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How to Make Passover-Friendly Desserts

There are plenty of tasty treats you can make without flour or yeast; you just have to be creative!


  • Step 1: Know what's not kosher Know which ingredients are not allowed during Passover: wheat, rye, barley, spelt, and oats, meaning that most kinds of flour can't be used. Leavening agents like yeast and baking powder are also a no-no.
  • Step 2: Learn substitutions Learn how to make substitutions for forbidden ingredients, like a combination of matzo meal and potato starch in place of flour. Find substitution lists in kosher cookbooks and on kosher websites.
  • TIP: Avoid the common mistake of using too much matzo meal in dessert recipes; it makes them too heavy.
  • Step 3: Go nuts Make desserts that rely on finely ground nuts to take the place of flour, or to serve as crust base for cheesecake.
  • TIP: Combine 1/3 cup of granulated sugar with a 1/2 teaspoon potato starch and blend them together in a food processor or coffee grinder to make kosher for Passover powdered sugar.
  • Step 4: Count on chocolate Count on dark chocolate to save the day! Bake a delicious flourless chocolate cake, or make brownies using matzo meal or cake meal.
  • TIP: Turn plain matzo into delectable crunch bars with the addition of dark chocolate and caramel.
  • Step 5: Use egg whites Make goodies that attain height and airiness from beaten egg whites rather than leavening agents, like a sponge cake, meringues, or macaroons.
  • Step 6: Focus on fruit Focus on fruit-based desserts, like sorbets, honey-drizzled fruit with walnuts, or fruit compote.
  • FACT: One of the largest Seders in the world takes place in Kathmandu, Nepal and involves 2,000 people.

You Will Need

  • Matzo meal
  • Potato starch
  • Ground nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Caramel
  • Eggs
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Food processor or coffee grinder (optional)

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