Protein Besan Ladoo

Whey Protein Ladoos

Besan ladoos are Indian sweets made of chickpea flour, ghee (clarified butter), sugar and cardamom. This recipe may not taste as good as ‘real’ besan ladoos but can be a good alternative for people who are watching their diet. These chickpea flour balls offer a good balance of carbs, protein and fat for a healthy snack.


– 1 tbsp ghee
– 1 cup chickpea flour (125 g)
– 1 cup water
– 1-2 tbsp sucanat or brown sugar or your favorite sweetener to your own taste
– 1/4 cup of vanilla whey protein
– 1 tsp cardamom



1. Heat the ghee in a pan.

2. Add the chickpea flour and roast the mixture on low medium flame stirring continuously till it changes to light brown color and start smelling like roasted chickpeas.


Roasting chickpea flour

3. Once it is browned, add water and sugar. Stir for 1 to 2 minutes, so that all liquid is absorbed and mixture becomes fluffy. Remove from heat and let it cool.

Adding water

4. Add cardamom and protein powder.

Adding protein powder

Besan Ladoo Mix

5. Shape into balls. The recipe makes about 8 medium-sized besan ladoos.

Low Calorie Besan Ladoos

Estimated nutrition facts per ball: 97 calories, 3.5 g of fat, 5.5 g protein, 8.5 g carbs, 2.3 g sugar.

Inside a Besan Ladoo



  1. Lina says

    If I don’t have whey protein on hand what else can I use instead of that???
    plz reply asap!

    • Elise says

      Hi Lina, you don’t necessarily need whey protein ; the only reason why I added whey protein in this recipe was to sweeten the ladoos because 1 tbsp brown sugar or sucanat isn’t enough to sweeten the whole recipe. I used a vanilla flavored powder sweetened with sucralose.

      So instead of protein powder, you just need to find something else to sweeten the recipe. If you’re looking for something that’s low-calorie and diabetic-friendly, you can use a sweetener like stevia or splenda (sucralose). If you’re just looking for something that’s healthier than using more sugar, you could consider adding a mashed banana. If your ladoo paste doesn’t seem firm enough to form balls, add a bit of powdered milk or coconut flour to give it extra texture.

  2. kiran says

    Just wanted to say what an AMAZING WEBSITE AND LOVING THE RECIPES! MY mom is a vegetarian and trying really hard for her to have more protein in the diet! Thanks for these great recipes.

    Can we use vanilla brown rice protein powder instead of whey?



  3. mb says

    thank you for a really good recipe. Did not use whey powder – added chopped nuts and unsweetened coconut flakes instead.

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