Ojas Ladoos

These ladoos (a name used throughout India for any sphere-shaped sweet) are called “Mādoos” in our home! They are GREAT for pre-conception {especially for vāta mamas} and postpartum! All the ingredients are Mama superfoods. Great for toddlers over the age of two + āyurveda-athletes too. They are also a great to pack for travel to keep vāta {air + space elements in the constitution} at bay.

Ayurveda Stats: The main ingredients (almonds, ghee, dates & honey or molasses) of these ladoos build ojas – energy, vitality, strength, stamina, virility, resilience, immunity.  Ojas is the “sap of life” that supports and stabilizes the body and gives the mind a sense of calm.   The spices – cardamom & ginger balance the heaviness of the ojas-building ingredients by bringing lightness and the flame of digestive fire.  Rose tastes delicious… and is considered an elixir for the mind. Adding oats is a special bonus for breastsfeeding Mamas, as they help milk production.

*Note – The hone must be RAW (unprocessed, unheated)! Also, Ayurveda warns against combining equal proportions of ghee and honey by WEIGHT, however, equal proportions by VOLUME is recommended for building ojas… so keep the measurement of one TB the same… when in doubt, you can go over on the honey, as honey will always be heavier in weight than ghee.  Vegans – I recommend coconut butter in place of ghee.

I highly recommend these, or a similar version – experiment in your kitchen – for the following:

  • Kids (over the age of 2 because of the honey & nuts)
  • Men & Women planning a pregnancy
  • Pregnant women
  • Nursing women
  • Athletes
  • During travel  – especially air travel
  • Those with a very busy / active life and schedule who are “burning the candles at both ends”

PLEASE NOTE – you can completely re-work this recipe, remove items, or change them out! For example, omit the coconut or oats easily. You just want to have a consistency that you can roll into balls.

These can store in your fridge for about 4 days – if they last that long! Warning to breastfeeding Mamas – your significant other or visiting guests my sneak these.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cups Whole, Raw Almonds (or you can use sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts or cashews or a combo)
  • 1 Cup of shredded coconut
  • 1 Cup of rolled oats, toasted on a cookie sheet in the oven, or in an iron skillet on the stove top, until slightly browned / aromatic {toasting makes oats lighter and easier to digest}
  • 1 tsp fresh ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried ginger powder or cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp of rock salt
  • About 10 majool dates, pitted (equal to just under a cup)
  • 1 TB Ghee (clarified butter) – or coconut butter for vegans
  • 1 TB RAW Honey or Molasses or Maple Syrup
  • 1 TB Rose Water (make sure it is real rose water, not perfume or “scent” of rose – I use Cortas brand) or Rose Syrup or Rose Jam (check that the ingredients are pure & simple, otherwise, omit)

Instructions

  1. Make sure your hands are VERY clean… as these do not get cooked
  2. Toast the oats
  3. In food processor, grind the nuts, oats, and coconut with the cardamom, ginger & rock salt until you have a sandy consistency… don’t turn into a flour or a nut butter
  4. Add the remaining {wet} ingredients and pulse in the food processor until combined. It will turn into a big ball in the food processor… if needed use your hands to separate the ball into pieces and pulse again. It’s okay if you don’t get a totally smooth result.
  5. When combined, use your hands to roll into walnut / TB sized balls with CLEAN HANDS.

Store in the fridge, and enjoy!  You can make these super smooth, or choppy in texture… and feel free to experiment with the recipe, as long as you keep the ghee & honey equal by volume.

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