao powder or hemp seeds like I did.
Note: I didn’t make mine super sweet so taste the dough and add more honey if you want it sweeter. Once they are finished, keep them in the fridge or freezer. I try to eat these sparingly but mine were gone in 2 days <sigh>. I just bought a huge jar of tahini so I know I’ll be making more. Hope you enjoy this little treat!
- ½ cup tahini
- 2 Tablespoons raw cacao
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Taste to see if it is sweet enough for you. If not, add more honey.
- Roll into little balls and then roll the balls in sesame seeds, raw cacao powder, hemp seeds or even coconut sugar. Whatever you want.
- Alternatively you can press the mixture into a baking dish to make a fudge.
- You can easily double the recipe to make more.
- Store in the refrigerator or freezer.