Sweet Potato Burfi
Regular Burfi, a most delicious, fudge like sweetmeat is high in sugar and butter. Although this website has recipes for this delicious treat, I have been thinking about how to create a delicious Burfi that tastes just as nice but with healthy ingredients.
I have come up with Sweet Potato Burfi. I have not used any added sugar. The sweetness comes from the natural sugar in the sweet potato. I used refined coconut oil and instead of milk powder I used coconut milk.
I added spices like nutmeg and cardomom. I also added a cup of ground almonds. It then placed it in the refrigerator. I have to say that I am very pleased with the results. For those who really miss the very sweet taste of burfi, I suggest add about ¼ cup of Agave Syrup or honey.
Do keep this in the refrigerator to keep fresh and firm. Note: Only use coconut oil that is recommended for cooking. Here is the recipe.
Sweet potato cooked and placed in tray, decorated with colored almonds
What we eat has a big influence on our health. It is said that food can be your medicine. But on the other hand if you eat food that is rich in fatty ingredients, it can lead to obesity and a whole range of health problems.
I am very fond of sweet desserts, but I do realize that taking sugar in excess is not good for my system. So I try and reduce the amount of sugar intake. The sweet potato burfi is one attempt to do this.
It is definitely not identical to the regular burfi, but comes fairly close. You may play around and add more ground almonds and add agave syrup and honey if you are really into burfi being sweet.
For those with health problems that require complete elimination of sugar, do check with your doctor the natural sweetness in a sweet potato is okay for your health.
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