Dessert Couscous With Nuts

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Sweet couscous is served as the final savory dish of a banquet. More expensive nuts, such as pistachios and pine nuts, are often used along with traditional almonds.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread the nuts on a baking tray and bake for about 5 minutes (until slightly golden).
  2. Allow to cool, then roughly chop and place in a bowl. Mix the chopped apricots in with the nuts.
  3. Put the couscous, cinnamon, and caster sugar in a large bowl then pour in the water & milk, stir well. Add the butter and a pinch of salt, stir until the butter melts.
  4. Cover with a towel and set aside for 10 minutes. Fluff the grains with a fork then stir in half the nut & fruit mixture.
  5. To Serve: Pile the warm couscous in the center of a platter. Arrange the remaining nut mixture over the couscous & arrange fresh mint along the outside.
  6. To Garnish: Combine the confectioners sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl and serve separately for sprinkling.
Most Helpful

Perfect consistency, not too dry, not too wet - just enough to taste the texture of the uncooked couscous. And just sweet enough to be deemed dessert! Awesome recipe. It's going in the cookbook arsenal.

Jack S. October 22, 2013

Excellent dish! I used rice couscous and rice milk and dried papaya instead of the apricot. The pistachios and pine nuts really made this special. Thanks for posting!
Made for Ramadan Tag 2010.

Mia in Germany September 15, 2010

Despite the fact that I messed up and picked up the wrong dish and dumped the nuts and apricots into the cooking pot. I was able to draw back and save a very few nuts to scatter. Even if it's not company pretty it didn't damage the taste in any way and this is delicious. I skipped the butter and used Splenda for the sugar. The nuts were pistachio's and pine nuts. This would also be a marvelous breakfast least for me. Made for Photo Tag.

Annacia February 09, 2009