Diwali is all about celebrating, decorating your house, dressing up and of course, making and feasting on a lot of delicious food and traditional mithai (Indian sweets)! Instagram is stormed with Diwali mithai preparations as Diwali isn’t complete without the mithai... everyone is busy making and sharing pictures of their Diwali mithais. But for me, my family and I have been off sweets for a few months now and was wondering how I can create something healthier and share the Diwali festivities with my family without indulging in sugar and piling on too many calories.

I solved my predicament by creating this amazing Diwali burfi - a Dates Almond and Chocolate Pistachio burfi infused with rose water! It’s totally sugar free, but honest to goodness my family and I didn’t even miss the typical assortment of sweets that are laden with sugar! This was sooo delicious and absolutely melted in your mouth, popping a new patakha (firework) of flavour as you eat it! And somehow this totally different and healthy recipe perfectly encapsulates the warmth and the spirit of Diwali!

Indulge yourself this Diwali into something which is totally sugar-free, gluten-free and a vegan mithai which is much more healthier, nutritious and festive at the same time!! Happy Diwali!


PREP TIME: 15minutes

MAKING TIME: 15 minutes

PASSIVE TIME: 30 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour



For Dates Layer

  • 250g madjool dates, pitted

  • 100g dark chocolate buttons or chopped chocolate bar

  • 100g rolled oats or oats flour(coarse)

  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup (optional)

  • 3 tbsp/ 50g almond butter

  • 50g pistachios

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1/2 tsp dalt

  • 3 tsp rose water

For Almond Layer: