Apple & Oats Ladoo/ Apple & Oats truffles, No Sugar Dessert

Apple ladoos, yes you read it right! Now to name them in english as balls didn’t sound right, have you ever felt this dilema of how to name your local food in English! I know there is no need to do it, but being a food blogger, if you have mixed audience, how to make your post reach them? Some tension!

Originally truffle as a dessert is a chocolate confectionery, now this doesn’t have any chocolates, but then i found some recipes named as truffles without chocolate, so went ahead and named this too as a truffle recipe.
Ok now, coming to the recipe, i made this recipe for Diwali and it was a great hit. I was so busy during Diwali, i couldn’t click pictures of these that time. So when i saw the theme of fall fruit desserts, i knew i will be making these again.
I wanted to make some guilt-free sweets for Diwali, that is the main reason behind this recipe. With so much effort done for the healthy life-style and exercising, i didn’t want the festival to be a spoil-sport. 
These truffles are a great dessert for any festival and they make a lovely gift for your loved ones. You can make them as balls or press them down on a flat plate and cut them into bars. They make a great snack anytime.  Not only they satiate your sweet tooth, it is guilt-free too.



Ingredients
3 nos Royal Gala Apples
12-15 nos Dates, pitted
1 tsp cinnamon powder
5 nos candied ginger
1/4 tsp  of nutmeg
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup dessicated coconut
1/4 cup mixed nuts (roasted cashews and almonds), roughly chopped
1 tbsp dessicated coconut for rolling the balls
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp ghee

Method

  • Wash the apples well, Grate them fine. Take the dates, remove the seeds, grind them to a smooth paste. I used a soft variety, so didn’t soak the dates. 
  • Heat a wide pan, dry roast the oats and dessicated coconut separately. Take care not to burn them, it will spoil the taste of the truffles. 
  • Once roasted, let both the ingredients cool well. Take them in a mixer, add candied ginger to it  and grind them all to a fine powder.
  • In the same pan, in which you dry roasted oats and coconut, add butter and heat. Once the butter melts, add the shredded apples and cinnamon powder. Saute it well for 10-12 minutes in a simmer flame. The apples should get soft well and change color.
  • To the apples, add the dates paste and saute well for another 8-10 minutes. Both apples and dates should blend well and come together to a sticky paste.
  • Now to this add ground oats and coconut powder. This powder adds volume to the mixture and makes sure they come together as a mass, which will be easy to shape. 
  • Now add 2 tbsp of ghee to this and saute. Once it comes together as a mass, without sticking to the pan, remove it from the stove
  • Add chopped nuts to this and mix well. Let the mixture come to touchable warm. then shape them into ping-pong sized balls, and roll each ball with dessicated coconut. 
  • Store the ladoos in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Since the ladoos are made of fresh apples and coconut,  there is a chance it might go bad, if kept outside for a longer time.
  • Enjoy these healthy and yummilicious ladoos/truffles whenever you feel like having something sweet!