There's a local Indian joint that serves a dessert called halwa, which is basically grated carrots, milk, sugar, nuts, and ghee. I just had to recreate a more healthified vegan halwa at home. I used dates and coconut milk in place of the milk and sugar, and I promise you that it's just as delicious as the original version. I also added turmeric, cardamom, and mint to give the carrots an exotic twist.

Carrot Halwa With Mint [Vegan]

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  • 2 cups carrots, grated finely
  • 3-4 Medjool dates
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1.5 cups organic coconut milk (light is fine)
  • handful of cashews
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cardamom
  • 1 Tablespoon dried currents (raisins will work too)
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • handful of fresh mint, chopped


  1. Soak the dates in warm water for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Add the grated carrots to a pot with coconut oil. Heat for 3-5 min on low medium heat, stirring often.
  3. Drain and place the dates in a food processor and process until smooth (add water as needed). Add to carrot mixture in pot.
  4. Add the coconut milk, cardamom, cashews, currents, turmeric and ginger. Stir frequently and simmer until liquid is absorbed, approx 25 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, let cool for 10-15 min, then add mint and stir.
  6. Scoop into bowls and serve!


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