01/3 guilt free sweets that you can prepare at home this Diwali (Recipes included)
With Diwali almost here, many of us are worried about our weight loss goals owing to parties and bingeing. It’s hard to resist the temptation of gorging on Diwali delicacies made at home or brought from outside.
If you are also confused between whether to eat those laddoos or have your cup of green tea, here’s some help.
Here is a list of three healthy sweets approved by Dietitican Shika Mahajan that you can prepare at home and enjoy without any guilt.
02/4 Energy Laddoos
Satisfy your sweet cravings with these healthy, delicious, easy to prepare dry fruit energy balls or laddoos. These naturally sweetened energy balls are loaded with the goodness of whole foods like nuts and dates.
Dates are a good source of fibre, various vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Make a big batch and enjoy these yummy snack. You can have them anytime anywhere without worrying about the extra calories. Nuts on the other hands are filling, nutritious and full of antioxidants.
Medjool dates or any soft dates pitted – 10
Toasted nuts coarsely ground – 1/2 cup
Oil – 1 tablespoon
Honey (if required)
How to make
– Dry roast the nuts in a pan, add the nuts in the pan without oil on medium heat. Stir the nuts in between until lightly toasted.
– To roast in a microwave: Layer the nuts in a single layer in a microwave safe plate. Pop in the microwave for about 1 minute to 1.5 minute.
– Grind the dates in a food processor or mixer. Transfer it to a pan, add oil and cook it on medium heat till the dates soften.
– Add the ground nuts to the dates and mix well until it all comes together. Taste and add few teaspoons of honey if needed. Turn off the gas.
– Let the mixture cool slightly. Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions and roll it into balls with your palms. Store these in an airtight container and enjoy them anytime.
03/4 Caramelized salted nuts
Nuts are a popular and healthy snack. However, many find it boring to have it as a snack every day.
This caramelized salted nuts recipe is a twist to the boring nuts and makes for a perfect morning snack.
Nuts have good fatty acids and proteins that make you feel fuller for longer and act as an instant pick-me-up. Carry one serving of this recipe and enjoy as a morning snack.
Honey or Agave nectar – 3 tablespoon
Water – 2 tablespoon
Unsalted butter – 1 tablespoon
Kosher salt large Pinch
Mixed Nuts (Walnuts and pecan halves recommended) – ¾ cup
How to make:
– Put the honey or agave nectar, water, butter and kosher salt in a heavy, preferably non-stick skillet.
– Bring stirring and bring to boil.
– Boil for one minute before adding the nuts. Mixed nuts can have walnuts, cashews, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts. The more variety, the healthier it is.
– Stir and toss until the nuts are thoroughly coated with a glaze, about three minutes. If they start to smoke, take them off before they burn.
– Transfer nuts to sheet of greased foil or parchment paper and quickly separate with forks.
– The syrup may seem a little chewy at first, but it becomes crisp when it cools completely. You can store this for three days in an airtight container.
04/4Pumpkin Burfi Recipe
Pumpkin burfi is a delicious, gluten free and healthy Indian mithai. It is simple, quick and requires no pre-preparation which makes it a perfect to enjoy on festivals and holidays.
Pumpkin burfi is a perfect healthy treat, with its orange colour any one will be tempted to eat it.
No matter how health conscious you are, everybody needs a little dessert sometimes and you can definitely enjoy this pumpkin burfi when sweet cravings kick in!
Pumpkin in rich in Vitamin A, antioxidants and helps in boosting immunity. It’s also low in calories, which makes it perfect for weight loss.
1 Cup chickpea flour (Besan)
1 Cup grated pumpkin
1-1½ Cup jaggery powder (Adjust as per your taste)
½ Cup milk
¼ to ½ Cup melted ghee/carified butter
1 teaspoon green cardamom powder
How to make
– Sift Chickpea flour (besan). Add the flour in a pan and lightly roast it on low heat till you get a nice aroma.
– Add 1 teaspoon ghee and sauté grated pumpkin separately for a few minutes in a pan to remove the raw smell.
– Now combine flour, sautéed pumpkin, milk and jaggery powder in a pan.
– Mix it well to ensure there are no lumps.
– Place the pan over medium heat and stir continuously for few minutes till the mixture starts to thicken.
– Now add the ghee, simmer the heat and stir for few more minutes.
– Now you’ll see it bubbling and ghee leaving on the sides.
– When it gets thicker, turn off the heat.
– Add cardamom powder and leave it to cool down.
– Transfer the content into the ghee greased plate and leave it for few minutes.
– When it is still warm, sprinkle musk melon seeds and some chopped cashews on top and cut it into square pieces.