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Celebrations of the vibrant and joyous festival of Diwali are incomplete without mouth-watering desserts! Now how can one avoid something sweet? But sometimes, one goes overboard with the sweet quotient, which should be kept in control. To avoid that, you can go for diet-friendly and healthy Diwali sweets that will let you enjoy sweets without any guilt. So how about homemade healthy dessert recipes?
Celebrate a more health-conscious festival of lights with these simple recipes of delicious desserts from Priya Palan, dietitian, Zen Multispeciality Hospital.
Nuts are the chota patakha of nutrients which can be enjoyed by all age groups on all occasions. They are antioxidant powerhouses that are high in fat, fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium. Dates are high in fiber, polyphenols, and essential nutrients such as B6, iron, and potassium, rich in natural sugar are a healthy substitute to refined sugar. Eat them in moderation to make a healthy addition to the diet.
Chopped dates, almonds, cashew nuts, walnuts, figs, pistachios, raisins
Desiccated coconut (optional for coating)
A low carbohydrate, this high protein dessert is made with plant sweetener that makes it ideal for a diabetic. Paneer is a good choice of complete protein food. For vegetarians, it is a source of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. Artificial sweeteners can be replaced with cane sugar or brown sugar for children.
Paneer, cardamom powder, sweetener (stevia, cane sugar, brown sugar), and orange juice
A high fiber, good protein dessert with a pinch of goodness from the tiny seeds. A sprinkle of seeds adds nutrition to the dish as they are sources of good fat, antioxidants, minerals, and fiber. Fruits add natural sugars and are good sources of micronutrients, fiber that improves gut health.
Yoghurt, apple, berries, kiwi, banana, nuts, and flax seeds
Healthy desserts are made with makhana which are good sources of protein, fiber antioxidants along with micronutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. Dates, sesame seeds, and nuts add the natural sweetness and enhance the micronutrient density of the dish.
Makhana, dates, mixed nuts, raisins, and cardamom powder.
Chef Tarun Sibal shares a delectable Banana Badam Ladoo recipe with HealthShots that is not only appealing to the eyes, but to the palate as well.
1 cup frozen banana
1/2 cup walnuts (chopped or halved)
3/4 to 1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup almond butter
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
A pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/5 cup honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
Almond flakes for coating
Have a good time with these easy, healthy desserts, and wish you Happy, Sweet and Healthy Diwali to all of you from HealthShots.