dry fruit ladoo

Dry Fruit Laddu (Dry Fruit Ladoo)

Updated: September 15, 2023, By Swasthi, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Dry Fruit Laddu are delicious, healthy and super quick to make Indian style energy balls. These dry fruit ladoos are great for anyone looking for healthy & nutrient dense snack. Ladoos of any kind are a favorite with my kids. So I put in some effort every week to make something quick and easy. I make dry fruit laddu very often for the mid morning snack.

dry fruit laddu

To make dry fruit laddu there are no particular measurements or method to follow. Just make them the way it is convenient, quick and easy for you. In this post I have shared 2 ways to make them.

Method 1 – The quickest method is to just chop the nuts and dry fruits with a knife. Knead the dates and figs well, just add the chopped nuts and roll to balls. But to follow this method, the dates and figs need to be really very soft. If you are accessible to medjool dates and figs that are not pressed then you can follow this method.

I make it this way when I am making just 4 to 5 ladoos to finish up on the same day. This method is good when you just have to make 4 to 6 ladoos.

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dry fruit laddu

Method 2

How to Make Dry Fruit Laddu (Stepwise Photos)

Roast Nuts and Dry Fruits

1. On a medium flame dry roast almonds and cashews until slightly aromatic.

dry roast almonds

2. Add pistas and toast for another 2 to 3 mins.

Add pistas

3. When they turn slightly golden, remove to a plate. Towards the end of roasting the almonds turn light and are easy to blend.

roasting the almonds

4. Turn off the stove and spread dates, apricots and figs in the hot pan. Please check them first for larvae or worms and deseed the dates. I used unsulphured apricots so they are discolored.

dates, apricots and figs

5. When they become slightly hot, turn them to the other side as well. This is just done for shelf life. Avoid roasting them for long as there will be loss of nutrition.


6. Cool all these. If using seeds, toast them in the same pan until aromatic. Set them aside.


7. I never chop the nuts or dry fruits before adding to blender. But if you do not have a blender that is strong enough then it is good to chop them. Open up the cashews and check. If you have a food processor you can also use it. I prefer my steel jars for this.

dry fruits

Make the Dry Fruit Ladoo

8. I usually add the dates, apricots, figs and pistachios first. Blend them in short intervals to a coarse mixture. If you have teething kids at home, then blend well. Remove the mixture to a plate.

add the dates, apricots, figs

9. Add almonds and cashews.

Add almonds

10. Pulse them a few times. I make a fine powder if my kid is teething.

fine powder

11. Remove to a plate and add the seeds as well if using.

add the seeds

12. Mix up well.

Mix up well

13. Divide the mixture to 10 to 12 portions. Gently roll to balls.

If making for kids
I further divide each ball to 5 portions for my younger kid when I pack in the school box. These ladoos are difficult to bite into for teething kids. So small portions are easier for them to enjoy.


Store the dry fruit laddu in air tight jar.

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dry fruit laddu

Dry Fruit Laddu

4.99 from 56 votes
Easy dry fruit and nuts balls for healthy snacking. These are great for people of all age groups. Dry fruit ladoo recipe uses no added sugar.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings12 laddus

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • ¼ cup cashews or kaju
  • ¼ cup almonds or badam
  • ¼ cup pista or walnuts
  • 7 to 10 dates or use more if needed
  • 6 to 8 dried apricots
  • 3 to 5 dried figs or anjeer

optional ingredients

  • 2 tbp dried coconut or copra
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 to 2 tbsps sesame seeds or any other seeds



  • On a medium heat dry roast almonds and cashews until slightly aromatic. Add pistas and fry for another 2 mins.  Turn off the stove. You can also do this in oven. Dry roast nuts in microwave for 1 minute on high.
  • Remove to a plate to cool. Add dates, apricots and figs to the hot pan and just stir them until slightly hot. This is done for shelf life. You can also skip this to prevent slight loss of nutrition.
  • If using seeds, toast them until they turn aromatic. Set these aside.
  • When all of them cool down. Add dates, apricots and figs to a blender along with pistachios.  Blend them to a slightly coarse mixture. Pieces of pista in the mixture is just fine. Please use steel or glass blender jars.  You can also use a food processor.
  • Remove to a plate and add the cashews and almonds. Pulse them a few times to get coarse mixture. If your blender doesn’t have sharp blades then it is good to chop and add them. 

How to Make Dry Fruit Laddu

  • Remove the entire blended mixture to a plate. If using seeds add them now and just knead or mix well.
  • Divide the mixture to 12 portions and roll to balls. Do not roll them too tight as the ladoo will turn hard. Gently shape them.
  • For garnishing – roll them in fine chopped pistachios or desiccated coconut or toasted poppy seeds or sesame seeds.
  • Store dry fruit laddu in airtight jar.

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)

Nutrition Facts
Dry Fruit Laddu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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What is the shelf life of these laddoos

5 stars
I was looking for a dry fruit laddu recipe that does not require soaking and frying the dates. this worked out prefect

Hi Swasthi, one thing i didn’t understood,i the fruits and nuts are dried and blended how they could be rolled while they are in powder form now…please elaborate clearly

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I love dry fruits. You have explained how to make dry fruits laddu recipy. Thank you so much for this amazing blog

Can I use salted pistachios? Would it taste too bad?

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Hi Swathi,
I really love the instructions you give to life long amateur cooks like me as I don’t like cooking. I am very thankful to you. I have shared ur recipes with my frds too. May god bless you and ur family with happiness:)

Can a 1 year old digest these laddos?


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Thanks a lot Swasthi for the detailed reply. From which age can I give these laddos?.

I really like your ayurveda knowledge too.
Can you make a post on cookware you are using as everyone are saying not to use aluminium or nonstick cookware, also not even pressure cooker as food nutrients are lost to a major extent.

Thanks a lot Swasthi..its very informative 🙂

Can I add pumpkin seeds to it .
If yes then what should be the quantity .

Do the laddoos stay soft after few days of making?


I’m a big fan of your recipes.

If I do not get figs and apricots, can I substitute with more dates and raisins? Please let me know.

Thank you ?

My son doesn’t eat dry fruits so I tried this recipe and it turned out awesome ?..
My son loved these laddus and couldn’t even recognise the ingredients in it . Thank u ?
Just one question as there is not much sweetness in it can I add jaggery to it

5 stars
I have tried a few other recipes but mine wasn’t what I was expecting. This one is a super hit with my family!!
Everyone loves it and the instructions were perfect.

Incase anyone is wondering I used a ninja food processor and all the ingredients mixed perfectly. It came out in a ball and I just had to make the sizes I want.

Hi swasthi,
Can we make this laddoo for 1 year old baby?

What to do if laddu doesn’t roll, i made it but all sepreted, can you please give me suggestion

Please tell what’s the shelf life of these ladies at room temperature.

Hi swasthi…I am adding dates almonds cashews and pista only to my ladoos …bt they r turning sour in 4-5 days …why is this happening…what can be done to stop this sourness ..plz suggest …i stay in Mumbai …and this I have made on 21 st sep bt by 26 th it turned sour …it is a rainy season here …so shd nt be a problem

U r too awesome swasthi. I find it recipes authentic and yummy. Easy methods of cooking and well explained!!!

Thanks for answering my queries…Which kind of fig u use..Is it easily available..bcoz I ask for figs so shopkeeper gives the pressed figs

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I make these laddoos..but I have to soak figs..without soaking figs when I grinded my mixer got some problem so I want to ask which company mixer r u using…and my second query is that in ur one recipe u said that skin of almond is not good for digestion..so if I give these laddoos to my kids continuously so is it ok or I should blanch almonds

Thanks for answering my queries…Which kind of fig u use..Is it easily available..bcoz I ask for figs so shopkeeper gives the pressed figs

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It look so amazing and delicious. I cannot wait to try this at home. Great Job!!!

Breakfast recipes nd dinner recipes for my baby

I want some lunch recipes for my kid he s 3yrs old

I tried badam milk powder in home really it’s too good my kid like very much everyday he is drinking milk due to dizziness powder thnk u so much

how prepaire badam milk power please tel me i have 2years baby boy