Love LadoosMar 24, 2020
For March New Moon, I share one of my favorite moon-shaped treat. Love ladoos are home-made balls filled with easy-to-find ingredients. Ladoo is one of my favorite Hindi words. By definition, ladoos are round balls of sweet goodness. But I have heard ladoos used in many other contexts. For example, it can be used as a term of endearment for a child with round cheeks. I also once heard an uncle refer to a snowball as a baraf ka ladoo (ball of ice).
A typical ladoo you find in a Indian confectionary are filled with all manners of processed sugar. The Love Ladoo offered here will be a healthier version, and nourish you at a deeper layer. These balls are also a great snack if you are needing some energy, and are a lovely source of omega 3's and protein.
Love Ladoo Recipe
1/2 cup unsweetened grated coconut
1/2 cup pecans (or walnuts)
1 cup mejdool dates (pitted)
1-2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Place coconut, pecans, and dates in a food processor. Process for about 30 seconds.
- Add maple syrup, cardamom powder, and vanilla essence. Process for about 30 more seconds, being careful to not overdo it.
- Press dough into balls (or logs!).
- If desired, roll in shredded coconut.
- Store in fridge for balls to keep their shape.
There are an infinite number of variations for ladoos. I have found the above ingredients easy to find in the market right now, but perhaps you want to just use more of what you have at home.
You need something that binds the balls, which in this case are the dates. You can also use a nut butter, like almond butter or peanut butter. Add the shredded coconut and some sweetener, and create a consistency that you can shape into balls.
My mum also used to make balls with crushed corn flakes to add a bit of crunch.
Share what you discover - and enjoy the good health this simple recipe brings you.
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