Pistachio Rose 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
Pistachio Rose Laddu

Pistachio Rose Laddu

Pure bliss
Preparation time: 10 Mininactive time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 10 M


  • 3/4 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (divided) 
  • 20 Medjool dates (pits removed) 
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1 tbsp rose water 
  • 1 tbsp regular water 
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tbsp crushed dried rose petals


  1. Add pistachio and cashews to a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. 
  2. Remove 1/4 cup of the mixture and save for rolling later. 
  3. Next add in your dates, 1/4 cup of the shredded coconut, all of the coconut oil, rose water, water, cardamom powder, and vanilla. 
  4. Process until all the ingredients come together. 
  5. Line a tray with parchment paper. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to portion out and roll into approximately 1 inch balls. 
  6. Coat each ball by rolling them in the remaining pistachio, cashew, coconut, and crushed dried roses 
  7. Place them on your baking tray. Refrigerate for 1 hour to set.


you can change up the nuts as you like. If you like sesame, try replacing the coconut oil with tahini for an extra special laddu!
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