The festival of lights is just around the corner and you are making the checklist for preparing the sweets for the occasion, but suddenly you realize that a loved one is a diabetic or is trying to reduce that growing waistline and sugar is a strict no.
You cannot decide on how to counter the situation? How can there be sweets without sugar? Well, fear not. We get you simple and tasty sugar free recipes to prepare for this Diwali and tantalize the taste buds of your family and friends alike.
Sugar Free Date Rolls
We start with Sugar Free Date Rolls. Dates are naturally sweet and full of nutrients. Though they are not advisable to be eaten in large quantities by diabetics 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 table spoon ghee, 1 cup deseeded and finely chopped black dates, 1 table spoon chopped almonds, 1 table spoon chopped pistachios, 1 table spoon chopped walnuts and 2 table spoons poppy seeds (Khus-khus) for coating
How do we make the Sugar Free Date Rolls?
We start by heating 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 nuts mixture in the shape of rolls and coat each roll with poppy seeds and refrigerate to set.
Chocolate Milk Peda
Moving ahead we try the sugar free, high protein Chocolate Milk Peda. The sweet is quite doughy and chewy with hints of cardamom, saffron and of course chocolate to the taste.
What do we need to make the Chocolate Milk Peda?
4 cups low fat milk, 1 tea spoon artificial sweetener, ¼ tea spoon cardamom, ¼ tea spoon citric acid, 2 table spoons cocoa powder, 2 tea spoons corn flour dissolved in 3-4 teaspoons of water, ghee to grease and nuts to garnish.
How do we make the Chocolate Milk Peda?
We start by boiling the milk in a nonstick pan and stir occasionally for an hour till the milk reduces to half the initial quantity. Add in 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
Fruits are a natural source of sugar and can be used to make sweets during the Diwali season. The Apple and Date Kheer is one such sugar free sweet made with the natural goodness and sweetness of apples and dates.
What do we need to make the Apple and Date Kheer?
½ cup chopped apples, 1 tea spoon sweetener, 2 ½ cup low fat milk, 2 tea spoons sweetener, ¼ cup chopped black dates and for garnish, 1 tablespoon finely chopped walnuts and apples each
How do we make the Apple and Date Kheer?
We start by combining the apples and 1 teaspoon of sweetener along with water in a nonstick pan and cook them over a low flame for 5 minutes. Take off the apples from the heat and let them rest to cool off. Combine the milk, sweetener and dates in a deep nonstick 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!!