Diwali, the festival of lights, is just around the corner and if you are making a checklist for preparing sweets for the occasion, just go for it! But before that, just remember that there are a large number of people who are fitness freaks and stick to a diet of no sugar.
Now you may face difficulty in deciding how to counter the situation. How can there be sweets without sugar? Well, don't worry.
Sugar-free Date Rolls
know how do we make the sugar free date rolls?This Diwali, make date rolls. Dates or ‘khajur’ are naturally sweet and full of nutrients. But it is not good to eat in large quantities but they are a far better bet than sugar-laden sweets. The added nuts and poppy seeds are rich in protein and calcium and easily make the date rolls fall on the richer side of the sweet spectrum.
What do we need to make our sugar free date rolls?
• 1 tablespoon ghee
• 1 cup deseeded and finely chopped black dates
• 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
• 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios
• 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
• 2 tablespoons poppy seeds (Khus-khus) for coating
How do we make the sugar free date rolls?
First heat the ghee in a pan, then add in the chopped dates and cook them in the ghee on a low flame stirring continuously for 5-10 minutes till they mix well with the ghee and turn into a soft lump.
Remove them from the heat and add in the chopped nuts and mix them well with the dates. Roll the date and nut mixture in the shape of rolls and coat each roll with poppy seeds and refrigerate to set.
Chocolate Milk Peda
Know how do we make chocolate milk peda?Chocolate milk peda is very appreciated dish. This sweet is quite doughy and chewy with hints of cardamom, saffron and of course chocolate.
What do we need to make chocolate milk peda?
• 4 cups low fat milk
• 1 teaspoon artificial sweetener
• ¼ teaspoon cardamom
• ¼ teaspoon citric acid
• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
• 2 teaspoons cornflour dissolved in 3-4 teaspoons of water
• ghee to grease and nuts to garnish
How do we make chocolate milk peda?
Start by boiling the milk in a non-stick pan and stir occasionally for an hour till the milk reduces to half the initial quantity.
After that, add the citric acid, cocoa powder, sweetener and corn flour. Stir the milk every 2-3 minutes till the milk starts to thicken.
Once the milk thickens to a doughy state, remove from gas and allow it to cool. Grease your hands with ghee and shape them into small balls and garnish with the nuts.
Though this milk peda is not as rich or creamy compared to your regular pedas, it surely is a protein punch and a treat to diabetics and weight watchers alike.
Apple and Date Kheer
Know how do we make apple and date kheer?'An apple a day keeps the doctor away'– this is a famous saying and with good reason. Fruits are a natural source of sugar and rich in protein. It can be used to make sweets during the Diwali season.
Apple and date kheer is one such sugar-free dessert made with the natural goodness and sweetness of apples and dates.
What do we need to make apple and date kheer?
• ½ cup chopped apples
• 1 teaspoon sweetener
• 2 ½ cup low-fat milk
• 2 teaspoons sweetener
• ¼ cup chopped black dates and for garnish
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped walnuts and apples each
How do we make apple and date kheer?
First, mix the apples and 1 teaspoon of sweetener along with water in a non-stick pan and cook them over a low flame for 5 minutes. Take the apples off the heat and let them rest to cool off.
Combine the milk, sweetener and dates in a deep non-stick pan, mix them well and simmer for 10 minutes over a medium flame while stirring. Mix the apples with the date and milk mixture before serving and garnish with chopped walnuts and apples.
This sugar-free apple and date kheer is a very healthy version, especially for diabetics. The apples and dates bring their natural sweetness along with fibre while the walnuts bring a crunch to the sweet dish along with milk which is abundant with proteins and calcium.
These few sugar-free recipes are sure to bring a different sweetness to your Diwali celebrations. Happy Diwali and bon appetite!!