Gluten Free Vegan Paleo Halawe (Halva) Brownies

Another day using someone else’s recipe. When I saw Flourless Peanut Butter Brownies from MyThinEats.com pop up in my feed, I had to try it. Who doesn’t like chocolate and peanut butter together?!?!! Well, people who are allergic to peanuts, for one. And people on a paleo diet, for another. Luckily I’m not either of those, but for the sake of others I decided to experiment. Preheat your oven to 325.

If you’ve been around this blog very long, you know how much I love tahini – I have a whole page dedicated to tahini in my recipe index.

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So I substituted 2 C tahini for the peanut butter.

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Sweeten with 3/4 C honey, agave or maple syrup (or to taste). Mix thoroughly.

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I also replaced the chocolate with 1/2 C raisins, roughly chopped.

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To bind the brownies, the original recipe says you can use 2 tbsp. ground chia or flax + 6 Tbsp water. I went with the chia seeds. Make sure you let it set at least 10 minutes.

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Then add it to your tahini along with 2 Tbsp cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. I think I ended up adding closer to 1 or 2 tsp because I just really like vanilla. Hm, I hope vanilla extract is paleo…

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Mix it up. With the chia seed “jelly” mixed in, the batter seems somewhat gelatinous. Well I guess that makes sense.

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Spread the batter out in a 9×13 pan that’s either been greased or lined with parchment. I’m actually not sure it’s necessary when using tahini because of the natural oils, but I did it anyway just to be safe. Next time I’ll be more daring and see what happens.

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Bake at 325 for 25 minutes, or until the brownies brown around the edges.

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I was so nervous about these little guys. I made them for a Lenten bake sale at church yesterday, and I was afraid people would bite into them expecting a regular ol’ chocolate brownie. I decided to call them halva brownies because most people in my parish would understand this means there’s a sesame flavor. I’m so glad at least the few people I got feedback from seemed to really like them! One day I’ll try them with peanut butter for myself (and even add some chocolate chips), but I’m glad I had a reason to try these with tahini.

Do you have a favorite vegan brownie recipe? Feel free to share!

By the way, these are oil free and perfect for a strict fasting day.

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