This paleo almond halwa is just the answer for when you’d love a sweet treat but can’t do gluten and or dairy. I’m here to tell you that dessert doesn’t have to be off the plan. Tweaked with the right ingredients, it can fit right in! Being gluten free I just had to come up with an alternative to one of my favorite South Asian treats, Sooji ka Halwa and voila, I bring you my Paleo Almond Halwa! So good and you can’t tell the difference!
What you will need
Almond flour This is the sooji alternative and mimics the texture perfectly. Make sure you get the blanched, finely ground variety.
Ghee/butter/oil Makes the halwa more authentic but you can substitute with butter or neutral oil like avocado oil.
Cardamom Brings the South Asian notes to the halwa.
Sweetener You can use raw cane or coconut sugar and even stevia or monk fruit to keep it low carb/keto.
Garnish I use any nut I have on hand but adding crushed pistachios and rose petals will make it esthetically pleasing.
How to make paleo almond halwa
We are going to start by putting some ghee in a saucepan on medium heat. Add in crushed cardamom, next add the almond flour and stir it a bit to toast it, about a minute. Next and the coconut sugar and stir to combine. Finally follow that up with some water and stir to combine. Now all you have to do is wait for the water to dry up so the halwa can thicken up, about 2 minutes. Make sure you stir continuously so that it doesn’t stick and burn. Garnish it with some nuts and rose petals and enjoy!
Here are some more gluten free desserts to try
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- 1 tablespoon ghee
- 2 cardamom pods seeds removed and crushed
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 cup water
- rose petals
- In a saucepan heat the ghee. Add the crushed cardamom seeds and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the almond flour and stir for about 1-2 minutes so that it gets toasted.
- Next add the coconut sugar and stir to combine. Add water and stir continuously till the water dries out. About 3-4 minutes.
- You will be left with a thick paste which means your halwa is ready! Garnish with the nuts and rose petals and enjoy!
- Using blanched, super fine almond flour is key if you want that sooji ka halwa look and taste.
- The coconut sugar can be swapped with raw cane sugar if you prefer the lighter look of traditional Sooji ka Halwa