This week I made an amazing sweet that has all the flavour, authentic taste typical of Indian sweets but without the fat (ghee)!
Some of you may be familiar with my recipe for Arvinda’s Orange Almond Chai Spiced Running Balls from a previous post — my favourite ‘long-run’ running treat. Although these are delicious I sought to make something similar, but more authentic to resemble the taste of a traditional Indian sweet–Burfi.
In the world of Indian sweets, Burfi is a very common dessert consumed during Indian festivals and to celebrate special occasions. The preparation and ingredients can vary–mango, chocolate, pistachio, walnut, saffron, rosewater, cashew are all popular flavours.
Burfi is fudge-like made with sugar, nuts, coconut, ghee, spices and sometimes chick pea flour or condensed milk, depending on the recipe. Downing a piece of Burfi usually leaves me feeling heavy.
Inspired by Jolly Vindaloo’s Healthy Cooking Challenge (who is on a weight-loss journey by the way) is looking for healthy sweet recipes. I’m sharing a recipe for a healthier version of Burfi. Sometimes having certain codes–such as reducing refined sugars–are the keys to weight management. I love that this recipe has no refined sugar!
Note: My preparation is not authentic but the taste is all there!
Chai Spiced Peanut Coconut Burfi
1 cup organic peanut butter
1 cup dry unsweetened coconut
½ cup raw peanuts, finely chopped
¼ cup raw honey
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup raisins
1 tsp. Arvinda’s Chai Masala
Method: Line a pie plate with parchment paper.
In a bowl, combine ingredients. Press firmly into pie plate. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes. Cut into diamonds or squares.
Anytime you need a quick ‘pick-me-up’ or have a sweet craving, reach for these which you’ll find are quite satisfying. I’ve been known to sometimes keep a stash of these (or my running balls) in my purse for when I need nourishment on the go! Enjoy!
What are some of the healthy cooking “codes” you live by? Please share (and also your recipe ideas as well!).
A teaspoon of: Death Cab for Cutie. Listening to: Codes and Keys.