Halawa & Chocolate Spread
By Jummana Lotfy • August 19, 2015
Tested by Cairo Cooking
Jummana, mother of two, is conscious about clean eating and the benefits of good nutrition to her family. Trying to keep processed sugars and preservatives away she came up with an exceptional halawa and chocolate spread. We have tested this recipe and have been indulging in the chocolate since. It is succulent, easy to spread and definitely loveable by kids! While some people can compare it to the luscious Nutella we feel it is missing the nuttiness of it and of course the extra cream and sweetness. However, keeping a jar at home at all times is going to be a ritual for sure! We needed to use the whisk to get the cocoa well integrated. If you feel it go a bit clotted you can also use a handheld blender.
Recipe by Jummana Lotfy.
Egyptian Nutella, as my kids like to call it, is an easy recipe for halawa and chocolate spread. This has become a staple in our house and it lasts between 3 weeks to a month. My kids have it over breakfast and take it with them to school. It is free of hydrogenated oils, soya lecithin, sugar and emulsifiers, which are all part of the different halawa spreads you find at the market. And guess what? It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare!
According to www.mindbodygreen.com, these are the 10 health benefits of tahini:
- It is rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron.
- It is a good source of Methionine, which aids in liver detoxification.
- It is one of the best sources of calcium out there.
- It is high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15.
- Helps promote healthy cell growth.
- Helps prevent anaemia.
- Helps maintain a healthy skin and muscle tone.
- It has 20% complete protein, making it a higher protein source than most nuts.
- It is easy for your body to digest because of its high alkaline mineral content assisting in weight loss.
- It is high in unsaturated fat (good fat!)
- 1 cup tahini - طحينة
- 1/2 cup honey (OR 90ml Agave nectar) - عسل
- 3-5 teaspoon cocoa powder - بودرة كاكاو
Step by step
- Gradually, mix the honey into the sesame paste (tahini) and keep on stirring until it looks like a paste.
- If you don't like chocolate halawa spread, you can stop at this point and your halawa spread is ready! I usually take some of the halawa spread and add 3-5 teaspoons of pure cocoa to it & stir. (You can use Hershey's pure cocoa, Nestle Toll House or Kent Boringer pure cocoa). If you will use the whole batch, then add more cocoa. Bon Appetit!
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