Pistachio Baklava

IMG_6783One thing that peeved me off in Greece was that no place had dairy-free baklava! Well, here I am a month later & still craving this tasty treat! So, what better way to satisfy a craving then to make it my own way! I decided to turn the typical butter-fest baklava into a healthy version – dehydrated filo squares with a raw middle – YUM (I swear it was yummy)!

Let’s begin with the filling…

  1. In a food processor blend: 1C shelled pistachios, 6 pitted medjool dates, 2T dried cranberries, 1C large flake coconut, 1/4t ground cinnamon & 1/4t ground cardamon – pulse until chopped (you want it chunky, not creamy)
  2. Add 2T honey & pulse a few more times – remove & set aside

If you have a dehydrator then you can break it out to make filo squares. If not, just  buy or bake a dozen crackers/cookies. I’m envisioning these cardamon crackers!  If you want to tackle the dehydrator filo square version, the instructions are at the end.

To assemble, drizzle honey on a plate, lay down a filo cracker (or whatever you decide to use) & then add 1/3 pistachio mixture. Continue with 2 more layers & top with another filo cracker.

To make this all the more mouth watering make sure to drizzle honey on top & add a scoop of pistachio ice cream (I made the ice cream in the picture, still testing it out so recipe to come later).

Nutritional Info Per Serving for Pistachio Mixture (Serves 4): 400 calories – 25 grams of fat – 40 carbs – 9 grams of protein

Click below for dehydrator instructions, ingredient list & original recipe…

Dehydrator Filo Cracker Instructions:

  1. In a food processor blend: 1 apple, 1/2C almond meal, 1t honey, 1/4t ground cardamon & a pinch of salt until smooth
  2. Spread out thinly on a lined dehydrator sheet into a square – dry at 150degrees for 2hours (or until sticky)
  3. After 2hours (or sticky) remove sheet & cut square into 9 equal parts
  4. Put back in dehydrater for 6-8hours (or until very crispy)
  5. Remove & store in an air-tight container
Nutritional Info Per Serving of Filo Square (makes 9 squares): 50 calories – 3 grams of fat – 4 carbs – 2 grams of protein 

Ingredient List for Pistachio Baklava:

  • 1C pistachios
  • 6 dates (medjool is the best but if you can not find regular is oki doki)
  • 2T dried cranberries
  • 1C large flake coconut
  • 2T honey
  • 1/4t ground cardamon
  • 1/4t ground cinnamon

If you are dehydrating then continue with the below list…

  • 1 apple
  • 1/2C almond meal
  • 1t honey
  • 1/4 ground cardamon

Click here for original recipe.

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