Homemade Hanukkah Gelt

Over the years I’ve had tons of requests for a healthy Homemade Hanukkah Gelt recipe. Well, you’re in luck! Now you can celebrate Hanukkah with gelt and stay on your healthy, low-carb diet at the same time.

What is Hanukkah Gelt?

The word “gelt” comes from the 16th-century Dutch-German word “geld,” meaning gold or money. Gelt is now a common Yiddish term. Hanukkah gelt not only refers to money but the chocolate coins we use to play dreidel during the festival of Hanukkah.

Low-Carb Hanukkah Gelt Recipe

While I’d love to eat those chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil, they’re too high in sugar for me. Further, I haven’t found packs of these coins that actually list ingredients so I have no way of knowing if they’re sweetened with barley malt, which contains gluten. For this reason, I decided to make Homemade Hanukkah Gelt for my family. If you’re a long time reader of my blog you know that my older son also has celiac disease and so, like me, he follows a Gluten-Free Diet.

Homemade Hanukkah Gelt Recipe

All you need to make my Homemade Hanukkah Gelt recipe is 7 healthy ingredients and a few minutes of time. This recipe is simply my Homemade Paleo Chocolate formed in a Hanukkah gelt mold. This amazing gelt recipe is dairy-free. If you’re allergic to dairy you’ll want to check out my Dairy-Free Recipes page.

Homemade Hanukkah Gelt

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Servings 9 coins



  • Pour mixture into hanukkah gelt mold
  • Refrigerate 1 hour, then serve
  • Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week
Prep Time 10 mins
Fridge Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
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Hanukkah the Festival of Lights

We celebrate the festival of lights during the darkest time of year. In the Hebrew calendar, Hanukkah falls on the 25th day of Kislev and is observed for eight nights and eight days. During Hanukkah, we light the menorah, make latkes, give our children gifts, and play with dreidels. These four-sided tops have a letter on each side that spell out “Nes Gadol Hayah Poh” or, “a great miracle happened here.” On Hanukkah, we celebrate the miracle of the Menorah oil, but that’s a story for another time!

Healthy Hanukkah Recipes

Check out my Low-Carb Hanukkah Menu! And here are more healthy, gluten-free, paleo Hanukkah recipes for you:

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared this recipe in 2017.

Thank you, Elana, for the great dessert idea. Loved the recipe.


16 responses to “Homemade Hanukkah Gelt”

  1. Elana,
    I was diagnosed with UC in January 2018 and searched for the right diet until I found the SCD. I do all my own cooking and have searched for recipes for months. I’m currently introducing legal foods in Phase 3 as I expand my diet. I’ve tried many almond bread/rolls/buns recipes and my mini muffins and cheesecake are great. All of my breads fail to rise, even a little bit. I just tried your simple bread and failed again. Your advice and help are needed, if you have a moment. Thank you.

    • James, this is exactly what happens with my Simple Bread recipe when a standard size loaf pan is used instead of the smaller one called for in the recipe :-)

  2. So really? It will only keep for a week in the fridge? I wanted to make these, wrap in gold paper as coins and put them in Christmas stockings. No?

    • Chris, I haven’t kept them for longer than a week cause they get eaten up, but feel free to experiment :-)

  3. I have to tell you your Carrot Kugel is fantastic. I made it last night for my friends.
    Can’t wait to try your Chanukah recipes
    Thank you, Elana

  4. Your timing is perfect! I was just thinking that this year I have to make my own Hannukah gelt since so much of what’s out there isn’t very good. One question: does the chocolate stick to the plastic molds that are linked to the recipe? Would it be helpful to spray the mold with coconut oil before pouring in the chocolate. I’ve only used silicone molds before.
    Thanks so much! Samantha

  5. Thank you for this recipe! We get so many of the gold coins from people, but we don’t want to eat them! This will be so fun and yummy!

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