Raw Halva Bites

Being dairy-free often prompts the ‘ol “How do you know you’re getting enough calcium?” question. We have all been brain-washed to believe that dairy is our best source of calcium and that, for optimum bone health, we should all be consuming 3-4 serves of the stuff daily. Well I am here to tell you that eating dairy is less likely to support your calcium levels than going to McDonalds will turn you into a hamburger! Why? Because your body is a beautifully capable self-healing machine but it requires an alkaline environment to function as such. Excess animal protein such as milk, causes acidity in the body. An acidic body is a minefield for disease, nutrient malabsorption, digestive issues and general ill health. Your system automatically tries to rectify this pH imbalance by drawing from its own existing alkaline mineral reserves… calcium from your bones. Meaning, that dairy actually depletes your body of calcium, rather than improving it – as the billion dollar dairy industry has lead us all to believe.

Yikes! Now that’s a lot to digest! I understand – especially when, like me,  you’ve been trained by your peers, taught in school and consequently have believed the exact opposite for your entire life! Not to mention that the treatment of these beautiful cows and their calves at mainstream, en-masse dairy farms promotes diseased animals with severe mastitis often resulting in milk with traces of blood, pus and antibiotics yeeeeuch! If you are going to drink milk, the right kind can actually have nourishing health benefits, so buy it organic, source it ‘raw’ and keep it full-fat!

“The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets. The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent.” ~Amy Lanou Ph.D., nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C.

So, just how do you top up with that precious and much needed mineral, calcium? It’s not difficult and in my opinion, quite a delicious supplement to take. Good sources of calcium include:

  • Green vegetables eg: bok choy, broccoli, collards, Chinese cabbage, kale, mustard greens, okra, beans, kale etc
  • Oranges
  • Figs
  • Sardines
  • Nuts & seeds eg: Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds and particularly sesame seeds!

Which brings me to the whole point of this post: HALVA! Halva is made from tahini paste, which is made of ground up sesame seeds – and, along with epic doses of calcium, tahini boasts an extensive nutritional resume. Furthermore, when in eaten in the form of this little Jewish treat, could result in your tastebuds doing a little hava nagilah dance of their own!

This original recipe comes from the ‘Rawlicious’ Thermomix cookbook but can be adapted in many ways with lots of delicious variations:

Raw Halva Bites

  • 150g Organic tahini (hulled or unhulled)
  • 55g Raw cacao
  • 60g Raw honey/maple syrup
  • 50g Pistachio nuts
  • generous pinch of salt
  1. Weigh out all ingredients into your Thermomix and whizz together on speed 8 for 10 seconds – until it looks like nut butter
  2. Freeze in mini muffin trays for speedy lunchbox insertion. Otherwise, smooth into a lamington tin, chill for a couple of hours until set and cut into squares OR (as with any of my favourite recipes) find a quiet spot, close the door, switch off your phone and eat straight out the bowl!!

*A funky way of serving is if you make one batch without raw cacao (double the pistachios & add a teaspoon of real vanilla) and one batch as above, then smooth the chocolate halva on top the vanilla halva like a Top Deck chocolate or swirl together like one of those fancy cheesecakes. Impressive!

7 Responses to “Raw Halva Bites”
  1. Gennie says:

    Will this work in a normal food processor??

    • Hi Gennie, I’m sure it would! It may take a little longer and you may need to scrape down the sides in between pulses but I don’t see why not 🙂 Thanks for reading! Jodi

  2. estaki12wbt says:

    Reblogged this on estaki12wbt and commented:
    I’ve been reading a lot about raw and paleo diets lately and I am intrigued. I’m trying to incorporate a few of the principles into my own eating slowly.malthough I am aware that these eating styles do have more of an emphasis on consumption of good fats than what I currently consume. It definitely doesn’t fit into the 1200 odd calorie guidelines for 12wbt that’s for sure. Although to be fair since my job is so physical and I also exercise a lot I think my caloric requirements are higher than that. I’m aiming for between 1300 and 1500 daily until goal and then I think I will have a closer look at this paleo thing. A friend of mine started paleo and cross fit and has lost 30kgs recently. It definitely works.

  3. Tamara says:

    Could you use an alternative to pistachio nuts?

    • Hi Tamara, thanks for reading – that’s a great question! I am a big believer in changing recipes to your taste so you could definitely throw in some walnuts, pecans or even ground up chia seeds instead! I rarely go out shopping for a particular ingredient for a recipe, I always sub with what I have and it (almost) always turns out just as good!

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