Sesame Oats Ladoo

Sesame Oats Ladoo – easy sweet balls to satisfy your sweet cravings with minimal efforts and ingredients.

These easier version of the traditional til ladoos are made with rolled oats, sesame seeds and sweetened with dates.

The Indian festive season is fast approaching.

Raksha Bandhan which is only a few days away marks the beginning of the festive season in India.

It is one of my favorite festivals and one that I looked forward to all year long. From selecting beautiful rakhi for my brothers to receiving gifts from them, I have so many wonderful memories associated with this day.

The festivals are not the same here and life has changed in so many ways, yet on these days, I crave to make something sweet and celebrate the day.

This year, I am making a batch of these Sesame Oats Ladoo.

Growing up, my nani (maternal grandmother) used to make til ke ladoo (til=sesame in hindi) every year. She would make them with white sesame seeds and black sesame seeds. I used to love those ladoos and biting into these sesame oats ladoo just reminded me of my nani’s ladoo.

My nani of course made them with jaggery, so her process was more involved where she melted the jaggery first, then cooked it to correct consistency and then added sesame seeds and made ladoo.

This version is super easy and less labor intensive.

These Sesame Oats Ladoo

✔ are made with minimal ingredients.

✔ require minimal cooking time.

✔ are naturally sweetened with dates.

✔make a good source of energy.

This recipe has only 3 main ingredients- rolled oats, sesame seeds and dates. Let’s talk about each in detail.

Oats: so, I have used rolled old fashioned oats here. I like them because they have more texture than the instant oats. You can definitely use instant oats in the recipe.

Sesame seeds: white sesame seeds is what I have used here. You can easily fine sesame seeds at all Indian grocery stores, Asian stores and also online. Be careful while roasting them in the pan, they can burn quickly once they start changing color.

Dates: these ladoos are sweetened with dates, which is what binds them too. I have used medjool dates here. Make sure that the dates you use are fresh and not dry else you can have trouble binding the ladoos.

Other than these three ingredients, I have added some ground cardamom but that is optional. You can even add some cinnamon or nutmeg here if you prefer those flavors.

I also add ghee for flavor and to bring it all together. If you want to keep this vegan, use coconut oil.

Although, I love the flavor of ghee here, it’s just a bit but goes a long way.

This ladoo (or you can call them energy balls) are also great for a post-workout snack or anytime you feel like eating something sweet but don’t really want to indulge in refined sugar.

These make the perfect 4 pm snack as well. I won’t tell how many I had while making these!

If you are looking for a fuss-free dessert, then give these a try. I am sure you would enjoy these as much as we did.

Method

1- Soak the dates in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure to use fresh dates, they should not be dry. After 10 minutes, drain the water in which the dates were soaked and then remove the seed from each date and set them aside.

2- Meanwhile, add rolled oats to a pan on medium heat. Roast for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring often until oats look lightly roasted. Remove on a plate.

3- To the same pan, now add white sesame seeds. Roast on medium heat for around 4 minutes until they turn light golden on color. Remove on a plate.

4- To a food processor, now add the toasted oats, sesame seeds and the pitted dates.

5- Pulse few times until the entire mixture comes together. I don’t pulse it too much, just until the dates break and  disperse equally throughout the mixture.

6- Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add cardamom powder (if using).

7- Add ghee to the bowl (or coconut oil if you want to keep this vegan) and then use your hands to mix everything together.

8- Grease your hands lightly with ghee, take a small portion from the mixture (around 25 grams), and roll between your palms to form a round shape.

Roll each ladoo similarly. I was able to get 15 of these, each measuring around 25 to 27 grams.

Store Sesame Oats Ladoo in an airtight container. I like to keep mine in the refrigerator, lasts for extended period of time this way.

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