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Matzah Sun Butter Bars

In a previous blog post, I wrote about experimenting with the alteration of recipes to suit your allergies or turn a boring cake recipe into an interesting one. Passover is a great time for experimenting with recipes. Restricting yourself to baking with matzah meal, while having food allergies, does not have to be a dreaded occasion. One of the most difficult allergies to bake for during Passover is an egg allergy. Except for the fruit slices and jelly rings, most baked goods are mixed with egg to hold the matzah or coconut together. Flourless cakes, made only with egg are common at the seder table. However, substituting matzah cake meal (or matzah meal if they don’t sell the cake meal at your grocery store) for the flour in eggless recipes that use Sun Butter or Nut Butter can produce a suitable desert or breakfast bar. This recipe was based on an eggless almond bread recipe. This recipe can be altered to your taste by changing the extract, adding nuts, quinoa, chocolate chips, raisins, or even spreading a date or fig spread between two layers. This dough would be great as a Fig Newton substitute with a fruit spread between the two layers.

Matzah Sun Butter Bars

2 c. Matzah Cake Meal or Matzah Meal

1 t. Salt

1/3 c. Sugar

1 1/2 c. Milk or Milk alternative

1/2 c. Sun Butter

3/4 t. Cinnamon

1/2 t. Allspice

1/2 t. Nutmeg

1/2 t. Orange extract

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Combine all of the ingredients. Mix it thoroughly. Greasing the pan isn’t necessary, but you can do so if you’d like. Spread the dough out evenly into an 8 X 8 pan. Cook it for 30 minutes. Let it cool before cutting it into bars.


Food Allergy Guide for Passover

Here is a food allergy guide for Passover: It has some great recipes and interesting ideas in it.

Here is another website with a lot of useful information on celebrating Passover with food allergies:

Cement Cake (for Passover)

This is a Cake that I got from a family with food allergies in Israel. Because this family has so many different allergies among all of them, they allow themselves to eat some foods during Passover that are normally not allowed, like corn flour. However, corn is allowed to be eaten according to the Sephardic dietary restrictions. Cakes for Passover are usually flourless cakes, but those are made of egg. Many people are allergic to egg, so this one is a good option because it is egg free.

1 c. Matzah Meal
1 c. Sugar
2 c. Corn flour
2 1/2 t. baking powder
rind of 1 1/2 lemons
juice of 1 lemon
3/4 c. oil
1 1/2 – 2 c. water
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 in. pan. Mix the ingredients together and place in pan. Bake it for 25-35 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean when you check it. I have not tried this yet, so I’m just guessing on the cooking time.

Celebrate Spring Break with Baking

Now that spring break is here, I have a little more time on my hands to do some baking. Although I may not have time to write some more important articles until I finish graduate school in May. Today, I found a quick and easy recipe that is great all year round as a healthy desert, or eat with some ice cream.

Banana Fritters


3 medium sized ripe bananas
2 tbsp sugar (optional)
1.5 tbsp milk
4 tbsp flour or matzah meal
1 tbsp vanilla powder/extract
add additional spices like cinnamon as you wish
2 tbsp oil for shallow frying
a pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl except oil. Mash the bananas and mix with your fingers until smooth-thick batter formed.

Ensure the batter shouldn’t be too thin Or too thick. If the batter is thin add little flour and if too thick add little milk.

Take a frying pan to shallow fry. Add oil to it. Place on high heat. Once oil is hot reduce heat.
Use an ice-cream scoop to drop the batter into the pan. Once you scoop out the batter press from behind the scooper to slightly flatten the balls. If you would like them smaller, like a slice of banana, drop 1 tsp. of batter into the oil.

Fry them until golden brown and slightly crisp from outside. Ensure you fry both the sides. Be careful while turning them over. Else they might break. Handle with lots of love and care.

Place them on paper napkins to absorb excess oil on it.

Passover Recipes

Passover will be starting in one month. Here is a link to some interesting recipes so you can make plans, if you celebrate Passover. Many of these are completely allergen free. If you are on a Gluten free diet, Gluten free Matzah is available, made from oats or potatoes from different companies. Even if you are not Jewish, it’s also a good cracker to have year round because there is no oil in it.

25 Delicious Ways to Use Matzah

Allergy Free Purim

Purim is coming up soon. It can be a challenge to find allergy free treats, so I discovered this article with some interesting recipes for Challah, Chocolates, Hamentashen, and Kreplach. These are easy recipes, with ingredients that can easily be replaced by your own substitute to fit your allergies.

Categories: Blog Posts, Kosher, Purim, Recipes

Tips for Finding Soy Free Soup

If you are allergic to soy, you have probably noticed that soy products are in almost every packaged food. You may have decided to give up on looking at lists of ingredients and make your own food from scratch. Soup can be a lot of fun to make from scratch. Homemade soup tastes a lot better than soup from a can. However, there still are some options for you.

Even if one can of soup from a brand has soy, some soups do not. So it actually is worth it to check the ingredients again. Brands of soup vary from store to store, so I will not list all the brands here. Campbell’s surprisingly makes a couple of flavors without soy. Look at the ingredients of the flavors that are labeled “Select Harvest” and “100% Natural”. Check out the organic brands. Within each of the brands some flavors do not have soy, but other’s do. Also look for dried soup mixes in bags, like Frontier soups and Bob’s Red Mill. There are also dried soup mixes in the Kosher section from Manischewitz, Kedem, and Streit’s that are soy free.

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