I was looking to make something healthy and loaded with plant-based proteins with low sugar content as a snack for my hubby who is going thru chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer. So I came up with this recipe which is a blend of Ladoo (Indian dessert) and protein bites. I used chickpea flour, coconut flakes, nuts, flax meal almond meal, ghee (clarified butter), and jaggery (unrefined cane sugar). Fun Fact: Approximately 70% of the world’s jaggery production is done in India, where it is commonly called “gur.” Jaggery is prepared without the use of any chemicals, preservatives, or synthetic additives and contains a number of proteins, minerals, and vitamins. If you do not have jaggery powder, adding brown sugar is certainly better than adding white sugar.
I rolled them slightly smaller than usual Indian ladoo sizes. It’s been a great way to pack in some protein and also satisfy those middle of the day sweet cravings. I hope you guys get a chance to try them out and love them as much as he did.
Simple Protein Bites/Ladoos
- 3 tbsp Ghee (Clarified Butter)
- 2 tbsp Gram flour/Chickpea flour
- 1 cup Peanuts
- ½ cup Cashews
- ¼ cup Sesame Seeds
- ½ cup Sweetened Coconut Flakes
- ½ cup Gluten-Free Oats
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
- ½ cup Almond Meal
- ¼ cup Flax Meal
- ¼ cup Jaggery Powder per taste
- In a flat large pan, add 1 tbsp ghee on low to medium heat
- After the ghee is hot, add cashews and peanuts and roast for a few mins on low-medium and set aside
- In the same pan, roast sesame seeds lightly (make sure not to burn) and set them aside
- Coarsely blend the peanuts, cashews, sesame seeds, oats, chia seeds, and coconut flakes
- Add 2 tbsp ghee and add Chickpea flour and roast until golden brown(keep the flame on low to medium)
- Keep stirring for at least 10 mins. Make sure it does not stick or burn. If you burn it, you will have a slightly bitter taste.
- Add the blended mix, the almond meal, flax meal to the pan.
- Mix and stir again for a few mins till you have a nice aroma
- Turn the heat off and remove it from the stovetop
- Add the jaggery powder, and mix well
- Let it sit at room temperature for at least 5 minutes (make sure the mix does not get too cold or it will be hard to roll)
- Take small amounts and roll them in your hands, the ghee in the ladoos/bites will help bind them
Always have FUN IN YOUR KITCHEN as every creation is your very own, and one of its kind masterpieces. This is my creation that I am sharing. If you do try the recipe, do tag me on my Instagram – Footprint The World and add the tag #footprinttheworld as it’s always so fun to see the different variations.