A festive sweet that also doubles up as a healthy snack
Shrikhand-puri, madgane, obbattu - these are some familiar names that crop up around Gudi Padwa and Ugadi. While we all love our traditional sweets and mithai, why not get creative in the kitchen this year? This dry-fruits laddu recipe requires a few ingredients, is rich in protein and healthy fats, and can be made in a matter of minutes.
- Prep time
|Deseeded dates||1 cup/s|
|Peanut butter (unsweetened)||1 tablespoon/s (tbsp)|
|Cocoa powder||1 tablespoon/s (tbsp)|
|Cinnamon powder||1 pinch|
|Desiccated coconut to coat (optional)||1 handful|
|Honey (optional)||1 tablespoon/s (tbsp)|
|Pista/walnuts - chopped (optional)||1 tablespoon/s (tbsp)|
Pulse the almonds until they just reach the stage where they turn pasty and start to release their natural oils.
Add the dates, peanut butter, cocoa and cinnamon powders. You can also add the honey at this stage, if you want to use it. Blend until the mixture forms a dough-like consistency.
Empty the mixture on a plate. Mix in the chopped nuts, if you want to add them. Divide the mixture and make small, evenly shaped balls.
Pour the desiccated coconut on a plate and roll the balls through it till they get evenly coated.
Serve immediately or chill for some time in the fridge.
The laddus can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.
The laddus are rich in protein and healthy fats and you can have one as a pre-workout fuel booster or when you crave for something sweet. It is also a good snack to carry when you are travelling.