I wanted to make a healthy prasad on Navaratri, so was thinking what to make. I had already made healthy ramadana (Amaranth laddoos) and easy-to-make coconut laddoos. Peanut chikki was also made as prasad, so this time I wanted to make something with no added sugar (only natural sweetener) in it.
Few days back my daughter’s pediatric had suggested to give her peanut and jaggery laddoos as these are healthy and good for growing kids. So, it was in back of my mind to try peanut laddoos.
Therefore, the idea of making peanut laddoos popped up. However, I wanted to try this recipe without sugar and jaggery with only natural sweetness of dates (khajur). However if you want you can add some jaggery for additional sweetness.
The combination worked really well and laddoos turned out to be super yummy. This Navaratri week itself I have made them thrice. Due to its brown color, my daughter also enjoyed it assuming it to be some kind of homemade chocolate balls. 🙂
These laddoos are nutritious bite-size snack option. Being full of protein and instant source of energy, you can easily call them power-pack laddoos.
These laddoos can be made with just five minutes of cooking with only four ingredients required. So, here is the list of ingredients for these yummy laddoos:
- Roasted Peanut: 1 cup
- Dates puree: ½ cup
- Desiccated coconut: 2 tbsp
- Milk: ¼ cup
- Soak seedless dates in milk for 2 hours. Grind (in mixer) to make its puree. If you have dates with seeds, just remove seeds before grinding and make paste of it. If dates are dry you can soak them overnight in water or soak them in milk and keep them in refrigerator.
- After roasting peanuts, remove their skin by rubbing between hands. Grind them and make a coarse powder. It’s perfectly fine if there are some small peanut pieces left in the powder.
- In a heavy bottom skillet, bring together peanut powder and dates puree. Keep mixing on low heat. In 10 minutes you will notice mixture leaving sides of skillet and is ready to shape.
- Bring it off the flame and let it slightly cool down (it’s too hot to shape laddoos). Apply small amount of ghee on your palms as it will prevent your skin from burning. With help of spoon divide mixture into equal parts.
- Now by placing each individual portion between your palms, shape them into balls.
- Spread desiccated coconut on plate and roll each ball on it. Dry coconut gives these laddoos a nice texture.
- After making all laddoos, transfer them to a container and keep them refrigerated. They stay good for 15 days.
Since I made these laddoos as Prasad, I have put few holy basil (tulsi) leaves before offering to God. According to Hindu practice, while offering prasad to God we add few holy basil leaves as well.
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