Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Dessert Drink

Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Dessert Drink

Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Dessert Drink is a thick creamy milky hot winter-beverage with a flowery fragrance, so soothing and refreshing!!

 

This is an adapted version of a popular middle eastern beverage known as Sahlab, traditionally made with a starchy flour prepared from the tubers of certain wild orchids. The starch in those tubers contains the polysaccharide glucomannan. The origins of this beverage were in the erstwhile Ottoman empire, through which it became widely popular in the middle east, eastern Mediterranean and all the way to Europe. The beverage is like a very thin pudding or heavy cream in consistency with tiny crushed toppings, which you would relish like in a fruit punch.

 

Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Dessert Drink is a thick creamy milky hot winter beverage with a flowery fragrance, so soothing and refreshing! This is an adapted version of a popular middle eastern beverage known as Sahlab.

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

Due to the popularity of this drink, that specific variety of wild orchids were over used, bringing them to the brink of extinction. Therefore, the Sahlab beverage powder made out of real orchids is never exported and is in fact illegal. The Sahlab drink mixes available outside of Turkey/Middle East are corn starch based and use artificial flavorings.

 

So I decided to create my own version of the Sahlab beverage, that is so popular in winter time and ubiquitous in the cafes of the eastern Mediterranean and surrounding areas. The commercial drink mixes use corn starch to approximate the creaminess of the original Sahlab. I thought that barley would work even better. So I gave it a try. Not only did it result in a delectable and rich creaminess that I appreciated more. But also, when the mixture is run through a high speed blender such as a Vitamix it even results in a creamy foaminess. Plus barley is so good for you!!

 

Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Dessert Drink is a thick creamy milky hot winter beverage with a flowery fragrance, so soothing and refreshing! This is an adapted version of a popular middle eastern beverage known as Sahlab.

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

This Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Dessert Drink is flavored the way it is, because that is my preference and it also happens to be the popular flavor choice for this beverage. But if you wish, you could try rose water, ginger or saffron and use a variety of toppings. I think that cinnamon works the best for the sprinkle on the top, but you may try ground cardamom too.

 

Want to add more deliciously healthy beverages to your repertoire? Here are some on the blog – Rich Walnut Hot Cocoa and Rose Avocado Smoothie.

 

Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Dessert Drink is a thick creamy milky hot winter beverage with a flowery fragrance, so soothing and refreshing! This is an adapted version of a popular middle eastern beverage known as Sahlab.

 

 Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

 

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HEALTHY ORANGE BLOSSOM CINNAMON DESSERT DRINK

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NUTRITION FACTS

 

Servings: 4               Serving Size: 6 ounces

 

Calories 148, Total Fat 4 g (Saturated Fat 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 1 g), Cholesterol 15 mg, Sodium* 87 mg, Potassium 315 mg, Phosphorus 184 mg, Total Carbohydrate 22 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars 16 g, Protein 7 g

 

 

Preparation Time: 5 minutes 
Cooking Time:  10 minutes

 

 

INGREDIENTS

 

3 cups reduced fat milk

2 tablespoons pearl barley

2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (optional)

2 tablespoons chopped dates

1 tablespoon honey, adjust per taste

1 Β½ tablespoons orange blossom water*

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon*

1 tablespoon finely chopped walnuts/pistachios/dried apricots/dried cherries/other dried fruit or shredded dry coconut

 

 

DIRECTIONS

 

Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Dessert Drink is a thick creamy milky hot winter beverage with a flowery fragrance, so soothing and refreshing! This is an adapted version of a popular middle eastern beverage known as Sahlab.

 

Put the milk, barley, walnuts, dates and honey in a Vitamix blender. Then grind it until very smooth. Alternatively you may grind the mixture in any other high speed blender to as smooth as possible.

 

Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Dessert Drink is a thick creamy milky hot winter beverage with a flowery fragrance, so soothing and refreshing! This is an adapted version of a popular middle eastern beverage known as Sahlab.

 

Strain the mixture through a sieve and pour it into a saucepan.

 

Bring the mixture to a slow boil at medium heat, making sure to stir as needed. Do not allow it to stick in the bottom of the saucepan.

 

Once the mixture is well cooked and thick like heavy cream consistency take it away from the heat source.

 

Stir in the orange blossom water. Adjust the sweetness and flavoring to your taste.

 

Pour it into serving cups. Sprinkle the ground cinnamon and the toppings as per your preference.

 

Serve this Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Dessert Drink steaming hot.

 

Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Dessert Drink is a thick creamy milky hot winter beverage with a flowery fragrance, so soothing and refreshing! This is an adapted version of a popular middle eastern beverage known as Sahlab.

 

Photo Credits: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

 

Notes:

 

Orange blossom water, rose water, saffron, dry coconut flakes, cardamom, fresh ginger are available at Indian grocery, online and other general stores that carry ethnic products.

 

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Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Dessert Drink

Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Dessert Drink is a thick creamy milky hot winter-beverage with a flowery fragrance, so soothing and refreshing!!

5 minPREP TIME

10 minCOOK TIME

15 minTOTAL TIME

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups reduced fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons pearl barley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dates
  • 1 tablespoon honey, adjust per taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange blossom water*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon*
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped walnuts/pistachios/dried apricots/dried cherries/other dried fruit or shredded dry coconut

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put the milk, barley, walnuts, dates and honey in a Vitamix blender. Then grind it until very smooth. Alternatively you may grind the mixture in any other high speed blender to as smooth as possible.
  2. Strain the mixture through a sieve and pour it into a saucepan.
  3. Bring the mixture to a slow boil at medium heat, making sure to stir as needed. Do not allow it to stick in the bottom of the saucepan.
  4. Once the mixture is well cooked and thick like heavy cream consistency take it away from the heat source.
  5. Stir in the orange blossom water. Adjust the sweetness and flavoring to your taste.
  6. Pour it into serving cups. Sprinkle the ground cinnamon and the toppings as per your preference.
  7. Serve this Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Dessert Drink steaming hot.
Cuisine: Middle Eastern | Recipe Type: Beverages

RECIPE NOTES

Orange blossom water, rose water, saffron, dry coconut flakes, cardamom, fresh ginger are available at Indian grocery, online and other general stores that carry ethnic products.

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Kaleigh McMoride
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This sounds so delicious. I love all the beautiful toppings!

Denise
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This looks delicious and warm and cozy this time of year! Thank you for sharing!

Katie Cavuto
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What a flavorful and cozy drink! I’m going to have to try this on a chilly winter day πŸ™‚

Abby
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This looks lovely. Orange blossom is one of my favourite flavours so it’s so nice to have a recipe incorporating it!!

Mandy Enright
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This sounds great! And I’m curious to try Orange Blossom water πŸ™‚

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