Traditional Charoset (for Passover!)

Charoset, also known as haroset, is a mixture of fruits and nuts eaten at the Passover Seder. Traditional Charoset is easy to make, and it’s one of those fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants recipes, as you adjust as you go! This traditional haroset recipe is naturally gluten-free of course, and is a yummy, sweet condiment.

Charoset Recipe

Traditional Charoset

Growing up, haroset was a childhood staple at our holiday. We’d make a batch as a condiment of sorts for our Passover sedar plate, and end up eating it for days on Matzo (now gluten-free matzo), or just as a yummy side by the spoonful! Since we always ended up enjoying it for days, we always made a bigger batch! You can always scale this down of course.

Charoset Recipe

Traditional Charoset is made of…

  • Diced apples
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Red wine
  • Cinnamon
  • And a few fun choices you can add in optionally

How long can you keep charoset?

The charoset can be made up to 3 days before serving and can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator. We love making it early and letting it soak up all the added flavor. This also reduces the strong wine flavor that you’ll notice when you make it initially.

Haroset without wine

You can use grape juice if you don’t want to use a sweet wine! Kedem was always the favorite growing up! Though, I haven’t checked those ingredients probably ever!

Traditional Charoset Recipe

Okay, the answer I know you’ve been waiting for…

Haroset pronunciation

  • In Israel the spelling and pronunciation is “charoset,” with a more guttural “ch” sound.
  • The other pronunciation is a softer Ashkenazic “h” sound.

Want other Passover recipes? Try these family favorites: 


Traditional Charoset

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:00 Inactive Time 00:00 Total Time 00:10 Serves 10

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In large bowl, stir together all ingredients. Store, covered, at room temperature until ready to serve. If making it early, store covered in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  • I like to make ours the day before and store in the refrigerator.
  • You can toast the walnuts if desired, but I never do! 
  • We don't recommend using a food processor to dice your apples, simply use a knife and cut them up small.
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Chocolate Matzo Crack: 3 Ways (Gluten-Free!)

This Chocolate Covered Matzo Bark aka Matzo Crack is SO yummy, super addicting (you’ve been warned) and perfect for a Passover treat! It’s made using gluten-free matzo and this matzo crack recipe has 3 different variations to satisfy everyone’s favorite flavors!

Recipe for Matzo Crack

Chocolate Matzo Crack

Last year at this time, we shared my family’s favorite Matzo Lasagna recipe! I am so excited to share how to make this epic Matzo Crack recipe today, three different ways! Stop & Shop has an incredible selection and offers a wide variety of kosher, organic, grain-free, and gluten-free products at great prices.

Chocolate Matzo Crack

Here’s what I used in this recipe:

  • Yahuda Gluten-Free Matzo (or Matzo of choice)
  • Smart Living Cookie Sheet Pans
  • IF YOU CARE Parchment Baking Paper (Chlorine-Free & Unbleached)
  • Ghirardelli & Enjoy Life Foods Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Kate’s Butter
  • Nature’s Promise Organic Raw Nuts & Seeds
  • Wild Friends & Justin’s Nut Butters
  • Let’s Do Organic Shredded Coconut (a must for my Passover Coconut Macaroons)

Matzo Crack

This is the perfect Passover treat that everybody will love! All three flavors are so yummy, and make perfect little gift bags.

Want other Passover favorites? Try these:

Matzo Crack Recipe

Chocolate Matzo Crack: 3 Ways (Gluten-Free!)

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:10 Total Time 00:20 Serves 8-10

Ingredients

For ALL Versions

  • 1-10.5oz box Yehuda Gluten Free Matzo-Style Squares
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips

For Peanut Butter Swirl Matzo Crack

  • 1/3 cup natural-style peanut butter at room temperature

For Trail Mix Matzo Crack

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts of choice 
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • Coarse sea salt

For Chocolate Toffee Crunch Matzo Crack

Directions

For Chocolate Peanut Butter Version:

  1. Make sure peanut butter is at room temperature, if not heat until warmed through and soft. Set aside.
  2. Prepare rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Line baking sheet with matzo squares until it is fully covered, making sure to overlap the matzo slightly so there are no gaps between them. You will have to cut some squares to make it all fit. Note: If your matzo is cracked, it’s okay! Just lightly layer edges.
  3. Melt chocolate in a double-boiler or as desired, and pour over matzo squares. Using an off-set spatula spread the chocolate evenly over the matzo.  
  4. Dollop peanut butter over chocolate while it is still warm, and use toothpick to make the swirl design.
  5. Let the finished chocolate matzo set in the refrigerator (20 minutes or freezer 10 minutes) before cutting or breaking apart. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

For Chocolate Trail Mix Version:

  1. Prepare rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Line baking sheet with matzo squares until it is fully covered, making sure to overlap the matzo slightly so there are no gaps between them. You will have to cut some squares to make it all fit. Note: If your matzo is cracked, it’s okay! Just lightly layer edges, don’t fully overlap!
  2. Melt chocolate in a double-boiler or as desired, and pour over matzo squares. Using an off-set spatula spread the chocolate evenly over the matzo.
  3. Sprinkle nuts, raisins, coconut and seeds evenly over the chocolate. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of flaky sea salt if you'd like! 
  4. Let the finished chocolate matzo set in the refrigerator (20 minutes or freezer 10 minutes) before cutting or breaking apart. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

For Toffee Version:

  1. Prepare rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Line baking sheet with matzo squares until it is fully covered. You will have to cut some squares to make it all fit. Note: If your matzo is cracked, it’s okay! Just lightly layer edges, don’t fully overlap, toffee will connect your pieces!
  2. Make the toffee (see directions below).
  3. Once you've poured your toffee over the matzo and have spread it, scatter the chocolate chips directly on the hot toffee covered matzo squares. Leave it to sit for 5 minutes, and then use an off-set spatula spread it to cover the toffee.
  4. Let the finished chocolate matzo set in the refrigerator (20 minutes or freezer 10 minutes) before cutting or breaking apart. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Toffee Directions:

  1. In a medium sauce pan, before heating, add your maple sugar (you can use coconut sugar but we prefer maple sugar), 1 tablespoon of water and vanilla extract. Add butter and turn the heat to medium.
  2. As the sugar begins to melt, immediately begin to stir the mixture with a spatula, in one direction only. You are doing this to prevent any sugar from burning and to help both the butter and sugar to melt evenly. Once most of the sugar and butter has melted, switch to a whisk and gently whisk the mixture together, in one direction, until it is fully emulsified. If you *do not* start whisking right away, the toffee may not come together.
  3. Once it is fully melted and emulsified, stop whisking. Continue to cook the toffee over medium-low heat, without disturbing, until it reaches a temperature of 290 degrees with a candy thermometer. This took us about 10 minutes, but watch to avoid burning.
  4. Turn off heat, and add salt. Slowly whisk until combined.
  5. Carefully pour toffee over matzo. Using an offset spatula spread the toffee evenly.
  6. Continue with step above to spread your chocolate.

Recipe Notes

  • Pro Tip: If leftover toffee gets stuck to your pot, add water and bring to a boil. This will loosen the candy. 
How do I melt chocolate with a double boiler?
  1. Add 1” of water to a medium saucepan or pot and bring to a very gentle simmer.
  2. Place a heat-safe bowl on top of the pot so that the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water.
  3. Add the chopped chocolate to the bowl and stir occasionally with a spatula until smooth and melted.
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Gluten-Free Matzo Lasagna

Matzoh Lasgna {Gluten-free} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Gluten-Free Matzo Lasagna is my family favorite Passover recipe! It’s a hit year after year, because it mimics real lasagna noodles so perfectly! Add in veggies of choice or leave as is, for the perfect Passover matzo lasagna!

Gluten-Free Matzoh Lasagna - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Gluten-Free Matzo Lasagna

I am so excited to share this recipe which has become a holiday tradition in our home! 

Gluten-Free Matzoh Lasagna - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Ingredients we use in this recipe for Passover:

  • Yahuda Gluten-Free Matzo (or Matzo of choice)
  • Rao’s Marinara Sauce (bonus: there is no added sugar to this sauce!)
  • Simply Organic Spices (Italian Seasoning, Garlic Granules, & Red Pepper Flakes)
  • Fresh Organic Basil
  • Organic Spinach & Mushrooms
  • 8×8-Inch Square Baking Pan

Gluten-Free Matzoh Lasagna - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

How to make matzo lasagna

Question of the day: Do you write matzo, matzoh, matza? Seriously, there are so many spellings! I go with matzo!

Gluten-Free Matzo Lasagna - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Other Items I buy at Stop & Shop: 

  • Pukka Teas
  • Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour & Arrowroot Flour
  • Wholesome Sweeteners
  • Let’s Do Organic Shredded Coconut (a must for my Passover Coconut Macaroons)
  • Coombs Maple Syrup
  • Nutiva Coconut Flour
  • Wild Friends Nut Butter
  • Organic Valley Ghee
  • Maple Hill Creamery Grass-Fed Greek Yogurt
  • Healthade Kombucha
  • Tuttorosso Canned Tomatoes
  • Mary’s Gluten-Free Crackers (great to serve with your Passover appetizers)
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Products
  • Kerrygold Cheeses
  • Nature’s Promise Organic Almond Butter
  • Nature’s Promise Organic Applesauce
  • …AND MORE! So many fabulous items!

Gluten-Free Matzoh Lasagna - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

You are going to love this matzo lasagna recipe!

Want other Passover favorites? Try these:

Matzo Lasagna

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 35 minutes Total Time 0:45 Yields 6

Ingredients

    Ricotta mixture

    • 2 cups ricotta cheese
    • 1 egg, whisked
    • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

    Everything Else

    • 1 box gluten-free matzo
    • 1 jar marinara sauce, of choice
    • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, more as desired/needed
    • Optional: 2 cups fresh spinach, sautéed
    • Optional: 1 cup sliced mushrooms, sautéed

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease an 8x8 inch pan, or a pan large enough to fit the your matzoh board.
    2. Layer 1: Place enough sauce to cover the bottom, about 1/3 cup.
    3. Layer 2: Place the 1 matzoh board on top. You'll use 1 for an 8x8 inch pan, or use 1 1/2 or 2, depending on how big your baking pan is.
    4. Layer 3: Spread more tomato sauce over the matzoh (1/4 cup).
    5. Layer 4: Spread the ricotta mixture. If adding sautéed veggies, add after this layer.
    6. Layer 5: Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
    7. Repeat steps 3-6 until you have filled up your baking dish to the top.
    8. End with tomato sauce then top with the remaining mozzarella.
    9. Cover and bake for 40 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbling.

    Recipe Notes

    • *You do not need to soak the matzoh prior to baking or assembling this recipe!
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    Nanny’s Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    Nanny's Sweet & Sour Meatballs {Paleo-friendly, perfect for passover, low-carb} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Nanny’s Sweet and Sour Meatballs are a family staple holiday recipe, made a little bit cleaner! We love this slightly sweetened sauce paired with the gluten-free meatballs for a perfect holiday meal.

    Nanny's Sweet and Sour Meatballs | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Last week I talked a little about Passover and my family. Specifically my nanny (also known as grandma). This little lady (little, like me), is extremely special to me.  She is also a mean cook in the kitchen. I’ve learned many tricks of the trade from her, especially when it comes to Holiday cooking. I also dedicated my cookbook to her! If you’ve made Nanny’s Potted Chicken, you already know how fabulous her cooking is!

    When she gave me her Swedish Meatballs and Rolled Cabbage recipe, I knew it was something I wanted to adapt to be a tad cleaner. After a few trial and errors, I’ve made a sauce almost identical to Nanny’s. Note: We used to call these Swedish meatballs in our family, but sweet and sour is way more appropriate!

    Nanny's Sweet and Sour Meatballs | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

     

    Nanny's Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 25 min Total Time 0:35 Yields 6

    Ingredients

      Sauce

      • 2 teaspoons oil of choice
      • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, mined
      • 1 28 ounce can tomato sauce
      • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple juice
      • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
      • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
      • 2 tablespoons honey
      • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
      • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
      • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
      • A squeeze of lemon juice
      • 1/2 tablespoon fine sea salt, more to taste

      Meatballs

      Directions

      1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, until they start to caramelize and brown.
      2. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients to the pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
      3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, taste and adjust spices as necessary.
      4. In a bowl, combine meat, almond flour, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix well and roll into balls.
      5. Gently add the meatballs to the simmering sauce. Use a spoon to spoon sauce over meatballs to cover them in the sauce as they cook.
      6. Let simmer over medium-low heat for an additional 15 minutes, or until the meatballs are fully cooked and no pink remains. Serve warm.

      Recipe Notes

      • *Nanny uses a blend of half ground chuck and half ground veil in her original recipe.
      • **Nanny's original sauce recipe: 1 can cranberry sauce (whole or jelly), 1 28-ounce can tomato sauce, 1 can Sauce Arturo, a little lemon juice.
      • ***Photos updated March, 2017
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      Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons [VIDEO]

      These Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons are the perfectly sweetened holiday cookie! They are so delicious, while also being gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar free!

      Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons

      Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroon

      Passover is one week away. Coconut macaroons are a Passover staple, but for those of you who don’t celebrate; they are probably one of my favorite light cookies anytime of the year. Sweet, light, coconut-y, and of course for me, a touch of mini chocolate chips and dipped in chocolate. Perfect. And did I mention they are super easy to make?

      Passover is a time where we get together with family, have our traditional Jewish eats (Swedish meatballs, brisket, rolled cabbage, etc.), and reflect. On Passover you eat only unleavened bread and flourless desserts. Perfect for a grain-free/gluten-free house! Minus the matzo… I make a mean Matzo Lasagna!

      Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons

      I love Passover because like some of other holiday’s throughout the year, my nanny (grandma) comes in from Florida. Her famous recipes are the ones that line the table year after year. I have learned so much from her as a person, and as a chef! This week you’ll find a recreation of Nanny’s Swedish Meatballs that taste just like her traditional dish; one that is so special to me. This year Passover falls smack in the beginning of the week; sadly, heading back to New York isn’t an option, but I’ll go the weekend after to enjoy the time with my family!

      Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons 

      Sweetened just right! I’ll take another batch…

      Watch the video here: 


      Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons

      Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 0:20 Yields 12

      Ingredients

      • 5 large egg whites
      • 1/4 cup honey
      • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
      • 1 tsp vanilla extract
      • Dash fine sea salt
      • 1/4-1/3 cup chocolate chips of choice
      • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
      • Dipping: 1/3 cup melted chocolate chips

      Directions

      • Preheat oven to 350℉.
      • In a large bowl whisk together egg whites with honey.
      • Once fluffy, add in coconut, vanilla, and sea salt and mix well to combine.
      • Add in chocolate chips.
      • Line baking sheet with baking liner or parchment paper.
      • Roll into balls (I pinch mine at the top, but you don't have to).
      • Bake for 12-15 minutes until slightly golden brown at the top.
      • Let cool and drizzle with chocolate.
      • Store in refrigerator.

      Recipe Notes

      • Servings: 12
      • Amount Per Serving: 1 (without chocolate dipping)
      • Calories: 139
      • Fat: 10g
      • Carbs: 12g
      • Protein: 2g
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