This dish is inspired by the traditional besan laddoo (basically, I wanted to make something out of some chickpea flour I had sculking in the back of my pantry, and I wanted SWEET).Usually these are made with tonnes of ghee (which you could use in place of the coconut oil) but I have cut that down by subbing in some apple puree and ground flax seeds. Any dried fruit or nuts will work, I just used what I had in the cupboard. These are usually made and eaten for Ganesh Chaturthi, which celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesha who is the God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. You are meant to offer him sweet delicacies, so I hope he approves of these – I could use a little luck and wisdom (and a bit of spending money, cheers dude).
5T besan (chickpea flour)
2t brown rice flour
1T coconut oil
5T apple puree
2T finely chopped unsulphured organic dried apricots
1T maple syrup stirred into 2T hot water (if you like really sweet, make it 2T maple, 1T water… or 5 drops of liquid stevia, 1T maple syrup, 2T water if you are watching your sugar intake).
1/2t vanilla extract
1/4t ground ginger
Tiny sprinkle freshly ground nutmeg
1/8t ground cloves
2T cashews, finely chopped + dry roasted