Let’s Make LOW FAT Arabic Sweets - Basbousa | A Doctor’s Recipe for Eid 👩🍳
Join me as I bake a healthier low calorie version of an Egyptian classic sweet - Basbousa. Usually this delicacy is laden with butter, sugar and ghee which can all have a negative impact on our health. In this episode, I share with you healthier alternatives to common ingredients to create this masterpiece whilst maintaining a genuine taste.
Instead of using butter or ghee, I’m opting for low fat greek yoghurt, this will have the same characteristics as butter and will hold the ingredients together as well as maintaining the consistency. Other healthier alternatives to butter include, olive oil, coconut oil or avocado if your recipe permits.
Rather than using regular sugar which is high in calories and has very little nutritional value, I’m using Stevia. Stevia is a natural sweetener and is a great sugar substitute, it is derived from leaves of a plant and is very low in calories. It is a great alternative to sugar for diabetics as it has been found that it has a little effect on blood sugar when consumed in small amounts.
I also use low fat milk, which has the same great taste as regular milk, only with less calories. You’ll note that I’m using a lactose free option which is perfect for those with lactose intolerance and may get symptoms such as bloating or tummy ache after drinking regular milk.
As with all tasty things, this should be eaten in moderation and even though it is a healthier option, eat as a treat once in a while rather than on a daily basis.
Recipe and Method
For the mixture:
1 cup Coarse Semolina (460cal)
1 cup low fat yoghurt (85cal)
½ cup Stevia (11.5cal)
½ cup desiccated coconut (175cal)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup low fat milk as needed (35cal)
For the syrup:
½ cup of stevia (11.5cal)
1 cup of water
5 drops of freshly squeezed lemon.
Total Calories 778 or 3255Kj
Mix the dry ingredients together followed by the yoghurt, if the mixture is a little dry add some milk to soften it so that the consistency is smooth but not runny.
Heat the oven to 190C and prepare a baking dish, I use a little drop of olive oil and spread this on the base. Avoiding butter and genetically engineered oils such as Canola oil.
Once the mixture is smoothed out, place some decorative nuts over the top, almond nuts are high in fibre, protein and calcium and are a great addition. Do not use nuts if you are allergic.
Place into the oven for 30-40 minutes until the surface is light brown.
Whilst the Basbousa is baking, make the syrup. Place the Stevia into the water and allow to simmer. As soon as this starts to boil, take off the heat and add 5 drops of freshly squeezed lemon. Set aside and allow to cool.
Once the Basbousa is cooked, cut into small squares or diamonds, drizzle the cold syrup over the hot surface of the cake and listen to the crackling. Allow the syrup to soak for 30 minutes before devouring this tasty classic. Bon Appétit 👌
Healthy Ramadan: https://youtu.be/3rPpHddZFfA
How Sugar Makes You Fat: https://youtu.be/bCkz8vEn4II
Type 2 Diabetes: https://youtu.be/UUBuDnVqpkM
Thanks for watching and if you’ve tried the recipe for yourself or have other healthy substitute ingredients, please let me know.
Take care and stay healthy 😘
Dr Nora 💉
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