Janella’s Green Xmas: ‘Pistachio and Rosewater Halva’

From my third book ‘Janella’s Wholefoods Kitchen’.

I love halva, but I never buy it because of the tons of white sugar in it. Voilà! A healthy halva.


Pistachio and Rosewater Halva (DF, GF, V, VG)

Makes 10 slices


1 cup sesame seeds, toasted

2 tbsp pistachio nuts

1 tsp rosewater

2 tbsp raisins

2 tbsp raw agave or rice syrup


In a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, pound the sesame seeds to a fine powder. Transfer the ground sesame seeds to a food processor, add the rest of the ingredients and process until you get a stiff batter. Spoon the mixture onto a piece of baking paper about 30 cm long and shape into a log, (or press into a lined loaf tin). Roll the paper tightly around the log, twisting the ends.

Refrigerate for at least an hour before eating.

Serve in the paper, opened up and cut into 2-cm rounds.

Variation – Sprinkle with dried rose petals and extra pistachios, chopped.

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