Diwali is a festival of lights and sweets. We used to write an essay every year in our school during the Diwali season. I used to love writing this essay for it would mention our favorite sweets of Diwali.
Today in this post I have come with Healthy Homemade Diwali sweets for Children. These are Easy to make Diwali sweet Recipes that are done in no time.
As a tradition in our house, my mother would ensure that every year we would make Diwali Sweets at home. Yes, Diwali is a festival of lights, and it is an opportunity when we meet our friends and relatives with sweets, clean and decorate our house, wear a new outfit,s and light crackers.
I have continued that tradition in my house as well of making sweets, but with a slight change. I make healthy, sugar-free, less oil or oil-free sweets.
During Diwali, we prepare various sweets and savory snacks. I have mentioned the Diwali sweet names and snacks names for you to know the different varieties of snacks that are prepared in Indian Homes.
- Chakli or Murukku
- Besan Ladoo
- Rava Ladoo
- Besan Sev which is spicy
- Corn Chiwda and many more
However, in this post, I have mentioned some of my invented sweets and snacks which are sugar-free, oil-free and baked, and not fried.
So, let’s jump into the recipes.
Well, as the name suggests, this sweet is sugar-free and is made with Jaggery. Jaggery is a healthier option for children as compared to white sugar.
1 liter full-fat Milk
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Cocoa Powder
3 tbsp Jaggery powder
Chocolate Chips for garnish(optional)
1 tsp cardamom powder
1 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a heavy bottom pan, heat milk till it boils.
Then add the lemon juice and continue stirring the milk
You will see that the milk has started curdling.
Switch off the gas and in a heavy bottom, vessel place a clean muslin cloth. Pour this curdled milk in there to sieve the milk.
Now, hold the muslin cloth from the sides and squeeze the water carefully and hang it for it to cool down.
Once the paneer is cooled down, mix and kneed the paneer on a flat surface. Add the Cocoa powder and kneed again till everything is mixed
Now place the paneer on a pan and keep stirring the paneer with the Spatula on low flame for 3 to 4 minutes till the paneer gets a smooth texture.
Now switch off the flame and add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and stir till the chocolate melts.
Now place this mixture on another plate and let it cool down.
After 10 to 15 minutes when you can hold the mixture, use the cookie cutter or Sondesh mold or make a round shape and place the chocolate chip in the middle. Chill and serve.
Healthy multi-grain Nankhatai
¼ cup ghee
¼ cup powdered sugar
Pinch of cardamom powder
Pinch of nutmeg powder
¼ cup whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp Ragi flour
1 Tbsp Walnut flour
1 Tbsp oats flour
1 Tbsp Almonds Flour
¼ tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
Sliced almonds or pistachios for garnish
In a bowl, first, add the ghee and sugar and whisk well till it becomes fluffy. This might take 3 to 4 minutes
Then add the cardamom powder and Nutmeg powder.
Then add the whole wheat flour, ragi flour, almond flour, walnut flour, and oats flour.
To this add the baking powder and baking soda and mix well till everything comes together.
Now cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. This step is very important and do not skip.
Now make small balls of the mixture and press an almond or pistachio slice and cover and keep it for 10 minutes.
You will get around 8 to 10 Nankhatais
Now put parchment paper on the baking sheet and place these Nankhatais and bake for 25 to 30 minutes in over.
Once done remove it from the oven and let it come to room temperature.
Serve when cooled or you can store this for up to a month in an airtight container.
No Bake Dragon Fruit Jam Tart
10 seedless dates
7 digestive biscuits
2 tbsp melted butter
For the filling:
5 tbsp dragon fruit jam
For the Tart:
Powder digestive biscuits and dates in a mixer to a smooth mixture.
Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the melted butter.
Take a small portion of this mixture in your palms and place it on the tart mold. Create space to place the jam.
Make all the tarts with the help of molds and place them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
When you want to serve the Tarts, take out the tarts from the refrigerator.
Place about a spoonful of Dragon fruit jam in the center and garnish with sliced strawberry. Serve chilled.
Honey sesame almonds
300 gms almonds
2 tbsp honey
1 and ½ tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp sesame seeds
Pinch of salt
In a bowl mix the almonds, salt, and sesame seeds.
In another pan, heat the coconut oil and honey.
Into this add the almond mixture and stir and switch off the flame.
Now line a parchment paper on the baking tray, place the almond mixture and bake for 10 minutes.
Take out the almonds from the over, let it come to room temperature, and enjoy.
Multi grain Namakpara
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp semolina
¼ cup besan or Bengal gram flour
¼ cup oats flour
½ tsp black pepper powder
¼ tbsp ajwain or carom seeds
¼ tbsp crushed jeera powder
Salt to taste
2 tbsp ghee Luke warm water for kneading
In a bowl, mix all the flour and spices.
Add the ghee and rub the ghee into the flour
Slowly add the lukewarm water and knead the dough
Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes
After 30 minutes, make equal portions of the dough. Roll the dough into a round and use a cookie cutter or with the help of a knife cut diamond shapes
For frying the Namakparas:
Heat wok and add oil over medium to low heat. Carefully drop the prepared Namakparas into the oil. Deep fry them till golden. Do now brown them in the oil as it might burn.
Remove it on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
Let it come to room temperature and enjoy.
To bake the Namakparas:
Line a parchment paper and place the cut Namakparas on the baking sheet. Brush the Namakparas with little ghee.
Bake for 12 to 14 minutes under 180 degrees in the oven.
Remove from the over, let it come to room temperature, and enjoy.
Moong dal Laddos:
1 cup Moong dal
½ cup Jaggery
¼ cup ghee
2 cardamom powder
½ cup almonds/pistachios/ or cashew
In a pan, dry roast the moong dal till aromatic. Cooldown and powder the moong dal in a mixer grinder.
In the same pan, heat ghee and add the powdered moong dal.
Stir well till the ghee is absorbed and starts leaving the sides.
Remove it in a bowl, now add the powdered jaggery and cardamom powder
Add dry fruits and mix well.
When the mixture is slightly cooled, make round balls and place a sliced almond for garnishing.
Dry fruits Laddos
1 cup of Almonds, Cashews,
½ cup pistachios and ½ cup of walnuts
2 cups dates
3 tbsp of ghee
1 Tbsp of khuskhus or poppy seeds
2 Tbsp crushed dry coconut
Roast all the nuts in 3 Tbsp ghee till the raw smell goes.
Add coconut and poppy seeds and fry till everything comes together.
Chop and grind the deseeded dates with a little water in the grinder
In the same pan add the paste of dates and mix till everything is mixed well.
Once the mixture is a little cool, apply little oil and make small round balls and serve.
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Diwali brings people together and when these healthy homemade sweets and snacks also become a companion to this, everything becomes memorable.
Well, do make these sweets and snacks and let me know did you and your family liked them.
Wish you all a happy and prosperous and safe Diwali!