This Diwali, serve these guilt-free treats, and your guests won’t even notice that these desserts are on the lighter side. By Nivedita Jayaram Pawar
You’ve been putting in extra hours at the gym, guzzling plenty of water and eating healthy all year, but when Diwali rolls around, all resolve breaks loose. However, you don’t have to deprive yourself completely. It’s possible to indulge in desserts without cancelling out all your year-long hard work. Here are six brands that are dishing out Diwali treats that will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but will also make you feel good after eating them.
1. Gur Chini
If we hadn’t told you, you wouldn’t even realise that these desserts are healthy! Gur Chini’s decadent and diet-friendly treats use stevia, sugarcane jaggery, date palm, honey and dates as sweeteners. The Bavarian chocolate barfi, almond tacos and Kashmiri kesar motichoor ladoos burst with fresh flavours. The packaging is luxurious and makes for a great gifting option too.
Price: Starting at INR 1,200
Contact: +91 9999899615
2. The Conscious Baker
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The Conscious Baker’s range of cakes, cookies, cheesecakes and brownies make for delicious, not-too-sweet desserts—all without the use of sugar! This sugar-free label also doesn’t use honey, jaggery, coconut sugar or cane sugar. The sweetness, instead, comes from dates plus a blend of erythritol and monk fruit. So, it’s perfect for vegans, diabetic people, keto-diet followers, and those suffering from gluten allergies. Even the chocolate is made in-house! Opt for the sugar-free caramel custard, gooey brownies, and the moist yoghurt almond cake.
Price: Starting at INR 750
Contact: +91 9152155050
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At Yogisattva, traditional favourites like kesar badaam peda receive a healthy makeover with organic almonds, saffron, coconut milk, and coconut sugar instead. The khajur and pista rabri—made with organic dates, pistachios, coconut milk, spices and coconut sugar—is a perfect piece of heaven. Peda lovers will fall in love with the melt-in-the-mouth badaam peda. They even have a range of decadent kulfis in beautiful clay pots. Plus, everything is vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free.
Price: INR 2,199
Contact: +91 9867455009
4. Chef Guntas’ Pull-me-up cakes
Apart from making the best pull-me-up cakes, this Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef makes them using quinoa, dark chocolate, hazelnuts and jaggery. Topped with ragi cookie chunks and roasted hazelnuts, each bite crackles with flavour and crunch. The coconut almond cake is another delightful indulgence. The best part? They are gluten-free and refined sugar-free. Moreover, the Diwali gift boxes are beautifully decorated with ribbons and dry flowers.
Price: Starting at INR 1,500
5. Baked Bouquets
In a delightful departure from the regular flower bouquets, Shreenal Badiani’s baked bouquets are not just stunning to look at, but also taste divine. Made using fresh flowers, floral cupcakes, chocolate coated strawberries, macaroons, cake pops and other baked goodies, the bouquets can double up as delightful centrepieces too. So beautifully arranged are the goodies that you won’t be able to tell the fresh flowers and the floral gluten-free cupcakes apart. These bouquets can be personalised for colour, flavour and design specifications.
Price: INR 2,800 to INR 10,000, depending on the size and design.
Contact: via Instagram
If you are looking for a sweet and savoury hamper, then Sequel’s healthy hampers have you covered. It has sweet treats; tangy, smoked apple chutney; and even essential oil-infused, soy-wax diyas. But the star of the pack is undoubtedly the beautiful, shell-shaped madeleines with wonderfully crisp edges and a moist and tender crumb. Sweetened with coconut sugar, it makes for an ideal tea-time snack. The chewy, luxurious florentine is carved from puffed up amaranth, figs, pumpkin seeds, sweetened with maple syrup, and lavishly coated with stone-ground, organic chocolate. Sequel’s desserts are gluten-free too!
Price: Rs 3,500
Contact: +91 7506677710