Healthy Mahalabiyeh With Overnight Oats Perfect For Ramadan

Overnight Oats Get A Healthy Ramadan Makeover

Healthy Ramadan snacks by Baraa Sabbagh, personal trainer, registered dietician, and sports nutritionist

Cooking in times of quarantine has been a roller coaster of emotions. I'm glad I keep getting recipe suggestions from people, today's dessert comes from @butterbelieveit, who made the traditional mahalabiyeh into a healthy Ramadan snack! I know we were all excited at the beginning, some people were making bread (By the way, I found a healthy banana bread recipe you've got to try!), others focused on dessert, and a few tried to make their Arab ancestors proud by making stuffed grape leaves, stuffed zucchini, hummus, and mana’eesh

Easy and Healthy Arabic Dessert Made Easy

Have you noticed there’s been a lack of Middle Eastern desserts on Instagram and the web? Whether you’re living in your home country or you’re an expat in Dubai, Jordan, London, KSA, USA, or anywhere around the world, I know you want to get a taste of that good Middle Eastern dessert. Some people shy away from attempting them because they have a reputation of being a little harder to make and the high number of calories they bring to the table. But what’s life without some ma’moul (cookie filled with dates or nuts), kunafeh (pastry layered with cheese, nuts, and cream), or muhalabeyeh (Middle Eastern pudding)? A little dull, if you ask me! 

Make Easy & Healthy Mahalabiyeh At Home

Healthy Ramadan snacks by Baraa Sabbagh, personal trainer, registered dietician, and sports nutritionist

Thankfully, I got a recipe for mahalabiyeh that’s super healthy AND you don’t have to be an expert baker to make it. Thanks to @butterbelieveit, who added my all-time favourite ingredient... oats! (Check out these blogs to find out why I love oats so much). 

Healthy Ramadan Snack Or Suhoor

You can make mahalabiyeh for a snack or suhoor. You'll get that pudding-like yummy texture as well as the fibers your body needs for the next day. If you're not sure why you need fibers, I have an entire podcast episode dedicated to it! Definitely worth listening to if your digestion isn't doing great after a day of fasting. 

Now for the recipe! 

MAHALABIYEH OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE

Ingredients (For 2 people)

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 and a 1/2 cup oat milk (or any milk you prefer)
  • 1/2 tsp crushed mastic
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • 1 tbsp orange blossom water
  • 2 tbsp honey (can add more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom (ground or 2x pods)

Toppings:

  • Ground pistachio
  • Desiccated coconut
  • Cinnamon
  • Rose jam

Method

  1. Oats in bowl, set aside
  2. Pot with milk, mastic, vanilla, rose water, orange blossom water, honey and cardamom on medium heat until steaming

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  3. Pour over oats and set aside, preferably overnight

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  4. Pour into ramekins and top with desired toppings

Tip: Freeze mastic to crush it.
Tip: If using cardamom pods, remove after steeping in milk.

Try This Healthy Mahalabiyeh Recipe Today

Amazing, right? Share this with everyone around you, they'll definitely appreciate a healthy Ramadan dessert recipe. If you have any questions, get in touch with me on Instagram or leave them in the comments below. Also, if you happen to live in London and want desserts other than mahalabiyeh, check out Butter Believe It's website for more of her stuff!  

 

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