Did you know if you eat beta-carotene rich foods you can decrease the risk of getting many types of diseases, including breast, colon, lung, bladder, etc? Beta carotene is an important antioxidant that can boost your immunity so you can fight these diseases.
Sweet potato is rich beta-carotene, which is also known as Vitamin A; it is also rich in fiber, which can help you reduce constipation and with natural weight loss.
Try this super delicious sweet potato halwa recipe for dessert to nourish yourself and your family and improve your health at the same time!
Super Healthy and Guilt Free Sweet Potato Halva Recipe
- 2 ½ cups sweet potato, grated (about 2 large sweet potatoes)
2 cups whole milk or soy milk
½ cup raisins
½ cup blanched almonds or almonds and pecans
4 tbsp ghee
1 tsp ground cardamom
15 to 20 threads of saffron
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grind the nuts in a blender into a fine powder. Wash and grate the sweet potato. Saute the sweet potato in 2 tablespoons of ghee, just enough to coat it. Stir in the milk and raisins.
Lightly grease an 8×8 inch baking pan or iron skillet and transfer the mixture to it. Cover and bake for 40 to 55 minutes or until all the milk is absorbed. If you need to, uncover the halva in the last 10 minutes of baking to allow the milk to dry. When all the milk is absorbed, stir in the rest of the ghee, nutmeal, cardamom, and saffron. Press back into a flattened shape. Add sweetener (such as brown rice syrup) if desired. Cut in small pieces and serve.
This dessert can also be made with butternut or buttercup squash or pumpkin in place of sweet potato. (adopted from banyanbotanicals.com)
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© Irina Wardas, HHC
Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Counselor and Relationship Coach