Coconut Almond Balls or Nariyal Badam Laddoo is an easy sweet recipe that can be made for any festival. It is made with almond (badam) powder, desiccated coconut (nariyal) and sweetened condensed milk as the main ingredients. Laddoo is basically sweet little balls of goodness. This is a quick sweet that can be prepared in just 20 minutes.
In the past, I used to make coconut laddoo’s, which are great. But I wanted to make them a bit healthier, so decided to add almond flour to them. Well, another reason was I also got a large bag of almond flour from Costco, and was looking for multiple ways to add it to our food. And this one was perfect, as it certainly reduces the guilt of enjoying the sweets during festivals.
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Coconut Almond Balls (Laddoo)
- Heat a pan on medium flame and add ghee to it. Add the condensed milk and let it heat for 2 minutes.
- Add almond flour, cardamom powder and mix with the condensed milk.
- Add desiccated coconut powder and mix well. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring continuously. The mixture should be thick such that you can roll in your hands.
- Take the pan off the flame and let the mixture cool for 3-4 minutes. We want the mixture to be warm at a temperature you can take in your hand.
- Grease your hands with ghee or oil. Take a small amount of mixture in your hands and roll it like a ball using both hands. Roll the ball over the desiccated coconut kept aside for rolling.
- Keep them at room temperature for about an hour and enjoy!
- Store these laddoo's in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you are storing them in the refrigerator, then remove them 30 mins before serving.
- If you don't have Almond flour, grind almonds to make a fine powder.
- Coconut Laddoo variation: Skip almond flour and increase amount of desiccated coconut to 2 cups.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.