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Rosh Hashanah is upon us once again and I’m so excited!
Today I want to share with you my personal favorite gluten-free Rosh Hashanah recipes that will help you have a safe, sweet and totally delicious new year!
What is Rosh Hashanah?
Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. It’s the day, Jews believe, 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 shofar is a ram’s horn. Trust me, it may sound odd that we blow a ram’s horn, but it’s truly a highlight of the celebration.
Then, of course, every Jew celebrates with a festive meal.
For Rosh Hashanah, the festive meal should include sweet foods – like honey, apples, pomegranates and raisins – and even sweet vegetables like carrots and beets. There also are other symbolic foods like the head of a fish (to symbolize the head of the new year). We avoid bitter foods like nuts and vinegar, as we do not want any bitterness in the year to come.
In this article, I will share with you 10 delicious gluten-free Rosh Hashanah recipes you can make to ring in a sweet new year of your own. Enjoy!
10 Gluten-Free Rosh Hashanah Recipes
(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 Rosh Hashanah gluten-free challah recipe contains honey, applesauce and raisins and is extra sweet, moist and yummy! Get my gluten-free sweet raisin challah recipe here.
I like to make a round challah, which is traditional for Rosh Hashanah (it appears my round pan has been discontinued). If you don’t have a round challah mold pan, you can simply use your round bundt pan to get the round shape and fun texture. (My gluten-free challah batter is too sticky to braid, sorry.)
You can also just use your challah mold pan for this challah too.
(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 really delicious gluten-free honey cake that has hints of coffee flavor in it too. This cake is very popular with my family and I enjoy eating it… a lot!
(3) Gluten-Free Apple Cake: Along the same lines as the honey cake, I also have created a delicious gluten-free apple cake. I love the flavor and texture of baked apples – and if you do too – you will want to make this cake for sure!
(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, and because everyone loves this soup so much. It makes a great starter if you’re serving a multiple-course meal.
Some people don’t like the walnuts (as many people avoid nuts on Rosh Hashanah), but I think the sweet carrots outweigh the bitter nuts, so I make it anyway!
(5) 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 as it’s a little sweet and includes plenty of raisins in the mix. I also love that I can throw it all into the slow cooker and come home to a Rosh Hashanah meal with little fuss.
(6) Baked Apple Recipe: 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.
(7) 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!
(8) 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!
(9) Chocolate Chip Applesauce Cake: This 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. Get my gluten-free chocolate chip applesauce cake recipe here.
(10) Baked Apples: You will love this sweet and simple baked apple dessert recipe. You can skip adding nuts if you want as it is customary to avoid nuts on Rosh Hashanah (I like them though, adds crunch).
There you have it – 10 delicious and truly festive gluten-free Rosh Hashanah recipes.
L’shana Tova and may you all have a sweet and healthy New Year!