Sesame and nuts ladoos/sesame seeds and nuts energy balls - No sugar added

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ladoos, i am fan of these cute round balls and have quite a few ladoo recipes in my kitchen. They are pretty easy to make and they are totally versatile. Make them with sugar and ghee, jaggery and ghee. If you don’t want sugar, make it with dates and nuts, want a vegan ladoo,  try using the natural fats in the seeds. Roll them into cocoa, coconut, ganache and the list is endless.
When i chose the theme of festival cooking for this BM, the first dish I made was these ladoos or energy balls, the fancy name for them. 
I wanted to make the traditional maharastrian tilgul/sesame ladoos and also Mawa-ladoo. So one nice evening, I got my sesame seeds ready , but somehow, got lazy. I stored the roasted seeds in a box on the counter, but 1 cup reduced to 3/4 cup just in 2 days, as I just kept popping more in my mouth, some in my dishes, i love roasted sesame they got that earthy taste and not to forget the calcium. 
Finally I made these ladoos the next week of roasting the seeds. And no, they don’t need that much resting time๐Ÿ˜†. Jokes apart, this is, one quickie snack or a wonderful edible gift for your loved ones or just for yourself.  They are power packed with energy and also that taste, your tongue needs for your intelligent mind,  to accept that you are enjoying a sweet treat .
The below ingredients makes around 2 dozen balls, depending on the size you roll them, mine is a wee little smaller than a Ferero Rocher. Go ahead and try them, and let me know how you liked it!
3/4 cup White Sesame seeds
1/2 cup almonds and cashews, together
15-18 no’s dates, I have used mejdool variety, pitted 
1/3 cup desiccated coconut 
5 pods of cardamom 
3 no’s cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
4-5nos candied Ginger
1-2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
1/4 cup of chopped pistachios, roasted

  • In a wide pan, take the sesame seeds and dry roast in a medium flame. The seeds must get nice and toasty. Keep the flame simmer while roasting. Take care not to burn them. Remove the roasted seasame seeds into a flat plate.
  • In the same pan, dry roast the nuts and then the coconut, keep them aside once done.
  • Let the roasted items cool well. While the nuts and seeds and cooling, let us get the dates ready. Remove the seeds of dates and chop them roughly. This will enable the dates to blend easily , when we grind them together with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Now take the sesame and nuts into a Mixer and pulse them together. Once they are roughly powdered add the chopped dates, Coconut, cardamom, cloves and ginger to it  and pulse them all together until they all come together as a single mass.
  • The fats in the seeds and nuts help to bring them together. Once done, transfer it to a flat plate, add chia seeds and roughly chopped pistachios to this and mix roughly and make small balls out of the mixture. 
  • Store them in an air-tight container,In the refrigerator. I prefer the refrigerator as they contain coconut. Enjoy them whenever you feel like having a sweet treat.

If you are interested in a different ladoo/energy ball recipe, here are some
Apple & Oats Ladoo/Energy balls
Pistachios Truffles

Poha-Oats & Peanuts Ladoo

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  1. Such delicious laddoos with so much of goodness!

  2. I love the way sesame tastes after being roasted!..these laddos look so inviting priya..

  3. I dont bother to grab some laddoos and munch anytime, those laddoos looks absolutely incredible Priya.

  4. Definitely, it's a one healthy ladoo. Sounds super delicious and especially i love the ladoos made without raw sugar !!! Yum!!!

  5. I love the sesame laddo's which my mom makes adding jaggery to them. These ladoos look soo yummy.

  6. I'm into sugar free desserts at the moment and ladoos or energy balls are high on my list. Love the recipe and bookmarking it.

  7. This is such a great pick-me-up for after work or after school. Will try this out.

  8. Bookmarked right away. if you remember you are the one to inspire me to make ladoos. These are fantastic ones.

  9. Haha, Priya, even I do that with roasted sesame seeds. I keep popping them in my mouth whenever feel like munching on something. I use sesame powder in cooking os always have a box of sesame in the kitchen cabinet. Energy nut balls look so good and I am yet to try your oats poha laddu.

  10. I love sesame seeds ladoo by itself. This one is even healthier with nuts. Nice one. Jayanthi(

  11. I used to eat sesame seeds with a teaspoon of sugar. The ladoos looks like perfect energy booster with dates and nuts.

  12. Such healthey and nutritious laddoo recipe Priya. They must have tasted amazing with all those nuts nad other yummy ingredients.

  13. These cute bites are surely power packed. Love it. I can't seem to take my eyes off the tray you used in the background. Such vibrant Rajastani colors!

  14. I too love the taste of toasted sesame seeds! And I love dishes with sesame as well. This ladoo is duly being bookmarked to try out soon.

  15. These are power balls Priya! Such an addictive ladoo and so flavorful. I love the flavor of sesame in anything and everything.

  16. a wholesome and still delicious snack I am sure


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