Amlou, also known as the Moroccan almond butter, is a magical concoction of Argan oil, honey and almond paste that was created by the Amazigh people in the Sous region of Morocco.
Keep reading to learn about the making process of Amlou, its health benefits, and more!
How is amlou made?
Amlou is still being made using traditional methods, usually by women’s cooperatives. The almond would be toasted before being grinded with pure Argan oil using a stone mill. This produces a smooth liquid to which organic honey is added.
Nowadays, new varieties of Amlou are being produced with different flavors, such as Chocolate and Pistachio.
It’s important to note that Amlou has traditionally more of a liquid consistency than a paste-like one.
How to eat amlou?
Amlou is typically served for breakfast or afternoon tea with bread or Moroccan pancakes like Baghrir, Msemen, Mlawi, or even Harcha.
This sweet dip (or spread) is also traditionally eaten during weddings, and it is also widely used as an aphrodisiac.
Amlou’s health benefits:
On top of its energizing benefits, this dip that is packed with healthy unsaturated fats, brings all the benefits of pure honey, Argan oil, and almonds, when consumed in moderation.
Rich in omegas 6 and 9, Vitamin E, and antioxidants, Amlou can help regulate cholesterol, prevent skin and cell aging, relieve muscles and joints pain, facilitate digestion, and boost the immune system, just to name a few of its health benefits.
Where to buy Amlou?
Although highly prized, Amlou is commonly sold in local Moroccan markets.
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