Amlou

Do you like roasted almonds and almond butter? Do you like argan oil? Do you like honey?

If you’ve answered yes to all the above, you should take a few minutes and learn how to make your new favourite spread in no time! 

Amlou is a thick brown paste with a texture similar to peanut butter obtained by grinding roasted almonds mixed with honey and argan oil. . Amlou is known as a speciality from the South of Morocco and is usually used as a healthy dip or spread since its key ingredient is argan oil.

Amlou is usually served for breakfast or afternoon tea with pancakes and pastries.  

Serve it as a spread or a dip on top of anything that makes you happy:

Scones

Baghrir

Plain msemen

Bread

• Pastries

Amlou

INGREDIENTS

Makes 2½  cups

  • 250 gr roasted unpeeled almonds
  • 80 ml argan oil
  • 80 ml honey
  • ½ teaspoon flaky salt, such as maldon
  • Generous sprinkle of cinnamon (optional) 

MEHTOD

• Grind the roasted almonds in a food processor until finely ground and transfer in a medium sized bowl. 

• Gradually add the oil to the ground almonds and stir until smooth. Then gradually add the honey and combine all the ingredients until smooth. Season with salt and cinnamon. 

• Serve as a spread on top of anything you fancy; bread, msemen, baghrir, pastries… Top with fruits or chocolate and don't forget to make a pot of Moroccan mint tea!

Notes

• Amlou is traditionally more liquid and doesn’t have a “paste like” consistency. I prefer to keep it as a paste, since I like my amlou as a spread rather then a dip. If you would like a thin amlou then use 120 ml argan oil instead of 80 ml.

• Tradionnally amlou doesn’t contain cinnamon and salt.  

• Add more honey or sugar if you would like a sweeter amlou.