Raw Halva (Halva Sa’atwo) is a favorite dessert of mine, which is made of raw superfoods. It’s a healthy dessert or snack that is good for energy and stamina. It’s perfect after a vigorous workout or on the days that you need wings but don’t want the added sugar or caffeine.
Traditionally, Persian Halva is made of flour and butter, mixed with a syrup of sugar, saffron, rosewater, and cardamom heated in a saucepan. However, each region has its own version. In the southern city of Kerman, halva is made with raw ingredients and no added sugar.
This my grandmother’s recipe, which is quick and easy since no cooking is involved. It has four main ingredients that have to proportional in size: Tahini for protein and boost of energy; Dates for stamina; Rice provides fast and instant energy; and Almonds for high-quality protein. Sometimes, I add maca and ashwagandha powders to it.
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 15 mins
1 cup of raw ground rice (white rice happens to work better for this recipe but can be substituted with brown rice or even chickpeas)
1 cup of raw organic tahini
1 cup of pitted dates
1 cup of powder almonds
1 tablespoon of rosewater
1 teaspoon of cardamom
1-2 tablespoon of ground coconut
1 teaspoon of ashwagandha powder (if desired)
1 teaspoon of maca powder (if desired)
Put all ingredients in the blender and pulse until well blended together.
Mold into small ball sizes or any shape desired.
Sprinkle with ground coconut.
If desired, place the halvah in the fridge for 30 minutes.