A healthier halva that’s higher in fibre and healthy fats – these Healthier Vegan Pistachio Halva bars are such a delicious treat and can’t be easier to make!
Halva is a Middle Eastern dessert that I grew up eating and loving. It’s traditionally made of tahini and honey or sugar with added nuts or spices like cinnamon and cardamom.
I wanted to create a healthier version, so I substituted the sugar/honey for dates. There is no cooking involved either – all you need to do is blend the ingredients together and freeze!
I also added cardamom powder and pistachios because I think they both go so well with dates and tahini. You can use cinnamon instead of cardamom if you don’t have any, or you can omit all together.
Healthier Vegan Pistachio Halva
200g medjool dates
180ml (3/4 cup) tahini
1/2 tsp cardamom (optional)
Pinch of salt
Pistachios to decorate
Add the dates and tahini to a food processor along with a pinch of salt and cardamom and blend until you have a smooth well combined mixture.
Transfer into moulds, then top with some pistachios and freeze for 1 hour.
Alternatively you can press down into a loaf tin lined with baking paper, freeze for 1 hour, then slice into squares.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.