Energy Bites. Quick Halva Recipe

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adapted from Levana Cooks, using Vanilla Bean Levana Nourishments

halva energy bites

My Energy Bites start with my Quick Halva

We all love the wonderful taste of halva, that great Sephardi dessert classic confection starring Tehina paste and sold all over Israeli and Middle Eastern markets, but hardly ever get near it because of the prohibitive amount of sugar it contains. I tinkered with the flavors, using Tehina as my base, until I obtained this delicious and infinitely less sweet approximation, lightly sweetened with agave syrup.

The best part is:

My Quick Halva Recipe makes Halva go from a guilty indulgence to perfectly delicious and super healthy energy bites:

Gluten-free friendly, take no time and don’t even cook or bake, and keep refrigerated for weeks. Attack of the munchies? One of these halva energy bites will hit the spot! You will never have to worry again that your teeth might walk away from one of those fabulous commercial halva bars we love but which don’t love us back!

If you are making this treat on short notice and don’t have time to let the mixture firm up to shape halva bites, don’t worry about a thing: Serve it the way I always serve it, never bothering to make halva bars. Great for sprinkling over yogurt too!

Pour the energy bites mixture into a serving bowl, and serve it with a spoon!

I love to tinker with tehina and halva flavors, in both savory and sweet preparations. I make my Maple Halva Mousse with store-bought Halva, and stretch the flavors to the hilt to end up with another wonderful, not-too-sweet and healthy Halva dessert.

There’s no reason you can’t explore with other nut butters: Peanut, almond or cashew butter will be perfectly suitable for these energy bites as well: That won’t make you halva, but it will make the perfect energy bites or energy bars!

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups tehina (sesame paste). Explore with other nut butters
  • 2 pouches Levana Nourishments Vanilla Bean
  •  2 cups old fashioned oats, toasted in a skillet, or in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes, until fragrant and golden brown
  • 1 cup unsweetened grated coconut
  • 1 cup toasted sesame seeds or chopped almonds or pistachios (10–12 minutes in a preheated 325°F oven)
  • 2/3 cup agave or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or orange flower water
  • Optional: throw in 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped dried fruit

Instructions

Mix all ingredients by hand. Press firmly and uniformly into a 10-inch square baking pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares or bars. Or just shape into balls.

Variation: chocolate-covered halva bars

Reduce the agave to 1/2 cup. After the mixture firms up, melt 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon oil, and spread uniformly over the top of the mixture. Let the chocolate layer firm up before cutting into squares or bars.

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