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Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle

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This stunning trifle features layers of vegan carrot halwa, pistachios and coconut whipped cream. It makes for a healthy yet indulgent dessert or snack.

Guys, do I have for you an amazing recipe at the end of the work week! 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.

vegan carrot halwa recipe how to make carrot halwa gajar halwa recipeI have said it many times here on the blog that I like eating dessert for breakfast sometimes. While starting your day with a sweet bite from time to time (read a few times a week), may sound delicious, that doesn’t equal healthy. I started brainstorming dessert ideas that can serve as a sweet treat, but would also pass the test of a healthy yet indulgent breakfast. I realized that vegan carrot halwa is the perfect dessert that I can make healthier and still retain all the deliciousness.

Vegan Carrot Halwa gajar ka Triffle
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I love carrot soufflé, 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.


I must say that I am a huge trifle fan, they are always so fun to eat and create. Anyone can make it, and anyone can make it look beautiful. In retrospect to cakes, with trifles you don’t need to have baking skills or cake decorating skills. Also, the flavor combos have no limits, and when served in individual glasses, that makes for some good portion control.

Vegan Carrot Halwa gajar ka TriffleThe 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 soufflé. It feels rich, while its still on the healthy side of the spectrum. I added some sugar, thats 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.

Vegan Carrot Halwa gajar ka TriffleThe layer of vegan carrot halva is topped with a layer of ground pistachios, their distinctive flavor and color adds some brightness and richness to the dessert. A nutty flavor and crunchy texture is so welcomed and balances the soft halwa layer. Also, the pistachios pack some protein and healthy fats which are perfect to start your day and keep you satisfied.

Vegan Carrot Halwa gajar ka TriffleLastly, we have a third layer involved of airy, fluffy and creamy whipped coconut cream, that has been slightly sweetened with a touch of honey. This layer is the one that ties this trifle together. The mild smooth tropical cream, the sticky and aromatic vegan carrot halwa and the crunchy pistachios all work together in harmony to create an irresistible combination of flavors, textures and aromas.

Vegan Carrot Halwa gajar ka TriffleYou won’t even suspect or realize that this is a vegan and healthy dessert, now I eat my sweets for breakfast with peace of mind. This vegan carrot halwa trifle is a stunning dessert, that will leave your guest impressed, yet its so easy to make. If you are looking for a healthy, sweet and indulgent snack, breakfast or dessert, that instead of a sugar crush it will actually nourish your body and give you energy, this is the dessert you have to try. Easy, vegan, no bake, just a little time by the stove and you can have this in your fridge to snack on.

Vegan Carrot Halwa gajar ka TriffleNow that I made this vegan carrot halwa, I will always try to have some on hand, it’s really good to tame a sweet tooth and also I feel good serving my son, and my whole family a healthy dessert. They will lick their glasses clean!

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Vegan Carrot Halwa Coconut Cream Pistachio Trifle
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This stunning trifle features layers of vegan carrot halwa, pistachios and coconut whipped cream. It makes for a healthy yet indulgent dessert or snack.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 3
  • 1 lb carrots
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (12 packets of Stevia SweatLeaf for a sugar free version, adjust to your own taste)
  • 4 ounces vegan coconut vanilla yogurt (or greek yogurt for vegetarian version)
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ cup ground pistachios
  • 2 cans of full fat coconut milk (I used Forest Native)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (for vegan version) or honey (2 packets of Stevia SweetLeaf for a sugar free version)
  1. Carrot Halwa:
  2. In the kitchen sink, wash and peel the carrots.
  3. Cut them into rondelles and add to the food processor. Alternate between the chop and grind function until the carrots are finely processed.
  4. In a large hot skillet over medium heat add the coconut oil and cardamon, cook for 1 minute and add the carrots and cook for 10 minutes, stiring from time to time.
  5. Add the sugar to the skillet, stir and cook until the carrots are starting to turn brownish and all the liquid is almost absorbed, about 10-15 minutes.
  6. When the mixture has started to thicken add the yogurt, stir and continue to cook until the mixture is almost dry, about 15-20 minutes. The carrot halwa is ready when the mixture becomes soft, sticky and no liquid should be seen.
  7. When the mixture has almost dried, remove from the stove and let it cool at room temperature.
  8. Coconut Whipped Cream:
  9. The day before you want to make the dessert place the coconut milk cans in the fridge overnight, these is a crucial step as the coconut cream has to harden and separate from the coconut water.
  10. Place the bowl of an electric mixer and the wire attachment in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before whisking.
  11. Remove the chilled coconut cans from fridge and FLIP them upside down, open the cans and discard the liquid, or you can save it in a jar for smoothies.
  12. Scoop the coconut cream into the chilled mixer bowl and add the maple syrup (for vegan version) or honey. Using a hand mixer or an electric one, I used the later fitted with the wire attachment whip the coconut cream until fluffy.
  13. Trifle:
  14. Prepare 3 tall glasses, add a few scoops of the vegan carrot halwa mixture and press it a little down, top with ground pistachios and with coconut cream. Repeat until the glasses are full.
  15. The carrot halwa trifle must be stored in the refrigerator and will stay good for 3-4 days.


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127 comments on “Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle”

  1. Your pictures are always so gorgeous, Katalina! This trifle sounds amazing! I love your creativity. I don’t think I’ve had anything quite like this before!

  2. This trifle is so pretty! Love your pictures.

  3. katalina, this photos are so enticing!! Beautinful

  4. Oh. My. Goodness. Girl, these photos are gorgeous and this trifle is so pretty and creative! I LOVE pistachios!

  5. These look beautiful! What lovely colors – I’m sure they taste equally as delicious!

  6. They look so inviting! Beautiful styling and presentation.

  7. These trifle are absolutely stunning! I love eating dessert for breakfast – it’s the best thing ever! 😀

  8. Katalina – your trifle looks stunning! I love the sound of these – it sound so decadent, but not too heavy. Gorgeous!

  9. This is a new one to me, but it certainly looks delicious!

  10. Not only does it sound great, it is very pretty to look at too!

  11. Your photography is stunning. I love the pistachios 🙂

  12. Gorgeous photos, Kat! These trifles look amazeballs!

  13. Let me just say that these photos are gorgeous and beautiful and perfect! I love the flowers and the color contrast going on. I’ve never had this before but it sure sounds delicious !

  14. These are just so beautiful! I love the layers! I am a huge trifle lover too — so easy to get creative!

  15. This looks amazing! I always wanted to learn how to make these. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Oh my gosh, these are GORGEOUS. And I love that you make individual trifles. I definitely have glasses like these, but have never got around to buying a trifle dish, so this will totally work!!

  17. Holy Beautiful! I had no idea that anything vegan (or even a trifle) could look so visually appealing. I can only imagine how wonderful these must taste; thanks so much for sharing!

  18. What a beautiful dessert! I love this pics and it sounds delish!

  19. OMG – Seriously Katalina, these are the prettiest looking carrot halwa trifle that I’ve seen till date and coming from an Indian background, trust me, I’ve seen tons. The close up shots of cup and spooned triffle just made me drool and want them. Will definitely try this one soooooon and let you know. – Hugs, Molly

  20. This sounds amazing and your photos are absolutely beautiful.

  21. This looks amazing Katalina! Had never heard of halwa before but love all the flavours involved – coconut, pistachio, carrot cake… so giving this a go! Individual glasses are such a fun (and gorgeous) way to present desserts too 🙂

  22. It looks beautiful and the flavors of cardamom and pistachio are lovely together so I would love a bite.

  23. Wow, now this is a stunning trifle! Interesting combination of flavors, have to try it! Loving your photos!

  24. Wow your pictures are beautiful! This dessert looks amazing and so creative.

  25. Sweets for breakfast? Now that’s my kind of breakfast!

  26. Yum yum yum! now that’s a treat that I could get used to!

  27. Why do you always insist on presenting the most stunningly gorgeous food photos? Every time I see a new recipe post from you, I become extremely hungry and jealous at the same time. 🙂 These looks so deliciously yummy!

  28. These are absolutely beautiful! These are the prettiest trifles I’ve seen in a while. :). I don’t think anyone would suspect that they’re healthy. Yummy!

  29. Your photography is absolutely beautiful! Coconut and pistachios make a perfect combination!

  30. Your pictures are absolutely amazing! Just stunning, I love them! What a great recipe idea!

  31. The very first time I had carrot halwa was at the buffet in a local Indian restaurant. I took a photo of the label over the tray so I could look up the recipe later. I’ve made it several times but haven’t thought to try to make a vegan version or better yet, make a trifle. Love it!

  32. Beautiful photos! These look absolutely fantastic!

  33. These are so lovely! I think I am going to pin this for our next ladies tea at church!

  34. This looks so good. like seriously I could eat this for breakfast and again for lunch and dessert! I just can’t get over all these flavors and textures! Love that you made it a trifle, it’s such a stunning presentation!

  35. That’s just beautiful. I bet it tastes amazing!

  36. I will eat dessert for breakfast too and this looks like a perfect breakfast and it is so beautiful too

  37. Wow, this is stunning! I love pistachios!!

  38. So gorgeous! I can’t wait to make this for my vegan friends!

  39. These trifles are beautiful, Katalina! I love all the layers! It sounds absolutely delicious!

  40. Looks yummy! Your photos are absolutely beautiful!!

  41. I loooove carrot halwa. Really curious to find out for myself, how a vegan version would taste. Love the way you’ve presented this!

  42. Beautiful! I feel as if I can reach right in a take one for myself. Just amazing. The recipe sounds scrumptious.

  43. what a wonderful recipe and served beautifully!

  44. As far as I’m concerned, if you eat pancakes smothered with syrup and a side of bacon (or sausages) for breakfast, you can’t frown on anyone eating dessert or dessert-like food for breakfast. 🙂 I am not familiar with carrot halwa, but it sounds wonderful! These trifles look delicious and your photos are so beautiful, Katalina!

  45. These are absolutely stunning, Katalina! These look like the perfect sweet treat! THANKS FOR SHARING! 😀

  46. Lovely breakfast, lunch ,snack or dessert! This is the kind of food I love. So beautifully presented!

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

  48. What a beautiful presentation! These photos are stunning!

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

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

  51. 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!

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

  53. 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….

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

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

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

  57. Absolutely stunning pics! I love anything with carrots, and not just raw. Significantly more beta-carotene is absorbed from cooked carrots than raw..http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14673607

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  74. Goodness! what a sweet looking dessert this is!! have featured it here on a blog post for fusion sweets for Diwali!


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

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