One of the exotic nut that is a wonder food but not very often used, may be due to its bitter taste or to its appearance or what so ever. Though we know that Walnuts have numerous health benefits, we end up limiting the quantity of usage either for topping or for tossing a few into our mouth, but we do not use them regularly.
Numerous researches concluded that using them regularly is crucial for the benefit. Some of the health benefits of walnuts are
1. Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which may improve blood lipids and other cardiovascular disease risk factors.
2. Adding walnuts to the diet may benefit bone health
3. Studies have found that a diet supplemented with walnuts may positively impact individuals with diabetes.
4. Walnuts may be linked to improved cognitive and motor function.(brain food)
5. Research is showing that walnuts may help fight certain types of cancer.
To make walnut ladoo, I have used coconut palm sugar which is a healthy substitute for refined sugar. Jaggery or palm sugar can also be used. Palm sugar is unrefined and unbleached which allows it to retain all of its original nutrients. Palm sugar made from coconut trees is a low GI sweetener and is considered healthier than white and brown sugar. It is rich in potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, nitrogen and sodium .Potassium and nitrogen help prevent cardiovascular disease. Magnesium and sodium are necessary for proper nerve function, and zinc increases brain function. Iron is necessary for blood health and a strong immune system — to help stay well and recover from illnesses. The phosphorus in coconut palm sugar helps kidneys function and promotes cell health.
find the complete recipe of walnut ladoo below
walnut ladoo recipe – no ghee, no sugar healthy sweet
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
- 1 cup walnuts heaped
- 1 cup poha aval, beaten rice or cornflakes
- ¾ cup palm sugar or jaggery or palm jaggery
- ¼ tsp cardamom powder
How to make the recipe
- Dry roast beaten rice on medium high flame till they turn crispy. (Do not discolour them by burning)
- Dry roast walnuts. Set aside to cool. Grate jaggery or palm sugar.
- Once the beaten rice is cooled, just crush them with palms to get tiny crisps.
- Powder the walnuts in a mixer, add jaggery and blend.
- Add this mixture with the beaten rice crisps and knead well and make small balls or walnut ladoo.