Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Cashew Date Energy Balls | Cashew Date Laddu (Vegan)



Energy balls or laddu are our latest fad. We love them in the healthy avatars – sans ghee, butter or refined sugar, It is really gratifying to satiate sweet cravings with something healthy and energy balls/laddu fit the bill. Who would not love the healthy sweets.  
We made Cashew and date laddu recently. There is no sugar in these balls. These are sweetened with dates. Dates are rich in several vitamins and minerals. Dates also contain calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium. Adding dates to your sweets is a good way of incorporating them into your diet.


Cashews are super nuts that belong to the family Anacardiaceae.This is the same family that includes Mango and Pistachios. Cashews are rich in proteins and minerals including copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorous and potassium. Cashews are also rich in Vitamin C, vitamin B1, B2, B3, and B6. Cashews are highly nutritious and should be added to the diet.
The combination of cashews and dates is heavenly and healthy. You may add half a teaspoon of cardamom powder if you wish.


Cashew Date Energy Balls | Cashew Date Laddu (Vegan)


Ingredients

  • ½ cup cashews
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup dates
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1teaspoon coconut oil (1 teaspoon more if the mixture is not binding)

Instructions

  1. Toast cashews until fragrant and slightly golden in colour. Set aside to cool.
  2. You can also toast the cashews in your oven. Set temperature to 150 degrees C and set the timer for 10 minutes.
  3. In a thick bottom wok, toast oats till mildly fragrant. Set aside to cool.
  4. Powder cashews.
  5. Powder oats.
  6. Wash dates. Chop them into small pieces.
  7. Transfer the dates to a wok. Add coconut oil. Cook on low flame. Soon the dates will begin to soften. Mash the dates with the back of the ladle.
  8. Add cashew powder. Add oats powder. Mix well. Turn off the heat.
  9. When the mixture is warm enough to handle, mix with your hands and mash to get a mixture of dough like consistency.
  10. Make walnut size laddu.
  11. Store cold laddu in an airtight container.




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