These dry fruit laddus will supply you with energy and are a powerhouse of vital nutrients, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids.
What is laddu (laddoo)?
Laddu or Laddoo is a famous Indian sweet often served with festive or religious events. Laddus are usually made with flour, grains or semolina, fat, oil, nuts, dried fruits, and seeds. We made these dry fruits laddus without any sugar, butter, or oil. They are healthy energy balls made with dry fruits and flavored with spices. This recipe has been passed through generations prepared with the wisdom of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda, India’s ancient holistic system of health
Ayurveda is the oldest health science in India. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on the balance between the mind, body, and spirit. To have good health, mind, spirit, and body need to be in harmony. In India, you can find an Ayurvedic doctor in every street. In the West, Ayurveda is a form of alternative complementary medicine.
The term Ayurveda contains two words in Sanskrit, Ayur + Veda. ‘Ayur’ means ‘longevity’ and ‘Veda’ means ‘science’. You must have heard of the sentence ‘you are what you eat’. This is exactly what Ayurveda believes. Food affects mind and body. So it’s very important to maintain a good diet and to understand which foods best suit your mind and body.
In Ayurveda it’s all about fresh food and the concept of leftover food doesn’t exist. Food that isn’t fresh contains preservatives and may look tempting, it had undergone various chemical processes that can cause damage to our microflora.
You might wonder, if everything should be healthy and fresh how can I satisfy my cravings for sweets and snacks? When you’re trying to lose weight or live more healthy junk food and candy are often the first foods to eliminate. Laddu is an Indian traditional sweet that isn’t only delicious, it also has many health benefits
The Magical Medicinal Benefits of Laddu
Laddus are sweets used as an offering to god and a must-have on festive platters. The word Laddu comes from the Sanskrit word ‘ladduka’ which means small ball. They are not only a sweet treat, but they also offer healing benefits. These energy balls have the capacity to strengthen your immunity. Originally laddus were made for medicinal purposes. With time new variations from its original recipe made it to cookbooks. Laddus can heal the wounded, strengthen pregnancy, and improve the body’s forces.
The ingredients of this recipe are just almonds, walnuts, cashews, sesame seeds, dried apricots, dates, dried figs, cardamom, cinnamon, and a few drops of vanilla. All these nutrients together will provide you with these health benefits:
- Lower your cholesterol
- Improve your digestion system due to it’s high amount of fibers and minerals
- Healthy skin and hair
- Lower blood pressure
- Strengthen your bones due to the calcium an potassium content
- It has anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting properties
- Helps maintain blood sugar levels
- Improve brain function due to the cashews that contain healthy fats and calcium
This is just a shortlist of all its health benefits so I don’t see any reason why not to make a stack of these Ayurvedic Dry Fruit Laddus. You can either eat them with breakfast or as a snack in between meals. Store them in an airtight container and keep them in the freezer so you’ll be able to enjoy them for a long time!
Ayurvedic Dry Fruit Laddus
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup cashews
- ½ cup sesame seeds
- 1 cup dried apricots
- 2 cups dried seedless dates
- 1 cup dried figs
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- few drops vanilla
- In a pan dry roast the almonds, walnuts and cashews until they turn golden brown.
- Blend together in a blender until they are chopped into small pieces.
- Mix the nuts with dry apricot, dates and figs in the blender until all finely chopped.
- Add the spices and a few drops of vanilla essence and mix well.
- Make balls with your hands and roll them in a bowl of sesame seeds. Store them in a airtight container.