Celebrate A Healthy, Sweet, and Vegan Diwali with Us
Diwali, the festival of lights, is around the corner. It's that time of the year when we indulge in the richness of Indian traditional culture and delicacies. But how about a little vegan spin-off of your Diwali special menu this year? Here are some vegan and healthy sweet recipes for your Diwali party.
1) Barfi Truffles:
Barfi is one of the staple sweets on any Indian occasion. While most of us are used to eating regular diamond-shaped Barfi, this Diwali, we thought of giving it a European twist by making cashew barfi truffles. These delightful sweet bombs are gluten-free, vegan and satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.
- -1 cup cashews
- -2 andMe chocolate protein powder
- -2 Cardamom Pods
- -1/8 tsp Saffron Strands
- -Pinch of salt
- -Grind all the ingredients together.
- -While grinding, keep scraping the residues from the side.
- -Continue this process until the cashews don't start releasing the oil.
- -Once you get a smooth butter paste, transfer it to a bowl.
- -Keep it in the refrigerator for half an hour.
- -Sprinkle some saffron strands and mix them into balls.
- -Keep it in the fridge for 15 more minutes before eating.
2) Vegan Coconut Laddo:
Coconut sweets have an intricate part of the Indian festive season. In fact, in most Indian households, Diwali puja is incomplete without the fudgy coconut laddos. This simple recipe contains staple kitchen ingredients, and condensed milk is definitely not a part of it.
- -2 cups shredded coconut
- -4-5 cardamom pods
- -1/3 cup of full-fat milk
- -2 tsp of coconut oil
- -2 tsp coconut oil
- -2/3 cup of jaggery
- -2 tsp coconut flour
- -A pinch of salt
- -Blend the coconut flakes for a few cycles until it turns into a powder-like consistency. Ensure to move around the coconut in between to avoid the buttery consistency.
- -Use a mortar pastel to pound the cardamoms; it will help enhance the richness of the coconut flavour.
- -Heat the milk in a small skillet, and add oil, salt, and sugar.
- -Boil the mixture for 8 minutes and take off the heat.
- -Add 1.5 cups of shredded coconut, cardamom, and coconut flour, and blend in a thick paste.
- -Let the mixture cool for some time, and start shaping them into balls.
- -Coat once with coconut powder and cherish with your loved once.
3) Chia Peanut Butter balls:
Diwali is an Indian occasion filled with fun, joy, and laughter. In the era of fusion and invention, the festive season delicacies have also adapted to the new spin-offs. Chia peanut butter protein balls are one of them. Generally, we use peanut butter as a breakfast spread, but how can it enlighten your Diwali menu? Let's explore.
- -1 cup rolled oats
- -1/4 cup of peanut butter
- -1 tsp chia seeds
- -2 tsp maple syrup
- -2-3 tsp of andMe protein powder for weight loss
- -3 tsp water
- -1/2 vanilla extract
- -Add peanut butter, maple, syrup, and chia seeds to the oats and combine well.
- -Mix the andMe's Chocolate protein powder and blend it well. If you are scared to use protein supplements, let us assure you that andMe products are 100% natural and vegan and cause no side effects. This chocolate protein powder contains pea protein and Moringa that promotes muscle strength and provide antioxidants.
- -Add a splash of water and mix it well.
- -Let it rest for a while, and start rolling the balls.
- -Place it into the freezer.
- -Store in an airtight container to increase the shelf-life (Max a month).
4) Apple jalebis with Rabri cream:
Most Indians admire Rabri jalebi, but amongst the joyous festivity, we forget that sweets also welcome a lot of unhealthy fats and calories to our bodies. Especially for diabetic patients, the Diwali season becomes a torture session. But not anymore, because we have a healthier version of regular jalebi rabri.
- -2 Apples
- -1 cup of all purpose flour
- -4 cardamoms
- -2 tsp curd
- -1 tsp Cinnamon powder
- -300 grams of sugar
- -1 cup water
- -A few saffron strands
- -Add flour and yoghurt in a mixing bowl. Add some water and whip it well. Ensure there are no lumps
- -Let it rest for 5-6 hours.
- -Peel the apple skin and scoop out the seeds.
- -Cut it into roundels and dip the pieces in flour and cinnamon powder.
- -Take out the batter and dip the slices again.
- -Heat some ghee and deep fry the pieces until they are slightly golden.
- -To make the syrup, add water, sugar, saffron and some green cardamoms in a pan.
- -Boil until it comes to a thicker consistency (2 strings).
- -Soak the apple fritters in the syrup for 2-3 minutes.
It is one of the classic Indian desserts that contain thick layers of milk (malai).
- -1.25 litres of full-cream milk
- -2.5-3 tsp of coconut sugar or jaggery
- -5-6 crushed cardamoms
- -12-15 saffron strands
- -1 tsp rose/ kewda water
- -Boil the full cream milk until the malai gets separated.
- -Collect the malai and put it in a pan.
- -Keep simmering it for a while.
- -Once the milk reduces to half, add sugar/ jaggery.
- -Add crushed saffrons and cardamoms and stir gently.
- -Switch off the heat and let it cool down for at least 1 hour 15 minutes.
- -Add 1 tsp of rose water and pour it on the apple jalebis.
- -Chop some pistachios and cherries for garnishing.
Chocolate Beet bites:
Have you ever thought about incorporating some healthy veggies into desserts? Sounds weird, right? But these Beetroot balls are pure bliss and a delicious and healthy snack for your Diwali bash.
- -2 cups of rolled oats
- -75 grams of cooked beetroot
- -2 tsp of chocolate protein powder
- -3 dates
- -1/4 cup of almond flour
- -1/2 cup of milk choco chips
- -Put beetroot and oats in a blender and combine well for 30 seconds.
- -Add the protein powder and chopped dates and blend again.
- -Finally, add the almond flour and choco chips and buzz again.
- -Scoop the dough out in a bowl.
- -Rub some ghee on your palms and start rolling the balls.
- -Garnish them with shredded coconut or choco flakes.