Super easy 3 Step Paleo Baklava Bars! These vegan and paleo friendly “baklava” flavored bars are full of sweet nutty flavor and healthy fats. Lower in carbs, sugar, and great for snacks or breakfast on the go. Totally tastes like that nutty rich dessert, but of course, WAY better for you! ENJOY!
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This Paleo Baklava Bars recipe was originally published in early 2016. I retested, rephotographed, and added a HOW TO RECIPE VIDEO below. Now I am republishing it for you today. Hope you ENJOY!
Hey there! Yes, the snack bar queen has returned! And I am claiming these paleo “baklava” bars the snack fo the Gods, Greek Gods. Ha ha! Totally makes sense because these bars are Greekish, right? . Okay they might not be the real deal baklava, but these sweet and nutty Paleo Baklava bars have been our latest obsession! A snack bar obsession means they are 110% worth sharing with the world!
HOW TO MAKE PALEO BAKLAVA BARS (1 minute video)
Let’s discuss the baklava flavor bar obsession, shall we?
Reason for baklava bar obsession number one…. they are super duper yummy. And two…… they are paleo, lower carb, and vegan friendly. Which makes them another great FUEL source for many. For those of you allergic to nuts, I’m sorry I left you out. Forgive me. But you can make these no bake vegan protein bars instead. Mmm k? Lastly, reason number 3…. they make for a nice change in what we call, the bar stash.
If you’re like us, you probably have a huge stash of bars in your pantry. Right? Not just one kind, like SEVERAL kind. Protein bars, oat bars, fruit/nut bars, savory bars, vegan or paleo bars, chocolate bars, etc. etc. etc. You get my point. Bars are handy and convenient. But then there are times when just wanted something a little nutty and sweet but without all the dried fruit. Ya know?
Which is why I totally made these Paleo Baklava Bars. They are lighter is sugar and carbs (like these bars) but not lacking superfood nutrition! A paleo nut bar that is super moist (hate that word) and super delicious. Made with SUPER SIMPLE ingredients. Oh and of course vegan friendly if you want to use maple syrup. Always an option there.
You see where I’m going with this, right.? Simple REAL FOOD ingredients make for the best snackage.. that’s a word.
Chopped nuts, almond butter or tahini, honey (or maple syrup), spices, coconut oil, and almond meal. Yep. SIMPLE to the max!
I bet now you are wondering. .. um… “Lindsay, how are these even relevant to Baklava?”
Oh oh but they are!
You see, baklava is a “rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo/phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. ” Wikipedia
And while I might not have the filo dough in this recipe, I do have a flour like texture that makes them stick together. The almond meal and a touch of coconut flour. Think of these Paleo Baklava bars as deconstructed baklava all toasted and sliced. The foodie in me approves of that thought process!
If you are Greek, I’m sorry, I just butchered your beloved baklava dessert, but it might be totally worth it if you give these a try. Just sayin…
Did I mention these bars can be made in 3 little steps? JUST 3!
Step 1 involves pan toasting
Step 2 involves mixing and pressing
Step 3 involves refrigerating then slicing.
No eggs needed, no refined sugars, no oven required, just a skillet to toast the nuts with coconut oil. Which is key because then your house will smell heavenly.
Excuse the fabulous fragmented grammar. I’m focusing in on this slice below!
Now let’s put it all together in the recipe!Print
Healthy, vegan friendly, paleo baklava bars are packed full of sweet nutty flavor and healthy fats. Taste like dessert, but made with REAL FOOD.
- 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (see notes for substitutes)
- 1/2 heaping cup chopped walnuts or pecans (about 1/2 c 2 tbsp total)
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1.5 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
- 1/4 cup honey (maple syrup or brown rice syrup for vegans)
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup creamy tahini or smooth almond butter
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- dash cinnamon (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- First, make sure your nuts are chopped. It’s easier just to buy pre-chopped, but both work.
- In a skillet or pan, toast chopped nuts, almond meal, coconut oil , and salt until lightly coated toasted, about 2 minutes to 3 minutes max.
- Mix in honey until it bubbles, then remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Next place your nuts in a bowl and mix in almond butter or tahini , extract, and coconut flour.
- Spread and flatten into 8×8 dish to cool.
- Refrigerate or freeze for 30 minutes.
- Slice into into squares and wrap each square in plastic wrap or foil to hold the texture.
- Keep in fridge due to coconut oil
- Feel free to add in coconut or any other dried fruit to the mix when toasting nuts!
- If you prefer, you can use pistachios versus hazelnuts, but they might not bind as well to hold the bars.
- ESTIMATED NUTRITION PER BAR below. Varies depending on the nuts you use.
- Category: dessert
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 145
- Sugar: 7.4g
- Sodium: 39.4mg
- Fat: 11g
- Saturated Fat: 1.7g
- Carbohydrates: 10.8g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 3.1g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: paleo, baklava, vegetarian, vegan, dessert bars
Now, since I know most of you all love a good bar recipe, please let me know if you try this or need substitutions. We made several batches and kept them in freezer until ready to eat or place in cooler. The only downfall (minor) that comes with these paleo baklava bars is that they will get soft in the heat due to the coconut oil. So be sure to keep in fridge or cooler when traveling. Trust me though, so worth it.
Favorite homemade bar recipe?
Ever tried baklava? I should really add that to my list to attempt to make gluten free…
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