Favorite Passover Ingredients

passover ingredients

Over the years many of you have asked for a list of my favorite Passover ingredients. Well here you go –a rundown of the products that will make your grain-free Passover a breeze.

These are the items I have come to depend on for making my Passover Seders since 1998 –the year I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Yes, it’s been a long time since I’ve had gluten, or chametz for that matter! I’ve been kosher for Pesach for close to two decades straight, and I’m happy to share with you the wisdom and experience I’ve gained during that time.

If you’re looking for quick and easy gluten-free, Paleo Passover recipes, check out my Paleo Passover Menu.

  1. Almond Flour
    This might be my all time favorite Passover ingredient. I use almond flour to make Matzo, Matzo Balls and many desserts that are Kosher for Pesach. Almond flour is a fantastic year round choice instead of wheat flour, or chametz, and during Passover I look at it as my gluten-free matzo meal.
  2. Shredded Coconut
    Perfect for making Macaroons; I use shredded coconut in my recipes for both Paleo Macaroons and Egg-Free Macaroons.
  3. Coconut Milk
    A fantastic dairy substitute for your fleishich meals, coconut milk makes unbelievably rich and delicious pareve ice cream.
  4. Coconut Flour
    I use coconut flour in my Egg-Free Macaroons and many other baked goods that are kosher for Passover. It’s a staple in my kitchen all year round.
  5. Horseradish
    Although you can purchase prepared bottled horseradish, I do love buying the whole root fresh and making my own Maror which is incredibly spicy and pungent. For purple Maror try my Beet Maror recipe.
  6. Palm Shortening
    Another great pareve ingredient for the Passover meal, palm shortening is dairy-free, yet rich and creamy like butter. I use Spectrum brand palm shortening which is an ethically and sustainably sourced product.
  7. Chicken Stock
    There’s nothing like homemade chicken stock to cure a cold or serve with matzo balls –so check out my Homemade Chicken Stock recipe! Avoid store bought chicken stock as it can be filled with MSG and certain ingredients that masquerade as healthy, yet contain MSG which can cause headaches and lead to neurological disorders.
  8. Matzo
    I’ve created a matzo recipe for you that is a fantastic vehicle for Maror and Charoset (hello Hillel sandwich, however, it’s not as light and crispy as traditional matzo since it’s made from almond flour. If you can eat grains you may wish to purchase Gluten Free Oat Matzoh. This is the matzo I buy for my older son who has celiac disease. He is 100% gluten-free, and can tolerate some grains so this is a great option for him. When I went grain-free in 2001 I gave up all matzo except my homemade matzo made with almond flour.

My favorite Passover ingredients will help you get through your gluten-free Seder with less stress than ever.

What will you be making for your Seder? Are you gluten-free? Are you grain-free too? Leave a comment below and let us know. Chag Sameach!

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April 12, 2014

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Grain-Free Matzo

Grain-Free Matzo recipe

For years my friends, family, and readers have been asking me to create a grain-free matzo recipe. This year, instead of throwing matzo together the day of our Seder, I took time during the last few weeks (well prior to Passover) to work on creating an amazing gluten-free, Grain-Free Matzo recipe.

As you can imagine, my house has become a veritable grain-free matzo factory with batch after batch of matzo spread out all over my kitchen counters.

Matzo is an interesting food. Most Jews, including myself will tell you that we don’t really like the taste of matzo. It’s dry and starchy, and for the most part completely lacking in flavor. On the other hand, matzo is an incredible vehicle for a fabulous part of the Seder, the Hillel Sandwich, which is matzo with charoset and maror (horseradish).

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April 11, 2014

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meringues paleo cookie recipe

Meringues are a light and crunchy naturally gluten-free dessert that melt in your mouth. Better yet? Mine are made with only two ingredients –egg whites and maple syrup.

Meringue cookies are fun, yet elegant, pleasing both young and old; my children and their friends devour them. So does my husband. We’ll be serving my quick and easy Meringues at our Passover Seder, along with my egg-free Macaroons, in order to give everyone with food restrictions loads of options.

If you’re not Jewish, these meringues are also a wonderfully springy, light, and festive Easter dessert.

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April 4, 2014

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I Won’t Meditate


I won’t meditate. How can a yoga teacher trained over 20 years ago, long before yoga was the ubiquitous activity it is today say something as blasphemous as this?

Yes, that’s me. The yoga teacher and anti-meditator. Makes no sense, does it? Why not mediate? Especially when the benefits of meditation have been scientifically proven through research, and when my medical doctor in fact recommends it.

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April 1, 2014

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10 Great Snack Recipes for Picky Eaters


A movie star recently contacted me to ask what to feed her picky two year old. And that’s how this list of 10 Great Snack Recipes for Picky Eaters was born.

In order to compile this list of healthy, gluten-free snack recipes, I combed through the hundreds of grain-free recipes on Elana’s Pantry. It was like a walk down memory lane, recalling all of the great snacks that my boys liked to eat when they were wee little ones. They still love all of the gluten-free snack recipes below, and now they’re teenagers! I guess that just shows how timeless and classic these snacks are –or, how constantly hungry my children and their friends are day-in-and-day-out.

Here are some nutritious snack ideas for the whole family.

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March 27, 2014

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