Besan,almond and peanut butter laddoo is melt in your mouth delicious! Taking all of 20 minutes, these laddoos are a twist on the much adored Indian mithai. Not only does peanut butter make the laddoos delicious, it also means you can finally indulge in a “ghee free” mithai. Dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled on top with mixed seeds, pistachios and a bit of edible gold dust, these besan,almond and peanut butter laddoo are perfect for festivals, get togethers, in the kids lunchbox and for midnight snacking.
As we all Indians are aware, its going to be Rashabandhan soon enough. Every year I spend the day thinking of my younger brother and the times we have spent together. All the fun moments, the sibling squabbles, the way he has always stood by me and how he’s my support system. Today as I went about making these delicious besan,almond and peanut butter laddoos he was all i could think of. Well he and my sister.
This besan,almond and peanut butter laddoo is a very simple dessert you can make ahead and store for festivals. Takes about 30 minutes to have a plate of this delicacy ready and savoured. Naturally gluten free almond and chickpea flour mean they are even GF friendly and can be had by everyone. And since we add a full jar (200gm) of peanut butter into it, it doesn’t even need ghee. Well not as much as a traditional besan laddoo does in anycase. I use a mere tablespoon at the very end to heat it up just before forming the laddoos. You can even form the laddoos without heating it up in ghee.
Point to remember – your palms will feel the heat while trying to make the laddoos. Be prepared for that. That’s the only way to form laddoos. If you wait for the mixture to cool down, laddoos wont form properly and will break down.
You dont need to use your expensive artisan peanut butter for this. I used basic chunky peanut butter from Sundrop and it works perfectly.
Ready to ring in the Rakshabandhan and other festivities with these super fun, easy and cute besan,almond and peanut butter laddoos?? I know I am.
Besan,almond and peanut butter laddoo
Delicious twist on classic besan laddoos. Flavored with almond flour and peanut butter, these besan laddoos are perfect for any festivity. Gluten free and vegan.
- 1 cup chickpea flour or besan
- 200 gms chunky peanut butter
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 4 green cardamom, crushed
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/4 cup almond powder
- 1 tbsp ghee optional
For the topping
- 1/4 cup melted dark chocolate
- 2 tsp mixed seeds to sprinkle on top
- 6 salted pistachios slivers
- edible gold dust
In a non stick pan, dry roast the chickpea flour or besan on low, for 15 till the color changes to reddish and it starts to give off a pleasant nutty aroma. Add the crushed green cardamom almond powder and saute for another 5-6 mins (always on medium low heat) till the color has deepened.
Remember to always keep the heat on low and keep stirring the chickpea flour. It tends to get burnt real easy!
Remove the flour to a large plate. Add the peanut butter and mix it all in with a spoon. Now add the powdered sugar and cinnamon powder and mix it with hands till everything is mixed well.
Working fast, start making laddoos of the mixture. Make sure to do it quickly or the laddoos wont form if it gets cold.
In case, the mixture is cold and not holding shape, add a little ghee to the pan and reheat the whole mixture through for a couple of mins. Remove and form laddoos, fast!
Once cooled, dip each laddoo into the melted chocolate , sprinkle some seeds, pistachio on top. finally dust a bit of edible gold dust to give it a real festive vibe.