Sesame Truffles

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.

Sesame Truffles

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Servings 8 truffles


  • 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
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Fridge Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
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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?


25 responses to “Sesame Truffles”

  1. 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.

  2. I added some chocolate protein powder and a tbsp of cacao powder and it tastes like the yummiest chocolate Halva ever. Thank you!!!!!!

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