Nuts and Dates Ladoo

These nuts and dates ladoos are so easy to make with very healthy and limited ingredients which takes very less time for preparation. The whole procedure of making these ladoos takes only 15 minutes.

You can use any type of nuts- walnuts, almonds, pecan nuts, cashew nuts or pistachios etc.., You can even add pumpkin seeds, peanuts, dried figs too…

Nuts are good source of fat, fiber and protein. They are loaded with antioxidants. They help in weight loss though they are considered as high-calorie food.

I have included coconut( desiccated ones) since it is rich in calcium. If using fresh coconut, it should be roasted well in ghee.

I have used poppy seeds as it adds a good flavor and packed with nutrients. Adding calcium-packed and fiber-rich sesame seeds makes it more healthy.

The immense benefits of nuts and high iron content, brain booster dates makes these ladoos as high ‘energy balls’. They are the best snacks to be given to kids.

I make these naturally sweetened ladoos regularly at home!!

INGREDIENTS

The below quantity can make approximately 10 medium sized ladoos.

  • Soft dates- 1 cup( seedless one, if using seeded dates remove the seeds from them)
  • Almonds- 1/3rd cup ( chopped)
  • Cashew nuts- 1/3rd cup ( chopped)
  • Walnuts- 1/3rd cup ( chopped)
  • Grated Coconut- 1/4th cup ( I have used desiccated ones)
  • Sesame seeds- 3 tsp
  • Poppy seeds- 1 tsp
  • Cardamom powder- 1/4th tsp

PROCEDURE

Use soft dates.

Blend the dates to a coarse paste in a mixer.

Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a non-stick or iron cast pan.
Add poppy seeds now and roast them for a minute till the colour changes.
Now add all the nuts in a low flame and roast it for 2 to 3 minutes till it becomes crunchy.
Add the desiccated coconut now and roast it for a minute. If using fresh coconut, roast it for one more minute.
Finally add the sesame seeds and cardamom powder and roast for 1 more minute.
Now mix the dates paste to the above mixture. Bring the flame to high and mix everything together.
Stir for 1 minute till everything gets mixed and cool them down.
When it is warm, start rolling them to balls.

TIPS

  • Any nuts of your choice can be used.
  • Use soft dates. Remove the seeds if using the seeded dates.