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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Diabetic-Friendly & Gluten Free Arn il Ghazelle (Traditional Moroccan Cookies)

November is almost over! In fact the whole year is almost over! Can't believe how fast this year went! Well, time does fly, but while its running, it's ours to decide what to do with. 

Since it is almost the end of the year, and most are working out their resolutions, and since, lately, I have been talking lots about health and food related health issues; I am hoping that incorporating home cooked food and hence a healthy eating lifestyle, a little more active life and regular check ups are going to make it to your New Year's Resolutions.

This November I set out to raise Diabetes awareness. I wanted you to learn more about it, how to prevent it and even how to cook for it. This month, I have dedicated all my cooking classes, demonstrations, school presentations, and even this blog to the healthy eating discussion, to include food related health issues and focus on Diabetes. I hope that the objective from this initiative has been achieved. And that you guys are inspired to get back on track with leading a healthy lifestyle. All anyone can do for you is to bring all of this to your attention, but then it is yours to work with.
Read on for the recipe...

To conclude I am posting this delicious traditional Moroccan cookies recipe 'Arn Il Ghazelle'. Every one likes a piece of dessert with tea, and these sesame crusted almond cookies are nutty, sweet, aromatic and simply irresistible healthy cookies (provided you are not allergic to nuts). They are very easy to make, and fast too, so if you do not have lots of time to spend in the kitchen, these cookies are your best friend. Pack some for a snack at the office, have them with tea: a delight anytime! 

Serve these cookies with Moroccan green tea, and you will be serving a traditional Moroccan tea service. An excellent way to end a Moroccan themed dinner too :)) 

Here is how they are made....

Moroccan Arn El Ghazelle Cookies Makes 10
You Need 75g almonds with skin 
125g blanched almonds
1 tsp groundnut oil 
2 tsp orange blossom water
2 tsp icing sugar or sugar substitutes for diabetic patients
1 tsp dark honey or molasses
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
 ¼ tsp ground ginger
Small pinch ground cloves 
 small pinch Black pepper
1 egg white 
4 heaped tbsp sesame seeds, lightly toasted 

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with baking paper and set aside.

Place all the almonds in a food processor and process to a smooth consistency. Turn into a bowl; add the oil, orange blossom water, pepper, icing sugar, honey, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Knead to incorporate thoroughly. If the mixture remains too thick and not malleable enough, add a little water.

Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces, roll each into a small sausage and shape into a crescent. Beat the egg white slightly. Roll each piece in the egg white, then roll it in the sesame seeds and then place it on the lined baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat and leave to cool. Serve at room temperature. You can place some extra honey in a jug next to the cookies for those who wish to dip :)

Hope you like this recipe and will give it a try, I know you will love it once you've tried it. Do leave me a comment before you, I love nothing more than hearing from you :)

Enjoy the Long Weekend Everyone!