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Laddu-O-Dates

August 21, 2008

Ok..I know you’re reading this because you’re curious about the title? Does it mean “Laddu Of Dates”? Well, thats close….the key ingredient and my inspiration for this recipe is actually the extremely popular shape in your breakfast- yes, I’m talking about the mighty “O” shaped cereal. Launched by General Mills as Cheeri Oats and then re-christened Cheerios (more here), this cereal has inspired many others- Fruit Loops, TJ’s Joe’s O’s etc. I’d bought a box of TJ’s Joe’s O’s, thinking it was similar to the Honey Nut Cheerios. But that was not to be- Joe’s O’s are not sweet and we like that about cereal, don’t we? Cereal should be sweet!! As a result, this box sat there looking forlorn and untouched. I felt sad for it and thought this healthy ingredient can be used in so many ways- I thought of using it as breading for cutlets, first. Then, I saw Mythreyee’s Sweet Series- Chiki and Laddu. The light bulb went on and I said to myself…hmmmm..how can l make the O’s into a laddu??

What you need

  • 1 1/2 Cups of Joe’s O’s
  • 1 Cup mejdool dates (about 20-25 dates)
  • 2 T Agave Nectar
  • 1 + 1/2 Cup of Coconut flakes
  • 1/2 Cup of sliced Almonds, toasted

How its done

  1.  Soak the dates in water (just enough to cover the dates) for an hour. Drain the water and put the dates in your food processor to chop. You’ll know its done when it forms a ball around the edge of the processor. If you need some moisture to help the process, add the agave nectar.
  2. Empty your processor jar into a bowl and add the Joe’s O’s, toasted sliced almonds and 1/2 cup of coconut flakes and mix.
  3. Oil your palms and form balls with the mixture and roll in the 1/2 cup of coconut flakes. 
They taste light and not too sweet, and can be a healthy afternoon snack as well. This is my contribution to Mythreyee’s Sweet series. Next, I’m going to try make healthy chiki with my Joe’s O’s…..what say??

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3 Comments
  1. Wonderful,what a great idea using O’s in a ladoo, looks delicious and I love the fact that you used dates and agave nectar to sweeten this…Just one quick suggestion maybe you could also enter this into Lore’s culinarty original recipe event…:)

  2. Very creative recipe…looks so yummy…

  3. Very creative recipe…looks so yummy…

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