Winter Special Healthy and Nutritious Ladoo - No Sugar / No Jaggery.

Hello Foodies,
           Here is my winter wonder ladoo recipe, no sugar, no jaggery added. This is the season to
get cushy, and that means healthy, tasty treats for you and your family. For nutritious and satisfying dessert for this winter, you have come to the right place. When the temperature drops and winter rolls in, then it's a perfect time to eat this guilt-free, sweet wonder ladoos. My Aai(Mom) taught me to cook, and I use lots of recipes from her collection including this ladoos. She used to make this comforting, no sugar ladoos when I was growing up. Ground poppy seeds add a pleasant fruitiness, and I find irresistible. This yummy dessert is a healthy treat to start or to end of the day. I always waited eagerly for the first bite. These little balls are good for kids, grown-ups, adults and for pregnant women too. Simply dry roast all the ingredients grind it, then roll to make a ladoos and watch them disappear! A topping of crunchy poppy seeds is an unexpected, pleasant and nutty twist.
            The foundation of a healthful diet is whole grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and seeds. The fat contained in nuts and seeds is mostly monounsaturated fat, a form of fat now generally thought to be better for health than saturated fats. Dates are incredibly versatile and make a delicious dessert. They are sticky, which makes them useful binder in many recipes like, energy bars, smoothies, and cookies.


Why dates?

       Dates are naturally sweet and are an obvious choice for sugar-free preparations. Dates are a healthy substitute for white sugar in dessert because of their sweet taste, nutrition, antioxidants.
Why Flax Seeds are good for winter?
         Flax seeds are the richest source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. It is an excellent alternative to omega-3 fats in fish for people with a seafood allergy or people those are vegan or vegetarians and people who sensitive to gluten.
Why Sesame seeds?
          Sesame seeds are one of the popular winter food and are used in many Indian recipes. It is an excellent source of zinc. Our body needs zinc for proper growth and development. Zinc plays a role in the manufacturing of new proteins and blood, and it helps to protect your body's immune system.
Why Poppy seeds?
            In Indian cuisine, Poppy seeds are added for thickness, texture and to add the aroma to the recipes. It is a rich source of dietary fiber, which helps to prevent constipation. Also an excellent source of zinc which helps to boost bone health.
Why Almonds?
               Almonds are the best source of vitamin E. They are low in carbs and high in fiber, healthy fats, magnesium, and protein. These nuts are the healthiest foods you can eat.
Why ghee?
            Ghee is a staple of Indian cuisine and Ayurvedic medicine. Ghee contains vitamin E, the most powerful antioxidants. Ghee works an excellent fat burner besides providing lubrication to joints and keeps skin soft.

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes; Cooking Time: 10 Minutes.
Each Ladoo contains 100 calories.

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Ingredients:

  • Flaxseeds ¼ Cup
  • Sesame seeds ¼ Cup
  • Poppy seeds ¼ Cup
  • Almonds ¼ Cup
  • Dates ½ Cup (75 g)(seedless)
  • Ghee 2 Tsp

Instructions:

  • Grind dates and keep aside.
  • Dry roast flax seeds, sesame
    seeds, poppy seeds for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.
  • Grind dry roasted flaxseeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and almonds to make a powder(save 1 Tbsp of Poppy seeds to roll ladoos).
  • Heat ghee in a pan and add grounded dates and saute for a minute or 2.
  • Now add grinded seeds and almond powder and saute and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn off the flame and let the mixture cool.
  • Take a handful portion of prepared mixture and roll to make a ladoos.
  • Roll prepared ladoos into dry roasted poppy seeds.
  • Tadaa, nutritious, crunchy and sweet winter wonder ladoos are ready. Enjoy!!!

My Take:

  • To make vegan version: you can use coconut oil or vegan butter instead of ghee.
  • Once ladoos prepared you can roll them into sesame seeds or crushed dry nuts instead of poppy seeds.
  • If you need it sweeter, you can increase the quantity of dates according to your taste.
  • You can add dry nuts of your choice.

Dietary Comments

  • It makes 10 servings. And based on a 2000 calorie diet, per serving contains 100 calories, along with 9 g carbohydrates, 3 g dietary fiber, 6.94 g fats, and 3 g protein.

Health Benefits of Winter Ladoos:

  • Dates, Poppy seeds, Sesame seeds, Flaxseeds are a great source of iron.
  • Iron is one of mineral that forms part of the hemoglobin of red blood cells and helps carry oxygen to body's cells and being part of myoglobin that provides oxygen to the muscles in your body. When your iron stores are low, you can't get enough oxygen and form of anemia results, and you may feel tired.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids - Flax seeds are the most abundant source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Weight loss - flax seeds are full of healthy fats and fiber, it will help you to feel satisfied longer so you will eat fewer calories overall which may lead to weight loss.
  • For vegan or vegetarians - flax seeds may also be an excellent alternative to omega-3 fats in fish for people with a seafood allergy or people those are vegan or vegetarians.
  • Gluten sensitivity - Using flax is a great way to naturally replace gluten-containing grains. So, flax seeds are great for those who have Celiac disease or have a gluten-sensitivity.
  • Digestion - Flax is very high in soluble and insoluble fiber which can also improve digestive health, and it is beneficial​ to eat flax to relieve constipation naturally.
  • Flaxseeds are a good source of essential fats and b-vitamins which can help reduce dryness and flakiness skin and scalp.
  • Sesame seeds have properties of fighting, preventing, and reversing illness and disease.
  • Sesame is the best option for high protein in a vegetarian diet. 
  • The high content of zinc which helps to boost bone mineral density and bone health as a whole.
  • Dates may promote and ease natural labor for pregnant women when consumed during the last few weeks of pregnancy.
  • Dates contain several minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and potassium and are beneficial for bone health.

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!

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