Sweet for Diabetic Patients and Everyone too


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 it’s running, it’s ours to decide what to do with. Since it is almost the end of year, and some are working out their resolutions, and since lately, I have been discussing a lot of health and food related health issues with you guys, I am hoping that incorporating home cooked food, healthy eating, a little more active lifestyle and regular check ups are going to make it to your New Year’s Resolutions.

This November I set out with a project aiming 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 space right here to the healthy eating discussions, to include food related health issues focusing specifically on Diabetes. I hope that the objective behind 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.

To conclude I am posting this delicious traditional Moroccan cookies recipe ‘Arn Il Ghazelle‘. Everyone 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). These cookies are lower on carbs and do not contain any gluten or wheat. They can be made with sugar substitutes for diabetic patients. 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 (recipe on this link), and you will be serving a traditional Moroccan tea service. An excellent way to end a Moroccan themed dinner too :))


  • 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 350F 180C. 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 🙂

Click here for this recipe in Arabic

If you are into healthy eating, super foods and wholesome organic nutrition; then I think you will love my range of “Mooneh” products, so do give them a try.

I have an array of products for you to choose from on this link, where you can also shop online and have them delivered to your doorstep. Most of our products are well suited for celiac, wheat/gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, egg intolerance, diabetic and vegan dietary requirements.

Try these outstanding Breakfast items:

  • DS Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Vegan Sundried Blueberry, Almond & Cinnamon Granola.
  • DS Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Vegan Sundried Mulberry & Carob Granola.
  • DS Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Vegan Mixed Nuts, Seeds & Fruits Muesli.
  • DS Pure Almond Butter
  • DS Pure Walnut Butter
  • DS Pure Pistachio Butter
  • DS Pure Hazelnut Butter
  • DS Chia & Tomato Jam
  • DS Goat’s Milk Rolled Labneh Balls
  • DS Nabulsi Cheese

  These products are all mostly organic (if farmed), or 100% natural in the case of naturally growing (not farmed) components. We source straight from farmers at source and only use real, natural ingredients. We produce artisanal, small batch, no mass production, or industrial scale products. We only produce in season and thus our products are highly seasonal. Everything is handmade, to home quality using the season’s most outstanding produce and source. We follow old school and at times ancient techniques for food preservation, and hence use no chemicals nor any preservatives or artificial additives/colours/flavourings.

Proud to be the UAE’s first preservers of the seasonal, local, organic produce.

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