A healthier alternative to commonly prepared `Eid desserts that allows you to use all the leftover dates you may have from Ramadan is the following:
- 20 dates (pitted)
- 2 tbsp. of butter
- ¼ cup of milk (reduced fat-condensed)
- ¼ cup of milk (low fat)
- 10 tea biscuits (crushed)
- ½ cup of nuts (chopped)
- ¼ cup of coconut (desiccated)
- 2 tsp. of sesame seeds (optional)
- Coconut powder (for garnishing
In saucepan, melt butter. Add dates, and soften. Add condensed milk and low-fat milk, and continue to soften dates on low flame. Turn off flame, and add crushed tea biscuits, coconut, nuts, and the (optional) sesame seeds.
Mix into a dough. Spread mixture onto a tray to cool. Roll into 1-inch-diameter balls. Coat with coconut powder. Refrigerate immediately.
Baklava is a staple at every `Eid dinner and the following is a low-calorie, yet just as delicious, version of this rich dessert:
- ½ lb. of pistachio nuts (ground)
- 3 tbsp. of sugar
- ¾ tsp. of cinnamon (ground)
- 1 ½ tbsp. of rose water
- ½ lb. of phyllo dough
- ½ cup of margarine (low-calorie, melted)
- Rose water syrup
Combine pistachio nuts, sugar, cinnamon, and rose water in a small bowl. Using half of phyllo sheets, place three sheets in bottom of lightly greased 13×9-inch baking sheet. Brush with some of the margarine.
Sprinkle evenly with nut mixture. Place remaining sheets over nut filling, brushing after every third sheet and top sheet.
Cut baklava at 1-1/2-inch intervals diagonally to form pattern of about 35 diamond shapes. Bake at 400°F/200°C for 25 minutes or until golden. Place on wire rack to cool. Drizzle rose water syrup evenly over top, and allow to soak several hours.
Each piece of baklava contains 85 calories and 5 grams fat. (Orchekowski)
During Ramadan, we were given the opportunity to cleanse and renew ourselves, both spiritually and physically, thus there is no better time than now to embark upon a healthier future for you and your family.
This article is from our archive, originally published on an earlier date, and now republished for its importance.
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