My Take on Dukkah
Dukkah is a traditional Egyptian condiment that normally consists of a mixture of herbs and spices, nuts, and seeds, and is usually served with bread and olive oil (or hummus, yum!), with fresh veggies as a starter, or as an aromatic coating for meats before roasting or grilling. There are countless recipes for dukkah out there, and everyone seems to have their own take on the mix. Savoury dukkah is normally prepared with cumin, fennel, and coriander seeds, but some might even include things like mint or marjoram. I will be sharing my recipe for a simple savoury dukkah next week, but for now, I want to share this yummy Sweet Dukkah mix that has been gracing my bowls of warm porridge, yoghurt with fruit, and even as a topping for my peanut butter-stuffed Medjool date snack over the past couple of weeks :)
Seed & Nut Goodness
Nuts and seeds are definitely unappreciated 'superfoods' (I've spoken a bit about almonds here before). They are nutrient-dense wonders, comprised of complex matrices of fat, fibre, protein, minerals, fat-soluble vitamins, phytosterols, and phytonutrients . Large epidemiologic studies have associated daily nut consumption with a lower incidence of heart disease and diabetes, and some evidence has shown that in the context of an overall healthy diet, nut intake may have beneficial effects on inflammation, oxidative stress, and vascular function . Seeds are also nutritional powerhouses, for example, the sesame seeds that I've included in this recipe are one of the highest plant-based sources of calcium. Including sufficient good-quality fats as part of whole foods, such as nuts and seeds, is great for our overall health!
Let's Get Creative
I'm repeating myself a bit here, but there are so many delicious ways that you can enjoy this slightly sweet cinnamon nut and seed sprinkle :) Here are just a few of my favourite suggestions:
- Top your morning bowl of porridge with a handful of this dukkah, a drizzle of honey, and half a chopped up apple for a warming breakfast
- For warmer weather, enjoy this sprinkle as a topping for a bowl of plain yoghurt with fresh fruit
- Add some extra crrrrunch to your peanut butter and banana toast with a tablespoon or two of this dukkah sprinkled on top
- Stuff one Medjool date with a teaspoon of peanut or almond butter, place some of this sprinkle on a small plate and roll the open (stuffed) end over it so that the nut butter sticks to the dukkah (such a delicious snack)
- Or better yet, just enjoy a handful of it as a mid-afternoon snack :)
Total time: 40min
- 200g hazelnuts
- 200g almonds (or any other nuts)
- 200g sunflower seeds
- 200g sesame seeds
- 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
- Preheat your oven to 110˚C.
- Meanwhile, roughly chop up the hazelnuts and almonds (either by hand, or using a food processor) and place them in a mixing bowl. Add the sunflower and sesame seeds, along with the cinnamon, olive oil, and honey to the bowl.
- Mix everything together well to combine and spread over a lined baking tray. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, removing the tray and mixing the sprinkle around halfway.
- Allow to cool completely after removing from the oven. Break up pieces that have stuck together and store in a clean, airtight, glass jar for up to 2 weeks.
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