Nut Free Charoset


As promised last week in my Allergy Free Roasted Asparagus Soup post, I’m continuing the theme of Passover and Easter recipes. Today’s post is Nut-Free Charoset, that’s gluten-free and Kosher for Passover.

A fruit and nut dish traditionally eaten at Passover, charoset represents the mortar which the enslaved Hebrews used when constructing storehouses and buildings in ancient Egypt.  (I love food history!) Ashkenazi recipes usually contain apples, raisins, cinnamon, and honey, while Sephardic often include dates, oranges, and apricots. Since I’m both Ashkenazi and Sephardic, this hybrid charoset combines elements of both traditions — but without the usual nuts, since both my son Lennon and I are allergic to them! Apple pieces add crunchiness and pomegranate juice ties together this super-healthy dish. Try it with roasted meat or enjoy it as a spread on gluten-free matzo.

Nut-Free Charoset

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

  • 1/4 cup chopped dates*
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried Turkish apricots*
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon pomegranate juice or red grape juice
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and chopped*
  • 1/2 navel orange, peeled and cut into 1 centimeter pieces

1. Combine dates, apricots, and raisins.

2. Whisk together lemon juice and pomegranate juice.  Add honey and stir until completely dissolved. Add to dried fruit mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon and toss.

3. Add apple pieces. Combine gently. Add orange pieces, stirring gently.

4. Cover and chill for at least one hour before serving.

* For best results, chop dates, apricots, and apples into raisin-sized pieces.

Nut-Free Charoset
© 2011 by Cybele Pascal

For more  of my Passover recipes you might like, try:

Allergy-Free Sweet Noodle Kugel at Whole Living Daily

Allergy-Free Brisket Tsimmes at Foodista

Allergy-Free Potato Leek Kugel at Whole Living Daily

(Please note that all my recipes are completely free of all top allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish, shellfish, and gluten), so as many people as possible can enjoy them. Additionally, all the ingredients are available at Whole Foods, and online at If you have trouble finding something, let me know and I’ll help you find it.)

SAFETY NOTE: Because each person’s food sensitivity and reaction is unique, ranging from mild intolerance to life-threatening and severe food allergies, it is up to the consumer to monitor ingredients and manufacturing conditions. If manufacturing conditions, potential cross contact between foods, and ingredient derivatives pose a risk for you, please re-read all food labels and call the manufacturer to confirm potential allergen concerns beforeconsumption. Ingredients and manufacturing practices can change overnight and without warning.

12 Responses

  1. Susan Jacobs Corria says:

    You continue to amaze me with all that you tackle!!! These recipe you are doing for Passover. What a great treat for all the people with food allergy’s,can finally enjoy the actual treats of the holiday,which means they can partake in the traditions of the Sedar!!

  2. egb says:

    Yum! Thank you for featuring nut-free recipes. It makes it much easier to cook for the one I love!

  3. Lauren says:

    This looks beautiful! I have one question though…I’m very nervous to buy dried fruit as it is usually manufactured in a plant that processes nuts or may contain nuts. What are your thoughts on cross contamination? Have you managed to find dried fruit that is safe for children with tree nut and peanut allergies?

  4. Cybele says:

    Hi Lauren:

    I would buy from smaller suppliers, who only sell that one dried fruit, for example, Franny’s Raisins only grows and sells raisins. No nuts. Medjool Dates only sells dates. That way you don’t have the risk of cross contamination that you get from dealers who sell both fruit and nuts. You can order these ingredients directly from the growers. Call if you have questions or concerns. But that’s how I buy things like flax seeds, from growers who only grow flax seeds, so there’s no risk of cross contamination. Same applies to fruit.

    Hope that helps!


  5. Cybele says:

    Ps, Franny’s raisins are available at whole foods.

  6. Cybele says:

    Thanks, Susan!

  7. Cybele says:


    Very happy the recipes come in useful. Let me know how you and your loved one like this one.

    all best,


  8. […] Read more and get the recipe at Cybele Pascal: Allergen-Free Cuisine… Tags: allergy-free, gluten-free, kosher for passover, nut-free, vegan Tweet […]

  9. That is so sweet of you to make recipes without nuts. So many of our fellow foodies are allergic to nuts.

  10. […] Pascal has a nut-free charoset recipe that I’m going to have to […]

  11. Suzy Lowinger says:

    one of my student’s parents made this for our model seder…all of us teachers agreed it was the best charoses we ever tasted. cant wait to make it myself, its scrumptious.

  12. Leila says:

    Thanks so much!!!!! Yummy!!!

Leave a Reply