Whether you celebrate Passover or not, this Honey Apple Charoset is an easy and delicious paleo treat that your whole family is sure to enjoy!
For those of you who aren’t all up on what Passover is, let me take a second to fill you in. 😉
A little history.
Passover is the celebration of God freeing the Israelites from over 400 years of slaves in the land of Egypt. After 10 plagues (or wonders or signs) that devastated the Egyptian land and people, Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. The last and most devastating sign was the death of every firstborn son living in a house where the doorway was not covered by the blood of a lamb (a picture of the sacrificial death of Jesus, the Messiah).
During the last sign, the Israelites prepared to leave Egypt. God instructed the Israelites to take the lamb, whose blood they had just spread over their doors, and eat it with bitter herbs and unleavened bread, since they don’t have time to wait for the bread to rise.
After Pharaoh released them, God told the Israelites to have a feast (called a seder) at the beginning of every year to remember this time: a Passover meal of roasted meat, bitter herbs, and unleavened bread.
Even though my family and I aren’t Jewish (though I do have Jewish blood on my mom’s side), we have been celebrating the Feasts of the Bible for about 5 years now.
We love the richness, history, and grace of God that is shown through the Feasts, and our kids love the food.
Well, we all love the food. 😉
Honey Apple Charoset.
While we love feasting on lamb or roasted chicken, and watching my kids taste the bitter herbs is hilarious, our favorite dish by far at our Passover seder is the charoset.
In the seder meal, the charoset is set out to remind us of the sweetness of redemption. And it serves as a wonderful illustration! It’s perfectly sweet and wonderfully chewy and crisp and the same time! If that doesn’t remind you that there’s freedom from sin, I don’t know what will!
Totally kidding… 😉
Charoset can be made with any combination of apples and nuts, and apple/walnut is the most common combo. Other add-ins include sweet dried fruits like dates, raisins, or craisins, and I love to add a bit of cinnamon as well. With those simple, delicious ingredients, you pretty much can’t go wrong. 😉
This easy Honey Apple Charoset is my family’s favorite, and I knew I’d have to share it, so y’all can enjoy it as well and remember how sweet it is to be set free from the bondage of sin!
If you’re looking for a full paleo seder meal, or foods for other festivals, check these out…
- A Paleo Passover
- Easy Instant Pot Eye of Round Roast
- A Gluten-Free Passover
- Fall Apart Tender Short Ribs in the Instant Pot
- Easy, Homemade Grain-Free Mini Pizzas (I usually use this crust for my matzo!)
- Cranberry Apple Switchel
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Honey Apple Charoset
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 2-3 large apples, diced or roughly chopped (I like to use pretty much any kind but Granny Smith)
- 1 c. raisins, craisins, or chopped dates
- 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- dash sea salt
- 3-4 T. honey (local is best!)
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
Enjoy with or without a seder dinner. 😉
Store leftovers (if there be any) covered in the fridge.
I have never had this before but it sounds so good! I love all of the dried fruit mixed in with the apples and the hint of cinnamon. So yummy!
Thanks, Emily! It really is an easy and tasty dish. 😉
I love this quick and easy snack! I think I would make mine with pink lady apples!!
Pink lady are delicious in it! 🙂
That sounds like a lovely combination of flavors and textures!
Thank you, Rebecca! It is! 🙂
Such a yummy treat! I need to try this for my family!
I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does!
This looks so healthy and tasty!
Thank you! It is both. 😉
My family just went grain free so this would be perfect for us! Looks fabulous!
Thanks, Allison! I hope you enjoy it!
I’ve never heard of this before but it looks kind of like an apple salad! Love all the flavors!
It is sort of like an apple salad. 🙂
We aren’t Jewish, but the flavors and textures in this charoset sound amazing! I’d love to taste a spoonful – but my utensils are hopeless against this computer screen!
Haha! I guess you’ll just have to make some for yourself. 😉
I love this, Raia! Our family has been doing a messianic Jewish bible study for a little over a year, and we’ve just begun to celebrate feasts. It has been so rich to learn and grow in this way, and to more fully understand the story of God and His people! And, even when I attended a few seders years ago, the charoset was always my favorite part! Great recipe! 😉
I’m so glad to hear that, Dena! I totally agree, celebrating the Feasts is SO rich! I feel like every year I learn something new. 🙂 I hope you enjoy the charoset!
Such a great explanation!! We enjoy celebrating the holidays as well. (Teeny side note question: why do you say, “Totally kidding…” about the charoset? All of that is true, no?) Lovely recipe! I so love walnuts and dates together!! Yes, so much fun to share the meaning and the food with kids!
Thanks, Megan! I only say I was kidding because I’m sure there are much better illustrations of freedom from sin, even though charoset is a very delicious one! 🙂
Oh Raia! I love the story behind this! Thank you so much for taking the time to tell the history! This looks like such a fun treat – my kids would definitely gobble it up!
You’re so welcome, Renee! I’m always glad to talk about it. 😉 I hope you and your girls get a chance to enjoy the charoset!
So timely as I am preparing for Passover
I’m so glad to hear it, Anna! I hope you enjoy the charoset!
This looks SO delicious. Love the combination of fruit and nuts.
Thanks for sharing your special ritual.
You’re welcome, Carol!
Oh I love apple recipes yay!
I hope you enjoy this one!
I love everything about this recipe!
I love that you celebrate even though you aren’t Jewish! What a great tradition and learnign experience for your kids!
Thanks, Linda! The kids absolutely love it and talk about it all year. 😉 It’s such a wonderfully rich experience.
Mmm! I love apple salads like Waldorf so this looks super yummy. Although, I have to say I was surprised to see honey wasn’t on the ingredients list (based on the title), LOL. With that in mind, I’d probably use honey crisp apples. 🙂
Haha! Oh boy, thank you for catching that! I need to add it in there. 😉
I have found so much freedom in the Feasts!!! I love them and remembering what the Father has done for us! This will need to be on our Passover table this year, for sure!!
Amen! And I hope you enjoy the charoset. 🙂
I tried your recipe for the honey charoset and it is excellent! 🙂 If you’re willing, I would like to include it in a blog post I am doing of recipes for Passover. I would use one of your pictures and then link back to the recipe and to your site. I am also a believer in Messiah who celebrates the Biblical holidays. 🙂
Please let me know if you would be okay with that! Thank you!
That’s totally fine with me, Taylor. 🙂 Thanks for asking and I’m so glad that you enjoyed the charoset! 🙂