Vegan Spanakopita – Greek Spinach Pie

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Spanakopita is one of my all-time favorite things to eat. I wanted to try and create a healthy version of this traditional Greek dish with little to no-oil and make it vegan. Removing the feta and olive oil seems somewhat sacrilegious, it’s such a staple of the traditional recipe and Greek cooking! However, you are not even going to miss it with my version of this recipe. I have added much healthier ingredients and it is full of flavor. You will be singing me praise after you make this – trust me.

It looks like a lot of ingredients, but it’s really easy to make. I actually took some step by step pictures for you!

Mash up your beans, it’s fun to do. =)

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Saute some yummy, super healthy ingredients.

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Layer your phyllo dough and brush with your flaxseed mixture.

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Layer your spinach mixture on top.

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Top with remaining phyllo dough and flaxseed mixture.

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Bake in preheated oven.

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And Voilà! There you have it – Delicious and Healthy Vegan Spanakopita! Enjoy!

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Vegan Spanakopita
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine: Greek

Ingredients
  • 12 sheets phyllo dough
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup green onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15) oz can no or low sodium garbanzo beans, drained and mashed
  • 2 (10) oz packages frozen cut spinach, thawed
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ⅓ cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Flaxseed Mixture:
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp flax seed meal

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly spray a 9×9 inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, green onion, garlic and two tablespoons water. Water sauté on medium-low for 5 minutes, adding a tablespoon of water when necessary to prevent sticking, until onions are translucent.
  3. Add the spinach and cook for 5 minutes, or until excess water has evaporated. While spinach is cooking, add remaining lemon juice, maple syrup and flaxseed meal to a small bowl. Stir to combine, set aside and allow to thicken. Add the remaining ingredients, except the phylllo dough, and cook an additional 5 minutes on medium to medium-low heat. Remove from heat and set aside. Allow to cool slightly.
  4. Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough on the bottom of the baking dish. Lightly brush sheet with the flaxseed mixture using a small pastry brush. Lay another sheet of phyllo dough on top, brush with flaxseed mixture, and repeat process with 4 more sheets of phyllo. Spread spinach mixture into pan, then layer remaining 6 sheets of phyllo dough, brushing each with flaxseed mixture.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown. Cut into squares and serve while hot.

Notes
Reheat the spanakopita in a 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 10 minutes.

21 Thoughts on “Vegan Spanakopita – Greek Spinach Pie

  1. oh my goodness I LOVE this idea! I have been wondering how I can make vegan version of this without resorting to tofu, the chickpeas are a great idea! I might try with blanched courgette slices in place of the filo pastry, nom nom. :)

    • Jennifer on September 2, 2013 at 11:14 am said:

      Hi Ellis,

      blanched courgette slices sound yummy!!!! And it would make it even healthier. Thanks for stopping by and let me know how the recipe turns out for you if you try it :)

      xo
      Jen

  2. YUM!!! I’ll have to make this soon! The last time I had Spanakopita was when I was still vegetarian… I’m vegan now since almost 3 years! ;)
    Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Jennifer on September 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm said:

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Val! It lets me know someone’s out there and it’s more fun blogging when I have someone to talk to!! :) heehee

      let me know how the recipe turns out!

      Xo
      Jen

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  4. I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your spanakopita. I wasn’t sure about the sweetness of the maple syrup in the flaxseed mixture, but the combination of flavors was just right. I’m relatively new to being plant-based and found your blog via Healthy Girls Kitchen. I’m always looking for healthy and easy recipes & so glad I happened upon your site. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes!

    Best regards,
    Karen

    • Jennifer on October 8, 2013 at 10:26 am said:

      Thanks Karen! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I really loved the maple syrup in there, just the right amount of sweetness to make the dish even more delish!

      xoxo

      Jen

  5. I just took this out of the oven….I couldn’t wait to try it, eseciallybe because I couldn’t stop picking at the mixture in the pan. When I tried it, I was in absolute heaven! I love this!

  6. Can I reiterate, that this is divine?! Haha

  7. Recipe looks top notch. Hubby (weird as he is ;) ) does not care for olives. Are they recognizable in this dish as an olive or more as a salt component?

    • Jennifer on October 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm said:

      Hi Misty,

      Does your hubby like capers? You can substitute those instead of olives or leave them out all together and just add some sea salt, to taste. The olives are included in the recipe because they are used a lot in greek style cuisine and they also add a nice zing/salty flavor. Are they a recognizable flavor in the dish, if you don’t like olives then maybe?? ;) I hope that helps!

      Best,

      Jen

  8. I made this this past weekend and it it truly delicious, thanks for a great recipe, I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes!

  9. I’ve never made spanakopita before but now I’ll have to try it. Can’t let that phyllo dough go to waste! Thanks for sharing. I’m absolutely delighted to have discovered your blog. It’s lovely!

    • Jennifer on December 24, 2013 at 5:08 am said:

      Spanakopita so yummy Katie…it’s one of my favorite things to eat with a nice big greek salad…yum! I always wanted to veganize it and I love how it came out…please let me know if you try it! Thanks for stopping by and I am on my way to check out your blog!

      xoxo

      Jen

  10. Just made a tempeh, vegetable pie and hopefully I will notate my recipe soon. I used onions, spinach, mushroom, tomatoes, tomato paste, crumbled tempeh and salt and pepper. I sautéed each ingredient separately in a medium non stick pan removing each one letting them cool down while preparing the next ingredient. After they cooled, I brushed each dough layer with 1/2 tsp. of olive oil and then spread each ingredient on top of the dough, covered it with 2 additional layers of dough, brushed with just a tad more of olive oil, and baked at 350 for 40-50 minutes. Voila! a tempeh phyllo pie!
    Today we will try for a picture.
    betsy shipley
    Note: I mixed the crumbled tempeh with the tomato/tomato paste, some salt and pepper which was the 4th layer.

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