by Dr. Wan Martina Wan Yusuf
*Medical practitioner in private clinic
Kelantan is a paradise for food lover especially in the month of Ramadan.
There are varieties of food and local dishes in Kelantan. Akok is among the popular traditional sweet dessert for breaking fast.
The main ingredients are eggs and coconut milk. Palm sugar (gula Melaka/manisan) makes Akok taste like caramel and sweet.
The added sugar is not suitable for diabetics, hypertensive, heart problems and obese patients. For those who are concerned about health, they still able to enjoy Akok.
Substitute palm sugar with no calorie sugar like lakanto or Luo Han Guo (monk fruit sugar) or stevia and swap flour with almond flour. The taste still the same and delicious.
Almond flour low in carbohydrates, high in fiber and healthy fats. It also rich in micronutrients, vitamins and minerals. Almond flour is better for blood sugar. It contains high amount of magnesium which is important in controlling blood sugar.
Coconut milk is the main ingredient in Akok, high in calories and saturated fat. It also contains many other nutrients that contribute the best source of several vitamins and minerals.
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut milk go from the digestive tract directly to liver, where beneficial for energy or ketone production. They are less likely to be stored as fat.
Research also suggests that MCTs may help reduce appetite and decrease calorie intake compared to other fats.
Hence, it is highly recommended for adding coconut milk in our daily diet without any doubt or worry of neither gaining weight nor cholesterol.
Eggs are among the most nutritious food. A whole egg contains micronutrients, vitamins, trace elements, protein and healthy fats.
Eggs are perfect food. They contain a little bit of almost every nutrient we need. Omega-3 enriched eggs are even healthier.
Now, let us make Akok with this healthy version.
5 eggs 200 ml coconut milk 140 ml water 3 drop stevia
2 tablespoon lakanto (monk fruit sugar) 2 tablespoon almond flour and quarter tablespoon of Himalayan salt.
1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blends it till well. Sift the batter to remove any lumps. 3. Heat up the oven at 200 degree Celsius. Heat up the greasy muffin pan in appropriately hot temperature oven for 5 minutes 4. Remove the muffin pan from the oven and pour the Akok batter until almost full. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the top looks golden brown.
5. Ready to serve. Enjoy it.