Egyptian Style Sweet Couscous with Dates, Nuts, and Hibiscus Syrup

I just saw this AMAZING recipe on the A Foodie’s Affairs blog and NEEDED to share. I hope you love it. To visit her gorgeous blog for more amazing recipes please click HERE

But for now – Enjoy !


  1. 1 cup dry organic whole wheat couscous
  2. 1 cup boiled filtered water
  3. 8 medjool dates
  4. 50 g raw pistachios
  5. 100 g blanched almonds, lightly toasted
  1. 200 ml organic maple syrup
  2. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  3. 1 whole star anise
  4. 1 tablespoon dried hibiscus flowers
  5. 3/4 cup filtered water
  1. 200 ml full cream milk, extra for serving
  2. a pinch of ground cardamom
Prepare couscous
  1. Add the boiled water to dry couscous in a pan or a glass bowl and cover tightly.
  2. Leave for 10-15 mins to rehydrate (absorb al the water). *Check couscous packet instructions for suggested amount of liquid and cooking time.
  3. In a small bowl cover dates with warm water, leave aside to soften.
For the syrup
  1. Add all syrup ingredients to a small pan and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 mins.
  3. Remove from heat and drain, discarding hibiscus flowers and star anise.
  4. Return red liquid to heat and add maple syrup.
  5. Simmer on low- medium heat for 2 mins, then remove from heat.
  6. Warm up your milk, add a pinch of ground cardamom and stir, transfer to a serving bottle.
  7. Drain the dates, halve each date and discard the pits.
  8. Fluff up couscous using a fork and transfer to a serving bowl.
  9. Add nuts and dates to couscous and mix gently to combine.
To serve
  1. Divide couscous mixture equally into 4 bowls, pour the warm cardamom milk on top then drizzle each bowl with the sweet hibiscus maple syrup.
  2. Serve with extra nuts, warm milk and syrup.

My FAVOURITE Banana Bread

I love Banana bread and this one is my all time favourite. So soft and rather cake like which completely appeals to my tastes. I hope you love it too.


Smash up two big banana’s and add to a stand mixer or you can use your hand mixer…

Add a TBS pure vanilla extract and mix with a paddle for about 2 minutes.

Add to that 3 eggs, 120ml veggie oil, 180g natural yoghurt ( I used greek ), 150 g brown or raw sugar ( I used brown cos I am naughty ), 2.5 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp ground nutmeg and mix for another 2 minutes.

Add 400 grams self raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp bicarb soda, 1/2 tsp salt mix for another couple of minutes until well beaten and light.

Bake 180C in a lined loaf pan until skewer comes out clean.

Adapted recipe…

I used wholemeal flour with this one and added shredded coconut, chocolate chips, chopped dates and some honey. It was so delicious.