Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Raw Cocoa Sesame Halva "Beauty Balls"

Halva refers to many types of nut butter based sweets served across the Middle East. Here I used sesame which is a popular ingredient in Halva. I also call them beauty balls because regular consumption of sesame with strengthen you hair, skin and nails. So I eat what I love and like what I see in the mirror....bonus!

1 cup raw sesame seeds
1 tablespoon raw cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Pinch of sea salt
3/4 cup raw honey (place jar in warm water to soften if needed)
2 tablespoons raw tahini
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend sesame seeds in a food processor until you have a coarse texture while scraping down the sides as needed. Add cocoa, cinnamon and sea salt to the to the food processor and pulse several times to mix well. Place mixture in bowl and add honey, tahini and vanilla. Mix with hands until a cohesive dough forms. Pinch off dough and roll between hands forming about 1 inch sized balls. These will store in the fridge for a couple of weeks or in the freezer for several months. Makes 20-25 balls.

* Did you know that sesame seeds contain more protein per weight than any other seed or nut???

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