almond-pistachio-fudge-bowl (badam-pista-mithai)

Almond-Pistachio Fudge Bowl (Badam-Pista Mithai)

Almond-Pistachio Fudge Bowl (Badam-Pista Mithai)

Almond-Pistachio Fudge BowlsDiwali is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. Also known as the “festival of lights,” culturally, it signifies a lot of different things but the most common is triumph of light over darkness (good over evil). Some of the fondest memories I have of Diwali are from my childhood: lighting hundreds of earthen lamps with my sisters and going for mithai (Indian sweets) shopping with my grandfather. In India, sweet shops make gazillion different kinds of sweets on Diwali. Although the variety is staggering, one food group is common to most Indian sweets–dairy (milk, ghee, paneer). As I primarily follow a vegan diet now, over the past few years I have tried making vegan replicas of some of the Indian sweets I enjoyed as a kid, especially on Diwali. These bite-size almond-pistachio fudge bowls taste very much like almond-pistachio (badam-pista) rolls, but do not have any processed sugar or dairy. Most importantly, it takes only ten minutes to make these fudge bowls. Happy Diwali!!

Almond-Pistachio Fudge Bowls-Ingredients

I have used almond flour (not meal) but you could also grind raw almonds to the flour consistency. Raw, unsalted pistachio work the best in this recipe. Maple syrup and dates add the sweetness. Green cardamom offers the signature Indian taste. If I had in my pantry, I would have also added a drop or two of rose water to these almond-pistachio fudge bowls.

You can store these fudge bowls in refrigerator for 3-4 days. Enjoy!

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Almond-pistachio Fudge Bowl (Badam-pista mithai)
These vegan, paleo, gluten-free, no-processed sugar added, bite-size almond pistachio fudge bowls offer a taste of Indian sweets. 
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free, Indian, Paleo, Vegan
Servings 8
Calories 90 kcal


To make almond dough:

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 medjool date (or any other)
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or sub with date syrup or honey)

To make pistachio filling

  • 1/4 cup pistachio (raw, unsalted, shelled)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom (ground)


To make almond dough:

  • In a small food processor* add almond flour, medjool date, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Process till well-mixed. The mixture will take on the consistency of play-dough. While preparing the pistachio filling, let the almond dough rest in refrigerator. 
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To make pistachio filling:

  • Soak raw, unsalted, shelled pistachio for at least one hour in warm water**. Peel off if there is any red skin on the nut. Add soaked pistachio, maple syrup, almond flour, and cardamom powder to a small food processor and process till the mixture is grainy in texture***. 
  • To assemble the fudge bowl, roll almond dough in a cylindrical shape and cut into eight equal pieces.  Then mold each piece into a bowl shape (or get creative and make any other shape)  and fill with pistachio mixture. Store in refrigerator for 3-4 days. Enjoy
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*or use a blender
**you can also use pistachio without soaking if you like the crunchy texture  in sweets
***if you have kevra or rosewater in your pantry, you can add it to the pistachio mixture. 


Serving: 1pieceCalories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 2gFat: 5gPotassium: 71mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gCalcium: 30mgIron: 0.5mg
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  1. Awesome recipe – better than almond burfi.

  2. Garima, these are fantastic. Such a sweet treat without sugar! The combination of flavors, pistachio, coconut, almond, maple and cardamom are wonderful together. And I love your bitesize portions. Happy Diwali! –Terry

    1. Terry, I am glad you liked it! Thank You.

  3. Hey Garima, I have tried many of your recipes. Loved this one. So much better than almond or kaju barfi.
    I wish I could post a picture with this comment.

    1. Neena, Thanks so much for sharing the pic on Facebook. I will post it on the TLC FB page.

  4. Love the recipe and tried it this Diwali

  5. Pretty late comment but loved these! Had made them for Diwali and they were a hit at work and at home

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