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10 Best Healthy Ladoo Recipes For Kids – Indian Dessert Recipes

Published on: 22 August , 2019 | Ekta

Ladoos, the most popular Indian delicacy is a huge hit with all age groups. These easy to make and attractive mouth-watering dishes are as easy to make as one could ever imagine. Indian desserts are famous world-wide; and most of them are made with healthy and nutritive ingredients. Be it a healthy snack, or a mid-day meal or a dessert option, these laddus recipes make for a great choice. So for the mommies who are on the constant look out for healthy school box options, these 10 Best Healthy Ladoo Recipes For Kids - Indian Dessert Recipes could very well be the answer.

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These easy-to-make recipes require no expertise as such, even the beginners could easily start off with them. However, the most important factor I have kept on mind is the sugar and ghee level. While most of the recipes have jaggery instead of the sugar. While a couple of them taste better with the sugar, hence incorporated palm sugar or brown sugar in them. The quantity of ghee could vary depending upon the consistency you are looking at, moreover ghee adds aroma and softness to the laddoos.

Besan Ladoo Recipe - Best Ladoo Recipe For Kids

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Besan ladoos are one the easiest recipes to try and one can never go wrong with it. It is a huge hit with the kids, therefore one of the most popular ladoo recipes for kids in India.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

Servings: 25-30 nos.


Besan or gram flour - 2 cups

Ghee - ½  cup

Powdered brown sugar or jaggery - 1 ¼ cup

Cardamom powder - 1tsp

Nuts – ¼ cup (optional)


  1. Take a pan and add the besan, keep the flame on low or medium and dry roast it. Extreme care should be taken while dry roasting as the flour might get burnt easily as there is no binding ingredient to it.
  2. Stirring continuously is the key to this preparation as the right colour adds aroma and a great taste to the laddoos. Undercooked floor would result in raw tasting besan laddoos, and over roasting of flour would result in a burnt flavor.
  3. The two indicators to this would be – when your kitchen fills with the aroma of the roasted flour, and the flour turns golden brown in colour.
  4. Then lower the flame and add ghee to it. Keep stirring until the mixture binds and the gram flour begins to ooze out and the aroma becomes stronger.
  5. Now remove it from the flame and add the powdered brown sugar, cardamom powder and nuts to the mixture. Knead properly to ensure that there are no lumps formation.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool. If it seems that the mixture is very dry, then you could add melted ghee 1-2 tbsp.
  7. Take small portions of the mixture, roll it into balls. Store them in an air tight container, and their shelf life is usually 10-14 days.

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Poha Ladoos - Quick Laddu Recipes For Kids

Another unique, yet an easy preparation is the Poha laddoos. Poha, or in other words, beaten rice is a commonly found kitchen ingredient. Apart from being a great breakfast or a snack option, these can also make for a dessert option.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 20 laddoos(approx)


Poha: 2 cups

Ghee: 1 cup

Finely chopped jaggery: ½ cup

Almonds: 1 cup chopped and roasted

Cardamom powder: ¼ tsp


  1. The very first step is to clean the poha off any husk.
  2. Take a kadhai and add this poha to it. dry roast the poha until the colour changes to light golden yellow. Roast carefully for about 6-8 minutes till the raw smell goes.
  3. Remove from flame. Allow the poha to cool.
  4. Blend it in blender till coarse consistency.
  5. Add jaggery to it and blend again.
  6. Transfer this mixture to a mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients to it.
  7. Mix it very well until all ingredients blend in really well.
  8. If mixture looks dry, you could add 1 tbsp of ghee to it.
  9. Take small portions of the mixture and roll it into laddoos shape.

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Coconut Ladoo With Condensed Milk - Easy Laddoo Recipes For Kids

Coconut Ladoo Recipe

Preparation time: 8 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Servings: 25 nos.


Condensed milk - ½ cup

Desiccated coconut - 1 ½ cup

Cardamom powder - ½ tsp

Roasted nuts (almonds, pistas, raisins) - 2 tbsp

Coconut for garnishing - 2 tbsp


  1. Blend the dessicated coconut in the mixer until it is reasonably smooth.
  2. Take a frying pan and mix this dessicated coconut with condensed milk. Switch on the flame and bring the mixture to boil, keeping in mind that the flame should always be low.
  3. When you see the ingredients have binded well then switch off the gas. By now the mixture would have become of solid consistency.
  4. Add the cardamom powder and roasted nuts.
  5. Allow the mixture to come to room temperature.
  6. Make small balls of proportionate size and garnish them all over with fresh/dessicated coconut for extra flavor.
  7. Store in an air tight container and they last for until 2 weeks or so.

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Badam Ladoos - Best Ladoo Recipes For Kids

The  nutritional benefits of almonds are multitude in number, hence it becomes an essential to include it in your kid’s everyday diet. Due to the crunchiness of the almonds it might be difficult for the smaller kids to bite it. Therefore, this recipe is an easy option to introduce this essential dried fruit in an appealing form of badam ladoos.

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

Servings: 20 ladoos


Almonds - 1 cup

Dried or dessicated coconut - 1 ¼ cup

Cardamom powder - 2 tsp

Grated jaggery - 1 ¼ cup

Roasted nuts (pistachios or walnuts) - 1 tbsp

Dried raisins - 1 tbsp

Melted ghee - 1 tbsp


  1. Take a pan and dry roast almonds until an aroma emanates from it. Remove it and keep it aside.
  2. Put dessicated coconut along with cardamom powder and dry roast continuously until it is light golden in colour.
  3. Add the two ingredients in the blender and mix it well until it is coarse in consistency.
  4. Take the grated jaggery and add it in the blender. Run the mixer until it is powdered in consistency. Finally add raisins to this.
  5. The mixture is ready to be rolled into ladoos.
  6. Adding ghee before you roll the mixture into ladoos can make them more firm and add extra aroma too.

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Malai Modak Ladoo - Ganesh Chaturthi Special Recipes

This is one of the most common and traditional sweets prepared especially during festivities like Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Pooja. They can be moulded into modak shape if you have the modak mould or just roll them into ladoos, which is of course the easier option. Made with the goodness of paneer, this recipe is also loaded with proteins along with a doze of sweetness!!

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes


Sweetened condensed milk - 1 can

Tightly packed crumbled paneer - 1 ½ cups

Diluted milk (optional) - 1 ½ cups


  1. Take a thick bottomed pan and add both the ingredients to it.
  2. The milk could be added to the condensed milk to dilute it, beforehand.
  3. On low flame keep cooking until the mixture thickens to form a solid consistency.
  4. Switch off the gas and allow the mixture to cool down for a few minutes.
  5. You can go ahead with making ladoos.

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Moong Dal Ladoo - Best Indian Dessert Recipes

Moong Dal, or yellow dhal is a common kitchen ingredient in all the households. Belonging to the family of lentils it is loaded with the goodness of protein and energy, hence high on nutrition factor. This makes for an excellent dessert ingredient too, known as Moong Dal ladoo. Generally, lentils required more ghee for binding, hence you could be generous with the proportion of ghee.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

 Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 15-18 nos


1 cup Moong dal

1 cup jaggery powdered form

1tsp cardamom powder

½ cup ghee

¼ cup dried nuts( pistachios, raisins or walnuts)


  1. Add the Moong dal in a pan and dry roast it on medium flame. Continue doing this until the colour turns golden and the aroma of the roasted lentil will fill your kitchen space. Then switch off the flame.
  2. Allow it to cool.
  3. Take a blender and add this Moong dal to the jaggery and cardamom and run the blender.
  4. Add the melted ghee and this mixture to it. Mix well until you feel that the mixture is binded well. Then allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes.
  5. Take small portions of this mixture and begin to roll them into balls. If you find it difficult to bind then add 1-2 tbsp of melted ghee to it. and begin rolling the ladoos.
  6. Store in an air tight container.

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Wheat Flour Ladoo - Atta Ke Laddu

Atta ladoo, as they are commonly called, is one of the most commonest sweet delicacy especially in North India. Made from simple common ingredient , that is Wheat flour, this surely makes for an excellent snack option. This can be made with three basic ingredients, to which you could add dessicated coconut, sesame balls and your choice of nuts for the extra aroma and taste, all of which are optional. Adding dessicated coconut could change the colour of the mixture to light creamish, rather than the regular golden yellow colour. Another magic ingredient called as gaund, in common language, could be added to this during preparation as it provides heat/warmth to the body as well as an energy-booster too.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 20 nos


2 cups wheat flour

¼ cup dessicated coconut(optional)

1 cup powdered sugar (or 1 ¼ cup powdered jaggery)

½ cup ghee

100 gms acacia gum (gaund)

¼ tsp elaichi powder

Raisins and cashews (as needed)


  1. Take a pan and put 1 tbsp of ghee in it and add the cardamom powder to it. sauté it for 1 minute.
  2. Then add atta to it and on low flame keep roasting it until golden brown. As the colour changes add the dessicated coconut to it. Saute it for 2-3 minutes until the mixture turns golden brown.
  3. In a separate pan add  2 tbsp of melted ghee and fly the gaund. It will puff like a popcorn. Remove it and allow it to cool. Once it is cool, run the gaund in the mixer until it is powdered.
  4. Add this gaund mixture, powdered sugar and ½ cup ghee to the atta mixture, and mix well on low flame for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan and allow the mixture to cool.
  6.  If difficulty in binding you could add more ghee.
  7. Store in an air tight container.

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Ragi Ladoos - Healthy Snack Recipes For Kids

Ragi is a storehouse of power and nutrition. With its amazingly powerful health benefits, this variety of grains is a common sight in almost every South Indian household. Ragi ladoos are one of the easiest versions of ladoos for beginners, especially. One can never go wrong in this as the consistency and taste just fall in place. You can also add other ingredients like dry coconut, peanuts and sesame seeds, if you wish to overload your ladoos with extra nutrition and energy. These three ingredients also tend to reduce the addition of ghee in your recipe, as they are themselves greasy in nature. The taste also varies depending upon the addition of one/all of these ingredients.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

 Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 20 nos


1 ½ cup sprouted or plain ragi flour

¼ cup sesame seeds(or cashews, almonds powdered)(optional)

¼ cup dessicated coconut

2 tsp cardamom powder

¼ cup peanuts(optional)

1 cup jaggery powder

1 tbsp roasted sooji

2 tbsp ghee


  1. Take a pan and add ragi flour to 1 tbsp of ghee and sauté it for about 6-8 minutes until the raw taste vanishes and a good aroma fills the kitchen.
  2. Dry roast peanuts, sesame seeds and dessicated coconut, each separately until the colour changes to light golden brown (approx 5 minutes). Remove from flame and set aside to cool.
  3. Powder all the above ingredients alongwith cardamom powder.
  4. Take a large mixing bowl and add the above mixture, ragi flour and the grated jaggery (or sugar). Mix well. then add the roasted sooji and mix well, it acts as a binding factor.
  5. When the mixture is blended well you could see oil ooze out of the mixture. It is an indication that the mixture is ready.
  6. If difficulty in blending, then add 1 tbsp of melted ghee.
  7. Roll the mixture into balls and store it in air tight container.

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Dates Anjeer Dry Fruit Ladoo

One of the easiest, yet a beneficial form of introducing dried fruits and nuts in everyday’s diet is this Dates Anjeer ladoo. A no-hassle free recipe involving no added sugar in any form, thus preserving the sweetness and goodness of the dried fruits in their natural form. You could also add dessicated coconut to this, as it is rich in calcium and energy.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 15 nos.


Dates: 30 nos

Figs: 20 nos

Dried fruits – 1 cup

Dessicated coconut- 1 tbsp (optional)


  1. Clean the figs & dates and remove the seeds. Put them in a blender and run it until it is in a paste form.
  2. Remove it and keep it aside.
  3. Put the dried nuts in the blender and run the blender until the nuts are coarsely powdered, remember they should not be in a powdered form.
  4. You can add dessicated coconut to the mixture and blend well.
  5. Then you roll the mixture into balls and roll them on a plate of dessicated coconut. Remember the taste and appearance would change. If you wish to keep the original flavor alive, then skip the coconut.
  6. Store in an air tight container.

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Carrot Ladoo - 10 Best Ladoo Recipes For Kids

Similar to the above recipes, this recipe too is an easy to make recipe which could be made with easily available kitchen ingredients. The main ingredient being carrot, which is a favorite with kids of all ages, your kid will surely love to binge on them.

Preparation time: 10 – 12 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 20 nos


Grated carrot – 2 cups

Dessicated coconut – 1 cup

1 tsp cardamom powder

2 tbsp powdered brown sugar or palm sugar

2 tbsp ghee

Raisins and almonds – to taste


  1. In the pan sauté grated carrots on low flame until the raw taste vanishes and the carrots change colour to brownish colour.
  2. Add dessicated coconut and cardamom powder to it and mix well.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Cook on low flame until the excess water of the carrots evaporates.
  4. If finding difficult to bind the ladoos, then you could add little ghee.
  5. Top it with raisins, if required.
  6. Store in an air tight container.
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