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Roasted Pistachio & Vanilla Halva

Roasted Pistachio & Vanilla Halva

By: Lisa Guy

This halva recipe is a sweet wholesome treat made from tahini, maple syrup and pistachios. Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds and it’s highly nutritious, providing heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, zinc and selenium for a strong-functioning immune system.



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  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup hulled tahini
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • ¾ cup roasted pistachios


  • Line a small baking tin with baking paper.
  • Place the maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it starts to bubble and foam.
  • In another small saucepan, warm the tahini and vanilla over medium-low heat.
  • Remove maple syrup from the heat and then pour the warmed tahini into the maple syrup. Stir until thickened.
  • Pour the mixture into the baking tin and spread evenly. Top with pistachios and allow to cool at room temperature. Place in the fridge for 3 hours.
  • Cut into squares and serve.
  • Tip: Try coating small squares of halva in good-quality dark chocolate for a moreish chocolate treat.


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Lisa Guy

Lisa Guy

Lisa Guy is a respected Sydney-based naturopath, author and passionate foodie with 16 years of clinical experience. She runs a naturopathic clinic in Rose Bay called Art of Healing and is the founder of Bodhi Organic Tea.

Lisa is a great believer that good wholesome food is one of the greatest pleasures in life and the foundation of good health. Lisa encourages her clients to get back to eating what nature intended: good, clean, wholesome food that’s nutrient-rich and free from high levels of sugars, harmful fats, artificial additives and pesticides. Her aim is to change the way people eat, cook and think about food.

Lisa is an avid health writer, being a regular contributor to The Sunday Telegraph's Body and Soul, and leading magazines including WellBeing. Lisa is an author of five books to date, including My Goodness: all you need to know about children’s health and nutrition , Pregnancy Essentials, Heal Yourself, Listen to your Body and Healthy Skin Diet .

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