Plant-Based (Vegan) Passover Recipe Roundup

Giant Plant-Based (Vegan) Passover (and Easter) Post

Plantivores' Plant-Based Passover PostI know that not many of you celebrate Passover but for those that do there just aren’t that many resources out there. If you don’t, many of these recipes would work well for Easter or on any other day.

This will be our third plant-based Passover.  Passover is a holiday that uses a scary amount of eggs and oil and we were a little, ok a lot, nervous, about sticking to our typical way of eating during our first year on a whole foods plant-based diet. Not to mention, what about legumes and tofu (which are traditionally not allowed during Passover)? Where would we get our protein? We did some research and found a few recipes out there, but honestly there weren’t many. And it took a LOT of searching to find them.

We also weren’t sure how to handle things like avoiding oil and eggs, avoiding gluten and trying substitutions that make things easier. This is our attempt to provide you with tips and tricks and collect as many recipes and Passover posts in one place as possible. If you have other recipes you’d like to add or other websites that we haven’t uncovered, please add them in the comments below and we will add them! We hope this post will save you time and make it easier (and less stressful) to enjoy a plant-based Passover.

Gluten-free Passover granola

Gluten-free Passover granola

Below we will cover a few things that might be challenging. Once you figure it out it’s not that hard so don’t get frustrated.

I Want to Adapt my Old Passover Recipes

If you are feeling brave and want to convert some of your old Passover recipes to make them plant-based, here a few suggestions:

  1. 1 Cup all-purpose flour = ¼ cup matzo cake meal and ¾ cup potato starch
  2. ½ Cup all-purpose flour = 2 TB matzo cake meal and 6 TB potato starch
  3. Desserts with eggs are really hard to convert, particularly ones that use egg whites to create height in cakes. There is really no good substitution so I stick to things like:
    1. Plantivores’ Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies or Vegan, Gluten-free Brownies.
    2. Healthy Girl’s Kitchen’s Raw Salted Caramel Apple Pie or her Raw Vanilla Macaroons
    3. The Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake from My Whole Food Life.

      Vegan Brownies

      Vegan Brownies

I am Oil-Free

During our first year I made a few recipes I found on the web that were oil-free but there aren’t many out there and I had to adapt others with oil in them. We made it through that week on a few dishes that we made big portions of and ate over and over. We were pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t that hard and that the recipes were really tasty. Some of the recipes on the sites listed below have oil in them. Here are a couple of tips to eliminate oil in these recipes:

  1. Saute veggies in water and not oil. Many of the recipes for main courses that have oil only use it for sautéing veggies so this one is pretty simple.
  2. If a dessert recipe calls for oil I will typically replace it with an equivalent amount of applesauce or a ripe, mashed banana.
  3. I don’t use any recipes (particularly desserts) that use Earth Balance or another plant-based butter/margarine replacement. They are full of oil and they taste and smell like plastic (IMHO). Unfortunately there isn’t a good replacement for this. Fortunately there are many recipes you can make that don’t need Earth Balance.

Here are four oil-free recipes from Plantivores that you could make for your Seder or for meals during Passover week:

  1. Mediterranean Chickpeas
  2. Savory Tofu Quiche
  3. Chickpea and Eggplant Curry with Raisin Rice Pilaf
Savory Tofu Quiche

Savory Tofu Quiche

Healthy Girl’s Kitchen has four oil-free Passover recipes on her site.

What About Protein?

Good question. Many Ashkenazic Jews will not eat Kitniyot on Passover. Kitniyot are grains and legumes such as rice, corn, soy beans, string beans, peas, lentils, mustard, sesame seeds and poppy seeds. Whoa! That is quite a list, right? We handle this one on a technicality because Sephardic Jews will eat Kitniyot. We are Ashkenazic but since going plant-based we go with the Sephardic rules. We figure God understands because he would prefer us to be healthy and get enough plant-based protein. 🙂 This is obviously a very personal preference so do what is right for you.

 Andddd I’m Gluten-free, Now What??

You think this is a challenge? Come on, throw us something difficult. 🙂 I went gluten-free about six months ago. Not being able to eat wheat eliminates the major food group of Passover–matzo. Don’t fear my vegan, gluten-free matzo-craving peeps!  According to the blog at the Intermountain Jewish News, quinoa, amaranth and teff are three grains that are perfectly acceptable for Passover. Here are four tips to make it through Passover gluten-free:

  1. If a recipe calls for cake meal you can substitute that amount for another gluten-free flour like teff, quinoa or potato starch.
  2. If a recipe calls for matzo meal, substitute with an equivalent amount of Quinoa Flakes.
  3. If a recipe calls for matzoh farfel, you can spend a lot of money and buy gluten-free matzoh and crumble it up for farfel. That said the only gluten-free versions I’ve seen contain palm oil and eggs. Again, personal choice. I haven’t yet found a good substitute for farfel that is gluten-free, egg-free and oil-free.
  4. For matzo to eat during the week or in recipes (like this Mina De Masa, a type of Passover lasagna),  make our Gluten-Free Vegan Matzo 4 Ways that is oil-free. I have three versions using quinoa flour, teff flour or potato starch. These come out sturdy enough to eat on their own, eat as a sandwich, or you can break them up to make your own matzo farfel.
Gluten-free vegan matzo

Gluten-free vegan matzo

 

What About Breakfast?

Those store-bought cereals are horrible aren’t they? Last year I made my own granola and I am happy to share my recipe with you. It’s not gluten-free so I need to figure out how to adapt this for myself this year. You could use gluten-free matzo farfel and sub part of it for quinoa. You would add this in uncooked. This recipe made enough for two of us to have breakfast for 3 or 4 mornings last year. I had to make another batch mid-week so feel free to double if needed.

Passover Granola
 
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A delicious and nutritious breakfast for Passover or any day. Oil-free and gluten-free optional.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Passover
Serves: About 10 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups matzo farfel (make gluten-free by using gluten-free matzo)
  • 1 cup quinoa (raw)
  • 1 cup millet (raw, not flour)
  • 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or agave
  • 1 cup unsweetened, organic applesauce
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup dates
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment or non-stick aluminum foil.
  3. Combine farfel, quinoa, millet, coconut, nuts, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl combine vanilla, maple or agave and applesauce.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix well. Make sure everything is coated evenly.
  6. Spread mixture evenly on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 8-10 minutes until golden brown. It burns easily so watch carefully.
  8. Transfer granola to a large bowl and use a spatula to break up the big clumps.
  9. Stir in the raisins and dates.
  10. Cool thoroughly.
  11. It will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least one week (if you don't eat it before then).

 

Vegan Matzo Brei

Appetizers
 Entrees/Sides (you can make several sides at the same time and have enough to eat in lieu of one entrée)
  Desserts

 Plant-Based (Vegan) Passover Recipe Round-Up

We hope this is helpful! Please let us know your favorite Passover plant-based recipes and other blogs that contain them.

 

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2 thoughts on “Plant-Based (Vegan) Passover Recipe Roundup

  1. Emily Segal

    Hey, thanks for including me in your list. I was still transitioning to veganism when I wrote those posts, so I hope no one gets upset at recipes with eggs! It’s so strange to look back at those. Anyway, I love this list of resources – thanks for putting it together and have a very happy and healthy Passover!

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    • Plantivores Admin Post author

      Hi Emily, thanks for writing! I’ve been following you for a little while and am happy to include your recipes. A happy and healthy Passover to you as well! Wendy

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