This recipe is our healthy take on Halwa, which traditionally contains a lot of sugar (which also helps it set). This mixture is then served baked in filo pastry for a decadent, yet guilt-free dessert. Black strap molasses is a deliciously rich and dark syrup. It is produced when the sugar cane is processed to make refined sugar. It is packed with minerals and nutrients, contains iron, magnesium and calcium, is beneficial to the hair, digestion and is a safe sweetener for diabetics.


220g peeled and grated pumpkin flesh and courgette

270ml oat milk

2 star anise

1 tsp green cardamom seeds, crushed

1 tbsp goji berries

1 tbsp ghee

4 tbsp molasses

2 tbsp of nuts of your choice (we like pistachios)

1/2 tsp rose water

Packet of filo pastry

Rose petals for garnish

Pop the vegetables, milk, spices and goji berries into a sauce pan and gently bring to a simmer

Cook until the vegetables are tender and the liquid has evaporated

Add the molasses, nuts, ghee and rosewater and leave to cool

Preheat the oven to 200C

Spread the pastry on a chopping board, and cup as shown on the picture below

Spoon 2 tablespoons of the mixture onto the pastry and roll, as shown on the picture below

Place onto a baking paper lined tray and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown

Arrange on a plate, scatter with rose petals and icing sugar (optional)