Laddoos are one such Indian delicacy that makes everyone drool. And when it comes to kids, I will say that they are one of the tastiest tricks to build their immunity. You ask, how so? Just keep reading because this blog is dedicated to a healthy recipe of oats and nuts laddoo. First let me just tell you about benefits of oats and nuts.
Benefits of oats for kids:
- They are brimming source of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and specially fiber.
- The natural laxative in oats makes them very easy to digest and help to prevent constipation and this one reason why oats are introduced among first foods while weaning.
- They blend in with almost everything like mango, spinach, plum and apple.
- Oats are great source of energy and help in building immunity which is very important for kids.
Benefits of nuts and dry-fruits for kids:
- Help to keep heart healthy.
- Rich is vitamins, foliate, protein, manganese and omega-3 fats.
- Good for development of brain.
- Help to boost immunity and healing power.
There are so many other benefits of oats and nuts but these are the major ones. So you see, oats and nuts happen to be an excellent combination for kid’s health and immunity and so I thought why not to combine these to make one of the healthy recipes for kids which is tasty laddoos that you can give your kids as snacks or say firs thing in the morning with milk.
Cooking time: 30 to 45 minutes
Serving: 20 to 25 laddoos
2 cups of clarified butter (ghee)
1 cup coarsely grinded nuts (cashew nuts, almonds, pistachio)
1 cup oats
1 cut wheat flour
1/2 cup coconut powder
1/2 cup jaggery
2 spoons chia seeds
1 spoon cardamom powder (optional)
Steps to follow:
- Dry roast oats and grind them to fine powder.
- Add ghee in a pan; add coarsely grinded dry-fruits once it is hot.
- Give it a few stirs, add oats powder and wheat flour to it and roast the mix properly.
- Keep stirring the mix otherwise it will get over roasted or get burnt. Once you achieve a light brown color of the mix, add coconut powder and cardamom powder and keep stirring on a low flame.
- Take a separate pan, add jaggery to it and melt it on a medium flame.
- Once done, add it to the mix.
- Mix everything properly and you will see a golden color to the mix.
- Empty this mix in a large plate and let it get warm (not cool).
- Once the mixture is warm, make laddoos of desired radius.
Important things to take care of:
- Oats tend to dry really soon, so don’t let the mix cool down completely or else you won’t be able to bind them at all.
- If you face problem in binding, you can warm the mixture in pan and then bind. I had to do this thrice.
- You can adjust the quantity of jaggery and ghee.
- Adding sunflower or pumpkin seeds will enhance the nutrition value.
- You can soak few dates for 2-3 hours, make their paste and add it along with jaggery. Adjust the amount of jaggery in this case as dates are also sweet in taste.
I hope you find this healthy recipe useful. I have reaches the measurements conclusion after almost 5 to 6 failures. But we Indians are just good at adjusting the ingredients quantity based on instincts so feel free to tweak a little.
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