So my friend Kristin had shared a recipe for Healthy Cookie Dough Balls, and it inspired me to make a Lebanese version. After experimenting and substituting some ingredients, I’m pleased to find my go to recipe for Baklava when I’m on a diet and it’s SUPER EASY! I topped them with walnuts, but you can roll them in crushed pistachios or walnuts when you are done as an alternative. Also, if you don’t have Agave Nectar, you could substitute honey. I was told that Costco is carrying the nectar as well as almost any natural foods market. See Note below regarding Orange Blossom Water, the key ingredient in Lebanese Baklava.
Share this with all your friends and family who love the classic Middle Eastern and Greek dessert, Baklava and want a Gluten Free version without the Phyllo dough.
Makes about 20 balls
Healthy Baklava Bites
2 cups of old fashioned oats
6 tablespoons of Agave Nectar (use less or more for desired sweetness)
1 cup of pistachios
1 cup of walnuts
3 teaspoons of Orange Blossom Water (see Note)
Place nuts in Food Processor first and pulse until all nuts are chopped finely. You can use a pestle and mortar if needed. Add oats and pulse for about 5 seconds until mixture resembles a coarse sand mixture. Add nectar and orange blossom water and mix for about 5 seconds until mixture resembles a thinner than normal cookie dough. Form into balls and either top with walnuts or roll into crushed pistachios and drizzle honey or more nectar over when serving. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes, but it is not needed.
Note: Orange Blossom Water can be found at any Middle Eastern Grocery.