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Crustless Spanakopita Recipe

If you have read our blog before, then you are probably already familiar with how much I love Greece. You can check out my posts about my trip to Athens, Rhodes and Santorini. I will write about my archaeological excavation in Greece soon as well! My love for Greece congruously includes Greek food. I have explored many Greek islands and most of mainland Greece except the Peloponnese. This is odd considering that the Peloponnese is the only place in Greece from which my mother’s family hails. Despite my oversight, I love what food that I have tried in Greece – from popular dishes all around Greece to regional favorites.

One of my all-time favorite dishes of any cuisine is spinach pie (known as spanakopita in Greek). I used to eat this everyday for breakfast while I studied abroad. I am not alone in this. Like gyros, this is one of the perennial national dishes of Greece. Unfortunately, as with all heavy, breaded foods, you will eventually gain weight when it becomes part of your regular diet. Due to my PCOS diagnosis, I can no longer afford to include sugar and empty/refined carbohydrates in my diet. I heard about making a crustless version of spanakopita from grecophiles and so I turned to the internet as we all do nowadays. After a lot of trial and error, I have created my favorite crustless spanakopita recipe. Because this recipe uses coconut flour instead of regular white flour, it is low-glycemic and low-carb. That does not say anything about the fat content, though (which is why I use light feta and skim milk). Nonetheless, you cannot beat the savory taste for a breakfast dish. For me, it is difficult to put down (which shows me that I have gotten it right).

What I love most about this crustless spanakopita recipe more so than other spanakopita recipes is the tang of the lemon zest. It adds flavor to the spinach and complements the salty feta very well. It is a delicious way to get some veggies into your breakfast or lunch. In my experience, one pan can last for a week’s worth of breakfasts. Although I miss the crunch of filo dough, this crustless spanakopita recipe makes it easy to enjoy a low-glycemic dish without feeling like you are missing out on the real deal. You can check out my photos of making it below or just scroll down to the recipe below.

Mince the mint.Crustless Spanakopita Recipe

Mince the rosemary.Crustless Spanakopita Recipe

Mince the garlic.
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Zest the lemon
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Chop the parsley.
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Chop the scallions.
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Chop the spinach.Crustless Spanakopita Recipe

Add the milk.
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Add the olive oil.DSC_0151-EDIT

Grate the parmesan.Crustless Spanakopita Recipe

Crumble the feta.
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Add in the sifted dry ingredients.Crustless Spanakopita Recipe

Mix the ingredients together.Crustless Spanakopita Recipe

Pour the mixture into a pan.
Crustless Spanakopita Recipe

Bake for 45 – 60 minutes at 375° F.
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Slice it up and enjoy!Crustless Spanakopita Recipe

Crustless Spanakopita Recipe

Serves 8
Prep time 45 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hour, 45 minutes
Allergy Egg, Milk
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Main Dish, Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party
Region Greek
This zesty crustless spanakopita is full of savory flavor and makes for a filling breakfast or snack. It is ideal for diabetics, those on a low-glycemic diet and anyone watching their figure.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Spinach (Chopped)
  • 0.75 cup Scallions (Chopped)
  • 3 teaspoons Dill (Fresh, Minced (1.5 TSP if dried))
  • 3 tablespoons Parsley (Minced)
  • 0.5 - 1 clove Garlic (Minced)
  • 0.5 - 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • Ground Pepper (To Taste)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 0.5 cup Milk
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 0.5 cup Parmesan (Grated)
  • 8oz Feta (Crumbled (I like to use light feta))

Optional

  • 2 tablespoons Mint (Minced)
  • 1 teaspoon Rosemary (Fresh (0.5 TSP if dried))

Directions

Step 1 Coat an 8" x 8" cooking pan with oil or cooking spray. Set aside.
Step 2 Pre-heat the oven to 375° F.
Step 3
Sift the coconut flour and baking powder into a bowl. Set aside.
Crustless Spanakopita Recipe
Step 4
In large bowl, combine the spinach, scallions, mint, dill, parsley, rosemary, lemon zest, ground pepper, eggs, olive oil, milk, Parmesan cheese and feta cheese.
Crustless Spanakopita Recipe
Step 5
Pour in the sifted flour mixture and combine all of the ingredients until consistent.
Crustless Spanakopita Recipe
Step 6
Pour the mixture into the pan.
Crustless Spanakopita Recipe
Step 7
Bake in the oven at 375° F for 45-60 minutes.
Crustless Spanakopita Recipe
Step 8
Enjoy a slice or three :)
Crustless Spanakopita Recipe
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