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No Milk, No Cream, No Sugar Pistachio Kulfi: A Quick Dessert Recipe


If you are looking for a creamy delight sans dairy or fats, then this is a must try pistachio kulfi recipe. Just 3 key ingredients and you get this yummy creamy, pista kulfi. Try this for a guilt-free healthy dessert, which will soon become a regular in your home.

pistachio kulfi

You love desserts like anybody else. Same is the case with me. I love cookies and desserts, but what keeps you from savoring these sweet delights keeps me away from them too. But not any longer, because I have come closer to unraveling the mystery behind a healthy guilt free dessert.

Of course, you will find many more guilt-free recipes here, for you are a health freak and are being hosted on this page by a health conscious person.This surely gives you reasons to smile.

You want kids to eat healthy, now that you have made up your mind to go the healthy way, which is the best way to live a long, fulfilling, happy, and disease-free life.

So what will you call an Indian ice cream recipe that uses no milk, no cream, and no sugar?

Sounds too good to be true?

pista badam kulfi
Well, I have shared a few guilt free healthy kulfi recipes that you can indulge in occasionally.Trust me, these are certainly yummy treats that use only healthy ingredients.

My Pistachio kulfi uses no milk or dairy, which makes it a vegan treat. However, I have used honey, so you may substitute it with a vegan sweetener instead to make it a completely vegan dessert, because this will become one vegan kulfi recipe that you want to try out again and again.

This pista kulfi recipe uses no sugar, but this dessert is surely not for diabetics, for I have used honey to take care of the sweet part.Of course, for once in a while indulgence, you may give it a try for your diabetic loved ones. But I will still not recommend it for diabetics.

Then this Indian pistachio ice cream uses fiber-rich oats, which not only raises its health quotient, but also makes this kulfi creamy, luscious, and milky.

Sounds interesting na?

If you are trying out oats for the first time, then you must be wondering how to make oatmeal delicious.

Try out this easiest kulfi recipe, which requires no heating, no boiling, no churning. Just gather the ingredients, mix them with hands, and you are done!

Perhaps this Indian kulfi recipe is so easy.

If you have sudden guests at home in the morning, this healthy dessert can be ready by noon for the lunch time. Trust me, nobody can guess the ingredients until you reveal it to them.

vegan kulfi with pistachio
Better still, keep the pistachio kulfi recipe a secret until you start to get accolades for the same.

Enough of self praise, but yes, I am too glad this kulfi recipe is a hit at my place. Yummy!! My mouth is again watering at the mere thought of this guilt-free treat!

Without further ado, sharing the kulfi recipe below.

pista kulfi dessert

Do you have oats at home?
Is there some fresh scrapped coconut in your refrigerator?
You are almost certain to have honey on your counter shelf.
Your love for pistachio kulfi tells me yu have stocked these healthy nuts at home.

Voila! YOU NEED NOTHING ELSE FOR THIS Yummy, guilt-free, pistachio kulfi ,  which makes a perfect weight loss recipe.

Let's see how to prepare this oatmeal kulfi with pistachio butter. Hey yes, I will share the recipe for homemade pistachio butter with you all.


Serves: 2

Ingredients
2 tbsp - oatmeal (powdered oats)
2-3 tbsp- water (or little more to soak oats overnight in winters - in summers, just soak for 1 hour until the water is completely absorbed)
2 tbsp- pistachio butter (click here for pista butter recipe)
1-2 tsp- honey (depending on your sweet tooth)
2 tbsp- fresh coconut (if you do not have coconut, just replace it with an equal amount of pista butter ...the kulfi will taste yummy still)
Pista, almond, walnut flakes (take any)
In the video, I have halved the ingredients. This pista kulfi recipe is very simple, so you can double the amount of each ingredient, depending on the number of people.
With this amount, I could make 2  pista kulfis in a normal kulfi mould.

How to make oatmeal delicious: Vegan Dessert - A Weight Loss Recipe

Grind oats to powder.
Mix with water. We need enough water to mix and soak oatmeal overnight.
This will ensure that oats soak all the moisture and turn creamy. Soaking helps in better absorption of oats in the body.
Next morning, take the oatmeal-water mixture.
Add fresh scrapped coconut.
Mix well.
Next add pistachio butter. You may use a grinder/processor to mix everything well. I have done it with hands.
Now add honey and mix again.
Your kulfi mix is ready.
All you need to do next is to pour it into kulfi moulds and garnish with slivered flakes of dry nuts of your choice.
Freeze for 5-6 hours.
Enjoy this pistachio kulfi -a quick dessert - guilt free.

Here are more guilt free treats:
2-ingredient Banana ice cream 
2-ingredient banana kulfi


no milk, no cream mango kulfi

mango oatmeal kulfi

almond butter kulfi

milk oatmeal kulfi

How To Make Pistachio Butter at Home


Pistachio has a nutty flavor that adds a distinctive taste to any recipe. When it comes to making pistachio butter at home, it is one simple recipe that you want to try again and again.


It's that simple.

Pistachio benefits health in more ways than one. It is rich in fiber and has cardiovascular benefits, which makes it a heart-friendly nut.

Here are a few Pistachio Benefits:

  • Pista has a low calorie content of 160 per ounce.
  • These combine minerals, vitamins, proteins, and healthy fats, besides dietary fiber.
  • It is a digestion aid, being rich source of fiber.


The nutrient rich pistachio is a health-boosting nut that must be a regular in your healthy diet planning.

According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, pistachios have a higher amount of beta-carotene, lutein, and gamma-tocopherol compared to other nuts, which are rich in vitamin A, vitamin E, and boost health.

A heart-healthy diet helps reduce bad cholesterol levels in the body. due to the presence of antioxidants in pistachios, it is recommended as a health boost.

Moderate use of pistachios helps your body

·         improve the level of antioxidants
·         reduce the amount of lipids and lipoproteins
·         give heart lipid profile a boost
·         reduce systolic blood pressure

Pistachio makes a guilt-free nut butter, which is certainly a healthier alternative to dairy butter or white butter.

Let's see how to make pistachio butter at home.

Ingredients
1 cup- pistachio nuts 
2 tbsp- olive oil (ora ny other vegetable oil)

How to make pistachio butter


Dry roast pistachios. Allow them to cool.

Grind them to powder.

Add 2 tbsp olive oil.


Run the food processor again.You will get the creamy texture. If you want the pistachio nut butter runny, add more olive oil and run the grinder again.

Here's your homemade pistachio butter.Do write to me how you find this vegan butter recipe.

Here is a kid-friendly 2-ingredient ladoo recipe with pistachio and almonds.

Kid-Friendly Recipe: Sweet Power-Packed, Nutritious Toffee Recipe


What's a nutritious healthy candy for kids? Toffees and nutritious? Well, candies can be healthy too. Or let's say it the other way - toffees can pack a punch with healthy ingredients.

healthy candy

Are you still wondering how?
Well, what I am going to share with you today is a power-packed sweet that seconds as a nutritious toffee for kids.

What makes this kid-friendly sweet healthy?
Let's do a recap on this.
healthy toffee recipe

low sugar candy

If you are wondering how to make oatmeal delicious and serve it to your kids, then this recipe is for you.
If you struggle to include healthy ingredients in kid's meals, then here is the trick to do so.
If kids reject healthy food, make this delicious healthy candy and they would happily finish these off soon.

This is a dry fruit fudge recipe that was transformed into a healthy toffee project.

This nutritious toffee recipe is packed with:


  • fiber-rich oats (yes, I have introduced oatmeal in this toffee as well - have talked in length about the benefits of oats for kids and adults alike)
  • power-packed healthy nuts, including almonds, sesame seeds, and walnuts that add flavor and nutty taste to these toffees
  • nutritional and heart-healthy rice flakes, fox nuts, cornflakes, and puffed rice
  • jaggery, which makes it a no sugar sweet for kids
  • little amount of ghee -  little is never too much for growing kids
  • flavorful cardamom 
So you can see this kid-friendly recipe uses no artificial sweeteners, no preservatives, no flavoring agents. Every single ingredient of thus healthy candy speaks for itself and its health benefits. 

So let's see how we have made this nutritious and healthy no sweet toffee.
dry fruit fudge

power packed kid friendly fudge


Ingredients

1/2 cup- oats
1/2 cup- almond powder
1/4cup-sesame seeds (til)
3 tbsp- walnut powder or 4 walnuts
1/4 cup- fox nuts (makhana)
1/4 cup- poha (beaten rice/rice flakes)
1/4 cup- murmura (puffed rice)
1/4 cup- cornflakes (optional)
1 cup- jaggery powder (I have taken 5 medium pieces of gur)
1 tbsp- ghee (clarified butter)
3 tsp-water enough to just soak the jaggery (be careful with this proportion)
pinch of salt or 1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar (or vinegar/lime juice) - vinegar /lime juice is optional..I added just to balance the sweetness of jaggery

homemade toffee recipe

How to make toffee sauce: a heart healthy candy

Dry roast oats, poha, and murmura. Keep aside for cooling.
Dry roast almonds, walnuts, and fox nuts.
Grind nuts to powder. Then grind oats, poha, and murmura.
Mix everything.
Heat ghee in a pan. Drop in jaggery pieces or powder. Keep the flame at low.
Watch the jaggery melt. Add vinegar/salt/lime juice.
Then add water and mix quickly. You have to be careful with water. In fact, it is the water consistency that will decide whether you get a power-packed toffee or fudge. The water should be little less than what you normally add for burfi.This will determine that the fudge turns hard like a toffee.
Keep stirring until the mixture turns thick.
Immediately turn off the flame and pour into the pan all the dry powders.
Keep stirring and turn on the flame ..keep it low again.. Stir until the mixture combines into a ball or gathers at the center.
Quickly drop this mixture on an aluminum foil. Allow it to cool down. You may press it with a spatula when it is hot to make burfi/fudge or wait for 6-7 hours and then turn it into toffees.

Give shapes as per your wish and serve this nutritious oatmeal toffee to your kids. Trust me, they won't reject these yummy twisters!

Almonds vs Cashew: Which Nut Butter is Healthier?



almond butter versus cahsew butter: which is healthier?

Nut butter is a healthier choice to clarified butter. It makes a perfect vegan butter for those looking for healthy vegan choices.

It is ideal for those with lactose intolerance and sensitivity to dairy products.

Alternatively, nut butter makes a healthier option to butter, desi ghee, and cream or for that matter, mayonaise, cream toppings, and what not!

But when it comes to picking the healthiest of nut butter, which one would you pick?

Do you know cashew is high in fat and calories? Almond is a healthier alternative to cashews and peanuts. Walnuts, too, are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids and thus the healthiest of nuts.

Nut Butter is a healthier alternative to clarified butter and cream. But it is important to underline and differentiate between cashews and almonds as far as their cholesterol and fat lowering properties is concerned. I have come across a health website that recommends using cashew butter for ghee or cream. No doubt, it is little healthier than both clarified butter and cream, but the healthiest version of nut butter is almond butter.


How to make almond butter at home?



Cashews are a big no for those with heart disorders and high cholesterol, as they tend to raise triglycerides.

Cahsews are high in calories and fat.This means if anybody with high cholesterol consumes them, it may further lead to fat buildup, as the body will absorb the recently absorbed fat rather than focusing on breaking down the triglycerides and fat deposits in the body. Due to high calorie content, it will only add to fat deposition in the body. This will have effects on metabolism. The better alternative is almond butter, which is low in fat, compared to cashew. In 2003, the FDA issued a "qualified" health claim that eating one ounce of nuts daily is good, but beyond that, it may not be for cardio vascular health. Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids and good aid for lowering cholesterol. Almonds, according to studies, could lower LDL (bad) cholesterol by 4-10% due to high vitamin E content. Pecan nut has the highest effect on lowering choelsterol and triglycerides. However, the FDA mentions that not all nuts have equal benefits, particularly signalling out cashewnuts with "qualified" benefit. It means cashew have less or no benefit on cholesterol reduction. It recommends that due to high calorie content, the total nt intake should not exceed 1-1.5 ounce daily and it underlines the word that nuts should be taken along with its fiber nutrients.

Autolysis: Roti Making Made Easier With The No Knead Dough


no knead dough for roti, chapati, Indian flatbread, naan

This is one of the simplest ways to prepare dough for rotis or Indian flat bread. Ever since I have come across this method, kneading is no longer a headache for me. It is a no fuss way of kneading dough for rotis. You will find it easier than the traditional way that you have been following this far.

After 30 minutes, all you need to do is gather the dough and knead it lightly for one minute. Your dough is good to go for rotis. Enjoy soft, fluffy rotis.

I came across this method while watching OPOS videos created by mentor Rama Krishnan. It has changed the way of my cooking, made it easier than ever. I spend less time cooking meals and more time doing food experiments these days.

Nevertheless coming back to dough kneading technique, known as autolysis, this is primarily a bread kneading method. But I find it easier to knead dough for rotis - super quick and simple.

This no mess, no fuss dough making technique, which requires little to no kneading.


I can relate to this dough kneading method, as I have seen my mother in law do something similar. What she does is take flour in a pan and immerse it in water. Then she leaves it undisturbed for half an hour. After that all she does is gather everything and knead.


My autolysis roti making technique is slightly different. I do not add oil or salt to the dough, as Mr. Rama Krishnan suggests. I simply use 3 ingredients:

1. Lukewarm water - 1/2 cup or little more
2. Oatmeal - 1/4 cup
3. Whole wheat flour -1 cup

The No Knead Dough

Chapati or roti or Indian flat bread is a quintessential part of Indian diet. In North India, roti is a staple enjoyed in all the three meals of the day.

Ideally the no knead technique allows the flour and water enough time to interact, helping the flour absorb more liquid. In the traditional dough kneading method, you force water into the flour, and knead and push it too much, which will speed up activation of gluten and the flour cannot absorb water on its own. 

But this method of roti making is different.

Take lukewarm water.
Add oatmeal. You may use whole wheat flour and any other multigrain flour if you so wish.
Mix oatmeal well with a spoon or knife.
Then add whole wheat flour and mix until no dry flour is in sight.
Just gather everything once.
gather the ingredients and leave for 30 mts

Leave it covered for 30 minutes.

smooth atta no knead technique 
After that, all you need to do is gather the dough and push it slightly, just like kneading. This helps activate gluten in whole wheat flour, which gives you soft, fluffy rotis.
The best thing about this autolysis roti making technique is that rotis remain soft for a long time.

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