When I started hosting family holidays and celebrations, it was very important to me to have everyone feel included. That meant planning meals for people with celiac, vegetarians, vegans and food allergies. Celiacs were easy. I’m allergic to gluten so I’ve had a lot of practice baking gluten-free treats. The most difficult challenge was trying to make charoset for passover without apples or nuts. Charoset is an important part of the passover seder representing the mortar that enslaved Jews used to build the pharaohs’ buildings. Our traditional recipe has been handed down for generations and is essentially the same for most Jews of Ashkenazi descent. For a non-allergenic version I had to find something with the crunch and sweetness of apples and the earthy flavor of walnuts. Here’s our traditional recipe and the allergen free version.
Allergen Free Charoset