Diet Besan Ladoos

Protein Besan Ladoo

by Elise on January 29, 2012

in All recipes:, Indian recipes, Whey, With protein powder:

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 sugars.

Inside a Besan Ladoo

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kulwinder October 3, 2012 at 19:12

Can you use chocolate protein powder? for the besan laddo


Elise October 3, 2012 at 21:34

Yes, that sounds like a great idea!


Lina November 8, 2012 at 20:54

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


Elise November 10, 2012 at 17:39

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.


hamy March 10, 2013 at 16:45

Storing suggestion plz:)


Elise March 12, 2013 at 18:01

In the fridge!


kiran October 22, 2013 at 18:04

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?




Elise October 22, 2013 at 20:31

Hi Kiran, thank you! Yes sure, that’s a brilliant idea to make “vegan power” protein balls!


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