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tahini halva cute on a plate

Pistachio Tahini Halva

  • Author: Samara
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Diet: Vegan


Pistachio tahini halva is a decadent and rich no-bake Middle Eastern dessert made with tahini sesame paste, pistachios, and powdered sugar.


  • 3/4 cup tahini paste
  • 1 cup milk powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp rosewater
  • 1/2 cup chopped unsalted pistachios (optional)


  1. Place the tahini paste, milk powder, powdered sugar, and rosewater (if using) into the food processor and process until fully incorporated.
  2. In a small glass container, add parchment paper. Sprinkle some crushed shelled pistachios on the bottom.
  3. Firmly press the tahini halva mixture into the container. Sprinkle pistachios on the top.
  4. Let the halva set in the fridge for at least an hour before slicing. 


  • Don't over-process the mixture or it will get clumpy and grainy. 
  • You can also brush the container with oil instead of lining it with parchment paper.
  • Salted pistachios can be used in lieu of unsalted pistachios.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 264 cal
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Sodium: 68 mg
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Saturated Fat: 14 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Cholesterol: 16 mg

Keywords: halva, halva recipe, tahini, tahini halva, middle eastern desserts, middle eastern halva, no-bake halva

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