Carrot Halwa Coconut Burfi Bars

stacked carrot halwa coconut burfi bars on a wooden board

Layered Carrot Halwa Coconut Burfi Bars are two of my favorite Indian desserts combined into one delicious moist and chewy burfi! They are portable, look seriously impressive and make for the perfect edible gift for the holidays. Vegan dairyfree, Glutenfree Nutfree option

carrot halwa coconut burfi bars topped with chopped pistachios

Why make just 1 dessert when you can make 2? These layered Carrot Halwa Coconut Burfi Bars use only a few ingredients and come together super quickly. The perfect bites for any festive season.

stacked carrot halwa coconut burfi bars on a wooden board

These consist of a moist layer of shredded coconut Burfi that tastes a bit like a coconut macaroon with cardamom. The topping is made with sweet, caramelized shredded carrots which we season with a hint of cardamom and lime. DIVINE.

Like all Indian sweets, these burfi bars are seriously sweet but you can reduce the amount of sugar used by a bit to make them less sweet. Indian sweets and desserts are usually served on special occasions and festivals(Indian holidays), they aren’t eaten as an everyday thing. They tend to be small portions and a bit on the sweet side.

carrot halwa coconut burfi bars topped with chopped pistachios

They are easily portable, so make for a great edible gift. They last quite a bit so you can make them ahead of time with no problem.

Just make sure you chill them well before cutting them or they will not cut into neat slices.

With those gorgeous layers, they already look pretty impressive but a sprinkling of chopped pistachios takes them to the next level. You could also sprinkle them with some culinary rose petals, or apple culinary silver or top witb other nuts or seeds.

a stack of carrot halwa coconut burfi bars topped with pistachios

More Indian Sweets:

Vegan Almond Burfi

Vegan Almond Halwa; Instant Pot Badam Halwa (No Oil)

Vegan Malai Burfi (Milk Cake)- Indian Fudge Bars

Vegan Gulab Jamun Dry Mix

Rasmalai Tres Leches Cake (Vegan)

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Layered Carrot Halwa Coconut Burfi Bars Vegan

Layered Carrot Halwa Coconut Burfi Bars are two of my favorite Indian desserts combined into one delicious moist and chewy bar! They are portable, look seriously impressive and make for the perfect edible gift for the holidays. Vegan Dairyfree Glutenfree Nutfree option

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time35 mins

Chill time1 hr

Total Time1 hr 50 mins

Race: Dessert

Kitchen: indian

Keyword: burfi bars, carrot halwa

Services: 12

calories: 209calories

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

For the Coconut Burfi layer

  • 1.5 cups (127.5 g) desiccated coconut this is just finely shredded coconut. If your shreds are large or medium, pulse them in a blender until they are somewhat closer to semolina
  • 1 1/4 cup (282.5 g) full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar (Indian sweets are sweet! Use 2 tbsp less if needed)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom or crushed seeds of 2 cardamom pods

For carrot halwa layer

  • 1 1/4 cup (160 g) grated carrot
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (28 g) almond flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp lime zest, optional
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour or use rice flour or cornstarch for gluten-free
  • 1 teaspoon vegan butter

Instructions

  • Make the coconut Burfi layer: Add the coconut milk and sugar to a pan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Mix well to mix in the sugar. Add in the desiccated coconut and mix well to hydrate all the coconut by pressing and mixing. Cook until the mixture comes together like a soft dough. 7 to 10 minutes depending on the pan and stove. Stir frequently so coconut doesn’t burn.

  • Then add in the cardamom and salt and mix in and take off heat. Transfer into a parchment lined brownie pan or baking dish – 8 x 8” or 9×9 inch. Press it evenly with a spatula then put it in the fridge to set for 15-20 mins.

  • Make the carrot halwa: Add the carrots, maple syrup, almond flour to the skillet over medium heat. Cook until the carrots don’t smell raw and and aren’t leaking moisture. 6 to 8 mins. Then add the sugar, flour, cardamom, zest if using and butter and mix in. Cook for another 5 to 8 minutes. Taste to check if the carrots are cooked and caramelized to preference. Else cook longer. Press and mix and bring together like a dough.

  • Take the pan out of the fridge. Transfer the carrot mixture to the pan and press and spread it evenly on top of the coconut layer using a spatula. Top with chopped pistachios, press them in. Chill the Burfi for an hour, then remove the Burfi bars using the parchment, then slice and serve.

  • Storage: Store on the counter if using in a few hours. Else refrigerate for upto 4 days. Freeze for upto a month

Ratings

I use cardamom as the flavor as that is the preferred flavor in some Indian desserts. but you can change it up your preference. Use vanilla or add some cinnamon and nutmeg to the carrot layer for a carrot cake flavor.

  • Nutfree: omits the pistachios and almond flour. Use shredded coconut instead of the almond flour.
  • For this recipe, I use finely shredded coconut. If your shreds are large or medium, just pulse them in a blender until they somewhat closer to semolina
  • I love using whole cardamom here. Take seeds from 2 pods for each layer. Crush in a mortar pestle and use.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Layered Carrot Halwa Coconut Burfi Bars Vegan

Amount Per Serving

calories 209
Calories from Fat 126

%Daily Value*

fat 14g22%

Saturated Fat 10g63%

Sodium 20mg1%

Potassium 175mg5%

Carbohydrates 21g7%

fiber 3g13%

Sugar 17g19%

protein 2g4%

Vitamin A 2243IU45%

Vitamin C 2mg2%

Calcium 20mg2%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

ingredients for making carrot halwa coconut burfi bars

Ingredients:

  • for the coconut layer, we simmer desiccated coconut in some full fat coconut milk along with sugar and cardamom
  • for the carrot layer, we sautee some grated carrots with maple syrup and sugar to enhance their natural sweetness
  • vegan butter is added for wealth
  • almond flour is the sub used for the khoya(milk solids)
  • flour helps thicken the carrot mix
  • the carrot layer is also flavored with cardamom and a hit of lime zest

Tips:

  • For this recipe, I use finely shredded coconut. If your shreds are large or medium, just pulse them in a blender until they somewhat closer to semolina
  • I use cardamom as the main flavor but you can change it up to your preference. Use vanilla or add some cinnamon and nutmeg to the carrot layer for a carrot cake flavor.
  • For making without nuts omit the pistachios and almond flour. Use shredded coconut instead of almond flour in the carrot layer
  • gluten free: use rice flour or cornstarch for glutenfree burfi bars
  • Indian sweets are seriously sweet! If you don’t have a major sweet tooth, use 2 tbsp less if needed

How to make Vegan Carrot Halwa Coconut Burfi

coconut milk in a sauteeing pan

Add the coconut milk and sugar to a pan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stir to mix in the sugar.

coconut milk and sugar in a sauteeing pan

Add in the coconut and mix in. cook until it comes together like a soft dough. 7-10 mins

shredded coconut being added to a sauteeing pan with coconut milk

shredded coconut burfi paste in a sauteeing pan

Then add in the cardamom and mix in and take off the heat.

Press into a lined baking dish – 8 x 8” or 9 x9 inch.

coconut burfi batter being pressed into a rectangular pan

shredded carrots being added to sauteeing pan

Make the carrot layer: Add the carrots maple syrup almond flour to the skillet and cook until the carrots are somewhat dry and not leaking moisture. 6-8 mins

shredded carrots and maple syrup in a sauteeing pan

shredded carrots and almond flour in a sauteeing pan

sugar and shredded sauteed carrots in a sauteeing pan

Then add the sugar, flour, cardamom, zest if using and butter and mix in.

flour being added to shredded carrots in a frying pan

shredded caramelized carrots in a frying pan

Cook for another 5 to 8 minutes. Taste to check if the carrots are cooked and caramelized to preference. Else continues to cook.

Press and mix and bring together like a dough.

Spread this over the coconut layer.

carrot halwa layer being spread over coconut burfi layer in a square glass pan

layered carrot halwa coconut burfi bars in a glass pan

Top with chopped pistachios. press them in and chill for an hour.

carrot halwa coconut burfi bars topped with chopped pistachios in a glass dish

coconut burfi carrot halwa bars topped with pistachios

Remove the Burfi bars from the pan using the parchment. Slice and serve.

Storage: Store on the counter if using in a few hours. Else refrigerate for upto 4 days. Freeze for upto a month

layered carrot halwa coconut burfu bars topped with chopped pistachios

variations

  • Use vanilla instead of cardamom for flavor
  • Make a thicker carrot layer. Double up on the carrots. Cook longer and make a thicker halwa layer

stacked carrot halwa coconut burfi bars on a wooden board


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