Is there such a thing as Keto Candy?
Have you heard of Halvah (or Halva)? This Middle Eastern candy is traditionally made many different ways in many different cultures. One of the more popular versions of Halvah is made from sesame and honey. I stumbled on this wondeful sounding confection when looking for a way to make a low-carb fat bomb out of the jar of tahini languishing in my pantry. This Keto Halvah is as close as I’ve gotten to a recipe for Keto Candy. Is it really Ketogenic Candy? Should we be trying to make keto candy or should we just avoid anything that brings back fond memories of pre-keto candy? Those are questions for you to answer, and when you do, please let us know in the comments.
Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. With a texture similar to nut butters, I knew there had to be fat bomb possibilities…perhaps even keto candy possibilities?
I used to use tahini to make homemade hummus. And while I still eat hummus occasionally when I am cycling in carbs, for the most part, hummus has phased out of my Keto life. With it went the one recipe that I was familiar with for tahini.
I also had a bag of cacao butter sitting around. I bought it because I thought it would make a good substitution for coconut oil in fat bombs. (Coconut oil and I don’t get along, unfortunately.) But I hadn’t found a recipe that really grabbed me to try out the cacao butter.
When reading about all the wonderful variations for Halvah, which include chocolate – you know I love chocolate, even on my keto diet! – I started to formulate a plan. Some variations added crushed pistachios, which are one of my husband’s favorites. All of a sudden, I knew I’d found my new fat bomb recipe!