This healthy Charoset recipe is one of my favorite foods to make at Passover. During the Seder, this sweet, fruity dish holds a special, symbolic place. It reminds us of the mortar that the Jews used to bond bricks while enslaved in Egypt.

European, or Ashkenazi Jews, traditionally use nuts, apples, cinnamon, and sweet wine for this dish. Jews of Middle Eastern descent, or Sephardic Jews, commonly use raisins, figs, dates, and sesame seeds. In general, Middle Eastern Jews have a far richer culinary tradition than European Jewry and this classic Passover dish is no exception.

You’ll find that my healthy Charoset recipe is a blend of the two traditions, and much lower in sugar than other recipes of this type.


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  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
  • 2 cups walnuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ¾ cups currants
  1. In a food processor, combine apples, walnuts, cinnamon, juices, and currants
  2. Pulse briefly until desired texture is achieved
  3. Serve

Made with only 6 healthy ingredients, this recipe is very easy to prepare. I love easy Passover recipes! My boys adore this dish because it’s something they’ve grown up with every year at Pesach, and it’s incredibly delicious. I usually make one batch of Charoset for our Seder. And of course, I make an extra batch for the boys to snack on. Needless to say they devour it.

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43 responses to “Charoset”

    • Teresa, I haven’t tried that so not sure how it will turn out, seems like a fun experiment and I hope you’ll let me know if you like it :-)

  1. Just made a batch, sooo good. I don’t think I need a cake ever again. Charoset will do. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. We enjoyed this tonight without the currents but will add next time. We serve horseradish with it. Blessings

  3. Hi Elana

    Want to thank you for this delicious charoset recipe- yummy. In previous years, many years, I have made similar but moistened with sacramental wine. I have become allergic to sulphites etc and am not able to use this now. Your recipe hit the brief. Chag Sameach from Sydney, Australia

  4. I rely on your recipes for my holiday meals. Today I served Charoset as an appetizer for my Easter brunch. It was wonderful – exactly as written. Everyone enjoyed it very much. Thank you!

    • Tiina, first, I’m so happy that I was part of your Easter via this recipe! Second, thanks for letting me know you rely on my recipes for your holiday meals! ❤️

  5. Hello! I am a journalist for The Daily Jeffersonian in Cambridge, OH. My column is Jamie’s Recipe Corner and usually runs on Monday’s. Next Monday (April 3) I would love to run a couple of your recipes for Passover ideas. I would give you credit of course.

      • Oh my goodness, this is amazing! I am Messianic and I love (well, loved) Matzo but with butter. As you can only imagine this got me in trouble for many reasons. I am printing your recipes for next year’s Seder. Thank you so much! Leslie/AZ

        • Leslie, thanks so much for letting me know this is amazing. I make a triple batch each year at Passover because my boys can’t get enough of it!

  6. At 2 pm today, I realized that I had not planned the seder plate for tonight. I looked at your charoset recipe, did not have all the ingredients and figured I could sub some with what I had. So at 7 pm, I made the charoset. The walnuts became pecans, the orange juice was grape juice, and the currants were dates. I only had a drop of cinnamon. It was delicious, and we were eating it in spoonfuls. Thanks!

    • I’m a Christian with Jewish roots my mother was Jewish and I help out a a local refuge and every year they do the Seder meal. I am awaiting delivery of my Seder Plate from Israel and started looking for what goes on it and I had heard of Charoset but part of my ministry at the refuge is working alongside girls who are recovering from alcohol abuse. I needed a Charoset recipe that contained no alcohol.. this is ideal thank you.

      • Mandy, what a touching comment! Your service is so commendable. I’m happy that I’ll be part of this incredible Seder with my Charoset recipe :-)

      • Hello Mandy!
        I have just found these wonderful recipes and comments. I just wd like to let you know that by Jewish law you ARE Jewish as your mother was Jewish. You are doing much chesed. R sq

  7. Thank you for not only the recipes, but also for sharing the reasons why they work for Passover. As a believer in both Old and New Testaments, I’ve always wondered why Christians did not celebrate the Jewish feasts and festivals, even though Jesus did. I’ve had a longing to celebrate, but had no idea where to begin. I own a copy of your paleo cookbook and use it daily! Thank you for sharing the fruits of your labor! I live in Fort Collins CO & hope to meet you & thank you in person some day.

    • Charlee, thank you so much for your incredible comment. It means the world to me to connect with people everywhere of various faiths. I hope you enjoy Passover :-)

  8. AMAZING RECIPE! Many of my relatives said this was the best charoset they ever tried… thank you Elana! :)

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