Ditch Your High-In Calorie Ladoos With Quinoa Jaggery Ladoos!

With everything going on in 2020, it is time you skip your ordinary high in calories ladoos with healthier alternatives. How about Quinoa Jaggery Ladoo? Many of you might have tried Quinoa Salad and other options, but Ladoos? Yes! This can be a unique recipe to try but why not? So, this festive season #SkipTheUsual SWEET LADOOS with Quinoa Jaggery Ladoos that are healthy and delicious. Believe us your guests would love it!

The Quinoa Jaggery Ladoo is a protein-packed, sugar-free and a gluten-free roasted delight to please your sweet tooth and healthy regime at the same time. Serve some healthy sweet to your guest this festive season.

Quinoa Jaggery Ladoo Recipe:

Ingredients:

  1. Quinoa- 1 cup or 185 gm

Rinse the Quinoa to remove the natural coating named Saponin. Saponin can make your food taste bitter. You can also use pre-rinsed Quinoa available in the market. After rinsing, air dry or sun-dry it completely to remove any wateriness.

  1. Almond Flour-2 tablespoons or 20 gm
  2. Powdered Jaggery or Brown sugar- ½ cup or 67 gm
  3. Ghee- 3 tablespoons or 35 ml
  4. Milk- 3 tablespoons or 45 ml
  5. Nuts and Raisins- as preferred
  6. Cardamom powder- ½ teaspoon

If you want to make it completely vegan, use almond milk or any other vegan milk and vegan butter.

  • Servings: 10 ladoo
  • Calories: 130 kcal

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees to roast the dry quinoa. Spread the quinoa on a baking sheet and line it with parch paper. Keep the oven at 350 F degrees and roast it for 17 minutes. Shake the tray once in the 17 minutes to have an even roasting. 
  2. You can also roast in on a flat-surfaced pan on medium heat until the quinoa starts smelling nutty. 
  3. Once the quinoa is roasted, grind it finely to a powder in a coffee or spice grinder. You can use ready-made quinoa powder as well. 
  4. Heat 1 teaspoon ghee in a pan on medium heat and add your choice of nuts and raisins to it. Stir and fry until the nuts have light golden grown colours and the raisins are all plumped up. Shift them to the bowl of quinoa powder.
  5. Now, add the jaggery powder, almond flour and cardamom powder to the quinoa powder and mix them well. Use your hands to do the mixing.
  6. Once the mixture is done, heat the pan again and melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of ghee. Add it to the bowl and mix again.
  7. Add the milk little by little to bind the mixture. Add in little portion to check how much milk you need. Mix all the ingredients together for the last time.
  8. You can divide the mixture into small portions of 35 gm or you can just take small portions according to your preference. 
  9. Round them up and press them between your palms to form the ladoo. You can just spread a very little amount of ghee on your palms to make the process easier and give the laddos a proper round shape.
  10. Repeat the process for all the ladoos and your healthy dessert is all set to be served at the table.
Quinoa Ladoos

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You can store these ladoos easily for atleast 5 to 6 days at room temperature. If you please, add a little more ghee and little less milk to give it a richer taste. Almond flour is not necessary for this recipe. But it is added to give the ladoos more flavour profile. If you want to skip it, reduce the quantity of jaggery and milk by one tablespoon. Rest, you are all set. Have a healthy festive season and eat without worries. 

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