Grain-Free Matzo

grain free matzo

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).

Grain-Free Matzo

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  1. In a food processor combine almond flour, coconut flour, and salt
  2. Pulse in egg, olive oil, and water
  3. Divide dough into 2 pieces
  4. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper to 1/16th-inch thick
  5. Remove top piece of parchment paper
  6. Transfer matzo to a baking sheet
  7. Prick holes in matzo using a fork
  8. Bake at 350° for 10-13 minutes, watching very closely
  9. Cool for 2 hours
  10. Serve

Thankfully, my matzo is fairly tasty. Unfortunately, since it has good taste, texture and flavor, my grain-free matzo does not taste exactly like the real thing –i.e., grain-based matzo. Because of this I recommend that you do what our family does each Passover –buy gluten-free matzo for those on a gluten-free diet, and make this grain-free matzo for folks that are strictly grain-free (like myself) or following a Paleo eating plan.

What is matzo? Referred to as matzoh, matza, as well as matzah, and otherwise known as “the bread of affliction,” matzo is unleavened bread typically made of wheat flour and water. It is traditionally eaten by Jews during the Passover holiday when eating chametz (or grain products that are leavened) is not permitted.

I’m often asked, is matzo gluten-free? Well, the answer is no. Real matzo is made of wheat, something I have not eaten since 1998, and that would make me very sick if I consumed it. I’m also frequently asked what I use in place of matzo meal during Pesach. That is easy to answer –almond flour is my matzo meal and all of my recipes are kosher for Passover.

If you’re looking for a Paleo Passover menu, you’re in luck as I created one last year. That post will help you refine all of your Passover recipe and menu ideas, and of course like everything on my blog, it is both gluten-free and grain-free. I hope you have an incredible Passover and enjoy my matzo. Chag Sameach!

Meringues

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.

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I Won’t Meditate

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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.

When I say, “I won’t meditate,” what I’m actually saying is that I won’t confine myself ... read more →

10 Great Snack Recipes for Picky Eaters

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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.

Book Review: The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook

The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook

Every week I receive loads of Paleo cookbooks in the mail asking for a review; I wrote my own called Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry which we use in my house on a daily basis. So forgive me if I’m a little jaded when it comes to Paleo cookbooks.

However, I received a Paleo cookbook recently that I am absolutely loving and can highly recommend. It’s called the The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook by wunderkind Joshua Weissman.

Full of uber-healthy recipes and phenomenal photos, this book is bound to please. In fact, I like it so much that I gave a copy to my best friend Deb, and she too is enjoying it immensely. We are both completely dazzled by this Paleo cookbook.