Sugar-free desserts are a great way to enjoy a sweet treat without worrying about the negative effects of consuming too much sugar. They are a healthier alternative to traditional desserts, typically using natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup or agave nectar. They also often include alternative flours like almond or oat flour in place of white flour, making them lower in carbs and higher in fiber. Plus, sugar-free desserts are a great way to cut calories while still enjoying delicious treats. Whether you’re looking for a special treat or just want to enjoy something sweet without the added sugar, sugar-free desserts are a great option.
Luckily, there is a treasure trove of sugar-free dessert recipes shared by Shivam Bhagat, the director of Bhagat Halwai, waiting to be explored to ensure every bite is a guilt-free pleasure.
Besan Laddu without sugar
Besan laddu, these delicious golden spheres of gram flour, have long held a precious place in Indian homes. The sugar-free version of this classic retains all the original fibrous richness and aromatic charm. To prepare them, you will need 2 cups of besan (gram flour), 1/2 cup of desi ghee (clarified butter), 1 cup of artificial sweetener and 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder. Start by roasting the besan in ghee until golden brown, let it cool and mix in the sweetener and cardamom powder. Shape the mixture into laddus and enjoy the nostalgia without the hint of sugar.
Kalakand without sugar
This delicious dessert offers a delicious twist, ensuring a sweet treat without the sugar rush. To create Kalakand, you need 2 cups of powdered milk, 1 cup of heavy cream, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of artificial sweetener of your choice, 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder and optional chopped saffron strands. nuts for garnish. It is a perfect choice for those who are determined to control their sugar intake.
To prepare, grease a plate or shallow mold, combine the heavy cream and milk in a non-stick pan and gradually add the milk powder while stirring to avoid lumps. Add your favorite artificial sweetener, cardamom powder and optional saffron sprigs as it thickens. Once it leaves the sides of the mold, transfer it to the greased baking sheet, decorate with nuts, let it cool to room temperature, refrigerate it and cut it into squares or diamonds. Enjoy this guilt-free and sugar-free dessert!
Coconut laddu, with its tropical sweetness, is a popular confection. A sugar-free version of this favorite requires just 1 cup freshly grated coconut, 2 tablespoons ghee, 2 teaspoons natural sweetener, 1/4 cup coconut milk, a pinch of salt Himalayan and a pinch of nutmeg (jayfal) powder. Toast the coconut in ghee, stir in the coconut milk, sweetener and nutmeg, and cook until a thick paste. Form them into little laddus and you have a guilt-free indulgence that tastes like a vacation in one bite.
For a dessert that is not only sugar-free but also low-carb, look no further than LaukiKa Halwa. This healthy dessert requires 2 bottle gourds, 3 tbsp desi ghee, cloves, raisins, cardamom powder, cinnamon powder, 1 cup milk and 1 cup jaggery powder. Grate the gourd, squeeze out the excess water and fry it in ghee. Add milk and jaggery along with aromatic condiments, cook until thickened and you have a treat that highlights the delicious side of diabetes-conscious cooking.
Fruits are nature’s sweet gift, and Apple Rabdi makes the best use of this bounty. To prepare this diabetic-friendly delicacy, gather low-fat milk, grated apple with skin, cardamom powder, nutmeg (jaiphal) powder and sugar substitute. Let the milk simmer, add the grated apple and spices and leave to cool. Top with a sugar substitute and refrigerate for an hour. This chilled apple rabdi demonstrates that indulgence can also be healthy.
Mixed Fruit Shrikhand
Finally, the Mixed Fruit Shrikhand, a beloved diabetes-friendly Indian dessert. This sweet dish is high in fiber with a mixture of chopped fruits, low-fat curd, hot low-fat milk, saffron, sugar substitute and cardamom powder. Mix the curd with saffron milk, sugar substitute and cardamom powder, refrigerate it to set, and layer it with mixed fruit for a refreshing, guilt-free dessert that tempts the senses.
In a world where sweet temptations multiply at every corner, these sugar-free desserts are beacons of hope for those who want to enjoy something sweet without compromising their health. With creativity and the right ingredients, diabetes doesn’t have to deprive anyone of the pleasure of dessert. So whether you’re following a diabetic diet or simply looking for a healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth, these sugar-free recipes will become your new favorites.
(With IANS entries)
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