Laddus are small balls that are mildly sweet, buttery, and definitely addictive. These particular laddu are made with roasted peanuts, soft dates, and a splash of vegetable oil. They are a great, healthy(er) option to satiate hunger pangs and sweet cravings.
Date and Peanut Laddu: Indian Date and Peanut Balls [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
- 1 cup shelled peanuts
- 1 cup dates
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- Place the peanuts in a thick bottom wok. Roast them, on low flame, till the nuts begin to crackle and the color changes to golden brown. You can also toast the nuts in your oven at 300°F for 10 minutes. Leave the nuts to cool. Wash the dates and chop them into small pieces.
- Remove the skins from the nuts. Grind the nuts to a fine powder in a blender or by hand.
- Transfer the dates to the wok. Add the oil and cook them on low flame. Soon the dates will begin to soften. Mash the dates with the back of the ladle.
- Add peanut powder and mix everything well.
- Turn off the heat. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, mix it with your hands until you get a dough-like consistency. Make walnut size laddu (balls).
- Store the cold laddu in an airtight container in the refrigerator.