In this month of Ramadan, it was impossible for me not to review my favorite Moroccan pastry, Sellou. Sellou is a sweet we prepare for special events. It is also one of Moroccan favorite sweets during Ramadan. At this period of the year, this sweet is highly appreciated because of its fortifying virtues. Therefore it is usually eaten just before or after the fast.
Made of almonds and sesame powder, Sellou is a real energizing snack. The problem – as it is often the case with pastries – is that it contains a lot of sugar, wheat flour, and sometimes honey and butter. So how to keep the benefits without these inconvenients, and of course without compromising the taste? Such an interesting challenge!
I have to say I started from the family recipe which is already a bit healthier than the traditional one – using roasted almond instead of fried one. But I wanted to go further and see if I could make Sellou without using flour and less oil. It is possible thanks to this magic ingredient: flax seeds. These seeds are healthy and very useful in pastry.
Flax seeds can replace the flour. Mixed with orange blossom, they made it possible to have a paste without using tons of oil! In this recipe, I also chose to use dates instead of sugar to sweeten the taste.
I really recommend to Sellou lovers to try this new version and those who haven’t heard of it to try one of the best Moroccan pastries in its healthy version.
Wish you all Ramadan Mubarak!
Almonds and Sesame Moroccan Bites - Sellou
Makes 25 bites
120 g / 4,5 sesame seeds, roasted and ground
120 g / 4,5 almonds, shelled, roasted and ground
80 g / 3 oz flax seeds ground + 1 tbsp
120 g / 4,5 oz dates
4 tbsp orange blossom water
1 tbsp cinnamon powder
1 tbsp fennel powder
3 tbsp sesame oil
For the roasting part, you can use a pan or do it in the oven.
Let cold the almonds and the sesame before grounding. For sesame, a coffee or a spice grinder is the best option. For the almonds, a food processor is good.
In a large bowl, mix the almonds and sesame powder, flax seeds, cinnamon and fennel powder.
In a food processor, pour the powder and add the dates. Blend.
Mix 1 tbsp flax seeds in the orange blossom. Pour it over the preparation and kneed the dough. Add the oil little by little. Mix with hands. Put the preparation in the fridge for 1 or 2 hours.
On the bench, put the dough and form a square shape, keeping 2-3 cm height. Cut in small bites. Serve cold or room temperature.
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