Sugarless Healthy Peanut Laddoo

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.

Sugarless healthy peanut ladoos

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:

Ingredients

  • Roasted Peanut: 1 cup
  • Dates puree: ½ cup
  • Desiccated coconut: 2 tbsp
  • Milk: ¼ cup

Procedure

  • 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.

Sugarless healthy peanut laddoos

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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Non Cooking Coconut Ladoo

Coconut ladoo is simplest of all recipes that I have shared here on this sweet little blog of mine. It had to be simple because these ladoos were made with help of 7 years old cute daughter of my neighbor.

instant-coconut-ladoo

Actually, she was participating in fire-less cooking competition in her school and she had to make something all by herself without using fire.

So, I suggested her to make easy coconut ladoos. Coincidentally, coconut ladoos are her favorite and she instantly liked the idea of making her favorite dessert all by herself. So we both made it – I pitched in only where required.

It was a fun thing to do and even my 3 year old daughter was all excited to see her friend shaping ladoos. She also tried her hand at making ladoos! 🙂

Since I’m talking about kids, I would like to add that if your kid is too fussy about drinking milk (like my daughter), give him/her homemade cottage cheese in various combinations. It’s so healthy and can be easily made at home. You can also try egg-less cottage cheese muffins and healthy and easy Italian veggie potato.

Coming back to coconut ladoo, this recipe only requires mixing of all ingredients and making balls. I find this recipe really handy when I have unexpected guests coming over and I am running short of time.

Alright, here is the list of ingredients for coconut ladoo with condensed milk:

Ingredients

  • Condensed milk: ½ tin
  • Desiccated coconut: 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups
  • Cardamom powder: 1 tsp
  • Rose extract: 1 tsp
  • Rose petals for garnishing
  • Ghee (clarified butter): 1/2 tsp

Process

  • In a bowl bring together condensed milk, dry coconut, cardamom powder and rose extract. Mix evenly to bring everything together and form a soft dough.

coconut-ladoo-dough

  • With the help of spoon, divide the dough into small equal parts. Apply ghee on your palm to prevent dough from sticking on your palm.

I mostly use home-made ghee in cooking. Do read how to make ghee in microwave where I have shared easy process that I follow to make ghee at home.

  • Take each part between your palms and give it round shape.
  • Garnish ladoo with some red rose petals, as red petals compliment beautifully with white coconut ladoos.

coconut-ladoo-for-kids

Both the kids were eager to try the result of their hard labor. 🙂 Truly speaking, I was extremely happy to see both of them enjoying coconut ladoos just like they enjoy having healthy ramdana (amaranth) ladoo.

So, next time when your kid has fire-less cooking competition, you have one more option to pick from. It’s a perfectly suitable and enjoyable recipe for kids to try.

coconut-ladoos-kids-cooking

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