If you're a cereal aficionado, Passover can be tough. There are a few kosher for Passover cereals on the market, but they're virtually identical concoctions of cake meal, potato starch, and sugar. If you crave crunch and and decent nutritional profile, they don't exactly fit the bill. Fortunately, it's super easy to make your own granola. This recipe uses whole wheat matzo farfel -- tiny pieces of toasted matzo - which boosts the fiber and nutrient content. You can customize the mix by swapping the almonds and raisins with other favorite nuts and dried fruits, or using a combination of a few. Just keep the total measurements (especially on the nuts) similar at first, to keep the proportion of oil, maple, brown sugar, and cinnamon right.
- 3 cups whole wheat (or regular) matzo farfel
- 1 cup unsweetened flake coconut
- 2/3 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- pinch fine sea or kosher salt
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil OR grapeseed oil
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup black raisins
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 2 large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the farfel, coconut, chopped almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Drizzle evenly with the oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Toss well, so the matzo farfel is well coated with the oil and syrup.
- Divide the farfel mixture evenly between the prepared baking sheets, spreading the mixture into a single layer. Slide the baking sheets into the preheated oven. Bake, stirring and turning once or twice, for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the farfel, almonds, and coconut are toasty and golden brown. (Check near the end of the cooking time to be sure not to burn the mixture -- it can go from nicely toasted to overdone very quickly!)
- Remove the baking sheets from the oven and set aside to cool. When the granola is cool, stir in the raisins. Transfer to a large mason jar or other airtight container. The granola will keep at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
- Serve the granola with milk, yogurt, or ice cream, or snack on it out of hand. Or make a breakfast parfait by layering the granola with yogurt, and sliced bananas or berries.
Make it a Meal
Passover entertaining isn't all about Seders. One of the nicest, easiest, and most unexpected ways to enjoy time with guests is to host a brunch buffet. Make a frittata or two, like this Zucchini Frittata, or these muffin-sized Greek Mini Frittatas. Serve up some Smoked Salmon Matzo Brei with Greens and Onions, a selection of yogurts, this granola, fruit salad or berries, juices, coffee and tea. For dessert, offer a cookie platter with Gluten Free Fudge Brownies, Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Coffee Meringues.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||19 g|
|Saturated Fat||4 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||12 g|
|Dietary Fiber||3 g|