recipe Umm Ali

Umm Ali is a delicious dessert that originated in Egypt and has become popular across the Middle East. It is rich in calcium, protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and has a nutty taste.


  • 4 whole wheat croissants
  • 1 cup bran flakes
  • 6 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons roasted almonds, flaked
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts, flaked
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios, crushed
  • 4 cups nonfat milk (one liter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder


  • Preheat oven to 400 °F
  • Tear the croissants into small pieces and place in a baking dish
  • Combine the croissant pieces with bran flakes, raisins, walnuts, almonds and one tablespoon of the pistachios
  • In a saucepan, mix the nonfat milk, sugar and vanilla and bring to boil
  • Remove mixture from the heat and immediately pour it over the croissant pieces
  • Set the mixture aside for 5 minutes or until the croissants and bran flakes absorb the milk
  • Place the mixture in the oven and bake for 15 minutes
  • If desired, change the oven setting to broil and broil for a further 2 minutes to brown the top
  • Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes
  • Garnish with the remaining pistachios and cinnamon powder
Servings: 6
Calories per serving: 325
Fat per serving: 8 grams

Health Profile

People with diabetes can eat Umm Ali considering that 1/3 cup = 1 carbohydrate serving. Non-caloric sweetener can be used instead of sugar to reduce the calorie and carbohydrate count.