Ingredients for Halvah

2/3 cup unhulled sesame seeds

1 ¼ cup hulled sesame seeds

1 cup honey

1 ½ tsp salt

1 ½ cup pistachios


Optional for Marbled Halva

¾ cup raw cacao powder


Ingredients For Optional Chocolate Frosting

1 ¼ cups coconut oil

¾ cup cocoa powder

¼ tsp salt

3 ½ T maple syrup



Grind sesame seeds into a fine powder using a food processor.  This usually takes 5 or more minutes of grinding, depending on your food processor.


Mix Sesame seed powder, salt, vanilla, and honey together to make a firm dough.  Start with half the amount of honey called for, and add a little at a time to ensure that your dough does not get too thin.  Knead in pistachios, and press into a 6×9 pan lined with waxed paper. Refrigerate until firm.  Serve cold, as halvah gets soft and looses its form, as it gets warm.


If you are making marbled halvah, omit the pistachio nuts, then divide dough into 2 pieces.  Mix raw cacao powder into half the dough.  Roll each kind of dough into a long rope.  Twist the ropes together, and then press into the pan as described above.


If you want to top halvah with chocolate frosting, mix all the frosting ingredients together until smooth.  Spread on top of halvah, and refrigerate until firm.  Cut into squares and serve cold.  Halvah gets soft and looses its form at room temperature.


About Janae

Janae is a Registered Nurse whose main focus is integrative healing practices. She has experience as an herbalist, health and wellness coach, and as a personal development and Law of Attraction coach. She is a raw food and whole food chef extraordinaire, essential oils specialist, massage therapist and meridian tapping coach. She is a doctoral student at the University of Arizona in their nurse practitioner program. Read More