Foodie Friday: Charoset. The Jewish Larabar.

One of the staples on the sedar table, and part of the sedar plate, is the charoset. It is meant to represent the mortar used by the Israelites in Ancient Egypt. There are 2 main kinds of charoset; Ashkenazi, made from chopped apples, walnuts, honey, and spices, and Sephardic, which is more of a paste made with dates and figs.

Growing up, my family always had the Ashkenazi version, but in more recent years we’ve also had the Sephardic version on the table. As soon as I tasted this, I instantly fell in love. I’m telling you, it’s like a homemade Jewish Larabar! How could it be bad?

Charoset

Makes approximately 4 cups

Sephardic Charoset Passover Jewish Homemade Larabar Barr & Table

Ingredients
– 1 cup pitted dates
– 1 cup figs
– 1 cup dried apricots
– 1 cup golden raisins
– 1 bananas
– 1 cup pistachios
– 1/2 cup crystallized ginger
– 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
– 1 tsp cardamom
– Rind and juice of 1 orange
– 1 cup or more port or Passover wine
– Honey to taste

Directions
Add all ingredients into a large food processor and process until relatively smooth. You do still want to have some bits of pistachio and dried fruit. It’s like a delicious surprise 🙂

I’m telling you, if you’re a fan of Larabars, you have to make this! It is definitely a crowd pleaser and I plan on having it on hand year-round now! So glad I got the recipe from my cousin, Amy!

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Food for Thought

Have you ever made your own homemade fruit and nut bars? What is your favorite combination of ingredients?

Recipe Remix: Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes

Last week, while scouring Pinterest for some new recipes, I came across this tasty breakfast option: Vegan Carrot Cake Pancakes from My Little Celebration.

My Little Celebration Vegan Carrot Cake Pancakes

With my recent love for turning dessert breads into protein pancakes, as seen in my 2 recipes for Zucchini Bread Protein Pancakes (and Take 2), I couldn’t help but get excited by this recipe! The one thing I did notice, however, is that they were definitely not protein pancakes. So I got to work!

Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes

Serves 1
Adapted from My Little Celebration

Barr & Table Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes About Time Cinnamon Swirl Whey Protein Powder Flax Cottage Cheese Egg White Cinnamon Almond Milk Agave Nectar Salt

Ingredients
1/2 cup carrots, finely shredded
2 egg whites
1/4 cup fat free cottage cheese
1 tbsp milk – I use almond milk
1/2 tbsp ground flax
1 scoop protein powder – I use Cinnamon Swirl About Time Whey
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tbsp agave nectar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Pinch of salt

Optional Toppings
Greek vanilla yogurt
Sliced almonds
Unsweetened shredded coconut
Walnuts

Directions
Put all of your ingredients, except the finely shredded carrots, into a food processor. Process until everything is fully incorporated and there are no lumps. Add the finely shredded carrots and pulse 2 – 3 times until the carrots are just mixed in.

Put your mixture into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes, allowing everything to set.

After 10 minutes, preheat a skillet over medium heat and remove your mixture from the refrigerator. Once the skillet is preheated, split the mixture into 3 or 4 small pancakes and cook on the first side until medium sized bubbles form. When they’re ready to flip, you’ll know it. They will come right up!

Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes on the second side. Spread with greek yogurt, sprinkle with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

Barr & Table Carrot Cake Protein Pancakes About Time Cinnamon Swirl Whey Protein Powder Flax Cottage Cheese Egg White Cinnamon Almond Milk Agave Nectar Salt

Speak Up!

Do you prefer carrot cake or zucchini bread? Is there another dessert bread you’d like to see in protein pancake form? Tell me!

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