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Raw Halvah

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, 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
  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.

*Ganache recipe here: Chocolate Ganache

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  1. hanna wrote on November 22, 2015

    I would try this recipe
    I just have a quick question before i begin: sesame seeds-they need reduce powder before or we use the whole seed?

    thanks you

    • Susan wrote on November 22, 2015

      Hi, Hanna, You can use the whole seed. Cheers!

  2. Jay Murdoch wrote on April 11, 2014

    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!!!

  3. Alma wrote on March 15, 2014

    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

  4. Leah wrote on April 9, 2013

    Oops: nut based

  5. Leah wrote on April 9, 2013

    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?

  6. Jen wrote on March 18, 2013

    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!

  7. Iván wrote on February 19, 2013

    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 wrote on February 19, 2013

      Yes, you can substitute agave.

  8. Cathy wrote on January 30, 2013

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

    • Susan wrote on January 30, 2013

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

  9. Becca wrote on January 6, 2013

    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 wrote on January 6, 2013

      Becca…. love that!

  10. Eva wrote on September 29, 2012

    Best halva I’ve ever tasted !


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