Greek Baklava

  • 10MINS
  • 25MINS
  • 50KCAL

Our Greek Baklava is slimming friendly and an amazing sweet treat whether you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers!

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories50
  • Carbs10g
  • Protein1g
  • Fat1g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars6g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

This slimming friendly Greek Baklava is perfect if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers and will take you straight back to your summer holiday.

Baklava has to be one of our favourite holiday treats, but it’s traditionally packed full of syrup or honey – delicious, but not exactly low on calories!

We’ve used Sweet Freedom Fruit Syrup in our Greek Baklava which is a much lower calorie alternative and makes this sweet treat slimming friendly.

We love this Greek Baklava served warm for pudding, but it’s also fantastic for buffets – no one will ever guess how few calories it has!

What diets is this Greek Baklava suitable for?

This Greek Baklava recipe is suitable for vegetarian and dairy free diets. It should also be suitable for vegans, but please double check the ingredients in your filo pastry as these can vary.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Filo pastry

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Greek Baklava recipe?

  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Greek Baklava recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Greek Baklava recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Greek Baklava recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Greek Baklava?

We’ve used Sweet Freedom Fruit Syrup which you may be able to pick up in your local supermarket, but if not, you’ll be able to get it on Amazon.

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To chop the pistachios finely we used a 3 in 1 Hand Blender with a chopping attachment. You can pick one up on Amazon.

You’ll also need a 9×9 inch baking tin, which is also available on Amazon.

Finally, you’ll need some baking parchment. You may be able to pick this up in the supermarket, but if not, you’ll find it on Amazon.

How many calories are in this Greek Baklava?

There are 50 calories per portion in this Greek Baklava, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Greek Baklava is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees. Blitz the pistachio nuts to a fine crumb. Keep back two tablespoons for the top. Cut the filo pastry sheets into quarters.

Step 2

In a lined 9×9 inch baking tin, place a layer of filo (two quarters, overlapping), a drizzle of fruit syrup, a sprinkle of pistachio nuts and spray with low calorie cooking spray. Repeat this process until you have used all of the filo (It will be around 15 layers). Top with more fruit syrup and the pistachios which were held back earlier.

Step 3

Cook in the oven for 25 minutes, keeping a close watch on it in case it starts to burn. Leave to cool for 10 minutes in the tin.

Step 4

Take out, cut into 16 rectangular pieces, and then cut each rectangle diagonally to make 32 triangles. Best served fresh.

What could I serve with this Greek Baklava?

This Greek Baklava works really well on a buffet or as a pudding, but we also love it as part of a Mediterranean feast with the following starter, main and accompaniment:

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How do you know when Greek Baklava is cooked?

You should cook your Greek Baklava for around 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Make sure to keep a close eye on it in case it starts to burn!

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you store Greek Baklava for?

You can store your Greek Baklava in an airtight container for about 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Greek Baklava?

No, we don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

How do I reheat Greek Baklava?

To “freshen” your Greek Baklava up before eating, pop into a hot oven for a couple of minutes just to crisp them up again.

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Greek Baklava

Our Greek Baklava is slimming friendly and an amazing sweet treat whether you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    25 MINS
  • KCals 50
  • Carbs 10G
WW Points
  • 2 Green
  • 2 Blue
  • 2 Purple

Ingredients

  • 8 Sheets Filo pastry
  • 13 tbsp Sweet Freedom Fruit Syrup
  • 50 grams pistachio nuts
  • low calorie cooking spray Butter flavour works best!

We use a fan assisted oven for all of our recipes. Check out our oven temperature conversion guide.

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees. Blitz the pistachio nuts to a fine crumb. Keep back two tablespoons for the top. Cut the filo pastry sheets into quarters
  2. In a lined 9x9 inch baking tin, place a layer of filo (two quarters, overlapping), a drizzle of fruit syrup, a sprinkle of pistachio nuts and spray with low calorie cooking spray. Repeat this process until you have used all of the filo (It will be around 15 layers). Top with more fruit syrup and the pistachios which were held back earlier
  3. Cook in the oven for 25 minutes, keeping a close watch on it in case it starts to burn. Leave to cool for 10 minutes in the tin
  4. Take out, cut into 16 rectangular pieces, and then cut each rectangle diagonally to make 32 triangles. Best served fresh

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LeeSunday 29th March 2020

I made this but it was very dry, should I use more fry lite or syrup? I was worried about it being too soggy. Any advice greatly appreciated :). Love Baklava. Determined to get this right!

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    Sharon FitzpatrickWednesday 20th May 2020

    Hi Lee, thanks for getting in touch. If the baklava was too dry for your taste, we would suggest using a little more of the fruit syrup, although this will alter the calories. Hope this helps and that you enjoy making this again!

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Kaye BleekSaturday 27th July 2019

Hi, do you have to use fruit sweet sensations? I’ve only got vanilla, chic shot and caramel, never seen any others where I live. Thanks

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    Emma TWednesday 25th September 2019

    Hi Kaye,

    You can use any agave syrup (just check the nutritional values of whatever you use as they can vary depending on the brand). Vanilla or caramel flavours would also work well! ????

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JadeSaturday 19th May 2018

Could you use a skinny syrup instead? Thanx x

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Guz TidyTuesday 1st August 2017

Can you make a sugar syrup using sweetener?

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Guz,

    I tried to make a sugar syrup with sweetener, but it doesn’t thicken like normal sugar syrup would, and therefore it was like pouring water over it! Hence why I used the fruit syrup in the recipe ????

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Tricia PaynterSaturday 4th March 2017

I am a little unsure of instruction no.2. Do you mean fold in half?

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Jennifer TrewhittSunday 29th January 2017

What is sweet freedom syrup

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Tracey SparrowSunday 27th November 2016

What can I use instead of sweet freedom syrup? I’d like to make these for taster tomorrow and don’t have time to get any

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