A small collection of Diwali sweets, using naturally sweetened ingredients like dates/dried figs/jaggery.
Diwali literally means sweets. Sweets and festivites are synonomous. You cannot celebrate a festival, that too a traditional Indian festival like diwali without sweets. But you can find alternates to white sugar in your desserts and make them a tad bit healthy by using naturally sweetened ingredients like dates/dried figs/jaggery/palm sugar.
Diwali is a time where everyone should enjoy the delicacies made at home. But these days, somebody in the family, forced by diabetes, and some due to their health conscience avoid diwali sweets.
Sweets can be made healthy and consumed consciously. To my knowledge, it is the processed white sugar which we should try to avoid and always remember to portion control.
During our grand-parents days, sweets were made with jaggery. My paati/grandma lived till the age of 93. She was very active till her last day and her only health complaint was her knee-pain.. She loves Basundhi, it is her favorite sweet, second in line is Beetroot halwa.
The diwali sweets listed, are made using natural sweetening agents like jaggery, dates and honey. But, that doesn’t mean you can gobble the whole lot on the D-day. Enjoy in moderate.
They also make a great gift to your calorie conscious friends & their families. Try and let me know how it turned out
Diwali Sweets Collection
Gozinaki/Nut Candy from Georgia
Gozinaki is a traditional Georgian confection made of caramelized nuts fried in honey and usually eaten on New Year’s Eve and Christmas.
Mixed Nuts & seeds bar, a nutty, crunchy candy made of loads of nuts and seeds combined with butter & honey. These healthy granola bars are wonderful snack on the go and a lovely edible gift during festivities.
Ladoos made with 3 kinds of nuts and sweetened with dates and figs. A combination of almonds, cashews and peanuts, provide the right amount of nutrients and energy required and instead of sugar i have sweetened with figs and dates.
A sticky ball of goodness made with dates syrup, pears and coconut. This narkol naru is supposed to be a bengali delicacy, the pears added were a bit of twist from myside. But nevertheless they taste out of the world and takes literally minutes to make!
Ragi ladoos. roasted ragi flour combined with mixed nuts, jaggery and cococnut to make these delicious energy balls. The ladoos are combined with the nut fat and jaggery is used to sweetened the ladoos.
A deliciuos ladoo made of dried figs, dates, coconut and nuts. The advantage of these energy balls is the sugar comes from the dried fruits and no extra sugar is added. A healthy snack and a lovely gift for festivities.
A scrumptious no bake treat. With poha and millet & chocoalte base, filled with labneh, cream cheese and strawberry blended together. A great center piece for parties and a healthy dessert for the calorie conscious.