Healthy Dates Balls, made with dates, almonds and walnuts. This nutritional powerdose, can be a quick snack or can be eaten as an early morning ritual to have a healthy start of the day. Kids love it and the dates ladoos are a boost of nutrition for them. These are ideal for a healthy sweet option during prayer times. This is a quick and easy 10 minute recipe, and I am sure your kids will want more.
Nutritional Value of Healthy Dates Balls
- Dates: Dates are high in fibre and are a great addition to your diet if your are looking to increase your fibre intake. Around 100gms of dates give around 7 gms of fibre. Fibre helps in your digestive health and promotes regular bowel movement and prevents constipation. Also fibre in dates also is beneficial to control your blood sugar levels. Dates are low in glycemic index (GI) and thus controls the sudden spike in sugar levels. They are also rich in several antioxidants which help in preventing certain chronic illnesses.
- Almonds: Almonds are the world’s best source of vitamin – E. They are rich in monounsaturated fats, fibre, protein and various other nutrients. Also being rich in magnesium make them rich in controlling type-2 diabetes.
- Walnuts: Walnuts are an excellent source of antioxidants that can help fight oxidative damage in your body, including damage due to “bad” LDL cholesterol, which promotes atherosclerosis. They are a great source of Omega-3 fat, which help reduce heart disease.
Due to the above nutritional value of the ingredients used in the dates balls, they are powerhouse of energy, nutrition and taste. They are excellent for kids and promote their overall health development.
Step-by-step process with pictures
Soak half cup almonds in water for 6-8 hours, peel them and place them in a blender.
Put them all in a blender and grind them. Now add a tsp of cinnamon powder and mix well. Now shape the ladoos into balls with hand. Enjoy!
Variations in Healthy Dates Balls
- Seeds: You can add grounded flax seeds, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds to these Healthy Dates ladoos.
- Cinnamon: In place of cinnamon, cardamom powder, nutmeg or orange zest also taste very well.
- Texture: If you are finding the texture of the ladoos too chewy, you can all some quick or rolled oats. Adjust the quantity of oats as per the chewiness you need.
- Dry Fruits: In place of walnuts, pecans can be added. You can also add some pistachios, cashews to make the ladoos more rich.
- Coconut: You can even add some dry roasted grated fresh coconut. This too will give a great taste. Make sure the coconut is pale yellow while roasting. That is when it is done.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the Healthy Dates Balls a good snack for kids?
Yes they are. Kids need high source of fibre, omega-3, proteins, healthy fats and other nutrients for their overall growth. Thus the dates ladoos make a good option for kids for their snack time eats. Also they are a healthy snack for adults.
Can I make the Dates Ladoos without a grinder?
If it always recommended to have grinder, as it will crush the ingredients properly and will be easy to shape the ladoos.
Can I shape the balls in bars?
In India, we shape them round and called them ladoos. But you can shape them in any shape you want. Just make sure while shaping in any other shape except for round, refrigerate them for about half an hour after shaping.
How to store the healthy dates balls?
Please store them in an airtight container at room temperature. Healthy dates ladoos can go on for 10 days in an airtight container.
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Healthy Dates BallsCourse: snacksCuisine: Indian, Middle Eastern
Healthy Dates Balls, made with dates, almonds and walnuts. This nutritional powerdose, can be a quick snack or can be eaten as an early morning ritual to have a healthy start of the day. This is a quick and easy 10 minute recipe, and I am sure your kids will want more.
1 cup deseeded dates
1/2 cup overnight soaked and peeled almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
- Add the dates, walnuts, almonds in a grinder.
- Grind together.
- Take the mixture out in a bowl.
- Add the cinnamon powder.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Shape them in ladoos/ balls.
- If the texture is too chewy add around 1/4 cup rolled or quick oats powder.
- If shaping in any other form, remember to refrigerate it for at least half an hour after shaping.