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Pesach with Food Allergies

Pesach for people with food allergies can be daunting.

Charoset, an essential dish at all Seders, has nuts as a main ingredient. Also, there are the traditional hard-boiled eggs. The Pesach menu typically includes matzoh balls, kugels, and desserts that are full of eggs.

Many ingredients, even certified Kitniyot-free, may contain traces of sesame and even peanuts.  Even chefs and kashrut Rabbis are surprised to see these “surprises” in kosher products for Passover. Additionally, desserts often contain nuts, as eggs and nuts are good substitutes for Chametz ingredients.  Therefore these two common allergens are predominant in Pesach recipes. A person with anaphylactic allergies to eggs and/or nuts, sitting at a table with these two time-honored foods can be unnerving and even dangerous.

While Pesach food poses a significant challenge for those with allergies, it can be overcome with some planning and creativity. There are alternative ingredients that can be used as good egg/nut substitutes. For example, ground coconut, tapioca flour, or potato starch can be used instead of groundnuts. Applesauce, banana, oil, and honey can sometimes be substituted for eggs.

The following are egg substitutes:

1. Applesauce

Use 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of one egg in most baking recipes. Some sources say to mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.

2. Banana

Use 1/4 cup of mashed banana (from about half a banana) instead of one egg when baking. Note that this may impart a mild banana flavor to whatever you are baking.

3. Vegetable oil

Typically 1/4 cup of vegetable oil can be substituted for one egg when baking. If you are short more than one egg, you will want to try another method, as any more vegetable oil may make the recipe too oily or greasy.

4. Water, oil, and baking powder

Whisk together 2 tablespoons of water, 1 teaspoon of oil, and 2 teaspoons of baking powder. Use this in place of one egg. When used in cookies and other baked goods, it works so well no one would ever know.

There is an abundance of allergy-friendly recipes to be found online. The following is a delicious recipe for nut-free Charoset that you can enjoy at your Seder.

Nut-Free Charoset

It makes about 1 1/2 cups

  • 1/4 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Sweet red wine or grape juice
  • Sweet apple, peeled and chopped
  • Food-process until reaches the consistency of mortar

EMA Care urges you to check all products marked Kosher for Pesach carefully.

Keep in mind that “kernel paste” is another way to say “ground nuts.” Most Passover-certified bakeries use kernel paste as a base for their products. Most of the cakes and cookies certified Kosher for Passover contain nuts in some form or another. A person allergic to nuts should avoid commercially baked products. Even if a bakery produces cakes and cookies without nuts, as long as nuts are used in the facility, it may be dangerous for an allergic person to eat them.

EMA Care and Food Allergy Concierge are here to assist you in all your food allergy needs during Pesach and year-round. We wish you a Chag kosher v'Sameach!!

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