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