When my husband tried it, he started looking around for the box, because he thought for sure I must've accidentally bought some with real cheese in them. Behold, pretty effin' good spanakopita.
1/2 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 clove garlic
1-2 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
16 oz. frozen spinach, thawed.
1 tsp salt
1/6 of a yellow onion, finely chopped
1 package phyllo dough, thawed
1/2 cup vegan butter, melted
In your Vitamix or high-speed blender, blend together the soaked but drained almonds, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and the salt until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as necessary. Refrigerate for about an hour to firm up (this will be your "feta").
Squeeze your thawed spinach very tightly to get as much moisture as possible out. Add in onion and chilled almond feta and knead in, similar to how you'd knead bread, until incorporated uniformly.
To make spanakopita triangles:
Lay out two sheets of phyllo, stacked, onto a clean surface. Brush butter onto the top of the two sheets. Cut the sheets lengthwise into 3 or 4 equal strips, depending on how big you want them to be. Starting on the corner closest to you, press the spinach mixture into one half of the bottom corner, creating a triangle with the mixture (see picture below). Fold the triangle onto the rest of the strip, similar to how you'd fold a flag. Brush the end with butter then brush the outside completely with butter. Repeat until you've used all the filling. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.
To make a spanakopita pie:
Cut a stack of at least 8 phyllo sheets to be 1/2-1" larger than the size of the pan you'd like to bake your pie in. Brush butter into the bottom of the pan. Add a sheet of phyllo, then brush that with butter. Repeat until you've used all the phyllo you cut out. Press the spinach mixture into the pan. Fold the edge of the crust that is sticking up from the sides over the spinach mixture (see pictures below). Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, or until hot in the center.
And that's it! Serve as you'd like!