Greek Semolina Halva

Greek Semolina Halva

This vegan Greek halva dessert is a Lenten classic in Greece, but it's also a perfect recipe for those with dietary requirements right through the year!

  • 12 servings
  • 20 mins
  • 472 kcal
  • DF VG VE
Greek Semolina Halva

Lent is traditionally a fasting period in Greece, where the Greek Orthodox church still has a lot of power over the country’s traditions. From Shrove Tuesday to Easter Sunday we traditionally wouldn’t eat dairy, as well as abstaining from meat and fish (but not shellfish). But that doesn’t mean no enjoyable meals! No, in fact, a whole Greek cuisine has sprung up around the culture of fasting - Greek fasting food is called Ladera, or Lathera - food that is full of veggies and made with olive oil, containing no meat or dairy products.

This is the healthy heart of the Mediterranean diet (although this recipe doesn’t necessarily uphold this principle). This Greek semolina cake recipe is unusual but very authentic and moreish - I definitely urge you to try it.

Lenten fasting is no longer a chore, thanks to the advent of dairy-free cakes! This semolina halva recipe is easily one of my all-time favorites – it’s dairy-free, egg-free, and butter-free but still manages to be decadent and absolutely delicious. Not only that, but it also makes for an excellent hosting choice as it is vegan-friendly so you can guarantee your plant-based guests will approve. Plus, if you’re not adhering to any fasting constraints you can go ahead and enjoy semolina halva to your heart’s content!



For the best texture, try combining fine and thick semolina together in equal parts. This combination ensures that your halva will have unbeatable consistency.

If you love almonds, then adding 50g of raw peeled and crushed almonds to your sautéed semolina will be an absolute delight for the taste buds!


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You will need about 20 minutes to make 12 servings of this recipe, which has approximately 472 calories each. Make sure you have all the ingredients and follow these 6 simple steps. If you have any questions, send me an email and I’d be more than happy to help!

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Greek Semolina Halva

This Greek Halva Dessert recipe is just one of my favourite recipes of all time. It’s so tied to the Easter period for me (although I now happily make it year-round).

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Mandy25 May, 22 @ 7:39pm

I looooove this desert! My Greek neighbor makes it quite often. Didn’t realize it’s so easy to make.

Stella25 May, 22 @ 7:41pm

Nice recipe. Just made it and used small cups instead of the suggested cake pan. My boys loved it!!!

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