Toasted Coconut Cashew Date Laddoos

29 Aug

Name too long, I couldn’t think of anything better to describe this recipe :-). Have a better idea then just leave it in the comments. Mind you it is a kid friendly website :-). I must confess, before I made these aromatic toasted coconut cashew date laddoos I just wasn’t a big fan of dates. I started to eat them because of my diet that called for eliminating processed sugars with more natural forms. A word of caution it does have approx 8-9 grams of sugar per date, so keep a watchful eye. I just love to eat something sweet after a meal.

medjool-dates-cashews-coconut-balls-recipe-ladoo-recipe Nuts, Coconut and Date Balls Recipe

I found ripe dates are mushy and work as a great binder. Also you have to toast the coconut as fresh grated coconut goes bad  specially if it is hot. Laddoo( in hindi) is a word used for sweets that are round in shape. My first try of these aromatic goodness was with just cashews. On my second try I decided to add a Goan influence of coconut and cardamom.
Fyi Indians use cardamom to flavor the desserts, while cinnamon is more popular in the US.


Vegetarian Vegan Friendly Dates Recipe

Serving : 12-13 gumball sized

12-14 medjool dates
6 oz of roasted / raw cashews
4 cardamom seeds pounded
3.5 oz of lightly toasted coconut
Pinch of salt

• In a non stick pan add grated coconut and on medium low heat toast the coconut till light golden brown.
• In a mixing bowl, first de-seed the dates and smash it with a fork or use your fingers.
• Roughly chop the cashews and add it to the mixing bowl.
• Next add the toasted coconut, crushed cardamom and mix it well with your hands. It should have a dough ball consistency.
• Divide into equal portions depending on the size of date balls you want.
• Shape each portion to a smooth ball.


Toasted coconut Cashews Date Laddoos

Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Enjoy it as a healthy snack or with a nice cup of tea. Its is vegetarian and vegan friendly.

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51 Responses to “Toasted Coconut Cashew Date Laddoos”

  1. 50djohnson August 29, 2014 at 6:57 pm #


  2. esse636 August 30, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    yum. yum. yum

  3. Chitra Jagadish August 30, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    Oh my rich and delectable Ladoos Nandini. ..

    • Nandini August 30, 2014 at 9:12 am #

      Thank you so much Chitra …I love me some good Ladoos 🙂

  4. Eve MEL Thomson August 30, 2014 at 5:58 am #

    Sounds delicious! These ingredients are always in my I’m going to make it!

    • Nandini August 30, 2014 at 9:14 am #

      That is awesome Eve… yes you got to try these. Let me know how it works for you 🙂

  5. Lorraine August 30, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    Back in the 70’s my grandma used to make these no bake Date Bars using Rice Crispies and coconut, this reminds of them!

    • Nandini August 30, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      Aww… Lorraine that is such a sweet memory 🙂 I wasn’t very fortunate to meet my grandparents on either of my parents side and I think its a priceless experience that we can ever have. I am happy my kids have this opportunity.

  6. essbee14 August 31, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    Ooh – these look incredible! I kind of scoffed at dates back in the day, but now I find they perfectly satisfy the bite of sweet I crave after a meal.

    • Nandini August 31, 2014 at 8:57 am #

      So true….guess we all go through that transitions as we get wiser about our food choices 🙂

  7. healthypaleokitchen August 31, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    it seems sooooooooooo yummie 🙂

  8. lissonjm August 31, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    looks delicious! I will definitely be trying this out 🙂

    • Nandini August 31, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

      Thanks! that is awesome 🙂

      • 50djohnson August 31, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

        I cannot wait to try these due-dates!! They remind me of my aunt. She always made a powdered sugar rolled date loaf at Christmas! thanks for taking the time to read and “like” “Someone Hear, someone Listen”.

        • Nandini September 1, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

          Thank You Debbie :-). I hope you do give this recipe a try. They taste really good.

  9. My Masala Life September 1, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Omg these look amazing!!! Cant wait to make them!! Thanks

    • Nandini September 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  10. Brooke Ridgeway September 2, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    These look amazing!

    • Nandini September 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

      Thanks Brooke, appreciate your kind words 🙂

  11. Sandhya September 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    These laddoos have all my favorite ingredients. I will definitely make them!

    • Nandini September 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

      That is so good to know Sandhya 🙂

  12. Zoe September 3, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    I love dates so much. So much that they hardly ever last long enough for me to make something out of them! But these look like they might well be worth saving the dates for 🙂

    • Nandini September 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

      Yes Zoe, you have to try these. Specially the toasted coconut and cardamom make it addictive 🙂

  13. camparigirl September 4, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Oh my! this is mouthwatering..

  14. Loretta September 5, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    Yum, yum, yum Nandini, love this… and I love the fact that they are a version of ladoos. Dates and cashews?? What’s not to love there. I’m going to try them ASAP, like you say, it’s a healthier version of something sweet after dinner. Great job!

    • Nandini September 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

      Yes Loretta, much healthier and equally satisfying then ladoos. And thanks for all the encouragement 🙂

  15. Meredith September 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    Reblogged this on Covey View and commented:
    Wonderful recipe from a new friend, Nandini.

    • Nandini September 9, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

      Thank you so much Meredith, appreciate it very much 🙂

  16. 50djohnson September 11, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    I’m making these today!! I can’t wait. yahoo!!

    • Nandini September 11, 2014 at 11:14 am #

      Let me know how it goes 🙂

      • 50djohnson September 12, 2014 at 11:11 am #

        Due to an unexpected doctor’s appointment, I didn’t get to make them, YET!!

        • Nandini September 12, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

          I hope all is well…

        • Debbie Johnson September 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

          I’m making them tonight!!! I’ll let you know!!

          • 50djohnson September 14, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

            I LOVE them!!!Thanks so much!

          • 50djohnson September 14, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

            They are a keeper!! Wonderful recipe~~

            • Nandini September 15, 2014 at 11:56 am #

              That is so awesome Debbie, I am so happy you liked them and tried out my recipe 🙂

              • 50djohnson September 15, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

                We had friends over, she makes date balls all the time.. she told she liked these better. I think it was the toast3ed cashews and cardamom. Anyway, they were delish!

  17. 50djohnson September 18, 2014 at 4:58 am #

    I was just wondering, how long have you been blogging?

    • Nandini September 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

      Since last Aug 2013…

      • 50djohnson September 21, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

        I made them and they were delicious!!!! I’ve never used cardamom. It is sooo good.

        • Nandini September 21, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

          Debbie that is sooo… good to know you liked the recipe. And its nice too that you tried cardamom. It is a great replacement for cinnamon in any dessert. You can use it as well for making tea 🙂

          • 50djohnson September 21, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

            I wrote a family cookbook, so I know how wonderful is the feeling when someone shares the enthusiasm of something you, too, think is wonderful!!!

            • Nandini September 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

              That is true Debbie :-). You have a great nite!

  18. inbloomagain September 18, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    Sounds soooo good =) And it’s vegan too! yey! Definitely gonna try this!

    • Nandini September 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

      Yes it is, my husband and I really enjoyed them after our meals 🙂 and it sure is vegan.

  19. mamajer December 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    Reblogged this on jerriaubrythequeenofsweets.

    • Nandini December 4, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

      Thank You so much JerriAubry, appreciate the reblog :-).

  20. wwwpalfitness September 30, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.

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