Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 11 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 45 minutes

Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle features layers of vegan carrot halwa, pistachios and coconut whipped cream. It makes for a healthy, yet indulgent dessert or snack.

I love making puffy and delicious Trifles like our popular Brownie Trifle,  Butternut Squash Trifle and Butterscotch Banana Trifle.

Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle

This Vegan Carrot Halwa Trifle is a take on the classic Indian Carrot Halwa or otherwise called Gajar Ka Halwa. Vegan carrot halwa is a sweet dessert that has the consistency of a pudding and according to Wikipedia its very popular in India and Pakistan. I obviously added my own twist to this delicious dessert and made it a trifle.

I love carrot souffle, and I love carrot cake, and for the record, I like raw carrots, so I knew that incorporating vegan carrot halwa into my dessert concoction will be a winner. As you can see, I was influenced here by Indian, Pakistani and Turkish cuisine. After I decided to use cardamom spiced vegan carrot halwa as the main star of my dessert, I knew I wanted to make a trifle.

The vegan carrot halwa was made with coconut oil and creamy vanilla coconut yogurt. It has a very smooth, soft texture, almost like eating a carrot souffle. It feels rich, while its still on the healthy side of the spectrum. I added some sugar, that is where I made my compromise, but you can totally go for a sugar substitute if you want a sugar-free version. The vegan carrot halwa is spiced with a little cardamom, to add that aroma that is so traditional for this Indian dessert.

Why You’ll Love These Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifles:

  • They are puffy, pretty and delicious, and are a show stopper dessert.
  • They are vegan and a healthy alternative dessert.
  • Easy to find ingredients and minimum prep work is needed.
  • Perfect for brunch parties and for bigger crowds.
  • Can be made 1 day in advance so you don’t have to worry about a last minute dessert.

What is a Trifle desert?

Trifle in English cuisine is a dessert made with fruit, an a layer of finger or brownies and custard. It can be topped with whipped cream.

How long does the Trifle take to set?

Once you cover the lady finger with cream, cover the dish with cling film and leave to set in the fridge for about two hours. It is best for trifle to settle for few hours so it absorbs the cream and becomes moister.

Can you store the Trifle?

Leftover trifle can be stored, loosely covered in the fridge, for up to 3 days, after which it will still be edible but the cake will be very soggy and the cream will become looser, soaking up the cream and syrup. Best to eat the trifle within 2-3 days.

Can you freeze the Trifle?

Freezing the trifle is not recommended, as the cream wouldn’t freeze well, and upon defrosting it will become watery.


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5 from 11 reviews

Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle

Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle features layers of vegan carrot halwa, pistachios and coconut whipped cream. It makes for a healthy, yet indulgent dessert or snack.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Total time: 1 hr 5 mins



Carrot Halwa:

Coconut Whipped Cream:


Nutrition information

Calories: 288 Carbohydrates: 33 Protein: 3 Fat: 16 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 65 Potassium: 403 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 27 Vitamin A: 12670 Vitamin C: 5.2 Calcium: 75 Iron: 0.6
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Lovely breakfast, lunch ,snack or dessert! This is the kind of food I love. So beautifully presented!


Thanks Diane!


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I'm definitely making this trifle, love everything about it, coconut cream and carrot cake. Oh my!


Michelle let me know how you like it I had it for breakfast days in a row!


Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

What a beautiful presentation! These photos are stunning!


Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

Wow! Carrot Halwa trifle? Sounds intriguing, Katalina. I love all the gorgeous layers and stunning photos. Love the fact they are vegan too! :)


Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

Pistachio and coconut are two of my favorite flavors! I love everything about these mini trifles and love that they are vegan too!


Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

oh my gawsh I love carrot anything too! I will totally nosh on raw carrots daily as my snack! I have never heard of Vegan carrot halwa, but it sounds delish! I mean carrot souffle?? Yes Please, I'm SO in! LOVE that you turned this into a triffle - SO PRETTY! I'm digging the vanilla coconut yogurt and pistachios in here! YUM! Pinned! Cheers, girlfriend!



All I can say is WOW! WOW! Sounds and looks absolutely gorgeous!


Lydia @ Suitcase Foodist

I am glad that I am not the only one with a serious carrot addiction. They have been my mainstay recently. Such a lovely idea....


Whitney @ Thtat Square Plate

What a beautiful dish! I would love to try it!! Your photography is absolutely stunning!!


Sandra @ A Dash of Sanity

Pistachios is definitely a favorite of mine for recipes, so this sure sounds amazing to me!



Your photos are super gorgeous, makes me want to reach out and grab one !






Thank you Sweta :)


Pinky Khemani

That's awesome dessert. Mam please tell me coconut curd where I stay there it is not available. Substitute of it


Amy the ardent home chef

Question: How tall are the glasses you recommend for this recipe? I'm eager to make it, but I'm planning to prepare it for 12 people and need to know how many cans of coconut milk I need and the size of the glasses I should be using. It looks truly decadent!


about 5 inches


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