Pumpkin – Almond Laddus


Enough of food for thought and emotions! Time to make some food for the body.
Since it’s fall and pumpkin time, I bought sprouted pumpkin seeds and was bowled over by their nutritional value. Eating a few of them was fulfilling. I like making sweets for my daughter who likes them. I thought of making pumpkin laddus for her. Initially, I just wanted to check how they turn up. I powdered a few pumpkin seeds and wanted to mix the laddu with coconut oil. I added too much coconut oil and it was too thin to make a laddu. I added blanched almond powder to it and made laddus. They turned out awesome. I want to share the recipe with all of you. I will not post any pictures as of now. The recipe is too simple to make.

Ingredients:
1. 1 cup of sprouted pumpkin seeds (I used Harvested for you sprouted pumpkin seeds). Normal pumpkin seeds might work too.
2. 1 cup of blanched almond floor.
3. 3/4th cup of jaggery or palm sugar
4. Virgin coconut oil. I did not measure the quantity. If it’s difficult to make the mix into balls, add some more.
5. 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder.

Process:
Make the pumpkin seeds powder using a mixer or food processor.
Take a pan and add a 2-3 table spoons of coconut oil. Put it on a low flam and add almond powder. Mix it properly and let it be on low flame for 2-3 minutes.
Add pumpkin seeds powder, jaggery and cardamom powder. Add 2-3 table spoons of coconut oil to it and mix it thoroughly on low flame for another 2-3 minutes and keep the pan aside and allow the mixture to cool.

After it is cool enough to handle make laddus (balls) using your hands.

Please note that the flame has to be low enough to release the aroma. You do not want to loose the nutritional values of almonds and pumpkin seeds.

Try it and let me know how they taste.

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