In order to make healthy Middle Eastern sweets, you will need to choose your ingredients carefully and bake the sweets yourself. If you are selective enough, you can make sure that all the ingredients you are using are as healthy as they can be. Moreover, you can make sure the unhealthy ones are used very sporadically.
If you start with a semi-healthy recipe, you know that you would not need to modify too much of it. Thus, given many recipes at hand, first make sure you choose the one that is closest of how you want the final version to look like.
In making Middle Eastern sweets, you better use organic ingredients when possible. Most importantly are the flour and sugar. These two items are widely available in organic forms and thus using these versions of them is very important. These two items constitute about half of the total ingredients by weight. Next, it is also very important to use organic nuts like pistachios and pine nuts. These make for one third of the total final weight, and thus it is also worthwhile to use their organic versions. The same can also be said for butter and milk, even though they are used in much less quantities to begin with.
As far as flour is concerned, it would also be a good idea to use whole wheat flour. You can mix both regular and whole wheat flour if you like, but using 100% whole wheat might be a better idea if health is your first concern.
It is especially important to choose the right type of butter to use. Butter can have a lot of fat, and if you make a bad choice, you can end up with a lot of trans fats in your Middle eastern sweets. Some soft spreads are much better than butter in terms of trans fats and calories at the same time, and thus they are much recommended.
Besides modifications and substitutions, you can also change the amounts of the ingredients you use. For example, reducing the amount of sugar and butter in the recipe can have a dramatic effect on the calorie amount per serving as well as the amount of fat in each piece. This will make these sweets much more attractive to a larger audience.
Middle Eastern sweets do not have to be unhealthy. They are as such only if we make them this way. If organic ingredients are used and high calorie ingredients are used more moderately, these desserts’ health effect can improve dramatically.