These super nutritious little bites of sesame sweetness remind me of the halva I used to devour as a child. They’re easy to make, vegan, dairy-free and of course, gluten-free. Don’t let all those labels scare you though, more than anything else, they’re just plain old delicious.
- ½ cup cashews, raw
- ¼ cup tahini (I used roasted though raw will probably work just as well)
- ¼ cup agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup sesame seeds (I used raw though you could toast them for a stronger flavor)
- Place cashews in food processor and pulse until the texture of coarse sand
- Add tahini, agave and vanilla and pulse until smooth
- Transfer mixture from food processor to a bowl and refrigerate 2 hours
- Roll into 1-inch balls and coat with sesame seeds
Several readers have commented that they will be making truffles or one of my other candy recipes as presents for the holidays this year. Adding a personal touch to your gifts by making things from scratch not only saves money, it offers the recipient something from the heart.
When I was a child I made cookies and candy for family friends, packed the treats in take out containers that I bought at the local Chinese restaurant and tied them with colorful ribbon on the handle. I had so much fun doing this every year.
What gifts are you thinking of making for the holidays?
Can I use a different nut than cashews?
Your recipes are terrific!
Ana, I haven’t tried that so not sure, if you do experiment please let us know how it goes :-)
I made a double recipe (hardly worth it for 8 balls, right?) but it ended up making 40 small truffles, using a nut-butter cup silicone tray. Followed the recipe exactly (a little less sweetener) and they are to die for. If you like halvah you will love these. I love the cashew base.
I added some chocolate protein powder and a tbsp of cacao powder and it tastes like the yummiest chocolate Halva ever. Thank you!!!!!!
These bake nicely into cookies too!