Bread & Dough dessert Recipe

Tahini & Date Syrup Sweet Rolls

tahini and date cinnamon buns

Tahini and Date Syrup Filled Rolls

Inspired by my trip to Israel, these tahini rolls are an adaptation of the ones we created at Sweet Petite’s Bakery in Tel Aviv. Having never tried halva before, this recipe was a brilliant way to introduce this sweet treat into my life. The filling was 1:1 ratio of date syrup and tahini with a sprinkle of halva over the top, however this is completely optional depending on whether you can find some.

Breakdown of Ingredients

00 Flour – I’ve found since swapping from plain flour to 00 flour the texture of my sweet bread recipes has been incredible. 00 flour is usually used for pizza dough or pasta due to the extra fine grind. You can use plain flour or even strong white bread flour to create this recipe – but if you can find 00 then give it a go.

Tahini- Finding a good quality tahini is key. Visiting your local international food store will usually be your best bet. The best brand you can find is Al Arz tahini. Produced in Israel, the quality of this tahini has been the best I’ve tasted.

tahini and date cinnamon buns

Trip to Israel with Vibe Israel

As mentioned before, the inspiration for this recipe is from the most incredible trip to Israel with the team Vibe Israel. Sweet Petite Bakery is based within Tel Aviv and focuses on vegan patisserie, which is a mix of art and science! From vegan macarons to the most beautiful cinnamon buns, we gave a few recipes a go. 

What is halva?

Halva is a Middle Eastern sweet treat made from sesame, flour and a sweetener (honey if not vegan). Its slightly flakey and powdery in texture and taste. It works perfectly in sweet recipes such as these buns where it compliments the sticky syrup. You can find Halva in the U.K in your local international food store or you might be lucky enough to find it at a local supermarket within the Middle Eastern Food Isle.


tahini and date cinnamon buns

The trip to Israel with Vibe Israel was made up of five of us (myself, Candice, Phillip, Izzy and Alexa) with the most incredible woman Bar. Focusing on food and the influence behind the recipes we were trying, it was a week full of discovery. Having never really liked tahini, I was sceptical as to whether I’d love visiting the ancient town where there was a 100 year old factory for tahini – rest assured I came away obsessed.

The day we visited Sweet Petite’s studio, we were eager to get stuck in and get baking. The recipes we created were incredible and hopefully this one I’m sharing will get you as close to the real thing as possible.

halva tahini date buns vibe israel

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tahini and date cinnamon buns

Tahini & Date Cinnamon Buns

Inspired by my trip to Israel, I've adapted by simple cinnamon bun recipe and used Tahini, date syrup and the addition of halva. The original recipe is heavily inspired by Sweet Petite Bakery based in Tel Aviv where we made a similar bun which was delicious.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
1 hour


For the dough

  • 2 1/4 cups 00 flour 320g
  • ½ tbsp fast yeast around 3g
  • 3/4 cup luke warm water 200ml
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp caster sugar 5g
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 30ml

For the tahini & sugar filling

  • 100 g date syrup
  • 100 g good quality tahini
  • 1 heaped tsp cinnamon powder optional
  • 30 g halva optional

For the Frosting

  • 5 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter margarine
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or tahini
  • 1 tbsp halva to dust over the top (optional)
  • 2 tbsp plant based milk or water


For the dough

  • Add the flour, yeast, salt and sugar into a large mixing bowl and combine then slowly pour in the luke warm water and olive oil and bring together
  • Once combined move onto an oiled clean surface and knead for around 5 minute, if the dough is difficult to work with heavily flour the work surface. The texture should be soft and well brought together (you should be able to stretch the dough without it ripping)
  • Clean the mixing bowl and drizzle a little olive oil around the bottom, then place the dough inside, cover with a tea towel and leave to prove for around 1 hour (or until doubled in height)
  • Create the tahini and date syrup filling when the dough has nearly finished proving, by simply mixing the tahini and date syrup together in a bowl (a silicone spatula will be the best mixing tool) and set aside
  • Once the dough has risen knock back the air then form into a neat ball of dough
  • Flour the work surface and a rolling pin and roll out into a rectangle less than 1cm thick
  • Spread on tahini filling (then sprinkle over the halva if adding) and then roll up the dough to make a long sausage shape
  • Using a sharp knife slice down the middle of the dough (widthways) then repeat until you have 8-10 cinnamon rolls
  • Place into a greased baking dish or muffin tin and leave to rest for a further 20 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC and bake for around 25-30 minutes (if you notice the top catching simply cover loosely in baking parchment)
  • Allow to cool fully before dusting with icing sugar and enjoy

To make the frosting

  • Simply mix the ingredients together until a thick creamy frosting has formed then drizzle over the top
Keyword babka, cinnamon buns, halva, israeli dessert, sweet bread, sweet rolls, tahini

If you want more recipes inspired by my trip to Israel, you can find my delicious za’atar pita’s just here. 

za'atar pita recipe vegan

I also have a za’atar flavoured pulled ‘chicken’ toasted wraps with a creamy tahini dressing here

vegan pulled chicken wraps

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