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Saffron-Cashew cream filled Pistachio Baskets (Diwali Sweet)
Saffron-Cashew cream-filled Pistachio Baskets (Diwali Sweet)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This vegan, gluten-free, processed sugar-free Diwali sweet offers a luxurious creamy bite. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Indian, Vegan
Difficulty:: Easy
Inactive cooktime: 4 hours
Servings: 6
Calories: 130 kcal
Author: Traffic Light Cook
To make Saffron Cashew Cream
  • 1/4 cup cashews (raw, soaked in water for at least 4 hours)
  • 1 medjool date (or any other kind)
  • 6 tbsp homemade almond milk (or sub with filtered water)
  • 1/4 tsp saffron* (dried strands, soaked in warm almond milk or water for 20 minutes)
  • 2 tsp maple syrup (or sub with 1 date)
To make Pistachio Baskets
  • 1/4 cup pistachio (shelled)
  • 1/4 cup oats (gluten-free, or sub with regular)
  • 2 pinches cardamom powder (add more if desired)
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1 tsp coconut oil** (or sub with equal amount of apple sauce or water)
  • 3 tsp maple syrup (or sub with another date and add 3 tsp of water)
To make Saffron Cashew Cream
  1. Wash and soak cashews for about 4 hours. About 30 minutes before making the cream, warm 2 tbsp of almond milk and add the saffron strands. Stir well with a fork/spoon and let it sit for 20-25 minutes. Saffron will dissolve and the milk will become golden yellow. Rinse the soaked cashews and add to a blender with date, almond milk (or water), maple syrup, and saffron (soaked in almond milk or water.) Blend till creamy. Store in the fridge till ready to use. 

To make Pistachio Baskets
  1. Finely grind pistachio and gluten-free oats in a spice grinder (blender or food processor may also work). Add powdered pistachio and oats with dates, maple syrup, cardamom powder, and coconut oil. Process till the mixture reaches the dough consistency. 

  2. Divide the dough in six equal parts (about 1 tbsp each) and mold in the shape of wide baskets. Add pre-prepared cashew cream and let it sit in refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*if you don't have saffron, you can sub it with 1/8 tsp turmeric. Warm the turmeric in almond milk to activate it before adding cashews to make the cream. 

** Heart-healthy: If avoiding saturated fat, replace coconut oil with apple sauce or water. 

Make it nut-free

If you or a family member is allergic to nuts, replace pistachios with pumpkin seeds and cashews with sunflower or melon seeds. 

Update 11/06/18: Omit the apple sauce and just add water if the mixture is too dry or to replace coconut oil.

Nutrition Facts
Saffron-Cashew cream-filled Pistachio Baskets (Diwali Sweet)
Amount Per Serving (1 basket)
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Potassium 191mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 1%
Calcium 4%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.