A delicious guide to vegan Lebanese desserts, where you’ll be introduced to some of the most decadent treats in Lebanese cuisine.
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What are vegan Lebanese desserts?
Vegan Lebanese desserts use dairy-free milk/butter in place of traditional milk/butter. Any pastry used is also made of plant-based foods.
These desserts have either been spun off from the traditional desserts I grew up on or are as is and are vegan-friendly.
I can assure you that if you have a sharp sweet tooth, you will be delighted with these recipes.
Lebanese desserts are renowned for their unique flavors, textures, and ingredients.
What are Lebanese desserts made of?
Desserts in Lebanon are known for their rich flavors and variety of ingredients.
Some of the most common ingredients used in Lebanese desserts include:
- Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and pine nuts are commonly used, often as fillings or toppings.
- Phyllo/filo dough: A thin, crispy pastry that is commonly found in desserts in Lebanon, including baklawa.
- Sweet concentrated sugar syrup: Known as attar is a mixture of sugar, water, and flavorings, such as rose water or orange blossom water. The viscosity of attar will differ depending on the desserts it is applied to.
- Cheese: Cream cheese, ricotta cheese, and akawi cheese are often used in knafeh and halawet el jibn or similar. However, there are now vegan alternatives that can be used as replacements.
- Semolina: A type of grainy wheat flour that is used to make cakes like namoura and sfouf.
- Dates: A sweet fruit that is often used as a filling in ma'amoul (a stuffed cookie)
- Spices: A variety of spices are used in Lebanese desserts, including cinnamon, cardamom, anise, and nutmeg, to add flavor and aroma.
Desserts in Lebanon can be found all over the country in various cities, towns and villages.
If you are planning a trip to Lebanon, it is well worth the visit to head north to Tripoli (with a guide who knows how to navigate the city), Lebanon’s second-largest city.
Often touted as the “dessert capital” or “food capital” where you will find streets lined with food & dessert vendors and specialty dessert shops serving an amazing assortment of delights.
In this list of Lebanese desserts you will find rich and nutty baklawa made from filo pastry to dairy-free milk desserts such as creamy and fragrant muhallabi.
Baklawa - Lebanese Baklava
Riz bi Haleeb
In conclusion, Lebanese desserts offer a wide variety of flavors and textures.
So, go ahead and indulge in some of these delicious treats, and experience the unique flavors of Lebanon.
My vegan Lebanese recipes category might also be of interest to you, it is filled with authentic flavors from my childhood.
Otherwise, you might be interested in this list of vegan Middle Eastern recipes.
Leave a comment below about which vegan Lebanese dessert is your favorite.
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