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Almond Halwa

by Sophie

Almond halwa or soft almond flour fudge is a popular Indian dessert often made during the festive season. Presenting my version of Badam Halwa in keto and traditional versions.

What Makes A Good Almond Halwa?

Traditional Badam halwa is made with a paste of peeled almonds and milk. The mixture is carefully and slow-cooked in ghee till it reaches a thick, smooth yet crumbly texture.

A good Halwa is always slow-cooked and stirred all through the process without letting it scorch or burn. Almond halwa now becomes easier with blanched almond flour that we easily find in the stores. In fact, with almond flour, the process of making Halwa even becomes easier. Stirring the Halwa is an integral part of this recipe but don’t let it scare you off. The end result is super satisfying and well worth the effort.

Almond halwa is very nutritious compared to any grain-based halwas. This recipe has almond flour, which has antioxidants and many other proven health benefits. Read it here. Making a keto version of this recipe is a personal choice. I like to enjoy low-carb and keto Indian mithai or sweets than the traditional versions. The keto versions are equally satisfying yet healthier alternatives if you are watching your sugar or carb intake. Here are some of my favorite keto Indian sweets.

The keto version of the almond halwa uses the same ingredients except for the condensed milk and sweetener. As I am including both the versions here, you will have both the choices to select from based on your lifestyle and preference.

How To Make Almond Halwa?

For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups of almond flour, 2 cups of full-fat milk, 1 cup sweetened condensed milk, 2 tbsp coconut sugar(optional), 1/4 cup regular sugar, 1/2 tsp cardamom powder, nuts to garnish, 2 tbsp of ghee

Keto version -2 cups of almond flour, 2 cups of full-fat coconut milk or dairy milk, 1/4 cup roasted coconut powder, 1-2 tbsp sugar-free sweetener of choice(preferably swerve), 1/2 tsp cardamom powder, nuts to garnish, 2 tbsp of ghee or coconut oil

Method of Making Almond Halwa and Keto Almond Halwa:

Roast the flour:

  • Start with roasting the flour in low flame.
  • Lightly roast the flour till the almond flour is nicely roasted.
  • You will get a nutty aroma from the flour once it’s roasted.

Cook the Flour in Milk:

  • Now add milk and give a good stir. From this point, you will have to cook the halwa under low heat and constantly stir it at regular intervals.
  • Add the cardamom powder and toasted coconut powder or coconut sugar(regular version.)Add the condensed milk at this point and stir well. For the keto version, skip this step.
  • Keep stirring the halwa under low flame till it becomes a thick, paste-like consistency.
  • Now add sugar or sugar-free sweetener, and mix well. The sugar will melt and give a caramel color to the halwa. The keto version will also get a light brown color because of the roasted coconut powder.
  • Once the halwa starts to leave the pan, add ghee and cook it for some more time. The halwa is ready to serve. Always serve the almond halwa warm and garnished with nuts and saffron.
  • Enjoy!

Variations:

  • You can make a paste with milk and almond flour and slow cook it in the ghee as well. In this method, you will need more ghee to cook the halwa.
  • Another way to sweeten this halwa is by using jaggery. It gives a nice brown color and a very palatable flavor.
  • Don’t ever cook this halwa in high heat. If halwa burns or sticks to the pan and burns, it gives a really bad, burnt flavor.
  • The almond halwa doesn’t need lots of ghee. That’s because almond has fats in it and can really manage well to cook without any extra fat. The addition of ghee towards the end improves the aroma, flavors and the texture.

Storing:

  • This nutty, almond halwa (both keto version and regular version) stays fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. I never freeze the halwa dessert, so I really can not give my suggestions there.
  • Always remember to reheat the halwa and serve it warm. If the halwa feels too dry, add few teaspoons of milk and reheat it before serving.


Easy Almond fudge or badam halwa

Almond Halwa {Keto + Traditional}

Almond halwa or soft almond flour fudge is a popular Indian dessert often kade during the festive season. Presenting my version of Badam Halwa in keto and traditional versions.
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Almond halwa, Badam Halwa, Diwali mithai, Diwali sweets, Indian desserts, keto halwa
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Sophie
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Frying Pan

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Almond Flour Blanched variety, not almond meal2
  • 2 Cups Full-fat milk
  • 1 Cup Sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder Optional
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • Nuts and saffron to garnish

Keto Version

  • 2 Cups Blanched Almond flour
  • 2 Cups Full-fat milk or Coconut milk
  • 1/4 Cup Roasted coconut powder Optional
  • 1-2 tbsp Swerve (or any Sugar-free sweetener)
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp Ghee or coconut oil
  • Nuts and saffron to garnish

Instructions

Roast the flour:

  • Start with roasting the flour in low flame. Lightly roast the flour till the almond flour is nice and toasty. You will get a nutty aroma from the flour once it’s roasted.

Cook the Flour in the Milk:

  • Now add milk and give a good stir. From this point, you will have to cook the halwa under low heat and constantly stir it at regular intervals.
  • Add the cardamom powder and toasted coconut powder or coconut sugar(regular version.)Add the condensed milk at this point and stir well. For the keto version, skip this step.
  • Keep stirring the halwa under low flame till it becomes a thick, paste-like consistency.
  • Now add sugar or sugar-free sweetener, and mix well. The sugar will melt and give a caramel color to the halwa. The keto version will also get a light brown color because of the roasted coconut powder.
  • Once the halwa starts to leave the pan, add ghee and cook it for some more time. The halwa is ready to serve. Always serve the almond halwa warm and garnished with nuts and saffron.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Variations:

  • You can make a paste with milk and almond flour and slow cook it in the ghee as well. In this method, you will need more ghee to cook the halwa.
  • Another way to sweeten this halwa is by using jaggery. It gives a nice brown color and a very palatable flavor.
  • Don’t ever cook this halwa in high heat. If halwa burns or sticks to the pan and burns, it gives a really bad, burnt flavor.
  • The almond halwa doesn’t need lots of ghee. That’s because almond has fats in it and can really manage well to cook without any extra fat. The addition of ghee towards the end multiplies the aroma, flavors and the texture.

Storing:

  • This nutty, almond halwa (both keto version and regular version) stays fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. I never freeze halwa dessert, so I really can not give my suggestions there.
  • Always remember to reheat the halwa and serve it warm. If the halwa feels too dry, add few teaspoons of milk and reheat it before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

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13 comments

Elena October 24, 2019 - 9:21 am

5 stars
Looks delicious and healthy! Love all your recipes and photography!!

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Amanda October 28, 2019 - 8:22 pm

5 stars
These look like the perfect candies to serve with the holidays coming up! I’m always a sucker for any sweet with cardamom. Thanks for sharing!

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Alisa Infanti October 29, 2019 - 6:41 pm

I never thought about roasting almond flour to intensify the nuttiness. Thanks for the tip! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

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Stine Mari October 30, 2019 - 2:23 pm

5 stars
I love anything with cardamom and these almond halwa look perfectly fudgy and so delicious!

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Erika November 1, 2019 - 3:06 pm

5 stars
I’ve never heard of almond flour fudge before, this is so interesting and looks delicious.

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Emily November 3, 2019 - 12:55 pm

5 stars
Love everything with almond paste in it! This almond halwa is delicious!

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Candiss November 3, 2019 - 1:13 pm

I love all almond based desserts and this halwa looks great. I have never had it before but I might have to try making it now!

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Jacqui Debono November 3, 2019 - 2:35 pm

5 stars
Wonderful photographs as always! I love almond paste and don’t use it as often as I should. This will make a perfect sweet treat!

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Ramona November 4, 2019 - 7:53 am

5 stars
Very interesting recipe – I love all the ingredients so I must make this soon.

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Alexis November 4, 2019 - 9:12 am

5 stars
This looks delicious! Thank you for including the keto version for those of us choosing a sugar free lifestyle. I’m looking forward to preparing this fo ray family.

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Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness November 4, 2019 - 12:25 pm

5 stars
I’m not usually a fan of almonds, but after looking at this I may need to reconsider. This looks so good!!

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Mirlene November 5, 2019 - 6:11 am

5 stars
These look really good. I am familiar with all of the ingredients. I cannot wait to try it.

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Lathiya November 12, 2019 - 12:36 pm

5 stars
The almond halwa using almond meal is a great idea. The halwa looks scrumptious.

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