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Halva’s unique taste comes from sesame seeds, which have a rich nutty and slightly bitter flavor mix. If you like tahini, then you’re bound to love halva! For me, this brings up cherished memories of my mother eating halva, which she did often. Of course this is a healthier version made with raw ingredients that comes out chewy, yummy, and healthy.

Recipe_Sasha_HalvaThis super quick, easy recipe has the added benefit that the main ingredient (sesame seed) is a nutritional powerhouse; sesame seeds are a source of numerous minerals including calcium, zinc, copper and magnesium.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup raw sesame seeds
4 medjool dates, pitted
1-2 Tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
(optional) 1 Tablespoon raw honey or your favorite liquid sweetener

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Place all of the ingredients in the food processor and blend until the mixture is incorporated and sticks together. Make sure to scrape down the sides with a spatula to get all of the sesame seeds processed.
2. Pat down the mix in flat square glass dish so that the contents are even.
3. Refrigerate until solid, then cut into small pieces. [They should be ready to eat in about 20 minutes or when firm to touch.]

CHEF’S TIPS:
* For added sweetness, you can add a tablespoon of raw honey or use 1-2 more dates.

* Drizzle some raw chocolate sauce over the top or sprinkle some sesame seeds on them and the plate. [To make raw chocolate sauce, whisk 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder, 1-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, and 2 tablespoons of your favorite liquid sweetener. You may also double the recipe quantity and blend it on a lower speed.]

ABOUT SASHA

Sasha CampbellWhen Sasha lost both parents to cancer in a very short time, she didn’t let the sadness overtake her. Instead, she found ways to make this a gift. And TRULY, SHE HAS. I’ve got tingles as I think of the ways she shares her life, using raw foods, reiki, ayurveda, ETC all from a place of such love. She’s so classy – such love – so gentle. She radiates peace and love even in short, simple emails. You couldn’t miss it if you tried! Part of her specialty is in using raw foods for beauty and ayurveda as part of a seasonal eating plan. Sasha’s in Canada. Brrrr… She works with clients all over the world, though.

You can find Sasha at Blyssful Health or mentoring new Uncooking101 teachers. (Because YES! Our {raw food teacher training + mentorship} is now OPEN and at the lower intro rate, no less! With the lovely Sasha personally helping lead the way to new teachers! OH so exciting!!)

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