Basbousa (Traditional Coconut “Semolina” Cake)

Basboosa is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert made of semolina, yoghurt, coconut and rose water syrup. Of course we are going to make it just as delicious but also as healthy as possible.


Prep Time: 10 mins

Baking Time: 30 mins


1 Cup Almond Meal

1.5 Cup Powdered Coconut (blitz desiccated coconut in the grinder till its a rough powder)

3/4 Cup Coconut Milk (full fat from a Can)

3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

2 Tablespoon Maple Syrup

Handful of Pistachios

For Syrup:

1/4 Cup Honey

1/2 Teaspoon to 1 Teaspoon of Rose Water


*Pre heat oven to 350F or Mark Gas 4

  1. Combine all ingredients except for pistachios in a large bowl.
  2. Grease a baking try with a little coconut oil and sprinkle with pistachos.
  3. Pour Basboosa mix into baking tray.
  4. Bake for 30 mins or until golden brown.
  5. Mix honey and rose water together.
  6. Slice Basboosa and drizzle with the honey and rose water mixture.


  1. Enjoy hot or cold.Image

Ma’amool (Date cookies)

Ma’amool are one of my favourite sweets. The soft buttery dough and the juicy date filling bring back many memories of Eid and being offered countless Ma’amool by every relative possible.

I just had to make a version thats not ladened with gee, semolina and covered in sugar.

I was very happy with the outcome of this recipe (and had to hold back from eating too many)

Makes around 23 depending on size.

Prep time: 20 mins

Baking time: 20-25 mins



2 Cups Almond Flour/ Meal

1 Cup Powdered Coconut (blitz desiccated coconut in the grinder till its a rough powder)

2 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup (you could also use honey)

1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

25 pistachios or any nut you like. (you might need a few more)


7 or 8 Thinly Chopped Medjool Dates

*You could also try using chopped dried figs.



*Pre heat the oven to 350 F or Gas Mark 4.

  1. Mix the Almond meal and Coconut powder in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add everything else except the pistachios. Combined well.
  3. Take one heaped teaspoon of the mixture and flatten it the palm of your hand.
  4. Add some date mixture (I like to add as much as I can, but its up to you).
  5. Close the edges over the date filling and roll the cookie into a ball.
  6. Place the Ma’amools on a baking sheet/ well greased baking tray.
  7. Take a pistachio and gently press it into the center of each Ma’amool.
  8. Bake for 20 to 25 mins until golden brown.
  9. Leave to cool…if you can resist-I couldn’t! Image