Sugar-Free Halva

Sesame Paste Candy

These bite-sized sweet treats from the Middle East are the perfect companion to a hot cup of coffee. They combine the richness of sesame paste and the delicate flavour of cinnamon and rosewater — all with zero added sugars.

Sugar-Free Keto Halva Recipe


Nutrition per serving
Net Carbs1.7 g0.6%
of which Sugars0.3 g0.3%
Fibers1.3 g4.7%
Fats7.4 g11.4%
of which Saturates1 g5.2%
of which Omega 30.1 g5.1%
Proteins2.3 g5.1%
Calcium59 mg5.9%
Vitamin A0 mcg0.1%
Vitamin C0 mg0%
Iron1.2 mg8.4%
Potassium57 mg1.6%
Sodium16 mg0.7%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Kcal83 4.1%
Macro split
  • net carbs 13%
  • sugars 2%
  • fats 58%
  • saturates 8%
  • proteins 18%
  • fibers 10%
*RDA based on a 2000 kcal diet;
**Nutritional data sources: USDA, food labels.
83 per serving
1h 25m

What if you could lock the wonderful nutty flavour of sesame paste into a cute bite-sized sweet? Well, these halva candies are an explosion of tahini! And with our sugar-free recipe, everyone can indulge in this fudgy treat no matter their diet.

Halva, also known as halvah, is a world-famous confection originating from the Middle East. The traditional recipe consists of sesame seed butter mixed with sugar syrup, then packed into a dense cake and left to cool down until hardened.

Although delicious, this tahini candy is quite high in sugars and thus unsuitable for those with diabetes or on a keto diet. Worry not! We made our recipe low-carb and sugar-free, swapping white sugar with natural sweetener erythritol.

Erythritol is a wonderful sugar replacement that adds sweetness to bakes and treats without loading them up with calories. It tastes almost as sweet as sugar, but it provides zero calories and carbs as our body can't digest it. This means it won't affect your blood sugar levels or carb count.

We enriched the halva batter with the delicate flavours of rosewater and cinnamon, often used in middle eastern sweets like baklava. Finally, we sliced the halva slab into single-serving bites, perfect with a hot cup of coffee or mint tea — we also love them as a pick-me-up energy treat!

These sesame candies have a slightly crumbly texture and a lovely combo of sweet and nutty notes. Each fudgy cube comes with just 90 calories and, of course, zero sugars. You'll need less than 20 minutes to make the halva batter, then relax, and let your fridge take care of the rest!


Measuring System
Tahini220 g
Erythritol180 g
Water60 mL
Rose Water1 tsp
Ground Cinnamon1/2 tsp

Step 1

Grab a small baking dish, tin, or tray at least 5 cm (2 in) deep — ours is 16 cm x 10 cm (6 in x 4 in).

Lightly wet or grease it, and then line it with parchment paper pressing down to secure it.

tin lined with paper

Step 2

Pour the tahini into a heat-proof bowl, and tip in the rose water and cinnamon if using them.

Set the bowl on a pot of water, making sure the bottom is submerged in the water.

Bring the water to a gentle simmer and warm up the tahini over low heat for 5-8 minutes, stirring it occasionally. It should look melted and silky.

If you have it, use a kitchen thermometer to check the mixture doesn't go past 50 °C (120 °F).

Alternatively, you can warm up the tahini in the microwave.

warm tahini on a double boiler

Step 3

Meanwhile, let's prepare the sugar-free syrup.

Grab another pot, add in the erythritol and the given water (1).

Heat the mixture over low heat while stirring until the erythritol is dissolved and you have a clear syrup.

Once you see tiny bubbles appearing, lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. You can use the thermometer to check the syrup reaches 120 °C (250 °F).

Stir the syrup regularly to prevent the crystals from depositing at the bottom of the pot (2).

erythritol and water in a pot
erythritol syrup in a pot

Step 4

Remove the bowl with the tahini from the double boiler.

Now, slowly pour in the erythritol syrup scraping the pot with a spatula to collect all of it.

Stir well to incorporate the ingredients.

You'll notice that as soon as you stop stirring the halva batter, the surface turns hard and cracky (1).

Keep mixing for 3 minutes or until the tahini feels denser and forms folds when stirred (2).

how to make halva with tahini paste
halva mixture with tahini in a bowl

Step 5

At this point, quickly pour the halva mixture into the prepared tin.

Level it with a spatula and gently press down to remove any air bubbles.

Transfer the container to the fridge and let it cool down for at least 1 hour.

halva batter in a tin

Step 6

The halva will harden as it cools down in the fridge.

You'll know it's ready when you can easily slice it with a knife without smashing it or leaving residues onto the blade (1).

Finally, slice the halva into bite-sized cubes and enjoy them as a sweet treat with tea or coffee (2).

halva sliced into cubes
tahini halva bites


  • For a decadent finish, drizzle the halva with melted dark chocolate.

  • You can replace rose water with orange extract or almond essence.

  • Store the halva in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to a month.