We are continuing on the path of resilience to avoid the refined sugar craving throughout this festival season. We successfully trudged through a few of the celebrations for this year, holding on to our promises and are about to hit the biggest sugar-loaded party of all-Diwali.
All Indian festivals have an abundance of sweet recipes that shows happiness and cheer. It is true sugar does give us a massive good feeling and that you will want more in the festival times. This is why we exchange a box of sweets with our friends and families during Diwali. The meal with a creamy kheer (pudding) is the one that the family really gets together. A small bowl of chilled kheer, served in a clay pot has for centuries never failed to make one feel like a royal. Kheer has that incredible happiness effect on you. I am sure many of my readers will agree to this too.
Here are some loved kheer options
- Bamboo rice kheer
- Vermicelli kheer
- Amaranth seed Kheer
- rice flakes kheer
I did love kheer all my life and was not ready to easily let it go for the no sugar challenge. This is a challenge we are undertaking to help my husband become free of the sugar-infused additions. Since he is borderline diabetic we are hoping this change in lifestyle will help him to keep his sugar levels in check.
Making use of buckwheat
This recipe is one that we devised so we do not let go our refined sugar-free pledge and at the same time enjoy the festival traditions. This delicious kheer had incorporated gluten-free buckwheat. Buckwheat is a wonderful gluten-free pseudo cereal. Being a seed, it has no relationship with wheat, except for in its name. here is something more special about buckwheat, it carries all the 9 essential amino acids needed for your body. So that nutrition aspect is high here. We are slowly experimenting with buckwheat in our foods. I will surely update you as we do.
Getting the sugar off this buckwheat kheer recipe
The creamy fruit kheer here is no added sugar. It was a tricky balance to achieve. The entire sweetness comes from the milk and the added fruits. Since fruits are rich in sugars, your taste buds start appreciating these more when you remove the sugar from your diet. I promise you you will find fruits extremely sweet, it is all in the training. I have used, a mix of dates, apricots, some berries and pears in this recipe. You can vary the fruits based on the availability and it will still be gorgeous. The fruits I will tend to avoid are fresh pineapples and apples as they tend to split the kheer.
This buckwheat kheer recipe is one which I would call as “sinlessly decadent.” Let me know if you would like to try this figure-friendly, diabetic adaptable, gluten-free, grain eliminated recipe swap for the Diwali season. We are very excited about it. Check out the recipe details below and pin it ( here) for your collection.
Watch out for more exciting recipes from us as we learn to keep off sugar and improve every day. See you next week.
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Buckwheat fruit kheer
no sugar, no honey, no jaggery, no stevia.
Prep Time 15 minutes mins
Cook Time 20 minutes mins
Total Time 1 hour hr 5 minutes mins
Course Breakfast, Desserts, Sweets and savories
Cuisine Autumn, diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, One pot, Pressure cooker, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Calories 167 kcal
for the kheer
- 1/4 cup buckwheat
- 3 cups low fat milk
- 4-6 strands saffron
- 1/4 cup Dates chopped
- 1/4 cup dry apricots chopped
- 1/4 cup peaches fresh; chopped
- 1/4 cup cherries fresh, Pitted and halved
- 2 tsp rosewater sprinkle as needed
- 1-2 tbsp Assorted nuts crushed
Wash and clean the buckwheat and set aside.
Into a pressure cooker add the buckwheat, saffron strands and 1 cups of water with 1 cup of milk. pressure cook for 2 whistles.
Once the pressure is released , open the cooker add the excess milk and mash the buckwheat gently.
Meanwhile, clean and chop the fruits and dry fruit to be used. and chop them into small pieces. Mix them well and set them aside.
The juice from the fresh fruits will plump up the dry fruits.
Simmer this milk and buckwheat mixture to the thickness of a pouring porridge, approximately 5 to 7 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool down
Add the fruits and chill till use.
The chilled dessert is perfect to serve with a touch of rose water and topping of more nuts and fruits
Instantpot method In the instant pot set it to manual mode and follow the same process as the pressure cooker. It will take about 10 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally and the cooldown to stir in the fruits and chill.
Open pot method. Into the open pot add washed buckwheat with two cups of water and 1 cup of milk ( it takes more water to compensate the evaporation). Once cooked add the saffron, the rest of milk and cook again to kheer consistency.
Calories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 8gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 79mgPotassium: 508mgFiber: 3gSugar: 22g
Tremendous kheer.. havent tried whole buckwheat in my cooking. And love that no sugar is added. Absolutely a lipsmacking kheer. Drooling here..
Buckwheats my favourite superfood and always look out for recipes to create with it. I am loving your healthy and delicious kheer recipe, perfect for fasting too.
I have a bit of buckwheat groat left and I should try this kheer out. Healthy and filling. A good treat for guests.
Super healthy and delicious kheer to enjoy this festive season. Being sugar free is an added advantage for guilt free indulgance.
Nice sweet dish with buck wheat and fruits. Good that you refrain from sugar sometime.
I love to incorporate buckwheat in our family’s diet and this kheer with no sugar looks like a delicious and healthy treat for all. I am trying this soon.
Wow that sounds delicious n love the fact that all of you are joining to help your hubby. Love the thought. The kheer sounds awesome.
Such a healthy and delicious pudding with buckwheat and fruits. Loved the sugar free version.
love the sugarfree kheer, Seema. As a family , we are also on the low / no sugar path for most dessertsmade at home. I love how dates are adding that sweetness along with the other fruits here…