Vegan Baklava

Vegan Baklava

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4 cups walnuts
1 cup macadamia oil
375 gr filo pastry (I used store bought or you can make your own)
2 cups coconut sugar
2 cups water
1 lemon, cut into thin slices


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (360F).
  2. Oil the bottom of a baking dish around 23x33cm.
  3. Start off with blending half the walnuts in your food processor using an S blade and blend until it almost turns into a walnut meal. Add in the other half of the walnuts and pulse until you have some smaller chunks of walnuts left. I like to have some chunkier bits in here to have a more textured baklava.
  4. Place 2 sheets of the filo on the bottom of the baking dish, leaving the sides hang out of the dish a little.
  5. Using an oil brush, oil the filo pastry and sprinkle evenly with 1 1/2 tbsps of walnuts. Make sure to also get some in the corners.
  6. Fold one sheet of the filo in half and place on top. Coat this layer with macadamia oil.
  7. Continue this process of layering until you have run out of walnuts. You may have one sheet of filo left over at the end.
  8. To finish it off, top with 2 filo sheets and tuck and overlap the filo on the sides. Coat with macadamia oil and place in the oven.
  9. Bake for 50 minutes until the top of the filo becomes golden brown (as pictured in image above)
  10. While the baklava is baking, place the coconut sugar and water in a saucepan and stir over a low-medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a gentle simmer for 7-10 minutes. You can cook it for longer if you want a thicker sauce. Make sure you don't reduce it too much as you will need it to seep into the pastry.
  11. Once the pastry is done, cut it into diamond shapes as demonstrated in image above while it's still hot. Pour 3/4 of the syrup over the baklava aiming to get it in between the cut sections.
  12. Place the slices of lemon on top and pour the rest over.
  13. Set aside to cool completely before serving.
  14. You can eat the lemon if you wish but it's more there for that extra flavour whilst it cools and it looks pretty 



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