Baklava is a tasty Middle-Eastern treat consisting of layers of crispy phyllo(filo) pastry and a heart of crunchy nuts, all glazed in a sticky syrup. As good as that sounds, the traditional recipe uses a shocking amount of butter and sugar. That makes the treat not suitable for anyone on a diet, and also not vegan. Let's try to improve that.
Below we will make vegan Lebanese baklava with no butter and no honey.
But first, what's special about Lebanese baklava? This variation is our favourite because it uses rose water for extra flavour. Rose water is an essence made from water and rose petals. It smells and tastes fantastic and plays so well with the nuts and the syrup in the baklava.
To make vegan and healthier baklava, we replaced butter with oil and white sugar syrup with maple syrup. Maple syrup has around 30% less sugar than white sugar, contributing to a better nutritional profile for this recipe.
Even though we made good progress and improved the traditional baklava's nutritional profile, we gave this recipe "1 out of 3 hearts". One heart on Foodaciously stands for "indulgent", which means you should enjoy that food in moderation and sporadically.
If you limit yourself to one or two squares of this dessert every other day, you can enjoy the amazing flavour of Lebanese baklava without worries. In fact, two squares of our baklava are just around 200 calories and 14% of your sugar RDI. Perfectly acceptable, and much better than most other desserts.
NOTE: The default ingredients yield about 40 squares and one serving consists of two pieces. You can adjust the servings below to fit the needs of your household.