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Beat your Sugar Cravings with these 5 Healthy Desserts Ideas

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Beat your Sugar Cravings with these 5 Healthy Desserts Ideas

It's almost offensive to serve a meal without dessert in India, irrespective of whether one is at home or in a restaurant. A mouthwatering dessert drives many folks to have the appetizers and main course - so that they get to the final meal of a dessert eventually. Don't be surprised if you see an Indian family hype up the dessert even before they have served you their appetizers. They are merely trying to get you excited for a grand finale like never before!

Indian desserts have a reputation for being dense, sugary, and carriers of pure bliss. They are the highlight of all our celebrations - be it Holi, Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja, to name a few. There's a reason so many of us flock to the sweet stores, even when a festival is not around the corner! To fill our mouth with those rasagullas, ghevar, gulab jamuns, rasmalai (yes, our mouth has already starting to drool).

That said, many of these desserts cannot be classified as 'healthy' because of the excess amount of sugar and ghee/oil that goes into their making. But that does not mean that if you ever decide to switch to healthy meals, that you'll have to give up on dessert altogether. Of course not! Never in a million years.

At Madhur Sugar, where we offer you a product that is a culmination of finely processed, white, and sulphur-free grains of sugar, we believe that desserts must never be asked to walk out of your life, as long as there is a way to come up with healthy desserts. And there is!

Here are five healthy desserts (with bare minimum sugar) that you can whip up this summer to keep both your sweet tooth and fitness streak entertained! 

Chocolate Mint Truffles

Let's start with the classic: Chocolate. To that, we can add a little bit of freshness with some mint. Lastly, let's make something unusual out of the two - truffles!

Take a handful of mint leaves and grind them in six tablespoons of almond butter until the mixture blends well enough. Put forty gms of seedless dates and twenty-five grams of chocolate chips into this mix and blend till you get a smooth and sticky mixture.

To make truffles, use a teaspoon to measure the mix needed for one ball. Roll them balls up, now! Please keep them in the refrigerator for three days before you plate them up.

Pumpkin Halwa

Halwa is one dessert we all love, with all the variety it comes in - moong dal halwa, gajar halwa, suji halwa, to name a few. But one type which not many know about is pumpkin halwa.

To make it, you need two cups of yellow mashed pumpkin to be cooked in water. To this, add one cup of sugar and mix till the water is no longer visible. Believe it or not, your gorgeous orange-yellow pumpkin halwa is all set to serve! 

Garnish it with some dates, raisins, cashews, almonds, and any other dry fruits. You can plate it hot or cold; however, you like it!

Stewed Apple

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is something we've all grown up hearing. So how could we not include this healthy fruit in this blogpost?

While multiple desserts can be prepared with apples, stewed apple is one of the quick ones to cook. In five tablespoons of water, mix a pinch of cinnamon powder and two tablespoons of sugar. Bring this mixture to a boil while stirring it frequently. Place a ripe apple in the sugar mixture and keep the flame on simmer till the apple turns tender.

To plate, you can place the apple with the remaining syrup from the pan running over it. Or you can serve your stewed apple with some custard!

Stuffed Pear

Pear has got to be the favourite fruits of many people. This juicy, tender, sweet creation can be found in abundance in a lot of Indian households.

To make a stuffed pear, you will require one cup of curd. Or you can whip up some curd with skimmed milk. Now take six large pears, cut them in half. Scrape their inner pulp so that only the outer part is left like a cup. 

Take fifty grams of black grapes and cut them into small portions. Add some sugar and salt to the curd, with which you started the process. Mix grapes into this curd. 

Lastly, fill the pear cup with the curd and serve your dessert chilled.

For our last healthy dessert on the list, we have...

Apricot Cashew Balls.

Apricots and cashews are much looked forward to dry fruits. So to have them merge for one dessert can be nothing less than a tasty explosion on your taste buds!

To start preparing this dessert, you need some cashew nuts for four to five hours and soak one cup of apricots (or another dry fruit of your choice, in case you enjoy cashews but not apricots) for thirty minutes. 

Rinse the cashews you soaked. Add your cashews, apricots, a pinch of sea salt, half teaspoon of lemon zest, and three tablespoons of desiccated coconut in a grinder till you get a sticky dough. You could also add some honey to this mix, as required. 

With the help of a teaspoon, measure the dough required for one ball. Again, roll the balls up! Please keep them in the refrigerator for three days before serving them to your guests at dinner.

Conclusion

In the past few decades, desserts have been treated as an outsider in the fitness industry, with many influential folks getting rid of them and encouraging those who follow them on social media to do the same.

But such an extreme measure is as unhealthy and unrequired as excess amounts of dessert. There is always a middle ground that can be found. And with these five healthy desserts, that is what we aimed at doing! We hope what we've put together here and that you have a fulfilling time putting these recipes together.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/food-news/5-super-healthy-and-easy-desserts-you-can-try-at-home/photostory/75155899.cms?picid=75155926

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