Peanut Ladoo is a quick, healthy, nutritious, and delicious Indian sweet made with roasted peanuts, jaggery, and cardamom. They are vegan and gluten-free.
No ghee or refined sugar is used in making this Peanut Jaggery Laddu, which makes these ladoos healthier. You don’t need ghee here because the oil in the peanut itself is enough for holding the shape of laddus. And the fact that they are sweetened with jaggery makes them even more nutritious.
This simple, easy, and nourishing sweet is made with 3 easily available ingredients, and gets ready in just 25 minutes. Plus, they are almost no-cook. The only cooking you need to do is the peanut roasting. So if you are using roasted peanuts, then they are absolutely no-cook.
There are many ways you can make peanut or groundnut laddu. Some people like to sweeten ladoos with sugar or jaggery syrup, while others like to sweeten them up with raw jaggery powder or chopped jaggery. I prefer the second one because it is more simple and wholesome that way.
Jaggery is a winter delight in the northern part of India. People enjoy roasted peanuts either with jaggery, or make peanut chikki with peanuts and jaggery. Other than , more popular jaggery delicacies are gajak, , , almond chikki, peanut burfi, or dry fruit chikki.
This peanut ladoo can be enjoyed throughout the winter, but it is specially made during the festival of Makar Sankranti, Ganesh Chaturthi, Raksha Bandhan, Diwali, and Holi.
About Peanut Ladoo
Peanut Ladoo (also known as groundnut ladoo or shengdana ladoo), has very high nutritional values. This peanut ladoo is prepared using 3 ingredients; peanuts and jaggery as main ingredients, and cardamom as an optional ingredient.
This peanut ladoo tastes so delicious and is super healthy, and has a soft and melt-in-the-mouth texture. Having a peanut laddu in a day would provide the essential nourishment.
This is a super simple and easy to make recipe which requires minimal cooking. To make peanut ladoo with jaggery, just roast peanuts, grind them along with jaggery and cardamom. Then mix and shape them into ladoos. That’s it!
The only time-consuming part in this ladoo recipe is pulling the skin from roasted peanuts. So if you are using skinless peanuts, then it would be completely fuss-free. But don’t worry about removing skin too, because I have provided a very easy way in this post.
These delicious, and aromatic peanut ladoos are loved by kids and alike, so make them for your family and they will thank you.
This Peanut Ladoo
✔ is healthy and nourishing
✔ is made with 3 ingredients
✔ is made without sugar syrup
✔ tastes so delicious and aromatic
✔ is simple and quick to make
✔ is rich in iron and protein
✔ is a healthy nutritious sweet snack
✔ is also suitable for kids as an after school snack
✔ suitable for plant-based diet
Peanut Ladoo Variations:
Sweetener: I have used light-colored jaggery in this recipe. You can use any of the sweeteners such as: powdered white sugar, brown sugar such as muscovado or raw cane sugar, juicy dates. coconut sugar, and palm sugar.
Nuts & Seeds: Along with peanuts you can also add other nuts such as toasted almonds, or toasted coconut flakes. Simply add ½ cup of toasted sesame seeds (til) to 1 cup peanuts to make til and peanut ladoo. Or add coconut and peanut ladoo by combining ¾ cup roasted peanut and ¾ cup toasted coconut flakes.
Ghee: If you want aromatic flavors in these ladoos, then add about 1-2 tablespoons of ghee to the mixture.
You can store peanut ladoos in a clean and dry air-tight container at room temperature. They stay fresh for up to 8-9 days. You can also refrigerate these ladoos for up to 30 days.
Peanut Ladoo Ingredients
You will only need 3 ingredients for making groundnut laddu. Below are the ingredients needed to make peanut ladoo.
Peanuts: I have used raw peanuts in this recipe. You can either use peanuts with the skin or use skinless.
Jaggery: You can use either chopped, grated, or powdered jaggery in this recipe.
Cardamom powder: It is used for flavoring only. So it is completely optional to use.
How to Make Peanut Ladoo
Making this Groundnut Laddu is super easy. Let’s see how to make peanut ladoo with jaggery at home, with the following 4 simple steps:
Step 1: Dry roast peanuts until crunchy and aromatic. Cool them and remove the skin.
Step 2: Grind the peanut into a powder. Take out 2 tablespoons of peanut powder.
Step 3: Grind peanut with jaggery and cardamom.
Step 4: Shape the mixture into laddus, and roll them into powdered peanuts. Peanut ladoo with jaggery is ready.
For a fully step-by-step picture and detailed video recipe, follow the instructions and video recipe shared in the recipe box on this page.
Tips & Tricks to make the best Peanut Ladoo
Jaggery: I have added 1 cup of jaggery for 1 cup and 6 tablespoons of peanuts. Sweetness is just perfect for this recipe, however, you can adjust the amount of jaggery powder. If you don’t like very sweet laddus, then use 3/4 cup of jaggery, or if you prefer sweeter ladoos then use 1 1/4 cup of jaggery.
Nuts & dry fruits: You can also add chopped cashews, pistachios and almonds, and raisins to the ladoo mixture.
Jaggery is the main ingredient in this recipe, so if possible use organic jaggery for best results.
If you want crunchy laddus, then add 2 tablespoons of coarse peanut chunks in the ladoos.
Grind peanuts for a few seconds each time. Don’t grind peanuts for too long at one stretch, or else they will turn into peanut butter.
Run the grinder for a few seconds and stop. Check the mixture and grind again. Repeat this cycle until you get a uniform mixture.
Store them in an airtight container; groundnut laddu is good for a week.
You can also add roasted corn flakes or roasted poha to the ladoo mixture.
If you like oat energy balls, then you can also add ½ cup of toasted oats to the laddu mixture to make oats and peanut ladoo with jaggery. In this recipe use 1 ½ cups of jaggery.
Is Peanut Jaggery Laddu healthy?
Peanut ladoo is really healthy and it provides nutritional benefits when consumed in moderation. There are many jaggery and peanut ladoo benefits. They are quick energy boosters for everyone regardless of their age. This is because peanuts are a rich source of protein, fiber, and good fat.
Jaggery is rich in iron content, and thus, it helps prevent anemia. It also detoxifies the body and prevents respiratory problems. It also boosts metabolism and aids weight loss. So when you combine these two superfoods, you get nutritious, healthy, and super energetic peanut ladoos.
Is Peanut Ladoo vegan?
There is no ghee or any other dairy products. So they are absolutely vegan.
How long can I store Peanut Ladoo?
You can store these ladoos at room temperature for up to 8-9 days when stored in an airtight container.
Peanut Ladoo (Step-by-step photo instructions)
Making Peanut Ladoo
- Add 1 1/2 cup peanuts to a heavy-bottomed pan and roast the peanuts on medium-low heat until they become golden and crunchy. Keep the flame to low or medium and add the raw peanuts. Keep stirring continuously to get evenly roasted peanuts. Make sure peanuts are well roasted, raw peanuts won't make tasty ladoos. Alternatively, you can also roast the peanuts in an oven or a microwave.
- Once the peanuts are roasted, turn off the heat and transfer them onto a plate and let them cool at room temperature.
- When the peanuts come at room temperature, rub the peanuts using a paper napkin or between your palms, to peel off the skin. Keep rubbing until all the peanuts have shed the skin. Now discard the peanut skin using a steel spider strainer. Roasted peanuts are ready.
- Add the peanuts to a grinder jar and grind to make a powder. Now take out 2 tablespoons of peanut powder in a bowl and keep it aside for later use. This step is completely optional, if you don't want to coat ladoos with peanut powder then skip this step. Grind for a few more seconds.
- Now add jaggery, and cardamom powder to the grinder jar and grind or pulse for 30-40 seconds. Do it 4-5 times, you need to keep doing this step until the mixture turns into a coarse powder and starts releasing oil. Also, keep scrapping the sides of the jar after every grinding.
- To check the texture of the ground peanuts, take a small portion of the peanut jaggery mixture in your hands and then press, if it holds the shape then it is almost ready. Now grind for 30-40 seconds more. Make sure to not over-grind the peanuts, or else they would turn into peanut butter and you won't be able to shape them.
- Now transfer the mixture onto a plate and mix well with your hands. Pinch out a small portion of the ladoo mixture in your palms. Roll and shape it into peanut ladoos.
- You can serve ladoos as it is, but I like to roll them in roasted powdered peanuts to get a nice crunchy coating. Make ladoos until all the mixture is used up. The size of the ladoos depends on your choice, I have made about 14 ladoos with this mixture.Delicious peanut ladoos are ready, serve them as a healthy dessert or a sweet snack.