Coconut Cardamom Laddu

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Diwali, a time to fill your house with lights, good vibes, friends, and family. And a chance to welcome all the abundance you crave for the new year.

A big part of the Diwali festivities is eating (lots and lots of eating) with a big focus on all the delicious sweets. Every year I try and “healthify” some of my favorites, and this year I was going for coconut laddus.

This one is super simple and requires minimal prep or downtime. I was going for a nut-free version and made these with sunflower seeds but these turn out wonderful with any nuts or seeds (I love cashews, almonds, pistachios, and even walnuts).

Yield/Servings: 24 small laddus
Author: Riyana Rupani
Coconut Laddu

Coconut Laddu

A sweet healthier treat this Diwali
Preparation time: 15 Mininactive time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 15 M


  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds or nut of choice
  • 20 medjool dates (pits removed)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut divided
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder (optional)


  1. Add sunflower seeds to a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. Next add in your dates, 1/2 the shredded coconut, all of the coconut oil, water, and cardamom powder. 
  3. Process until all the ingredients come together. 
  4. Line a tray with parchment paper. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to portion out and roll into approximately 1 inch balls. 
  5. Coat each ball by rolling them in the remaining 1/2 cup shredded coconut and place them on your baking tray. Refrigerate for 1 hour to set.
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  • Sunita
    November 9, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Is the shredded coconut fresh or would dry dessicated coconut work too?

    • Riyana
      November 10, 2020 at 4:31 am

      Hi Sunita. I actually use the desiccated coconut myself, so you are good to go!

  • Casey
    November 10, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Excited to make these! How long will they keep?

    • Riyana
      November 11, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Casey, About 7-10 days in the fridge, and months in the freezer!

  • Prerna
    December 18, 2020 at 5:38 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! It’s a great replacement for usual ladoos my family loves

    • Riyana
      December 18, 2020 at 5:40 am

      Hi Prerna! So happy you and your family enjoyed these!!


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