ChocoRaisin Ladoos (Chocolate balls with raisins, coconut and nuts)

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Recently I received a gift of deep dark raisins from my sister.  I should say – ‘huge gift’ since there was about 6 pounds of it! These were fresh (or freshly dried or picked fresh and then dried or whatever process is employed for making raisins!). My BIL has a client who apparently hails from Nashik district in India which is famous for its grapes. Anyways, I thanked my sis and my BIL profusely and told them it was so generous of them to send so much! The raisins occupied one entire drawer in my pantry and everytime I opened my pantry I wondered what I could do with them. And then my dad arrived. And with him came another bag full of …guess what? yes you guessed it right, raisins! More raisins!  Yikes! What am I supposed to do with them?  My dad said he had no clue but that BIL thought you loved the previous delivery and so had thoughtfully sent in some more!

OK so I have been meaning to try a lot of recipes where I could use raisins. But in all honesty I haven’t had the time to try out new recipes or experiment on my own. However there was one way I thought where I could use them instantly without much effort and that was for making these raisin, coconut and chocolate balls.  For making these balls, I normally just combine chocolate, coconut and nuts.  This time of course I added raisins too! And lots of them! I tried different proportions of the ingredients and finally came up with this winner recipe! 🙂 And best part – Oh it’s so easy to make – even the kids can make this!  As I saw it there was only one slight problem – what name should I give these adorable cute treats? Hah, what else then ‘ladoos’?  Ladoo is a term used for many Indian sweets that are shaped into small balls. And for that reason it is sometimes (read as in Indu’s dictionary) also used to endearingly address a dear and darling loved one!  So what better name than ‘ladoos’ for these little darlings that are a perfect treat on any day – You can indulge guilt free as this has all the good stuff in it – raisins, coconut,dried cranberries, walnuts and of course good old chocolate! So these ladoos have entrenched themselves in our home and we are not complaining.!  And yes I can finally use up all those raisins! 🙂

I am also bringing these ‘chocoraisin’ ladoos to Fiesta Friday #31 where every week there is a party and what a lovely collection of cooks and their recipes.

ChocoRaisin Ladoos (Chocolate balls with raisins, coconut and nuts)

  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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 This recipe makes around 12 Chocolate Ladoos

Ingredients:

  • Milk Chocolate bar / pieces 100 gs ( 4/5 th of a 1 Hershey 4.4 ounce bar)
  • 1 cup dark raisins
  • 3/4 cup grated coconut(fresh or frozen that has been thawed to room temp) or unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries,chopped
  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes for rolling
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil or ghee or butter (to grease your palms)
  • 12 Mini Paper baking cups

Method:

1. Take a medium size mixing bowl and melt the chocolate bars in the microwave by heating in 30 sec intervals. After each 30 secs, take out and stir and then put back in and continue until chocolate has melted fully. Alternatively, you can use the double boiler method to melt the chocolate.

2.Add all the rest of the ingredients and mix with a spatula.

3. Divide into equal portions Now grease your palms with the oil to avoid sticking and take each portion and roll between your palms to form a ball shape (ladoo)

4. Next roll this ladoo onto the extra coconut flakes to coat them with coconut

5. Place on the paper baking cup and let sit in the fridge for about an hour to set. After that you could keep them at room temperature as long as the temperatures are under 70 deg F inside your home.

NOTES:

  1. You don’t need to weigh the chocolate exactly – what I do is read the label to figure out the total gs in a chocolate bar and then combine pieces to make approx 100gs. A little more or la little less should be ok.
  2. One thing about Chocolate bars is that you can melt them either using the double boiler method (where you place the chocolate in a bowl that is placed on another pot that has boiling water) or you can melt it in the microwave in small 30 sec intervals.  Chocolate also behaves differently depending upon the room temperature. Hence consider the quantities here as approximate and you may need to either increase slightly the quantity of chocolate or the coconut in order to properly form the ladoos. Once you keep that in mind, making these ladoos is a breeze!

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0 thoughts on “ChocoRaisin Ladoos (Chocolate balls with raisins, coconut and nuts)

  1. This is a very clever way to use up an excess of raisins, mixing them with fruit, nuts and chocolate. They really do look delicious. They will be a hit at Fiesta Friday.

      1. Same here, with not being regular. So many things going on! Work starts this morning so perhaps I can now slow down, haha…. Your ladoos sound delightful. Oatmeal raisin cookies are my #1 reason for getting raisins. Other than that, I’ll probably sprinkle them on salads. Having a glut of raisins is a nice “problem” to have, Indu! 🙂

        1. Hi Angie, Looks like most of us are in the same boat with so many things going on! Yes I am also grateful that school has started so I have some semblance of routine and order back on.! Summer was enjoyable but very hectic! And I agree having an overload of raisins is hardly a big problem right? 🙂

  2. Oh how funny about your BIL and the catering quantities of raisins. I’m not sure that I would know what to do with them all! You have made a good start on them with this recipe though! Happy FF!

  3. Wow, Indu! So many raisins, so little time! Later in the fall, you should start making Christmas puddings! Those raisins would be magic there! Great recipe you have here too! 😀

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