A healthy dessert
Living outside Greece, I do miss some very particular things. Greek baklava is one of them! As much as I like it, it is full of butter and sugar… This is why I decided to try some twists and see how it turns out. After a lot of “evolution” here is my finalist – Walnut Rolls Dipped in Chocolate!
I introduced this recipe to my sister as the healthy version of Baklava. She suggested that I find another name for it so we came up with Walnut Rolls! It is a healthy and impressive dessert without the bad effects of sugar and butter.
These walnut rolls are a great vegan snack that you can take to work for a mid-morning bite. It is a combination of spices with walnuts, sesame and raisins. You add some drops of maple syrup and off it goes for a nice dip in your melted dark chocolate… Yummy!
Walnut Rolls Dipped in Chocolate
It is delicious even without the chocolate. My friends and family are divided into the chocolate and no-chocolate groups. I would love to know what your opinion is!
These walnut rolls are super easy to make; a healthy vegan snack for a mid-morning bite at work
Our Superstar Ingredient: Walnuts
I have become seriously impressed with what our food can do to our body. Food was used as medicine since the ancient times. We are very lucky now to have so much information at our fingertips to understand how we can use food as a weapon against cancer and other self-inflicting diseases.
Adding walnuts to our diet is essential for 2 reasons.
- Their nutritional density.
Walnuts are one of our main sources of polyphenols and fatty acids and Vitamin E. They protect our cardiovascular function and decrease cholesterol in our blood. More impressively, walnuts have been tested as fighters against cancer cells and without any doubt, I can say that walnuts are the winners!
Research has shown that if you drip blood of people who eat walnuts in a petri dish with breast cancer cells, you can see that cancer cells struggle to stay alive. Similarly, this is believed to be the case for liver and colon cancer cells. Watch this short video to learn more and read this.
2. Their effect on your food intake.
Every time you eat something healthy, you skip an opportunity to eat something unhealthy. When I talk to people about eating more nuts many of them say that they want to lose weight and nuts are full of calories. What do you think about this? Researchers have made their argument through evidence and reassure us that eating walnut does not lead to weight gain.
Until next time, keep cooking to stay healthy 🙂
A healthy and vegan twist of one of my favorite Greek desserts. Ready in a bit more than 30 minutes, this snack is packed with the nutritional power of walnuts. These walnut rolls are very aromatic, crunchy and delicious.
- 250 gr filo pastry
- 200 gr walnut halves
- 30 gr sesame seeds
- 50 gr raisins
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 100 ml olive oil
- 20 ml whiskey (optional)
- 20 ml maple syrup
- 100 gr dark chocolate (optional)
The filo pastry will need to be in room temperature. Take it out of the fridge while you prepare the filling.
Optional - put the raisins in the whiskey and leave them for 15 minutes to soak. If you don't have whiskey or any type of rum don't worry. You can use the raisins dry.
Pulse the walnuts in a food processor until finely chopped.
Add the sesame seeds in a small non-stick pan and warm them up in low heat until the seeds start to get a slight brown color.
In a bowl add the chopped walnuts, the sesame seeds, the cinnamon and cloves. Mix very well with a spoon.
Put the olive oil in a small bowl. You will need a cooking brush.
Brush a flat tray with olive oil.
Add one filo and brush with olive oil. Repeat 3 times, brushing every single filo.
Once you have 3 filo in your tray, add some of the walnut mix with a spoon. Cover the filo surface lightly. Also, add some raisins. If you have soaked the raisins, you will need to drain them before starting the assembly.
Repeat 3 times, with 3 layers of filo (brushing each one with olive oil) and a layer of walnut mix and raisins.
Once you have the 3 layers of walnut mix and filo, finish with one more filo pastry.
Roll the filo all at once.
Now, you have a long roll. With a sharp knife, cut across - like the image.
Bake in the oven, 200 degrees for 30 minutes or until brown and crispy.
Once ready, drop a bit of maple syrup in each one of the walnut rolls. It is important to do so straight after the oven. You will hear the sizzling.
Your walnut rolls are delicious like this but if you want you can dip them in dark chocolate.
Melt your chocolate in bain marie and dip each walnut roll half-way. You need to hold it and dip half of it in the chocolate. Let the chocolate settle in the fridge and enjoy!