Sellou – a delicious and highly nutritious Moroccan dessert

Morocco’s cuisine is full of intriguing flavor combinations that will surprise you with every bite. Moroccan pastries are famous around the world for the mixture of intense flavors, its high nutritional value and the huge variety of recipes. Sellou is a unique unbaked Moroccan sweet packed with calories and nutrients. Undoubtedly, nuts are key to this traditional Moroccan sweet, as are browned flour, sesame seeds, anise, and honey. It’s traditionally served during Ramadan, weddings, births, and other special occasions.



  • 4 tablespoons toasted flour
  • 4 tablespoons roasted and ground sesame
  • 2 tablespoons toasted and ground walnut
  • 3 tablespoons toasted and ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon aniseed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 250 ml melted butter
  • 125 ml honey
  • Sesame in grain


Steps to make it:

First we mix the toasted flour with ground sesame, nuts, almond, aniseed, sugar and nutmeg. All the ingredients should be mixed together thoroughly to make a smooth mixture.

Next we mix the melted butter with honey. If you don’t have a measuring cup to know the proportion, you can use a glass of melted butter and half a glass of honey. As with the previous mix, we put these two ingredients together to add them later to the mix of dry ingredients.

Now we only need to quickly knead all ingredients together to a smooth dough. We can serve it in the same cake tray or in small portions (round or square) in paper baskets.

The sesame seeds are optional to add over the finished sweet and you can also decorate the dessert with chopped almonds, walnuts or a little icing sugar.

And now, bon appetit!

If you’d like to learn more about Moroccan cuisine, why not join one of our cooking classes the next time you visit Morocco?

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