L’Shana Tova! If you’re hosting a meal for Rosh Hashanah, or bringing a potluck dish, I’ve got you covered with 10 delicious and festive gluten-free recipes perfect for Rosh Hashanah and Jewish celebrations. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosures.
Today I want to share with you 10 of my favorite gluten-free Rosh Hashanah recipes to help you eat deliciously and totally gluten-free this new year!
What is Rosh Hashanah?
Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. It’s the day that G-d created Adam and Eve.
To celebrate the occasion, Jews across the world go to synagogue to hear the sound of the shofar (a ram’s horn). After attending shul, every Jew heads for their celebratory meal with friends and family.
For Rosh Hashanah, the festive meal includes sweet foods such as apples dipped in honey, pomegranates, raisins, and sweet vegetables (carrots and beets). There also are other symbolic foods like the head of a fish (to symbolize the head of the new year).
During the holidays, Jews avoid bitter foods like nuts and vinegar, as to warn off any potential for bitterness in the year ahead.
In this article, I share 10 delicious gluten-free Rosh Hashanah recipes that you can make help you ring in a sweet, delicious and totally gluten-free new year. Enjoy!
(1) Gluten-Free Challah
No Jewish celebration is complete without a challah. My original gluten-free challah recipe is the bomb, but I’ve tweaked it a bit to make it sweeter for Rosh Hashanah.
My traditional gluten-free challah recipe already contains honey, and for Rosh Hashanah, I add 1/4 cup of applesauce and 1/2 – 1 cup of raisins.
I also bake the challah in my bundt pan to get that classic round shape. Or if you don’t mind the shape, you can simply bake it in your challah mold pan.
(2) Gluten-Free Honey Cake
Jews eat apples dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet new year, so any recipe that includes honey and/or apples is a bonus!
I make a truly delicious gluten-free honey cake that has hints of coffee flavor in it too. This cake is very popular with my family and very popular with my readers too. Enjoy!
(3) Gluten-Free Apple Cake
I’ve also created a delicious gluten-free apple cake that is full of flavor and plenty of chunks of apples.
(4) Carrot and Walnut Soup
I love this carrot and walnut soup recipe so much and often find myself making it for Rosh Hashanah because carrots are a “sweet” vegetable. Plus, everyone loves this soup so much and it’s perfect as a starter to a three or four course meal.
(5) Savory Beef Brisket
If you’re looking for a delicious, traditional, slow cooked savory beef brisket recipe, look no further than this recipe.
If you’re new to making brisket, I’ve got you covered with step-by-step instructions to make it easy for you. This beef brisket recipe is so gedempt that it will make your grandmother verklempt!
(6) Slow Cooker Picante Chicken
If you want a low-maintenance yet sweet main dish, you have got to try my slow cooker picante chicken recipe. I created this recipe when I was doing the Whole30 challenge, and it is one of my new favorite gluten-free dinner recipes.
I also think it’s perfect as a gluten-free Rosh Hashanah recipe because it’s sweet thanks to the raisins. I also love that I can throw it all into the slow cooker and come home to a Rosh Hashanah meal with little fuss.
(7) Baked Apple Dessert
Another amazing Whole30 recipe I created is one for baked apples with raisins and NO added sugar. It will make your house smell like fall and offers up a healthier dessert option for your guests at the same time.
Alternatively, you might enjoy my healthy apple cranberry crisp recipe, also made low-sugar with monk fruit sweetener. You can use frozen cranberries or substitute with another fruit as well.
(8) Dill Roasted Salmon
One of my favorite recipes to make for Rosh Hashanah is this dill roasted salmon. It’s so quick and easy to make, too. It contains so many fresh herbs, making this salmon extra delicious, fresh and healthy. What a great way to kick off your new year!
While I don’t eat the head of the fish (which is customary to do on Rosh Hashanah), it sure does make for a memorable and symbolic recipe for Rosh Hashanah!
(9) Festive Carrot Ring
This festive gluten-free carrot ring is a sweet and fun dish to serve on Rosh Hashanah. And it looks amazing too. Your guests will be impressed it’s gluten free!
(10) Chocolate Chip Applesauce Cake
This gluten-free applesauce cake is one of my favorite cakes and actually I make it year-round. However, it’s especially fun to make on Rosh Hashanah because the key ingredient is applesauce.
There you have it, 10 delicious and truly festive gluten-free Rosh Hashanah recipes.
L’shana Tova and may you have a sweet and healthy New Year!