Raw Halvah

by Susan on June 16, 2010

My dear friend, Amy Oscar, who by the way is editing the Rawmazing Dessert Cookbook, sent me a raw food recipe for raw Halvah that she created. I was thrilled with the idea as sesame seeds, the main ingredient are extremely loaded with nutrients. I put a little Rawmazing twist on the recipe, including a chocolate ganache topping.

Sesame seeds are loaded with calcium. One quarter cup provides over 1/3 of the RDA for calcium. They are also rich in magnesium and copper. The oil in sesame seeds is resistant to rancidity. They are also high in fiber, and contain lingans, which are fibers that are thought to lower cholesterol.

Amy also has a wonderful website, AmyOscar.com. She writes amazing uplifting stories and has a deep and beautiful insight into life.

Raw Halvah

  • 1 1/2 cups sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons coconut butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup coconut, dried, unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup honey

Ganache recipe here: Chocolate Ganache

1. Mix together all ingredients except ganache.

2. Pat into 8″ square pan.

3. Refrigerate to set.

4. Top with chocolate ganache, return to refrigerator to set chocolate.

5. Cut into squares.

For more dessert recipes click here: Desserts

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Pam June 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Nom! Nom! Nom!…..so wonderful!….thank you for sharing!


Tamara June 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Love your site!!!! Just when I start to feel that this can’t be done, I read one of your posts! Thank you for the recipes and most of all for the inspiring words.


Susan June 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I am so glad! You are more than welcome!!


jenny (green food diaries) June 17, 2010 at 12:19 am

jeez i love halvah. and i just bought some sesame seeds too. i guess i will be making this VERY soon!!! thanks :)


Andrea @ Sweet N Green June 17, 2010 at 8:35 am

YUM. Do you think this would work using coconut oil too? I know the oil will harden if it’s kept at a colder temperature so it would be the same consistency as the coconut butter right?


Susan June 17, 2010 at 8:43 am

Andrea: I am sure it would work just fine. I like the coconut butter because of the richness and texture it provides.


pure2raw twins June 17, 2010 at 9:16 am

Looks delicious. Love sesame seeds :)


Hanna June 17, 2010 at 9:21 am

That looks delicious! Do you mix the ingredients by hand or process them? Thanks


Susan June 17, 2010 at 10:11 am

I did this by hand. But either could work. If I use the food processor, I will notate that in the instructions. :-)


Debra June 17, 2010 at 10:31 am

Cool, they look like rice crispy squares! I good sub for that! I’m going to make these with my daughter. :)


Elizabeth June 17, 2010 at 3:12 pm

This looks amazing. But I will have to try and make it w/ raw carob, I don’t eat raw cacoa or cocoa. I quit consuming caffeine when I began the raw living foods lifestyle and I am afraid to try any foods that have natural stimulants in them. It was a really BIG deal for me to stop drinking coffee so I can’t risk messing it up. I hope the raw carob will work!! Thanks so much for this beautiful dessert.


RawGuru June 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Looks soo amazing, you would think there would be more ingredients in this masterpiece!


terri June 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I just made the halvah minus the cacao. I’m letting it chill. Can’t wait to taste it.

I was looking for a snack to take to a baseball game tomorrow evening and here it is!


janine June 17, 2010 at 8:57 pm

JUST LOVE ALL YOUR YUMMY RECIPES…what about grinding the sesame seeds…don’t they just pass through you otherwise….


Susan June 17, 2010 at 9:11 pm

You can grind them with your teeth! :-)


Marcia June 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Susan this is a gift!!! Sometimes i miss the halva! Now, i will have halva! u-la-la!!!
Celebrating here! Must buy Coconut butter to prepare!!!
Love you !


Ricki June 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm

As a kid, I hated halvah, but I’ve come to love it now. And topped with ganache, it would be the most amazingly delicious and decadent treat.


crookedmoonmama June 19, 2010 at 11:03 pm

We’re doing all sesame seeds recipes in our dehydrator this weekend since we have a lovely 5 lb bag of them! Think we’ll make these too…thanks!


Whitney June 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Brought these to a work meeting yesterday and they got gobbled up! Four people (none of whom are into raw) requested the recipe and I pointed them to your website. I personally had a hard time stopping myself from eating more – they are so delish and super simple! Thanks for sharing!


Amber Shea @Almost Vegan June 23, 2010 at 8:41 pm

This is a fantastic idea. I bet it’s killer with the added ganache!


Sarah @ MyRawSecret June 29, 2010 at 3:04 am

Omg, yes. I have been craving raw desserts pretty hardcore recently, and this is just what I need. Now to just get my hands on some sesame seeds…


Rossana July 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Hello!I made this several times.It tastes absolutely amazing.I had only one question: what to do if the sesame seeds don’t stay packed that well?


Susan July 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I didn’t have that problem but you could try adding a little more honey.


Theresa July 28, 2010 at 10:18 am

Thank you for this. I Love halava too! It looks as if you used the hulled sesame seeds, is this so? If it is I am curious to know if there is any high heat used in taking off the hull. Also would the unhulled ones work with this recipe, perhaps if they were soaked to soften first?
You are an amazing creator!
I appreciate all that you do and I am blessed with your sharing.


Susan July 28, 2010 at 10:22 am

No…I used the raw, un-hulled seeds. No soaking. They were fine.


Theresa July 29, 2010 at 9:32 pm

O.K this is the third magical creation of yours that I made.
Each and every one has been Outrageously Delicious!
To live for…Raw-mazing!!

Thanks a bunch for sharing. =)


jiggles September 6, 2010 at 1:00 pm

hi susan–
this looks great and i’m going to make it tonight for a back-to-school treat for my (non-raw) boyfriend and i.
just one question–did you use a whole recipe of ganache for the halva recipe? or just half? (i don’t trust myself with leftover ganache and spoon :) )


Susan September 6, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I am pretty sure I didn’t use the whole thing.


LAMA October 22, 2010 at 9:14 am

I am super happy to find you! I like the idea of “rawmazing”, time saving and healthy!
This is totally new to me so I have questions!
Is the coconut in the recipe, the actual fruit or flakes?
Can I find agave in stores except online? As soon as I get Agave ,I will try other dessert recipes.


Ashlyn August 13, 2011 at 9:31 am

These are so good! The texture makes it a great replacement for rice krispy treats and you know it’s going to taste great when it’s topped with your chocolate ganache recipe!

Thanks again!



Eva September 29, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Best halva I’ve ever tasted !


Becca January 6, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Love this recipe. Ive made it countless times. My four and five year olds love this and take it as protein rich treat to have while the rest of their friends are eating cupcakes. They ask for “hot lava”. Thank you for such wonderful simple recipes.


Susan January 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Becca…. love that!


Cathy January 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

Susan, all your recipes are fab. Can I use almond butter instead of coconut butter?


Susan January 30, 2013 at 11:48 am

Substituting almond butter will not work. You need the coconut butter to help it set up. Cheers!


Iván February 19, 2013 at 6:28 am

Hi Susan,
thanks a lot for sharing your wonderfull raw recipes with us. That’s very nice and i am very gratefull
for that.

As a vegan i don’t use honey and i wonder wether sustituting the honey with Agave will work.

Thanks again :)


Susan February 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Yes, you can substitute agave.


Jen March 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I think I am in heaven!! This is delicious….I had a hard time stopping myself from eating it all before I let it set up in the fridge :-))
Thank you!


Leah April 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I made this last weekend and OMG sooooo good! Thank you!!
By the way, would you say this is lower in fat than a but based bar dessert?


Leah April 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Oops: nut based


Alma March 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Just to let you know I enjoyed it a lot.
Easy to make but difficult not to eat all in one sitting, especially chilled

Thanks for the recipe


Jay Murdoch April 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Nice idea with the coconut oil/butter! – I’m about to try this!- except with soaked sesame seeds blended in their soak-water ,…I soak all seeds, n thought I’d whack up the information that makes me do so, as its vital info that should b circulated much as possible!…Seeds have protective enzymes coating them naturally, -n lets face it…who really wants to wear their jaw out chewing f ages in order to actually get to the goodness part!- especially with such tiny seeds as sesame! ?- so yeah…this is wot I’ve found out…hemp seeds take like a day soaking! -worth it for putting in bread tho 😀 Pumpkin n sunflower seeds?- 1 hour soaking, not too bad…n sesame 4 hours …
Defintly worth it.. seeds multiply over a dozen times in nutrient strength once activated this way! !!! Haha,anyway, thanks for the info on here everyone, n hope I inspire people too! – power to the seeds ye’all! !! Wahoooo!!!


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