Baklava crunch

This is just sooooo good!

I hate to brag, but I have to say that I make a KILLA baklava!  I mean TO DIE FOR!  Which is why I am not posting that recipe here today…I wouldn’t subject my dear and health conscience readers to that level of indulgence!  Instead, I am sharing the recipe that I use to get my baklava ‘fix’ without all of the calories and fat.  Yes, it is still a decadent dessert, but you won’t feel the need to spend the next 3 days chained to the treadmill after this one!  This recipe will make about 2 cups of the topping which should last quite a while in your fridge or freezer.  Heck, sometimes at about 3 in the afternoon you will find me indulging in a big spoonful of this nut mix served over diced mango (sans the ice cream) as my afternoon snack!  This is behavior that I would not necessarily recommend, but it is a heck of a lot smarter than a big fat cookie or the like!  Hmmmm…I wonder what this would be like with a big spoonful of omega 3 laden flax seed ground in with the nuts??  I will let you know how it works the next time I make this!


Baklava ice cream crunch

Servings:  depends on how you use it!

  • 1 c black walnuts (unsalted)
  • 1/2 c pistachios (roasted and salted)–I buy big bags of shelled pistachios at SAMS
  • 1/2 c almonds (unsalted) almonds
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 t ground cinnamon
  • dash of allspice
  • vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • 1 ripe champagne mango

Put the nuts, brown sugar, allspice, and cinnamon in your food processor and let it spin until the nuts are finely ground.

Dice the mango.   Sprinkle about 1-2 T of the nut mix over two scoops of ice cream (or yogurt).  Top with about 1/2 of the chopped mango.  Serve with a nice digestif!

Store the remainder of the nut mix in a tightly covered bowl in the fridge or freezer for future indulgences

3 thoughts on “Baklava crunch

  1. Jolynda

    sounds so yummy Jill! love your site and your ideas! keep them coming! (who couldn’t use a little flax seed in their baklava? I’m sure if anyone could make it yummy, it would be you!)

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