I am half-middle eastern, so I grew up eating a lot of halvah. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a tahini-based delicacy and so delicious! This recipe is inspired by this middle eastern dessert, but with the twist that it is a gooey sesame spread. The nutritional content of this sweet treat is stellar because it won’t spike your blood sugar but is particularly great for giving new mamas in the postpartum period a big energy boost. Sesame is a food extremely high in calcium, which any breastfeeding mama must prioritize. Hemp seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids essential for the brain. And the fats in the tahini and coconut oil will help nourish breast milk. Added bonus that it is an easy one-handed snack that can be spread on toast or eaten with a spoon straight from the jar.
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 1 tbs water
- 4 medjool dates (blended) or 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Lightly heat on stove while stirring. Let cool and transfer to jar. Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Sorayya Dossett is a Seattle-based animator-turned-Nutrition Consultant. After the birth of her first child, the intense and delicate postpartum season caught her completely off-guard and left her feeling depleted. This experience ultimately led her to enroll in Oh Baby School of Holistic Nutrition to become a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in Postpartum. Sorayya is the founder of Hello Mother Goose, a nutrition practice that provides both 1:1 and group support to mamas and mamas-to-be. Her ultimate goal is to mother the mother; she wants postpartum care (and prepping for it!) to be just as normal as pregnancy and labor prep. She truly believes when the mother thrives, the whole family can thrive.
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