These 3-ingredient chocolate sesame halva balls can be made in a few minutes and are the perfect on the go energy snack. Full of protein, heart healthy fats, calcium and fibre.
Suitable for raw vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, paleo, nut-free and plant-based diets.
These are called halva as they are a sweet that is made from sesame seeds. Halva or halvah is a very broad term that can be used to describe so many sweets from different countries that are a mixture of seed or nut butter that is sweetened.
This healthy vegan halva recipe is great as all the sweetness comes from raisins so you get the whole fruit complete with fibre.
Don’t worry that sesame seeds aren’t totally broken down, this is intentional to give texture and a speckled appearance. If you do want a totally smooth halva then grind your sesame seeds first.
Ground sesame won’t give a solid halva type as it isn’t cooked with lots of sugar, so will be more of a fudge consistency.
The simplest things are often the best and this and I love this simple 3 ingredient halva recipe. Use the highest quality and freshest ingredients you can afford for the natural flavours to shine through.
I usually use unhulled sesame seeds to make this as they have a richer earthy flavour and more nutrition. But for a less earthy taste in your healthy halva use the lighter hulled sesame seeds.
You can roll these truffles in chopped nuts, seeds and dried fruit to add more flavour and decoration. Chopped pistachio, freeze-dried raspberry and coconut shreds make a very tempting halva truffle.
This raw vegan halva recipe can be made caffeine free by replacing the cacao with carob powder. It will have a similar rich flavour and still be just as nutrient dense but not quite the same depth you get from chocolate.
Use this simple and easy recipe as a base to add what you like to. I would often add some cinnamon, cayenne pepper or wheatgrass to add more taste and nutrients.
Chocolate Halva Sesame Balls
These 3-ingredient chocolate sesame halva balls can be made in a few minutes and are the perfect on the go energy snack. Full of protein, heart healthy fats, vegan calcium and fibre. Easy to make and suitable for raw vegan, sugar free, paleo and whole food diets.
- 1 cup / 140g Sesame seeds
- 1 cup / 150g Raisins
- ½ cup / 50g Cacao / Cocoa Powder
- Place everything into a blender or food processor.
- Blend until ithe halva paste starts to stick together.
- You may need to scrape the sides or shake your jug a few times between blends.
- Scoop about a heaped tea spoon and roll into firm halva balls.
- Store healthy halva balls an airtight container in the fridge, where they will be good for a few weeks.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 61Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 2g
Halva is common in so many regions including Europe, Asia and Africa. The two ingredients that all halva recipes have are nuts/seeds and sugar. The word halva has Yiddish, Turkish and Arabic origins and entered the English language around 1840.
Did you know that cacao and cocoa are two different products? They come from the same tree but end up very differently. The difference between cocoa and cacao and what is healthier.
14 thoughts on “Halva Sesame Chocolate Raisin Balls”
This is a beautifully simple and I’m sure delish recipe! Do you also have one without chocolate? I’m thinking the raisins or even dates would give an off color if the halva was sesame flavor.
Thanks Vanessa, glad you like it. If I want a just a sesame halva I usually add dried figs as the seeds in the figs work really well and the colour doesn’t get too dark. But for this you do need to chop the figs up quite small so that the blender doesn’t struggle too much 🙂
Figs sound like a great idea. Thank you!
Just made those and having them with my favorite black tea with cardamom. So good!
What blender is used in the nut ball video and other sticky thick food prep?
I’m using a ninja here
Can other nuts be used like walnuts? wilt give the same consistency?
Hey, yes other nuts can be used. Walnuts work well but they do go quite oily if blended a lot so I would only pulse blend. Let me know how you get on
I was wondering if you can use flax seeds or Chai seeds
Afraid not for this, they are just too small to grind and work properly. You could replace 1/3 of the sesame with chia or flax and it would work though 🙂
They came out great, but a note I would add is if the raisins are soaked just a bit it would be easier to blend. I had to add a bit of maple syrup and vanilla extract to compensate for the lack of moisture.
This recipe really appeals to me, but I just don’t like raisins. Could I use dates instead, and if so, would you recommend an even substitute, i.e. 1 cup of dates instead of the 1 cup of raisins?
Me too.The mixture was too dry to stick together so I added honey.
Ah that’s a shame, you do have to blend enough for the almonds to start releasing their oil. But some blenders may struggle with it