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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.