Diwali is an Indian festival of lights meaning the victory of the good over the evil. This festival is celebrated with fireworks, new clothes and plenty of sweet treats!
Food is such a key part of Diwali but lots of the traditional recipes are not so healthy. Elaborate sugar filled desserts and lots of fried snacks. Before you decide to cancel the occasion or say no to any sweet treats offered, let me introduce you to two classic recipes that I have given a nutritious makeover!
These recipes are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free!
Anjeer Khajoor Roll
20 dried figs soaked for an hour or so
350g pitted chopped dates
80g cashew nuts
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
180g desiccated coconut
1. Grind the soaked figs and dates in a food processor to a smooth paste, then add in half the portion of the nuts
2. Now add the coconut to the dough
3. Place the dough onto a sheet of parchment paper and fold the parchment paper over to cover the dough. Then using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it's flat
3. Grind up the remaining nuts and then sprinkle them on top of the flattened dough
4. Using the parchment paper, start to fold the flattened dough into a roll
5. Once it's all rolled up, keep it wrapped in the parchment paper and store wrapped in the fridge for 2-5 hours. Feel free to garnish with extra desiccated coconut.
6. Eat, eat and eat a little bit more!
Fruit and Oats Ladoo
60g cashew nuts
10 pitted chopped dates
2 tbsps sesame seeds
2 tbsps linseed
5-6 crushed cardamom seeds
1. Using a food processor, grind up the oats, linseed and cardamom to a fine powder
2. Add the nuts, dates and figs to the food processor, not too much though as you want the nuts to still have a crunch!
3. Now in a pan, heat up 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil
4. Add the mixture in and heat up for around 3-4 minutes
5. Take it off the heat and let it cool slightly. Once it has cooled, squeeze the mixture into separate balls. Pop them into cake cases and decorate however you please.
6. Now you've made them look all pretty, it's time to enjoy them!
Hope you enjoyed my healthy Diwali treats! I had a lot of fun making (and eating) them.
Nom nom nom!
What celebration is up next that I can make some healthy treats for?! Thanksgiving I think! Takes me back to living in New York and going to the Macy's Day Parade. I only had a few dollars in my purse and so I bought a Turkey dinner ready meal (I know, I know) from the local store. Gross gross gross! But it was Thanksgiving, I was poor and I had to have Turkey. No regrets.
Anyway, have a wonderful Diwali, may it burn all your bad times and bring you nothing but good times.
Love and light