Contributed by: Rajeev Saxena
Raksha Bandhan is just around the corner, in fact just a few hours away from now. A day that marks and celebrates the eternal and righteous bond between a brother and sister.
Being one of the most awaited festivals in India, it comes as no surprise that the day calls for several delicacies, especially sweets.
We all love sweets! However, not everyone is able to taste this eclectic delicacy, especially those suffering from diabetes.
Although being diabetic doesn’t mean you have to curtail your taste buds, sweet is mostly a big no-no!
When it comes to dessert for special occasions, diabetics usually have few options, but changing a healthy ingredient can make virtually any treat diabetes-friendly. Using lots of fruits, nuts and natural sweeteners can help brighten your celebration.
Having said that, today we bring you a list of sugar-free sweets that are easy to make and above all diabetes-friendly that will help you enjoy Raksha Bandhan without compromising your taste buds.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into it!
Apricot and Date Barfi
- Use separate bowls to soak apricots, almonds, and dates for 15 to 20 minutes
- Grind dates and apricots together
- Drain the almonds separately and then grind them and add them to the oatmeal
- Add dates and apricots to the oatmeal and mix well.
- Add coconut flakes as a dressing for extra flavor
- Cut this sugar free dessert into desired shapes
Walnut Coconut Brownies
- Unsalted butter (250 gms)
- jaggery (300 grams)
- Whole eggs (200 gms)
- Melted chocolate (140 grams)
- Refined flour (120 grams)
- Chopped walnuts (220 grams)
- Mix the butter and molasses on medium-high speed until the batter is light and fluffy
- Gradually add the whole egg
- Add the melted chocolate to the batter
- Add all the dry ingredients to the batter
- Pour the mixture into a lined cake ring mould
- Bake for 30 minutes at 200 degrees
- Once cooled, cut the cake into desired shapes and microwave for 2 minutes
- Add vanilla ice cream and chocolate for extra flavor
Kaffir Lime Infused Baked Cheesecake w/ Fresh Exotic Fruits
For the biscuit base
- Fiber biscuits – 220 grams
- Unsalted butter – 140 grams
For the cheesecake mixture
- Refined flour – 35 grams
- Jaggery – 350 grams
- Sour cream – 150 grams
- Cream cheese – 450 grams
- Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp
- Eggs – 4 no
- Kaffir Lemon Zest – 1 no
For the garnish
- Fruit jelly – 150 grams
- Fresh fruit – 300 grams
- Tempered chocolate – 50 gms
- Break up the biscuits and blitz them in a food processor with the melted butter until they form a crumbly texture like sand.
- Place the crushed biscuit mixture into the prepared cake tin and press it firmly against the base and sides of the mold until it sticks nicely.
- In a mixing bowl, mix cream cheese and flour until smooth. Mix in the kaffir lime zest, vanilla, sour cream and molasses.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating in between until well combined. To integrate the air, do not overbeat.
- Bake in a cake pan lined with biscuit mix at 325F for 1 hour.
- The cake is done when it forms a golden-brown crust with no cracks and wobbles slightly when the pan is shaken.
- Let it cool at room temperature for 1 hour, then in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or until firm and non-jigley.
- Form it into a tray or dish, cut and top with freshly cut exotic fruits, edible flowers and chocolate decorations of desired shapes and sizes.
Raksha Bandhan is a festival that has an emotional connection perhaps greater than any other.
This makes it an occasion where sweets and desserts cannot be ignored, no matter what.
These above-mentioned sugar-free sweets are the best foods for diabetics to make their defense more amazing.
In addition, you should opt for frequent diabetes screening. This health checkup can provide you with a comprehensive insight into your condition and overall health, allowing you to take the necessary precautions to stay on top of your health.
Get tested for diabetes today
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