This Passover, you can have your granola and eat it too!
Gluten free, all natural, kosher granola, that is. We are thrilled that Foodman’s has expanded their kosher Matzolah line to include a tasty Cranberry-Orange Gluten Free variety just in time for what may be the most challenging Jewish holidays food-wise. This KOF-K certified and dairy free (pareve) granola couldn’t have come at a better time.
After hearing about this product, I sat down to give all flavors a shot, starting with the new GF Cranberry-Orange.
It had a nice nutty crunch and whole dried cranberries dotted the mix adding a soft, chewy textural contrast. Dried orange peel provided fragrant tropical notes. This will be heavenly for those with gluten intolerance – you would never know!
My favorite, hands down, was the Whole Wheat Maple Nut flavor. The almonds, raisins and maple flavors were pronounced while the coconut, nutty flavors of the walnuts and pecans were easy to detect. Here is crunchy, flavor-jammed goodness all in one, just the way I love it.
The texture was most like cereal; I was compelled to toss it into my favorite bowl and give it a drive with milk. It was delicious. I would certainly love to have this as a topping on Greek yogurt with some fresh berries mixed in, also.
While the Maple Nut (different from the aforementioned Whole Wheat Maple Nut) was not my favorite of the three flavors due to a strong coconut essence, it was chock full of raisins, walnuts, and pecans, which I appreciated.
Don’t just take my word for it…their impressively nutritious and innovative line has won several awards over the years, including New York Food Review Magazine’s 2014 Healthy Product of the Year, Best kosher Passover product prize by Jamie Geller of Joy of Kosher in 2013, and Best 2012 Passover Product at Kosherfest. Congrats!
You can find them at national stores such as Whole Foods and ShopRite, or you can simply order directly from their website.
For a fantastic, chocolatey, non-dairy, nut -free snack or dessert during Passover, check out my friend Shoshana Ohriner‘s recipe for Cranberry Orange Matzolah Bark, below.
I met Shoshana a couple of years ago at my first Kosher Bloggers’ Conference. I was a newbie and she was a warm, friendly face in the crowd. We hit it off and found that we have much in common, especially our passion for seasonal, all natural ingredients.
I follow her blog, Couldn’t Be Parve, religiously. Check it out for her imaginative, original, always dairy free recipe ideas. You’ll never find any compromises in flavor and you’ll certainly never find anything less than natural ingredients.
This dairy free, nut free, gluten-free treat was developed by Shoshana Ohriner, blogger at Couldn't Be Parve. Check out her blog for more all natural, dairy free treats.
This bark will keep for several days in an airtight container at room temperature.
- 3 tablespoons (1 oz) chopped candied orange peel*
- 3/4 cup (2.8 oz or 78 g) Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Matzolah, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 c (1.5 oz or 40 g) dried cranberries
- 12 oz finely chopped chocolate or good quality chocolate chip
- Combine the orange peel, Matzolah, and cranberries in a small bowl and mix well.
- Transfer a third of the mixture into another small bowl and set both bowls aside.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and tape the parchment down to the cookie sheet.
- Place eight ounces of the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave on 50% power for 90 seconds.
- Stir the chocolate then heat it at 50% power for another 30 seconds. Repeat one more time. If the chocolate is not completely melted continue to microwave it at 50% in 15 second increments until the chocolate is fully melted.
- Add the remaining four ounces of chocolate and stir until it is fully melted. This may take several minutes.
- Stir the larger bowl of the mix-ins into the melted chocolate.
- Scrape the chocolate onto the prepared cookie sheet and use a spatula to spread it as thin as possible.
- Take the small bowl of add-ins and sprinkle it evenly over the top of the melted chocolate. Press down gently so that the toppings stick to the chocolate once it hardens.
- Let the chocolate bark harden at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
- If it still seems soft place it in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
- Break the bark into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature.
*If candied orange peel is not available for Passover, and you do not want to make your own, substitute chocolate covered candied orange peel instead.