Nut-Free Baklava Recipe

I'm a vegetarian who loves cooking and I am always looking for new ways to adapt recipes and put an interesting spin on the food I make.


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).


  • Phyllo pastry sheets
  • 1 stick of butter, melted


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


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


  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!

© 2009 Delish Vegetarian


Doralba on December 27, 2018:

What type of sesame seeds?

8th grader on May 18, 2016:

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

weirdo on March 10, 2012:


Lol on February 24, 2012:

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

that is an idea... on October 05, 2011:

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

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

YUM on October 05, 2011:

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. :(

ilovebaklavqasrf on July 20, 2011:

this is great and delisiuos thanks

chester on December 15, 2010:

i love me the baklava

9thgrader on November 08, 2010:

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.

kk on October 12, 2010:

Thanks so much!!

Vivi on May 27, 2010:

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

pricklygirl on May 12, 2010:

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

VegetarianLikeMe on February 10, 2010:

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

Maria Grigg on October 06, 2009:

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

sixth grader on May 19, 2009:

heyy thanks for the recipe!

i am making it for greek day at school!

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