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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Healthy Peanut Chikki

I thought why not make the first post of 2016 something sweet and healthy. Coincidentally, I made these peanut chikki’s  and these sweet things made the first entry here in the New Year.

Since childhood these peanut chikki’s or peanut brittle’s are my cherished treats. No doubt it’s liked by my daughter too. peanut chikkiAt home it’s prepared and kept in jars on dining table and too difficult to let go the urge of biting these crunchy chikki’s. Everyone of us at home get tempted and keep on munching them and it’s finished in no time. Requests for the next batch of crisp chikki start soon in the family.

There is no fix time to relish these brittle’s. Unlike desserts,  we nibble these sweet crumbly things at anytime of the day. These comes handy to satisfy late night hunger pangs. 🙂

These chikkis or jaggery bars are easy to make and healthy too. There are lots of benefits of having jaggery especially in winters. The inherent property of jaggery (according to Ayurveda) is warm thus it’s advisable to consume jaggery in winters. It provides warmth to our body and strengthens body immunity.

These chikkis are instant source of energy and are desi substitute for fancy energy bars. After running around my daughter the whole day, when I feel exhausted and need some energy then this peanut chikki gives me instant energy.

Ingredients:

  • Roasted peanuts: 250gm
  • Jaggery: 250gm
  • Water: ½ cup
  • Ghee for greasing

Procedure:

  • Roast the peanuts and remove the skin while they are warm, on cooling its little difficult to remove the skin. Crush them in halves.roasted peanuts
  • Heat the jaggery and water and make thick syrup. After 15 minutes you will notice syrup leaving the sides.Jaggery syrup
  • To check if syrup is ready, drop few drops of syrup in bowl of water. If the drops maintain their shape in water then it means syrup is ready and can be proceeded to the next step.Testing syrup
  • Add the crushed groundnuts in the syrup. Mix well and take off the flame.adding peanuts in syrup
  • Now it’s time to set chikki. Grease the kitchen counter with ghee and spread the mixture on it. Be careful as the mixture will be quite hot. It can also be set in greased plates. Choose the option you find convenient.transfer to set
  • Now with the help of rolling pin flatten the semi-liquid melt.shaping chikki
  • Let it cool and give impression with knife. Break into pieces after cooling. cutting chikkiFinally store it in air-tight container and enjoy it till it last. You will be surprised how quickly it disappears!

You can add nuts of your choices apart from peanut like cashew, pistachio or almonds to make nutty brittle. Process remains the same. Do share with me which is your favorite jaggery chikki or brittle.