Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Oats & nuts laddoo

Allergy warning:  This recipe contains peanuts and other nuts.
Many schools, daycares,  child care facilities, Social and public places  in Canada are peanut free zones.  Especially ,the kids areas are restricted and strictly supervised.  It is restricted to the extent that kids cannot bring a snack which contains nuts, nor can they bring a Birthday cake to the school which is  prepared in peanut processing unit .  Kids safety is the primary concern in these places because allergy to nuts is a serious condition in Canada.  It is life threatening and  sometimes can prove fatal.   Poor kids has to remember to carry epipens with them to schools and other places. There is nothing much we can do about it, except preventing them from getting exposed to such incidents.  

Oats and nuts laddoo is the healthiest snack .  It is a power packed healthy snack.  Have a couple of it for breakfast or pack it for your office snack.  The goodness of the nuts and the properties of oats makes it the healthiest snack. Especially, if it  prepared in a healthy way , dry roasted, powdered and rolled into sweet edible balls. It is not just healthy but inexpensive to make,  long storage life and easy to take with you, on the go....

Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet can be good for the heart. Nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids  i.e good fats  that your body needs such as mono saturated and poly saturated fats. They are  also rich in omega-3 which are good for the heart and the brain.  All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower the cholesterol.

The other main ingredient of this recipe  is OATS
Oats is the significant sources of dietary fiber. The fiber has proven effective in lowering blood cholesterol. Oats, like other grains  contain hundreds of phytochemicals (plant chemicals) that can reduce a person's risk of getting cancer.The soluble fiber of oats  when consumed,  forms a gel. The gel delays stomach emptying making you feel full longer which helps with weight loss

Oats and nuts Laddoo
Oats  - 1 cup dry roasted
Peanuts -   1/4 cup  dry roasted
Cashews - 1/4 cup dry roasted
Almonds - 1/4 cup dry roasted
Sesame seeds  -   2 tbsp dry roasted
Jaggery  - 1/2 cup  Powdered or grated
Cardamom powder -  1/2  tsp
Pure Ghee - 4 tbsp approx

Take a pan dry roast peanuts, cashews, almonds, sesame seeds, oats separately for few minutes  till golden brown. remove from heat and transfer into a bowl.

In a blender  coarsely grind all  the nuts and oats separately.

Grind or grate jaggery.

In a bowl mix  all the ground ingredients , add cardamom powder and ghee. Mix and
knead  all the ingredients well. Divide the mixture into equal portions and make  it like round balls (ladoos).

 This can be stored in a air tight container for more than a week.

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