Coconut Delights to meet your Diwali sweet cravings

Coconut Delights to meet your Diwali sweet cravings

Have you started preparing for Diwali? I find being organised in the kitchen is very helpful for me, meal planning helps to save time and is something I do weekly. When I don't plan my meals, I'm not sure what to cook, deciding last minute and constantly going to the supermarket.

It does help to be organised when planning what treats to make. Around this festive time, we also give gifts and traditionally these consist of sweet treats, "mithai" and there are so many to choose from; spoilt for choice with variety of barfis, ladoos, ras malai, gulab jamun, etc. The mithai is often milk based and contains lots of sugar and has a shorter use-by date. Which means, when you get these, you have to eat them soon. So many overindulge in these sweet and fried foods and find themselves feeling bloated, tired and heavier after the festive period.

If you want to be healthy or are concerned about putting on weight or at risk of diabetes or have high cholesterol you may be thinking of what you can do to keep this Diwali relatively healthy.

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You don't need to be on a diet or feel deprived this Diwali. Just make a few simple swaps.

Stay healthy this Diwali by making your own sweet treats as when you make them yourself you know how much sugar you add in and will also be using the best ingredients.

This is a simple recipe for coconut delights, that you can make in about 30 minutes, for yourself, your family and friends.

I'm using oats which are heart healthy, good source of both protein and fibre and keep you feeling satisfied for longer. It's been sweetened with honey, a natural sweetener and has chocolate flavour as made with cacao.

Sujata Din is a Certified Health Coach and Certified Professional Cancer Coach. In this regular column for iGlobal, she offers some special insights, from useful wellness tips to recipes for creations that are not only delicious but also healthy.

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