Dates Ladoo (Date Nut Ball Recipe)
Dates ladoo recipe under 15 minutes. These date nut balls are so easy to make that I almost make these twice a week in small quantities to pack in my kids’ snack box for their school. You can very much use your favorite nuts like walnuts, almonds, peanuts and pistachios. Even seeds like pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds too go well in them.
There is no end to the number of variations you can make to these dates laddo recipe. Add in some Choco chips, cocoa bits, desiccated coconut, copra, dried figs, apricots or raisins.
Most times I make these with some grated copra since it is high in calcium. If you have fussy kids, do give them a ladoo regularly.
To make dates laddu, we don’t need any ghee or oil. No sweetener is needed either. If you are not using pitted dates, you will have to remove the seeds.
You can blend the nuts coarsely or use them chopped. You can grate the copra and use.
More ladoo recipes
Dates mawa ladoo
Dry fruits ladoo
Sesame seeds ladoo
How to make Dates Laddu
To make on stove
1. Dry roast nuts for few minutes until crunchy. Transfer to a plate and cool.
2. If using sesame seeds, add them to the same pan. Toss them for 30 seconds. Turn off the heat.
3. Grate copra if using.
4. Cool all of these and chop the nuts. I sometimes also add them to the blender and powder them.
5. Remove the seeds from dates and chop them.
6. Medjool dates I use are quite soft even without warming up. But if the dates are hard, heat them in the pan to soften.
7. Mix the dates and nuts. Knead them.
8. Make ladoos of desired size. Roll them in dried coconut.
To make dates laddu in microwave
I just microwave the nuts for 2 minutes, stirring between every 40 seconds. Add dates to the same plate and microwave for less than 30 seconds to soften them. To the hot plate I add desiccated coconut.
Knead the dates till smooth. Add the nuts only as needed and mix well.
Make dates laddu and roll them in coconut.
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- 20 dates large , pitted
- ¼ cup nuts mixed (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts)
- 1 tbsp Desiccated Coconut (optional)
- Dry roast nuts for few minutes if on stove top, set them aside to cool. or Add them to a microwave safe tray and microwave for about 2 minutes. Stir in between at least twice.
- To the same pan, add dates and heat them till turn soft. If in a microwave, add dates to the same tray, microwave for about 30 to 60 seconds to soften them.
- Add desiccated coconut if using.
- Knead or blend the dates in a blender. Set the blended dates aside. Add nuts to the blender and pulse them coarsely or chop them.
- Mix dates and nuts well. or Together blend them in the blender.
- Take small portions and roll them to balls.
- You can roll the dates laddu in dried coconut to give a special look.
You can try using sesame seeds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds or Choco chips
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)
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Hi wonderful recipes , this is a go to blog for me for any recipe I need always….
I have a doubt while blending dates in mixie jar it gets heated up n is often pretty hard to grind , do u suggest soaking dates overnight or grinding in food processor instead ???
Thanks a ton
Thank you. Try using a food processor. I use soft dates like Medjool. You can soak them but they won’t last long. Dates often begin to ferment in a few days after coming in contact with moisture. They may smell sour too. So you need to cook the soaked dated which is a lot of work. Actually when you shop, try squeezing the pack to check the softness. Mine are so soft that I can mash them with my fingers. Hope this helps.
The dates and dry fruits ladoo recipe is wonderful
Thank you Ahmed
Glad you like them
Easy to make & delicious
I just tried this recipe and the outcome was fantastic! I only had dried coconuts almonds and walnuts with me so that was what I used, but I want to try it again with different kind of nuts next time. Such a healthy snack too.
Thank you! Glad to know!
Yes you can use.
Thank you Swasti for all your amazing recipes and all the thorough descriptions on how to achieve the best results. So wonderful!
some of the best recipes for kids. I am a fan of your recipes.
Thank you so much Shalini
Iam a great fan of your fast and simple recipes.one request from me is why don’t you create an app.it helps all of us to see your recipes more easily than searching from Google every time.
And if you all ready have an app pls do inform me.??
Thanks for following the recipes. We do not have a app yet.
This dry fruits ladoo is yummy one doubt if it is a bit watery can I add roasted poha and peanut powder for binding
Yes you can add poha and peanut powder. But it doesn’t have moisture (watery) so it will be dry. If it is too sticky then you can add peanut powder, dry coconut , poha etc.
Looks yummy and I can already feel the taste. Could you please tell if it is 1/4 cups of each nut or 1/4 cups of all the nuts mixed together?
I have used 1/4 cup mixed nuts together
Lovely and tasty recipe
Thanks. my kids love these
very good recipes
Looking so good. I m gonna try this..
Do try 🙂