If you’ve ever eaten plain matzah, you know that it’s not the most exciting food in the world. It’s very bland, dry, and basically tastes like a huge saltless cracker. For those who don’t know, matzah is a plain unleavened bread eaten by Jewish people during the Passover holiday. Matzah is a large part of the Passover Seder, but it’s also Jewish law to eat matzah instead of bread for the following week. And let me tell you, it gets boring.
Thankfully they’ve recently come out with a variety of matzah flavors, making it much easier to make delicious matzah pizzas, sandwiches, and snacks (I’m a lover of the new Mediterranean flavor. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it. It would be wonderful with a little hummus!).
Now I’m not what one might call a matzah lover. I’ll eat it to keep the holiday, but I’ve never craved it or looked forward to a meal in which matzah was involved. However, that all changed after I had this honey granola. Made with farfel, which is basically crumbled up matzah, this granola is delicious…and kosher for Passover! It’s great to eat with ice cream, yogurt, and more recently I discovered that it’s a delicious topping to a bowl of strawberries and fresh whipped cream.
When I make this honey granola, I usually double the recipe, so I have enough to last me a good 2-3 months (make sure you store it in an airtight container or a Zip Lock bag to ensure freshness). If you can’t find farfel, you can buy a box of plain unsalted matzah and crumble it up into small pieces.
This is also a recipe for honey lovers. While you can often rely on that cute “honey bear” for all your honey baking needs, I’d recommend splurging on the good stuff for this recipe. You can find all kinds of honey flavors at your local produce market or Whole Foods store.
- 3 cups farfel, or crumbled up matzah
- 2-3 cups mixed nut/dried fruit mix
- ½ cup sweetened coconut
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon (plus more for dusting)
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup clover honey
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Combine the farfel, mixed nut mix, coconut, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Mix until combined. Set aside. If you can’t find farfel, you can crumble up plain matzah. Here’s what farfel looks like:
- Combine butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl and melt in microwave for about 1 minute, or until butter is melted and honey is more fluid.
- Pour the butter mixture over the farfel mixture and stir to coat.
- Spread mixture over a large pan and bake for 15 minutes. Stir half way through cooking. I doubled mine, so I had a lot!
- Remove from oven and let cool completely.
- Store in a Zip Lock bag or air tight storage container. Serve with yogurt, ice cream, or just snack on it throughout the day!
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6 responses to “Honey Granola”
YUM! 🙂 I am currently reading Claudia Roden’s book on Jewish Food at the moment. It is very comprehensive and beautifully put together with loads of recipes and discussion about the history of the Jews and the people that lived in the Jewish communities. I totally recommend it. 🙂
Ohh! sounds good! I’m always up for book recommendations! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Your welcome 🙂 Here is a link about the book for you. I found the website rather interesting too. I would love to get a copy of the book one day as I got my copy out from my local Library. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Oops I am a duffer I hit enter too quickly 😉 Here it is
Awesome! Thank you so much! 🙂 I’ll be sure to check it out! 🙂
Thank you too 🙂 Best wishes from here in NZ!!