WW Recipe of the Day: Charoset for Passover
(100 calories | 3 3 3 myWW *SmartPoints value per serving)
The Seder Table is usually laden with favorite family foods as well as the traditional plates that symbolize the holiday. Charoset is one of the tastier selections and one I make often year round using a long varied list of fruits and nuts. There are several traditional recipes for this depending on where in on the globe the recipe comes from.
This one, an Ashkenazi version, tastes like crunchy applesauce because the apples are grated. Here's a bonus—there's cinnamon in the dish, so no worries about the apples turning brown since they're uncooked. There SUPPOSED to be that way!
A little red wine balances the sweet apple taste and walnuts add a distinctive and yummy crunch.
The finished Charoset is a little sticky; it symbolizes the mortar used to put bricks together by the slaves in Egypt. Serve in a small bowl on a larger plate of other edible symbols of Passover.
During the seder, which features the retelling of the Exodus story from Egypt at the dinner table, charoset is served as an accompaniment for the bitter herbs (maror and chazeret). In the case of the maror, a small dollop of charoset is consumed with the herbs. Then during the chazeret step of the ritual charoset is eaten in the form of a korech or Hillel's sandwich. The korech is made with two pieces of matzo bread surrounding the chazeret herbs and charoset.
Does Charoset Need to Be Refrigerated?
Once you have combined all the ingredients be sure to refrigerate the charoset for at least a few hours so the flavors can meld. Also, it can be made a day ahead of time, or even two if that's better for you.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Charoset?
According to my calculations, each serving has 100 calories and:
3 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
3 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Charoset Recipe Notes
If you use walnut halves and need to chop them, process the nuts first using the blade attachment of your food processor . Then switch to the grater and grate the apple. This saves time, and additional cleanup.
I've used Honey Crisp, Gala, Fiji and other sweet-tart apples to make this Charoset. Feel free to mix and match. They are all good. Tarter apples might benefit from a packet or two of Stevia.
This recipe will make a small amount of Charoset; feel free to double the recipe, add a few raisins, 1 tablespoon chopped dates or figs. Other chopped nuts like almonds can also be substituted.
That little pinch of salt is really important as it brings out the sweetness of the apples and finished Charoset.
Ways to Use Charoset Leftovers
Leftovers will keep up to 5 days in a covered container stored in the refrigerator. Another reason to make a little more as this makes a delightful snack which is easy, healthy very "skinny" friendly.
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Apple Walnut Charoset for Passover
- 1 large apple (I used Honey Crisp), grated
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- 1 packet Stevia (I used Truvia)
- 2 teaspoons honey
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch sea salt
- ¼ cup dry red wine
- Place the apples and walnuts in a small mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the stevia, honey, cinnamon, salt and wine.
- Pour wine mixture over the apples and stir thoroughly to combine.
- Place in a serving bowl, cover and refrigerate until using.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you like this simple charoset with apple and walnuts, you might also like
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- Harvest Apple Salad (EmilyBites)
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