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Date and Nut Ladoo

This recipe is for Date and Nut Ladoo, or Candy as we call them at home. For my grand kids they are like candy and they love it. Adapted from my friend Renu’s recipe, when I tried this ladoo for the first time, I said WOW. I could not believe the main ingredient was only dates. That surprised me because I am not very fond of dates. This was the first time I have tasted date ladoos flavored with coco powder. This is a quick and easy recipe. Like me if you are using roasted nuts then there is a little or no cooking involved? This is a guilt free healthy snack (no sugar or butter added). Date ladoos are also vegan and gluten free. It’s hard to eat just one!

Preparation time 5 minutes

Cooking time 10 minutes

This recipe will make 18 ladoos.

Date and Nut Ladoo (Healthy Indian Candy) Recipe by ManjulaIngredients:

  • 1 cup dates pitted and chopped (khajoor)
  • 1-1/2 cups mixed nuts roasted and roughly chopped, I am using almonds, pistachios, cashews, and pecans
  • 2 tablespoons coco powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon oil to oil your palms


  1. Soften the chopped dates in microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Blend the dates in the food processor until they become to the paste, this should take about 10 seconds, add coffee, coco, and salt blend it again until all the ingredients nicely incorporated about 10 seconds. Add the nuts to the food processor and blend it for about 15 seconds. Nuts should be still chunky.
  3. Remove from food processor, oil your palm and knead the mix into dough, and divide them into 18 equal parts and roll them into ladoos.
  4. Dates and nuts ladoos can be stored in air tight container for a month or more.

Notes: if you do not have roasted nuts dry roast them individually for about 3 minutes on medium heat and use your choice of nuts.

You will also like to see Date and Raisin Chutney


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40 thoughts on “Date and Nut Ladoo

  1. Thank you for this wonderful, easy Ladoo recipe. Even those who don’t like dates in my family loved this recipe. It’s so simple, fast to make and very yummy. I appreciate your videos and your very clear instructions with precise measures.

  2. Hi Manjula Aunty,

    Can we make this recipe using dried dates?
    Since I’m not much of a dessert specialist, how would we pick the right kind of fresh dates for the recipe in case dried dates won’t work for the recipe?
    Appreciate any advice you give me as I’d like to make these for my family and work colleagues 🙂

  3. Hi Manjula Aunty
    Its always difficult to find good recipe without onion garlic but your site helps us this way !! Thanks a lot for sharing these.
    One thing that I cant stop myself mentioning that u resemble my mom a lot ….specially the time when you give cooking instruction….this is another reason why ur recipes always brings more taste for me .

    1. Figs especially dried figs should not be taken more than one and half in a day because it is hot in nature and can cause different complications in digestion, so better to avoid in large quantity.

  4. Dear Auntie,
    Thanks so much for putting such delicious vegan recipes on your website also. I was so lucky to grow up eating your food! I have for past few years given up eggs, meat, cheese/dairy, etc. and love cooking delicious vegan foods at home. Even though my kids and wife are not vegan, they still enjoy many of my vegan dishes. We at least stopped buying eggs and milk so I make plenty of tofu scramble / cheela omelette instead of eggs. I love to cook/experiment in the kitchen and “veganize” old recipes.

    For this recipe, I want to try it using carob powder. Amita bought some and I tasted it last time when I visited. It has a very pleasant sweet flavor, almost reminds me of chocolate but I think it would do well in your recipe for those wanting to avoid cocoa or coffee.

    1. Ashwini, You may use carob powder as cocoa powder replacer. I have used carob powder so many times as cocoa powder replacer. It goes well in cakes as well. The amount is same as cocoa powder.

  5. Dear Manjulaji,
    What is the coffee meant for? Is it absolutely neaded for the taste? Or can it be substituted with something else? I would like to make caffeine-free ladddoos

  6. Hi Manjuji

    Its very good recipe and I’ll try to make this one .
    Its my hobby to cook many Gujarati sweet at my home.
    Is this sweet okay for fast? (Upvas)

  7. this recipe would be ideal to take for PRASAD at religious ceremonies.so quick and easy to make.
    i have done so
    thank you Manjulaji for a great recipe.

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