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Gluten Free Carrot Halwa Recipe

Halwa generally refers to any kind of thick, rich dessert that can be compared to pudding. I’ve always been intrigued by vegetables in dessert, so carrot halwa was one I knew I had to try. Traditional halwa contains cardamom, but if you’re not a fan, feel free to substitute cinnamon instead.

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Gluten Free Carrot Halwa Recipe

I’ve always been intrigued by vegetables in dessert, so carrot halwa was one I knew I had to try. Feel free to substitute cinnamon for cardamom.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Middle Eastern
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Ricki Heller


  • ½ pound carrots peeled and grated (about 4 large carrots)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 cups plain or vanilla rice milk
  • ¾ cup canned full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup xylitol or monk fruit based sweetener such as Lakanto, or ⅔ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon ground cardamom to taste
  • Pinch of kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup goji berries or raisins
  • ¼ cup chopped toasted cashews
  • Pinch of saffron threads optional


  • Place the carrots and oil in a shallow pot and cook over medium heat, stirring to coat, until the carrots begin to soften and lighten in color. Add the rice milk, coconut milk, xylitol, cardamom, salt, and vanilla, and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Lower the heat and stir well. Simmer until the carrots are almost mushy and all the liquid is absorbed (up to 1 hour), stirring frequently to avoid scorching. Once the halwa is almost dry, add the goji berries, cashews, and saffron. Serve warm.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Carrot Halwa Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Sodium 114mg5%
Potassium 327mg9%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 9470IU189%
Vitamin C 3.8mg5%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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