gluten free hanukkah recipes

Hanukkah Menu

Wow, Thanksgiving is barely over and it’s time for Hanukkah already!  I’m planning the festivities for the first night of Hanukkah (it’s this Wednesday night) if you can believe that.

I’m not in the habit of buying much Hanukkah paraphernalia and such for my boys, I like to keep this holiday simple and on point, which is a celebration of light during the darkest time of the year.

This year we will go on Heifer International and they’ll each get to buy a goat or chickens for a family.  That will be their gift.  The gift of giving.  Though I’ve heard rumors that the grandparents will be sending gifts to the boys (as they do each year) and that’s just fine with me.

Gluten Free Hanukkah Menu
Roasted Chicken with Olives and Prunes
Kale with Cranberries
Butternut Squash Latkes
Carrot Scallion Latkes
Apple Sauce
Star CookiesHere are links to websites with gluten free Hanukkah round-ups and recipes you may enjoy:

I was so touched by all of your comments to my post on Half the Sky.  This book is touching and brilliant and one that can change the world.  And from your comments, it sounds like many of you are changing the world as well and making it a much better place for all of us.

During this holiday season there is so much to be thankful for and it’s wonderful when we can all count our blessings together.  I read this amazing article in my local paper by Aimee Heckel on the holidays and Black Friday in particular and was very moved by its message, you may want to read it as well.


  1. says

    OMG!!!! I am spinning Gluten/grain free Chanukah food. I’m in heaven!!! No literally. The last 4 years have been horrid for me. I was just getting use to menopause when my body went toxic. With in 24 hours I ceased eating anything that was processed and I don’t even want to touch it. (Have to for hubby but prefer not) I’ve been trying to muddle through learning how to cook all over again. (frustration has a new meaning in my house)
    So this is incredible. I shall have to hug my brother Steven for showing me this site!! :D
    Bless you!

  2. Angelique Gertig says

    I love your outlook on Chanukah, letting your kids experience “giving” and not getting…something many children should learn. May your Chanukah be a blessed celebration!

  3. Christine says

    Happy Hanukka!

    I’m using Sweet Potatoes with Scallions as I’ve been given a whole crate of them! The Olive & Prune stuffed Chicken looks awesome, so I thought I’d try that with a Free-range Turkey.

    Heifer International is such a great gift. Your sons can learn about the eco-sustainability of helping indigenous subsistance farmers maintain their traditions, which is so vital to the planet.


  4. Pat Thames says

    I am relatively new to cooking with Almond flour. My grandson and his mother, my daughter have been taken off of all grains. I started cooking gluten free to support them and discovered I do not have arthritis after all. The pain has all disappeared. I will eat gluten free from now on.

    Thank you for so graciously sharing your own recipes. You are a blessing.

    Shalom, Pat

  5. says

    Happy Hanukkah! If a bit early… :)

    I just wanted to say that I LOVE your blog. I’ve been silently stalking it for a while now and even though I don’t have gluten-free needs, I’m thinking I should start doing a gluten-free day once a week so I can try some of your tasty recipes!

    Now I’ve got to go work on my own Hanukkah menu. Yay!

  6. Angela Kilcrease says

    Elana…Thanks so much for your great recipes. First place I heard of grapeseed oil. For your cookies and muffins I substitute almond flour for 1/2 ground almonds and half brown rice flour and add extra tsp. of baking powder , my fellow hairstylist can’t believe cookies taste so good and are healthy, they are also amazed at ingredients they have never heard of that are so good for you and taste great.
    God Bless you,

  7. Gina says

    I made your butternut squash latkes from your cookbook last year and they are SOOOO awesome. Can’t wait to make them this year.

  8. says

    Elana, thanks for the menu. I’m not Jewish, but I’m really interested in what other traditions love to share at holidays. The latkes look fabulous, and I have lots of butternut squash from the garden, so I can’t wait to try them.

    By the way, I tried making your almond pancakes from your cookbook (a recipe I love) with caramelized onions. They were wonderful!!!

    Thanks so much for your wonderful cookbook! It’s my favorite…


  9. Kiersti says

    Elana…I am not Jewish but I LOVE latkes. A college roommate introduced me years ago and I was hooked.

    However for the past couple years I have been gluten free and avoid things like potatoes and rice, etc. This cramped by latke style. And introduced me to the concept of butternut squash latkes…and soon carrot. Already my mind is buzzing with ideas!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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