Charoset is a traditional Jewish food eaten during the Seder meal at Passover, and it is a sweet mixture commonly made of dates, apples, cinnamon, and nuts. Charoset is eaten with the maror, bitter herbs, during the Seder meal to balance out the bitterness and remind the participants of the optimistic future that the Passover brings to life. The Charoset also symbolizes the mortar for building bricks that the Jewish people used while in Egypt. If you are interested in this topic, send me a message, and I will gladly steer you in the direction of further sources.
Additionally, if you are looking for a delicious sweet spread to place on a vegan charcuterie board, this vegan charoset would be a great option!
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- 10 soft pitted Medjool dates
- 2 Tbsp coconut nectar or agave syrup
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅔ cup chopped hazelnuts (can substitute pecans)
- optional: ½ cup dried cranberries and/or diced apples
- *This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
- In a small saucepan, heat the dates, water, and syrup on medium-low heat, stirring often, until a thick, smooth paste forms. This takes roughly 10 minutes. Make sure to mash the dates as they heat up so that the mixture is evenly combined.
- Next, remove from the heat and mix in the cinnamon, chopped nuts, and optional fruit.
- Spoon into a small glass jar and chill until time to serve.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator.