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Healthy Atayef


Hey guys! A lot of you asked for a healthier version of the classic Atatef that we all love. And here’s the best Healthy Atayef recipe!

This recipe has the Atayef dough and a healthier version of the Ashta! It’s a twisted version of the classic Ashta and I already shared it in my Healthier Mafroukeh recipe. It’s the best part of any Arabic dessert if you ask me!

Atayef are usually eaten with sugar syrup (or ater) and I already shared how you can make it in the same mafroukeh recipe. But here I made the Ashta sweet enough so for me it doesn’t need any more sweetness but it’s up to you! And here’s a picture with sugar syrup dropping because I just love to shoot this type of images!

Healthy Atayef

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 30 pieces


Atayef dough

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar or dry sweetener of choice
  • 1 tbsp milk powder I used skimmed milk
  • 2 cups warm water

For 2 cups healthy Ashta

  • 6 slices white bread
  • 1 cup milk powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tbsp sugar or dry sweetener of choice
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp orange blossom water
  • 1 tbsp rose water

To garnish

  • 2 tbsp crushed pistachios


Atayef dough

  • In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, yeast, sugar and milk.
  • Add the warm water and whisk everything until smooth. Cover and let it rest for 20 mins.
  • Heat a nonstick pan, pour around 2 tbsp batter for each atayef, bubbles with start to form, wait until it's dry on top and brown on the bottom. Repeat until no batter remains.
    When done, cover them with a clean towel so they don't dry out.

Healthy Ashta

  • Cut the toast edges then cut to squares.
  • In a bowl, add the milk powder, cornstarch, sugar and water. Stir until no lumps remains.
  • Place the milk mixture with the toasts in a saucepan on medium heat, keep stirring until thickened. Add the orange blossom water and stir until combined.
  • Pour in a glass bowl, let cool to room temperature then cover and refrigerate until you want to serve.
  • Fill each atayef with ashta and garnish with crushed pistachios!
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