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.