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Baked low-carb Sugar-free Kala Jamun

by Sophie

Diwali is finally here! And even this time, my typical festival menu is elaborate with lots of curries, fried stuff, sweets and snacks. This is after all the most popular Indian festival that brings together family and friends to enjoy the religious rituals, festive dinner, fireworks and gorging on lots of desserts and traditional sweet dishes. Those on a sugar-free, diabetic and keto diet(people like me) shouldn’t be disheartened. Because I have a baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun recipe just for people like you and me.

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Yes, I finally succeeded in making the perfect baked kala jamun. However, I couldn’t veganize it. Although I made a small batch of vegan jamuns too, I was not very happy with the results. And they weren’t low-carb either.

baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun

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Kala Jamun or the dark sweet Indian donuts are fried, calorie-rich and sugary sweets quite popular in the northern parts of India. The traditional recipe uses flour,milk solids, sugar, lots and lots of ghee and oil for deep frying.

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I made these cute little kala jamuns in oven. Yes, these are the baked ones. You can fry these too. But, I feel the baked version is super satisfying and lip-smacking, because of which I didn’t fry a single batch.

baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun

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To make it low-carb, I used ricotta cheese and almond flour: the blanched one. The sugar syrup is substituted in my recipe by the sugar-free agave syrup and stevia. It’s a super easy and super delicious recipe. Next time when you feel like enjoying something sweet and healthy, don’t forget to make this Baked low-carb Sugar-free Kala Jamun.

Recipe of baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun:

Step-1: Prepare the dough:baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun

 

  • For the doughnuts, you will definitely need a smooth dough.
  • Take 1 cup of fresh ricotta cheese or homemade paneer. I used drained ricotta cheese for this recipe. Just place ricotta on paper towel until moisture and liquid is fully absorbed.
  • Add 1/2 cup of almond flour and 1/4 tsp baking powder. Note: add few tbsps of extra almond flour if the dough appears sticky.
  • Because ricotta cheese has some moisture and water in it, making a soft dough with almond flour is easy.

baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun

  • If you find the mixture too dry, add a few drops of warm milk and knead for a few minutes.
  • The dough should be soft and smooth.

NOTE: Use chenna or homemade paneer for this recipe if you don’t find ricotta.

Step-2: Make and Bake the Jamuns:

  • Now add a few drops of black food color to the dough. (Adding color is optional, but it gives a beautiful dark hue to the jamuns. Because we are not frying the doughnut balls, it will turn light brown after baking)

baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun

  • Mix well. The dough will now look light gray in color.

baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Prepare small balls out of the dough and roll between your greased palms to make each ball’s surface smooth.

baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun

  • Place on a greased baking sheet.
  • Now brush each ball generously with melted ghee or butter. It will prevent the jamuns from drying while baking.

baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun

  • Bake the jamuns for 5 minutes and flip them.
  • As the jamuns start to cook, it will swell in size.
  • Then bake for another 5 minutes.
  • Turn the oven off and let them stand in the oven for another five minutes. Insert a sharp needle to see if it is cooked in the center. the needle should come out clean.

baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun

Step-3: Prepare the Syrup:

  • In a pan, add 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of sugar-free granular sweetener.

baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun

  • Or heat 2 cups of store brought sugar-free zero-calorie agave syrup.
  • Now add 1/4 tsp cardamom powder and a pinch of saffron.
  • Allow the mixture to boil.
  • Turn the heat off.

Step-4: Add the Jamuns into the Syrup:

  • Now drop the warm jamuns into the warm syrup.

baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun

  • The jamuns will swell up and increase in size as they soak in the syrup.
  • Allow the jamuns to stand in the syrup for 1/2 hour.
  • Serve baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun with some syrup and chopped pistachios.

 

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Nutrition Facts of baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun:

The recipe yields 12 medium-sized baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun. Enjoy these guilt-free jamuns as each one offers just 2.6g carb and 3.4g protein.

baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun

baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun

Baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun

Enjoy these yum, baked low-carb sugar-free kala jamun this Diwali or whenever you wish to enjoy something low-carb and sweet.
4.41 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 63kcal

Ingredients

For Kala Jamuns

  • 1 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup Blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking powder
  • Few drops of black food color

Sugar-free syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granular sugar-free sweetener
  • or
  • 1 cup sugar-free agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • A pinch of saffron

Instructions

Prepare the dough

  • For the doughnuts, you will definitely need a smooth dough.
  • Take 1 cup of fresh ricotta cheese or homemade paneer. I used ricotta cheese for this recipe.
  • Add 1/2 cup of almond flour and 1/4 tsp baking powder.
  • Because ricotta cheese has some moisture and water in it, making a soft dough with almond flour is easy.
  • If you find the mixture too dry, add a few drops of warm milk and knead for a few minutes.
  • The dough should be soft and smooth, not stretchy.

Make and Bake the Jamuns:

  • Now add a few drops of black food color to the dough. (Adding color is optional, but it gives a beautiful dark hue to the jamuns. Because we are not frying the doughnut balls, it will turn light brown after baking)
  • Mix well. The dough will now look light gray in color.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Prepare small balls out of the dough and roll between your greased palms to make each ball's surface smooth.
  • Place on a greased baking sheet.
  • Now brush each ball generously with melted ghee or butter. It will prevent the jamuns from drying while baking.
  • Bake the jamuns for 5 minutes and flip them.
  • As the jamuns start to cook, it will swell in size.
  • Then bake for another 5 minutes.
  • Turn the oven off and let them stand in the oven for another five minutes.

Prepare the Syrup:

  • In a pan, add 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of sugar-free granular sweetener.
  • Or heat 2 cups of store brought sugar-free zero-calorie agave syrup.
  • Now add 1/4 tsp cardamom powder and a pinch of saffron.
  • Allow the mixture to boil.
  • Turn the heat off.

Add the Jamuns into the Syrup:

  • Now drop the warm jamuns into the warm syrup.
  • The jamuns will swell up and increase in size as they soak in the syrup.
  • Allow the jamuns to stand in the syrup for 1/2 hour.
  • Serve with some syrup and chopped pistachios.

Notes

  • Using food color is optional.
  • You can fry these jamuns too.
  • The sugar-free syrup made with stevia has a slight bitter taste. To avoid that, I add a tsp of honey or 1 tsp of maple syrup to the prepared syrup. A few drops of lime juice also helps reducing the bittery-sweet taste.
  • These jamuns stay fresh in refrigerator for up to five days. Reheat the jamuns before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcal
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10 comments

Maggie October 18, 2017 - 3:02 pm

5 stars
yum yum yummy… I will surely try this out.

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Sophie October 19, 2017 - 12:13 am

Thank you so much

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Krishna October 18, 2017 - 3:52 pm

5 stars
Definatly I m gonna try it
Looks so yummy And top of that baked ??

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Sophie October 19, 2017 - 12:13 am

Thank you! Hope you enjoy making this recipe

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Anu November 6, 2018 - 4:27 pm

I’m afraid this did not work for me at all 🙁 With the quantities described, the batter remained extremely sticky so I added some more almond flour but it didn’t improve much. So rather than shape into balls, which I couldn’t, I dropped spoonfuls of the batter into a lined baking tray and brushed them with ghee as advised. While doing this I was in fact able to get them to be more round (by shaping them with my greased pastry brush), so I was optimistic that this would work. I baked them for the stated time, and although they were weirdly shaped and not very brown, I was hoping they would still taste good. Sadly once I soaked them in the sweet syrup, they became hard as rubber pucks and mostly inedible, so for me this was a massive fail 🙁 My apologies if I did something wrong, but I’m not sure what it could be!
On a positive note, I’m not one to waste food, so I managed to salvage this by grinding the balls in a grinder with some ghee and water, adding more sweetener, spreading the batter on a baking tray, sprinkling some pistachios on top, and baking for 15 minutes on 175 C and then 15 minutes at 150 C, leaving them to cool in the oven. This has salvaged them somewhat so they won’t go in the bin, but it’s a far cry from what I was hoping for 🙁

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Sophie November 6, 2018 - 4:40 pm

It happened with me as well, once though. Draining the ricotta helps. And sometimes the almond flour doesn’t soak the moisture well. In that case, you need to add a little more flour to make the batter smooth. But remember that it will never be doughy. Hope it helps!

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Antonet Roajer November 7, 2018 - 3:10 pm

5 stars
Awesome!!

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