Low-Carb Baklava Braid-slices on a plate

Low-Carb Baklava Braid

This Low-Carb Baklava Braid has the sweet honey-walnut and spice flavors of Baklava. However, this recipe is low enough in carbs, that it can be part of a low-carb, keto, diabetic, gluten-free, grain-free, or Banting diet.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Greek, low-carb
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Servings 12
Author Annissa Slusher


For the filling:

For the syrup:

For the pastry dough:

For the assembly:

  • 1 tablespoon butter melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ Fahrenheit. Have two sheets of parchment about 20 inches long and a rolling pin available. Place one of the parchment sheets on a large cutting board or similar surface.

For the filling:

  1. Place walnuts, stevia/erythritol blend, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves in a food processor

    Low-Carb Baklava Braid-filling ingredients in the food processor.
  2. Pulse food processor until nuts are very finely chopped and mixture is blended. Set aside.

    Low-Carb Baklava Braid-filling after processing

For the syrup:

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the stevia/erythritol blend and the xanthan gum. Slowly stream in the water while continuing to whisk. Whisk in the VitaFiber syrup and the lemon zest. Drop in the clove.

    Low-Carb Baklava Braid-syrup ready to be heated.
  2. Place the saucepan over low heat. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, stir in honey flavoring and set aside.

For the pastry dough:

  1. In a large heavy saucepan, whisk together the almond flour, stevia/erythritol blend, xanthan gum, and baking powder. 

    Low-Carb Baklava Braid-dry dough ingredients after whisking.
  2. Add the egg and whisk in. Stir in the mozzarella cheese.

    Low-Carb Baklava Braid-dough after adding mozzarella.
  3. Place mixture over low heat. Heat, stirring frequently, until cheese melts and mixture forms a dough.

    Low-Carb Baklava Braid-Dough after heating.

To assemble:

  1. Turn out dough onto the parchment covered cutting board. Pat into a rectangle.

    LKeto Ham and Cheese Loaf-Dough is ready to roll out
  2.  Cover the dough with the second sheet of parchment. Roll into a 15 inch by 10 inch rectangle.

    ham and cheese sandwich braid after rolling out.
  3. Cut slanting strips, about 1 inch apart on each long side about 1/3 of the way in. Be sure to cut the same number of strips on both sides.

    Low-Carb Baklava Braid--Dough after cutting.
  4. Spread melted butter over the center third of the dough. 

    Low-Carb Baklava Braid--Dough after adding butter.
  5. Spoon the walnut mixture over the melted butter.  Create a trench in the top of the walnut mixture and spoon all but about 1 tablespoon of the syrup in the trench.

    Low-Carb Baklava Braid-After filling and syrup are added.
  6. Cut off the bottom and top corners of the dough. Fold the bottom and top flaps over the filling. 

    Low-Carb Baklava Braid--Folding up the ends.
  7. Fold the strips over the filling, alternating sides.

    Low-Carb Baklava Braid--Starting the braid.
  8. Tuck the last two strips under the top. Transfer the pastry to a baking sheet by lifting it with the parchment paper.

    Low-Carb Baklava Braid-tucking under the strips.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

    Low-Carb Baklava Braid--After baking.
  10. Remove from oven. Brush the remaining tablespoon of the syrup over the top of the pastry. This adds a beautiful sheen. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into 12 slices. Serve warm.

    Low-Carb Baklava Braid-After glazing.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1 slice (with braid cut into 12 slices)

Per serving: 

Calories: 226

Fat (g): 19

Carbs (g): 6

Fiber (g): 3

Protein (g): 10

Net carbs (g): 3