Passover is fast approaching, and while stocking up on traditional holiday staples like matzah and kosher wine is a must, there’s one often-overlooked item that can elevate your eight-day celebration: granola.
That's right, granola. Although it may not be the first food that comes to mind for Passover, granola is a versatile addition to any seder table.
Imagine sitting around the Passover table, retelling the story of the Exodus, and suddenly feeling a pang of hunger. You glance around at the matzah and bitter herbs and wonder if there's anything else to snack on. This is where granola comes in: crunchy clusters, sweet dried fruit, and wholesome ingredients that make it the perfect snack to munch on while recounting the miracles of the Israelites' escape from Egypt.
However, not all granolas are created equal. Many are made with highly processed inflammatory oils and are high in sugar. That’s why it’s essential to find a recipe that is both delicious and nutritious, like one that includes ground flax and hemp seeds for added protein and fiber. This way, you can enjoy it in moderation without sacrificing taste or health.
So, if you're looking to add a little sweetness to your Passover celebrations this year, consider making some homemade granola. It may not be the most traditional food, but it's a delicious and nutritious way to satisfy your sweet tooth.. And who knows, it just might become a new Passover tradition for you and your family.
PESACH GRANOLA TIP:
If you’re attending a seder, why not bring a thoughtful and practical gift? Fill a mason jar with your homemade granola and give it as a gift to your host or hostess. They might even surprise you by serving it in a little bowl next to the gefilte fish!
Matzo (crumbled) Pecans (chopped) Almonds (chopped) Ground Flax Seed Hemp Seeds Cinnamon
Kosher Salt (one large pinch) Brown Sugar
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut Honey
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Vanilla Extract
Dried Unsweetened CranberriesMix together the dry ingredients -- matzo through coconut ﬂakes -- and set aside.
In a small saucepan over low heat, stir together the honey, sugar, vanilla, olive oil, and spices until the sugar is dissolved
Mix the wet ingredients with the dry, stirring so that all of the matzo is well coated. Add a big pinch of salt and stir to incorporate.
Preheat the oven to 300° F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
Spread the mixture on the baking sheet. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Check the granola every 7 minutes to make sure it doesn't burn. When the matzo is dry and toasted and the coconut is golden, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the granola cool completely -
- it will crisp up even more as it cools. Mix in the dried cranberries enjoy!