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Published 11:23 IST, December 23rd 2023

Add a touch of health to your festive season with these almond desserts

Do you like sweets but are a fitness freak too? These almond-based desserts not only satisfy your sweet cravings but also offer a nutritional boost.

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Who does not like yummy desserts? However, many of us are wary of eating desserts as they are touted to be unhealthy and high in calories. That said, in the festive season, desserts are a must-have. So, why not make our desserts healthier?

Almonds, with their rich, nutty flavour and nutritional benefits, add a healthy touch to a variety of desserts. Almonds are packed with protein, healthy fats, and essential nutrients, making them a wholesome addition to your dessert table. Here are some irresistible almond-based dessert recipes that showcase the versatility of this nut.

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Badam halwa

Indulge in the decadence of badam halwa, a classic sweet that celebrates the goodness of almonds. Blanched and ground almonds create a luscious paste, which is then cooked with ghee, sugar, and cardamom powder. The halwa is a rich, melt-in-your-mouth dessert that is perfect for festive occasions or as a sweet treat.

Almond cake

Savour the simplicity and elegance of an almond cake. Ground almonds contribute to a moist and tender crumb, while almond extract enhances the flavour. This cake can be adorned with a dusting of powdered sugar or a drizzle of chocolate for an extra touch of sweetness. A slice of this cake is all you need this Christmas.

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Almond tart

Impress your guests with an almond tart that combines a buttery crust with a velvety almond filling. The filling often features a delicious mixture of ground almonds, sugar, eggs, and butter. Whether topped with fresh fruit, vanilla ice cream or served plain, this almond tart is a showstopper for any dessert spread.

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Almond cookies

Create irresistible almond cookies that are both chewy and crunchy. Ground almonds or almond flour can be incorporated into the cookie dough, giving a delightful almond essence. For an extra touch, press a whole almond on top of each cookie before baking. These cookies can be your Christmas and new year treat.

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Badam kheer

Add a touch of crunch and healthy fats to the traditional rice kheer by adding almonds to it. The creamy texture of the kheer pairs perfectly with the bite of chopped almonds. Garnish with saffron strands and a sprinkle of ground cardamom for a dessert that will captivate your foodie heart.

11:23 IST, December 23rd 2023