Spiced Date Energy Balls
AKA Date Laddos 🥰
If you grew up around Indian people, you know that we have a lot of festivals. Indians love to celebrate and most of our holidays are focused around food and spirituality. Of course food is a common theme for most cultures. However, between the Indian and American holidays, I get overwhelmed with the amount of sugar during the Fall season.
I make these energy balls every Diwali and it is a hit. If you are like me, and have a hard time with sugary foods in the Fall, try this recipe and I guarantee you will make these all the time. They also work as a fantastic post-workout snack.
Makes 15-16 Ladoos
1/2 C of Mixed Raw Unsalted Nuts*
1 1/2 C of Dates (pits removed)
1/4 Tsp of Cardamom powder
1/4 Tsp of Cinnamon powder
1/4 Tsp of Ginger powder
2 Tsp of Rose water
Freshly Grated Coconut
On low to medium flame, add the nuts and toast them for a few mins. You want to release the aroma but you do not want to brown them.
Add the nuts, spices, rose water, and pitted dates to a food processor and mix everything until well combined.
In a mixing bowl, add the nut/date mixture and knead everything into a ball using clean hands.
Use a Tbs to scoop out the dough and roll into individual balls.
Optional: You can coat these in cocoa powder, fresh coconut or a chocolate glaze for an extra yum factor. If you use the chocolate glaze, make sure to let it cool down for 30-45 minutes before eating.
Store these in an airtight container. Keep them in the fridge after a couple of days. I would consume the coconut covered ones within a week as the recipe calls for fresh coconut.
* You can use any combination of nuts. I have used a combination of almonds, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, and walnuts. all combinations work great. Make sure they are raw and unflavored nuts.
If you make these energy balls, make sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram.