Passover Charoset

Passover charoset made with raisins, dates, dried figs and almonds. This spread is lovely on matzoh!

I’ve mentioned before that Isaac is Jewish. Although I’m not, I like to celebrate with he and his family. It’s been really fun for me to learn the traditions and participate. Since Passover starts today at sundown I thought it would be appropriate to share a traditional Passover dish that I have come to love – charoset.

Charoset is a sweet, brown, pebbly paste of fruits and nuts, representing the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build cities in Egypt. The mixture varies depending on region. For instance, a typical recipe from Eastern Europe would include nuts, apples, cinnamon and sweet wine whereas a Sephardic recipe is thicker and contains ingredients native to the Middle East such as raisins, figs and dates.

Healthy Passover Charoset

I’ve had several different varieties and liked them all, however being the dried fruit queen that I am, I fell in LOVE the Sephardic version. Luckily I was able to snag Isaac’s mom’s recipe so I could make it myself (and share it with you)!! 

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Amazing Charoset


Description

Makes about 3.5 cups so if you’re only making it for yourself, you could easily cut the recipe in half.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup almonds (or pecans/walnuts)
  • 4 oz dates (about 7), pitted
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 4 dried figs
  • 1 or 2 tbsp of sweet wine or fruit juice (I used POM juice)

Instructions

  1. Grind dry nuts in food processor (affiliate link), remove and set aside.
  2. Put the nuts, raisins, dates and figs into the food processor (affiliate link) a little at a time and add the apple sauce and wine/juice as you grind to help keep it moving.
  3. Pulse until the mixture looks like a coarse paste. Remove the charoset from the processor and place it in a sealed container.
  4. Enjoy – spread onto matzoh and serve!
  5. Refrigerate any leftovers for later use.

Charoset is traditionally served at the Passover Seder and used as a spread on matzoh but that doesn’t mean you have to be Jewish to enjoy it.

Healthy Passover Charoset

Maybe it’s the fruit and nut lover in me, but I honestly think this spread would be delicious on just about anything. I already have plans to have a big bowl of charoset oats this week and to try mixing the spread into plain yogurt. It would also be phenomenal as a spread for crackers or on a cheese plate. The possibilities are endless.

Enjoy your Monday. I have some fun posts coming up this week, including a recap of the Passover Seder dinner we are attending on Tuesday evening. Stay tuned…

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  1. Thanks for sharing! I’m headed to my parent’s tonight for a Seder and made this since I had all of the ingredients already. My family is used to the traditional apple and wine so hopefully no one will mind a second addition! If not, I’ll take it home and it all week!

  2. I think about 90% of my friends in this city are Jewish so it’s great to see a recipe I can actually share with them when they invite me to holiday celebrations! Thanks girl and love your cute new header!

  3. Just bookmarked this recipe!

    I always wished I could partake in a traditional Passover dinner 🙂 Isaac and his family are very lucky to have a chef like you be a part of theirs! Can’t wait to see your recap and what other tricks you’ve got up your sleeve.

    XO! Hope you’re enjoying this lovely weather my love!

  4. I’m not Jewish either, but I am starting to collect recipes so that I can make an authentic meal! This looks perfect and I can’t wait to try it! If you have any more recipes, that would be wonderful!

  5. I love charoset too. Ironically, I never thought it looked pretty. First time my children saw it and ate it, they grimaced in fear until it entered their mouths. After all, mortar isn’t supposed to be pretty, but in this case it is yummy.

  6. Wow, I’ve never heard of charoset before but it sounds delicious! What a flavorful combination! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about the Seder! I’m a practicing Catholic but I always love hearing about other traditions and religions.

  7. This is an awesome recipe! I’ve never thought of making a fruit paste for crackers… I’ve made jam, but this is way different. Thanks for sharing a family tradition with us. Also – where did you get that spoon? It’s so adorable!!

  8. Love seeing Jewish recipes on your site. This one is a lot different than our family’s. Like Mara said, ours isn’t ground and we use apples and not applesauce. Ours is simple with apples, nuts, cinnamon and red wine. It’s one of my favorite Passover recipes too.

  9. LOVE seeing this on your blog!! Mine’s a bit different than the traditional since I don’t grind it all up… but Adam’s family does, so we’re having a charoset throwdown this year! I use orange juice and dried apricots in mine 🙂

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