Nut-Free Baklava Recipe

Updated on October 18, 2017

Just Because You Have Nut Allergies Doesn't Mean You Can't Enjoy This Decadent Dessert!

Baklava... so tasty, and yet, for a person with nut allergies like myself, so off-limits. During holiday gatherings when it was brought out as a special treat or ordered as a dessert at a Greek restaurant, I would sit wistfully, wishing that I could eat a bite of the sugary stuff without my throat swelling up. Or sometimes, if I was feeling especially daring, I would peel apart the thin layers of phyllo, scrape off the nuts, and eat the layers, crossing my fingers that there would not be enough nut-residue to make me ill.

Last year, I decided enough is enough! And so I bring to you this easy, nut-free baklava recipe that is sure to be a hit with both those suffering from nut-allergies and those who are not:

(Makes 18 pieces, if cut into squares and then triangles, or 9 pieces if you prefer larger servings).

Ingredients:

  • Phyllo pastry sheets
  • 1 stick of butter, melted

Filling:

  • 2 tbs. orange zest
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice

Syrup:

  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbs. honey
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • A 8-9 inch square pan

Preparation:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. To make the filling, simply mix together the sesame seeds, sugar, orange zest, and spices.
  3. Next, cut your phyllo sheets with a knife to fit the pan.
  4. Butter your pan, or use cooking spray. Then, add a sheet of phyllo and brush with butter. Add 3 more sheets, brushing with butter after each sheet. Then add a thin layer of the filling. Add three more sheets, (buttering each sheet) then more filling, and keep repeating this until you've used up the filling, topping it off with three sheets of phyllo, and a brushing of butter. Now, cut it into squares, since it will be difficult to do this after it has baked.
  5. Next, toss it into the oven for 1 hour.
  6. While it's baking, make the syrup. To make the syrup, just toss all of your syrup ingredients (sugar, water, honey, lemon zest) into a pot and stir, until the sugar dissolves. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until it has a thin but syrup-like consistency.
  7. When your baklava is finished baking, pour the syrup over it, and enjoy!

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        8th grader 2 years ago

        Amazing recipe! Made it for my greece project at school. Thank you!

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        weirdo 6 years ago

        GRODY

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        Lol 6 years ago

        Thanks for the recipe. I'm sure my teacher will enjoy this during my Greece project at school.

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        that is an idea... 6 years ago

        Pistachio nuts - Almonds - Cashews - none of which are friendly... totally sucks eh?

        Now to try this treat and it won't kill me ... YAY!

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        YUM 6 years ago

        YAY for someone else in the same boat as me ... and now I can try it NUT FREE! :) Sadest days out there when the yummest treats are laced with nuts. :(

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        ilovebaklavqasrf 6 years ago

        this is great and delisiuos thanks

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        chester 7 years ago

        i love me the baklava

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        9thgrader 7 years ago

        Thanks for the no nut recipe since a lot kids are allergic to nuts.It's for a school project,World Day,so yeah,thanks again.

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        kk 7 years ago

        Thanks so much!!

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        Vivi 8 years ago

        Ohmygosh, thank you! This is so tasty and I'm making this for my Greece project at school!!! ?

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        pricklygirl 8 years ago

        Thank you so much -- we're making this for my son's 3rd grade report on Greece.

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        VegetarianLikeMe 8 years ago

        OMG! This looks so good and I love Baklava. Baklava with Pistachio nuts is the best!

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        Maria Grigg 8 years ago

        Excellent idea for a recipe, we too are having a Greek theme at school

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        sixth grader 9 years ago

        heyy thanks for the recipe!

        i am making it for greek day at school!

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