Gajar Halwa Infused Skinny Smoothie

 Gajar Halwa Infused skinny Smoothie!
Gajar Halwa Infused skinny Smoothie!

I know….it is a classic example of an oxymoron, right? Gajar halwa and skinny ? But wait…you can have your cake…or in this case gajar halwa…. and drink it too 🙂

Gajar or carrot halwa is a well-known Indian dessert made even more famous by Bollywood movies, in which the mom shows her love by making gajar ka halwa for her son 🙂

It is made with cooked carrots, milk, ghee, sugar and nuts. For me gajar ka halwa conjures up images of a ghee laden dessert. Of course I like it… the more the ghee the better it tastes, making me wonder how often I should really make it….you know my problem with portion control 😦

So I thought of a carrot/gajar halwa flavored almond milk smoothie! It definitely satisfied my craving for gajar halwa, and I can have it as often as I like! And unlike gajar halwa, this is ready in a jiffy too!

Ingredients-

  • 1 cup grated carrots. I used organic carrots
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • A pinch of saffron, crushed
  • 1 cup almond milk. I used Pacific brand, organic, vanilla flavored almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 green cardamoms, shelled and the pods powdered

To make the Gajar Halwa infused smoothie-

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the grated carrots and the ghee. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir in the crushed saffron. Let the mixture cool.
  2. In a blender, add the cooled carrot mixture, almond milk, sugar and the powdered cardamom. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour over ice and enjoy!
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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Yum, could use one now. Looks yummy Sandhya

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Stephy!

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  2. reocochran says:

    I will pass this on to my younger daughter who is starting a blending business. This sounds healthy and delicious. I would add orange, tangerine, or pineapple juice.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Wow! What a fun business your daughter is starting. It really is healthy and delicious.
      Thank you so much!

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  3. Lovely idea, Sandhya. Taste hi aur health bhi!

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  4. Taste bhi aur health bhi, is what I meant. 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Sounds like a good advertisement for the gajar halwa smoothie:)

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  5. Oh laa laa. Where do u get these awesome ideas from?

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Anjali. I love food so all these ideas come from what to eat next:)

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  6. This looks delicious Sandhya! I love how you simplified it and made it more figure friendly 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Antonia!

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  7. Loretta says:

    This looks real good Sandhya – do you know I’ve never tried almond milk before? I see so many recipes that call for that, and shame on me, I’ve never tried it. Now, your recipe gives me a reason to purchase my very first carton :). I’ll let you know how it turns out. I love the addition of cardamom, and that ghee has to give it an amazing taste!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Loretta, I had never got almond milk before either but with gajar halwa on my mind, I picked it up in Trader Joes and loved it! The smoothie really satisfies the craving. Do let me know how you like it.

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