Have you heard of halva? If not, it’s about time we introduce you to the savory dessert! A traditional Egyptian treat sold across Southwest Asian and Israeli markets, the beloved halva features ground sesame and sugar. Unfortunately, conventional recipes don’t skimp on their sweeteners, making the sugar-filled snacks an obvious red flag when you’re watching your health and weight. That’s where our Coconut Halva Balls come in.
Here at SkinnyMs., we’ve concocted a delicious, lightened-up version of halva that uses honey, an all-natural sweetener and esteemed superfood. This keeps the sugar content in check while boosting the recipe’s nutrition factor.
This easy-to-make recipe calls for wholesome ingredients, including tahini, shredded coconut, and sesame oil. Coconut delivers a bunch of vitamins and minerals while adding a touch of sweetness that complements the tahini beautifully. Calcium-rich ground sesame paste gives this recipe its unique Egyptian-inspired flavor.
These delectable Coconut Halva Balls are 100% guilt free. They make a great energy-booster or sweet-tooth satisfier!
Yields: 18 balls | Serving Size: 1 ball | Calories: 109 | Total Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 107mg | Carbohydrates: 11g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Protein: 2g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
- 1 1/2 cups old-fasioned oats, gluten-free
- 1/2 cup diced walnuts pieces
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 1 cup tahini
- 1 cup finely grated (no-sugar added) coconut, (plus more for rolling, about 1/4 cup)
- 1/4 cup honey, raw, plus 2 teaspoons
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- On a parchment lined baking sheet add oats and walnuts, toast for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Spread additional coconut on a plate or parchment pepper. Roll dough into 18 (1-inch) balls then roll each ball in the coconut.
- Place covered balls in the fridge until set, about 1 hour.
- Optional: Add either 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or raisins
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