Ladoos are a popular Indian sweet treat that is incredibly simple but everyone’s favourite. They are so easy to whip up and incredibly moreish. The original story of Ladoo’s is very interesting.
It is said that Sushruta, an ancient Indian physician used the sweet to give Ayurvedic medicines to his patients. He used these sweet balls to help him control the dose. It was also easier for the patients to consume.
For these ladoos, I have adapted the recipe from Jasmine Hemsley’s cookbook East by West. I really love this cookbook as she adapts the recipes according to your Ayurvedic type and also they are often friendly to all diet types.
For me, it’s important that they are low in the Glycemic Index so I really like they are made with almond flour. In the original recipe, she uses maple syrup which was a bit sweet for me so I substituted it with Agave syrup, but you could also use honey.
It also uses peppermint extract which I have substituted for my trusty Peppermint essential oil from DoTerra. If you don’t have that oil you can just use the peppermint extract.
In a food processor put the almond flour, 60g (¾ cup) of the desiccated coconut, the agave syrup, lime zest, vanilla extract, peppermint oil/extract, coconut oil and sea salt. Blend it all up until evenly mixed but still chunky.
Taste the mixture and add a drop more of the peppermint oil/extract if needed or adjust the sweetness accordingly by adding more agave syrup, then blend again.
Take small pieces from the bowl and roll them into bite-sized balls with the palms of your hands. This mixture should make around 20-25 small balls after refrigerate for 20 minutes until firm.
Spread out the remaining desiccated coconut and roll each ladoo in it until completely covered. Store somewhere cool or in the fridge for up to a week.
Health benefits of Peppermint Essential oil.
The peppermint plant is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint. It has a high menthol content and you often find it is used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral hygiene, Peppermint also helps relieve occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function when taken internally.* Peppermint continues to be one of the best-selling oils among dōTERRA essential oils. So these Ladoo balls make a great post-digestive dessert after a big meal. If you want to read more about Peppermint essential oil check out the Peppermint oil spotlight post all about it.
• Promotes digestive health when taken internally*
• Repels bugs naturally
How to Use it?
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. (1 large glass of water about 120ml water) Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
When ingested, promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing*
Add a drop to your favourite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist.
Place one drop in the palm of the hand with one drop of Wild Orange and one drop of Frankincense and inhale for a midday pick-me-up.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the ancient Indian way of living a healthy life. The word Ayurveda itself means knowledge of life.
'Ayur' means life and Veda means 'knowledge'
Developed alongside yoga thousands of years ago. It is seen as one of the oldest healing systems in the world. It's an ancient holistic system that aims to bring health and wellbeing from the balance between the mind, body and spirit.
It promotes good health to proactively prevent diseases. Ayurveda is an energetic system that recognizes internal imbalances that prevent us from obtaining optimum health and healing.
Essential Oil Safety
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.