What the hal is Halva? Traditional middle eastern halva is a dessert made with sesame flour and honey. I would assume the closest thing that resembles halva in Canada is sesame snaps. Well this is a new spin on the traditional halva with a carrot cake twist!
This recipe is a great way to sneak more carrots into your family's day. The carrots and dates make the Carrot Cake Halva Balls sweet but low on the glycemic index. Sesame butter (tahini) is rich in manganese and calcium, great for bone and joint health. Pecans or Walnuts offer healthy fats like Omega 3 & 6 to lubricate joints and reduce inflammation. Coconut offers a high source of fiber and the healthy fat in coconut (medium chain triglycerides) is turned into energy immediately in the liver! Then to spice it up, there are the beautiful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich spices, have fun when you are adding them.
These little balls can be used for breakfast, snacks or dessert. They are moist like a carrot cake and even leave the taste of icing lingering.
Raw Carrot Cake Halva Balls
Makes 42 balls (Inspired by Meals that Heal Inflammation)
- 1 Cup Pecans or Walnuts
- 6 Dates (approximately)
- 2 Cups of Finely Grated Carrot
- ½ Cup Coconut (plus extra for rolling)
- ¼ Cup Tahini
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Vanilla Powder (or ½ tsp Vanilla Extract)
- 1/4-1/2 tsp Nutmeg
- 2 generous pinches of Allspice
- 2 pinches of Ground Ginger
- 2 pinches of Ground Clove
Place pecans in a food processor and process into a fine meal. Add the dates and process until dates are evenly combined. Grate carrots using the fine side of a box grater. Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Roll into ½ Tbsp balls. Place extra coconut on a small plate and roll balls in coconut to coat. Keep refrigerated until serving! Enjoy!