It is late evening. The sky is packed with clouds, gray and heavy. Our little one sees his favourite cartoon characters in the clouds. He squeals with joy. Our elder one spots animals. A strong breeze blows. Clouds change shapes and so do the characters. The breeze shakes the tree tops and there is a pitter patter of ripe jamuns falling on the dry leaves. Kids rush to collect the fruits and a Barbet drinking from the pot is caught unawares. She is bewildered.
Soon the clouds spread like a gray film on the sky and it begins to drizzle. Kids’ giggles are audible as they run around in the cool showers.
The kitchen is active. Dinner is being cooked. And, some healthy sugar-free laddus are also being made.
When hunger comes at odd hours, we enjoy these healthy sugar-free laddus. These are laddus in a new avatar. We prepare them every weekend and enjoy round the week. You can take them on journeys and picnics as well. It takes less than 20 minutes to prepare these guilt free laddus.
Peanut Oats and Honey Laddu (Gluten-free and Sugar-free)
- 2 cups roasted peanuts
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup Honey or maple syrup for vegan version
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla essence
- Take roasted peanuts in a grinder and grind till you get a fine powder.
- Add oil and salt and grind till you get peanut butter (almost). You will have to keep scraping the mixture down the sides and keep grinding to get peanut butter. It is ok even if the peanut butter is not creamy.
- After 10 minutes, add 1 1/4 cup oats and honey. Add vanilla. Mix once
- The mixture will be dough-like in consistency. Take a spoonful of mixture and press to see if you can make a laddu. If it is not holding shape, add remaining oats.
- Take a tablespoon of mixture and make laddus.
- Store in an airtight container. Refrigerate if making in summers.