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Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins

This will be the first year in as long as I can remember that I am not going home to Boston for Passover. I’ve always loved Passover (despite the whole not eating bread for 8 days thing) because, for me, it’s always meant a big gathering of friends and family. On the first two nights of Passover it is customary to host or attend a seder, which is the Jewish dinner that marks the beginning of the eight days of Passover.

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Passover begins at sunset this coming Monday, April 10th. For the first time, Travis and I will be hosting our own Passover seder at our apartment. I am both nervous and excited!

I’m nervous because for my entire life my Mom has always made the traditional Jewish feast, so cooking a lot of these dishes is new for me. I’ll be making a few of her recipes, and I want to make sure I do them justice. And I’m excited because in some sense it marks the beginning of Travis and I starting our own Jewish traditions together here in Los Angeles.

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Every year my mom makes this delicious Matzoh Granola. To be honest, I like it even more than regular granola, and I always ask her to pack me a bag of it to bring back to Los Angeles. (I usually end up devouring most of it on the plane, though…)

I finally tried my hand at making her Passover Matzoh Granola for myself, but made a few healthy tweaks, of course. I used whole wheat matzoh in this recipe, but you’re welcome to substitute it with gluten-free or regular matzoh if that’s what you have on hand. The spices and vanilla extract add lots of sweetness without the added calories, which is a great bonus.

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I know I am going to have to make another batch of this matzoh granola before Passover is over because Travis and I have already made a good dent in it!

If you make this recipe, let me know how you like it! It’s a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seder, too.

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

 

Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins
 
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Serves: 5 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 sheets whole wheat matzoh, crushed into tiny pieces
  • ⅓ cup pecans, chopped
  • ⅓ cup almonds, chopped
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ cup honey
  • ⅛ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup golden and regular raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the whole wheat matzoh, nuts, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  3. Melt the honey in the microwave or over low heat on the stove. Stir in the olive oil and vanilla extract. Stir the honey mixture into the matzoh mixture and toss to fully coat.
  4. Spread the mixture into an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stir and then bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Add the raisins and let the granola cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
 

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Appetizer Side Dish

Passover Apple-Matzoh Kugel

Passover will be here in just two weeks! For those of you celebrating, that means putting away all of the bread products and bringing out the matzoh! Matzoh is an unleavened flatbread, eaten during the 8 days of Passover in the Jewish tradition.

Some people love it, and others think it tastes like cardboard. I am in the middle. If I slather it with peanut butter or jam, it’s just like any other cracker to me.

When it’s used in this Passover Apple-Matzoh Kugel, you’d barely know it’s there.

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Kugel is a traditional baked side dish, usually made with egg noodles or potatoes. But for Passover, we use Matzoh.

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This Apple-Matzoh Kugel is not a family recipe (I’m not allowed to share those!), but rather one I adapted from a popular recipe online. The original recipe contained A LOT of butter and sugar, but in typical LCBA fashion, I adapted it to make it healthier.

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I cut way down on the added sugar because the sweetness from the apples and dried fruit was enough. I also reduced the amount of butter used and substituted whole wheat matzoh for regular.

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I won’t lie, I feel strange creating my own recipes for Jewish holidays. It feels wrong, like I am cheating on family recipes and breaking with tradition.

I know that’s only because my mom makes the BEST food for Jewish holidays. For Passover, her matzoh ball soup, brisket, and chocolate matzoh crunch are unbeatable. Why should I even bother trying to come up with anything new?

Perhaps I am a bit nostalgic because I won’t be home with my family for Passover this year. Even though I love to cook, there is nothing like my mom’s food. I’ll bet a lot of you can relate!

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Even though it isn’t Mom’s, this Apple-Matzoh Kugel is DELICIOUS. I know it’s one I will make year after year.

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If you’re cooking for a large crowd, this recipe can easily be doubled. Just make sure to use a larger baking dish. Also great about this recipe is that you can make it 1-2 days ahead of time and reheat it in the oven before your Seder.

Happy Passover to those who are observing!

 

Passover Apple-Matzoh Kugel
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 large granny smith apples, cored and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ⅛ cup light brown sugar
  • ⅛ cup orange juice
  • 3.5 whole wheat matzohs
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2.5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ⅓ cup dried apricots, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 11x7 or 8x8 baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Toss the apples with the brown sugar and orange juice in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Break the matzoh into 3-inch pieces and soak in 1 cup of warm water until soft but not mushy. Set aside.
  4. While the matzoh soaks, beat the eggs in a large bowl until blended. Add the salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract, sugars, and melted butter. Stir in the raisins and apricots.
  5. Strain the liquid from the softened matzoh and add the matzoh to the egg mixture. Then add the apples. Stir lightly to combine and then pour the mixture into the greased baking dish.
  6. Place the kugel on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 1 hour. Check after 40 minutes and if the top begins to brown too early, tent the baking dish with aluminum foil.
  7. Remove the kugel from the oven and cool to room temperature.
Notes
* Recipe adapted from Epicurious
 

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