Homemade Nut Charoset. Photography: Assaf Ambram
Homemade Nut Charoset. Photography: Assaf Ambram
Recipe

Homemade Nut Charoset

A happy mix of healthy ingredients to refresh our bodies: nuts, almonds, coconut, sesame and poppy and of course date honey

Homemade charoset with date honey (silan) and lots of nuts, as well as coconut and poppy seeds which lend a unique flavor. This iteration of charoset is super chunky, so if you prefer a more paste-like spread, you can add 4 tablespoons of raw tahini.

The inclusion of date honey in dishes outside of the Iraqi community is a relatively recent development. These days, date honey is a much more widely known and popular raw material found in many homes. But Passover Seder is its big night – date honey stars in many versions of charoset and adds a sweetness and rich color to a variety of dishes on the table.

Because this iteration is largely devoid of fruit, you can dress it up with grated apple or pear for something closer to the Ashkenazi version. Of course charoset is eaten with matzah and lettuce for the Seder, but is also delicious with yogurt or atop a slice of fresh challah (before or after Passover). You can roast the nuts to up the flavor, but they are healthier in their natural form.

Ingredients for Homemade Charoset

  • 3.5 oz (100 grams) nuts chopped (walnut or pecan)
  • 3.5 oz (100 grams) almonds chopped
  • 3.5 oz (100 grams) Ground coconut
  • 3.5 oz (100 grams) Sesame seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons poppy seed whole (optional)
  • 2 cups date honey natural
  • lemon juice and zest from one large lemon

Instructions

  • 1. Mix all the ingredients together.

  • 2. Transfer to a beautiful jar or to several small jars. You can keep it for up to a month or two in the refrigerator.

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