Dates Walnuts & Coffee Laddu: A sugar free, fat free, gluten free vegan dessert which is ready in under 15 minutes, is packed with an impressive list of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, and can either be eaten as a dessert or snack.
With the ongoing Diwali festivities and dessert making marathon, this is a variation of one of the desserts that I created a few years back which is extremely easy, quick, simple, sugar free, gluten-free, and vegan. I was making dates and nuts laddu a few years back and half way through making the laddus, it occurred to me that why not I add instant coffee to it!! How can someone resist that idea? Coffee aur puchh puchh? I added it, and absolutely loved that surprise ingredient!
The weather is getting a little cooler, at least here in the US and in India. And dates really go well with that weather. Dates and Nuts are packed with an impressive list of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals! Also, no ghee/butter/sugar added – so this one is a relatively healthy dessert, which can be made in under 15 minutes!! My family is mostly on a sugar-free, gluten-free, fat-free diet and this recipe checks off all of those boxes. One can indulge into this nutty goodness without having to worry about anything. These healthy energy bites can also be eaten as a snack anytime.
This time I made the laddus loaded with walnuts, compared to last time where I added various nuts in almost proportions. This recipe is my submission to #fbaicaliforniawalnutmonth .
Dates Walnuts & Coffee LadduPrint Pin Recipe
- 30 pieces Dates (medium sized), pitted
- 3/4 cup Walnuts
- 1 tablespoon Pistachios, shelled optional
- 1 tablespoon Almonds optional
- 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoon Instant coffee powder I used Nescafe’ brand coffee powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Saffron
- 2 teaspoons avocado oil / olive oil Can use ghee/butter for non-vegan version
- 1 piece Edible silver foil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Nut milk for vegan version / regular milk for non-vegan version
- a few Roasted Coffee beans (optional)
- Warm the milk and add saffron to it. Keep it aside. This can be done even a few hours ahead so that the saffron is soaked well.
- Dry roast each of the nuts separately. Pulse them in food processor into medium sized pieces.
- Puree the dates in the food processor. If the dates are nice and soft, it would become a nice lump of mixture. If not, can add a few tablespoons of milk.
- Heat oil/ghee/butter in a pan (preferably non-stick) on a medium heat. Add the date mixture, and cook for about 5-6 minutes. Turn off the heat.
- Add the chopped nuts, coffee powder, and mix really well, if needed with two spatulas. It might be a bit hard, but the nuts will integrate well in couple of minutes.
- When it’s cool enough to handle, roll it into little smaller than golf ball sized laddus. My Mom loves roasted coffee beans and so for her, I added coffee beans also inside few of the laddus.
Once the laddus are rolled, put the edible silver foil on these. Then, put a small droplet of milk from the one in which saffron is soaked. Top it with a strand of saffron.Enjoy!
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