FoodCraft your homemade Halva: A recipe for a delicious and healthy snack

Craft your homemade Halva: A recipe for a delicious and healthy snack

Fatty, high-calorie, and super healthy. You can make crumbly and delicate halva at home with a few ingredients.
Fatty, high-calorie, and super healthy. You can make crumbly and delicate halva at home with a few ingredients.
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3:46 PM EST, January 2, 2024

Imagine a super healthy version of homemade halva that crumbles delicately and melts delectably in your mouth. No need to resort to chemical-laden shop offerings when you can craft a healthier version in your very own kitchen.

Originating from diverse regions such as India, Turkey, Greece, and Russia, halva has managed to win over global gourmets. This unique blend of ground sesame seeds, honey, and optional add-ins like raisins, chocolate, or dried fruits, doesn't just epitomize a delightful treat, but it also stands out as a healthy snack. It's replete with polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A, B, E, magnesium, and phosphorus.

A Healthy Treat for Food Lovers: Halva

Besides being an utterly delectable dish, halva also introduces invaluable nutrients to your diet. It notably contains omega-6, renowned for its health benefits. Freshly homemade halva is void of chemical additives, preservatives, or hardening agents often present in store-bought versions. By meticulously preparing halva at home, you can evade palm oil, a typical ingredient in shop-sourced products, whose production endangers palm forests and their ecosystems.

Deciding on Ingredients for Halva

Prior to embarking on the halva-making journey, familiarize yourself with a broad range of ingredients for whipping it up. While sesame or sunflower seeds feature prominently in most halva recipes, feel free to experiment with an array of nuts, seeds, and kernels. Pistachios, almonds, unsalted peanuts, flaxseed, walnuts, and hazelnuts make great alternatives.

How to Make Halva at Home

Ingredients:

  • 1.1 lbs of sesame or sunflower seeds
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 0.44 lbs of sugar
  • 2.4 oz of water

Method:

  1. Rinse and dry seeds before roasting them in a pan.
  2. Combine warm roasted seeds, oil, and honey into a fine paste using a blender.
  3. Prepare a sugar syrup by boiling water and sugar together, effectively creating homemade caramel.
  4. Once the syrup has cooled down, blend it into the paste.

And voilà, your chemical-free, no-artificial-hardener halva is ready to enjoy. Experience the authentic taste of homemade halva you've created yourself, looking out for your health and the planet simultaneously.

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