How to Make Indian-Inspired Vegan Laddoo Balls

While living and working on a vegan farm in the south of India, I was introduced to laddoo balls.  After one bite, I fell in love with these delicious healthy treats.  After experimenting with some different ingredients, I came up with my own version of the laddoo ball, and I can tell you this:

 THEY ARE EXTREMELY SATISFYING!

We all get cravings, and if you’re like me, on a daily basis.  Instead of choosing a chocolate bar, candy, ice-cream or any other treats that are packed with refined sugar, indulging in one of these laddoo balls is guaranteed to satisfy that sweet tooth in a much healthier way.  But enough yapping, lets get making!

 

Kristen’s Indian-Inspired Laddoo Recipe:

Ingredients (original recipe makes about 30 laddoo balls):

2 1/2 Cups of Pitted Dates

1 Cup of Unsweetened Dark Chocolate or Carob (Vegan is Optional)

2 Cups of Assorted Nuts (Walnuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Pecans, Almonds)

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon of Cardamom

2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds

1 Tablespoon of Dark Cocoa Powder

1 Cup of Shredded Unsweetened Coconut

 

Directions:

1. In a food processor, combine dates, coconut, chocolate or carob, cinnamon, cardamom, chia, cocoa powder and nuts.

2. Blend for about 1 minute or until all ingredients are mixed evenly.

3.  Take a tablespoon amount of the blended ingredients in your hand and roll into a ball.

4. Place the balls onto a plate or baking sheet and place in the fridge to chill  for 25-30 minutes.

5. Try out your creation and share your thoughts below!

Once you try my Indian-Inspired Vegan Laddoo Ball recipe, you will be making them all of them time!

Once you try my Indian-Inspired Vegan Laddoo Ball recipe, you will be making them all of them time!

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 What did you think about this recipe? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!

**This video is shot with the Sony NEX 5R**

Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.

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15 Comments

  1. Rose Jacobson
    October 20, 2013 / 3:33 pm

    Well, just made another batch. Taking some Ladoo Balls to the yoga studio tomorrow. “Meditation night”. Usually after meditation class follows teaching, that is also the time that we have a healthy snack. So I will be sharing some yummy Ladoo Balls.

    • October 21, 2013 / 1:24 pm

      Awesome! Let us know what everyone thought of them. Sounds like the perfect place to share them too.

    • October 11, 2013 / 5:03 pm

      They are a little ball of heaven! I’m glad you enjoyed the video, and I could give you a good laugh:)

  2. Pina
    October 3, 2013 / 2:23 pm

    Trying this morning to make Laddoo Balls .I followed the recipe. Not sure why I cannot get them to roll

    into balls. Am I missing something?

    • Pina
      October 3, 2013 / 3:14 pm

      Okay I confess …I tweaked the ingredients a bit. Ended adding 2TBs of coconut oil Their in my fridge as I share. Just wondering have you ever froze them, as to not eat them all in one day?

    • October 3, 2013 / 7:52 pm

      Hi Pina! The dates combined with the nuts and shredded coconut should allow you to roll them into balls. The dates should have a sticky consistency. Adding coconut oil is a great idea too if they the ingredients are too dry. I have frozen them, but not for long as they are consumed fairly quickly. I actually prefer them when they are directly from the freezer. How do they taste?

  3. Rose Jacobson
    October 2, 2013 / 5:50 pm

    OMG..just made a batch they are truly decadent and completely satisfying. Guilt free I think is the best part. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks Kristen

  4. October 2, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    I can’t wait to try these! Thanks for the recipe, i’ll let you know how it goes.

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