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Flourless Passover Desserts for a Delicious Seder

Flourless Passover Desserts for a Delicious Seder

Who says you can only enjoy matzoh?

Try these tasty and delicious flourless Passover desserts.

You've made it. You sauntered through Seder like a champ and got past the yeast-free dinner of questionable gefilte fish. While the brisket is always a worthy and welcomed dish, by the end of this Holy Week you are missing bread and flour carbs like crazy. You yearn for something sweet during Passover, but can't take the thought of eating one more piece of chocolate-covered matzoh. To help make this holiday sweeter, we rounded up some of our favorite flourless desserts for you! Check out some of these amazing recipes we stumbled upon:

Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes
These delicious chocolate cakes are a great dessert to serve at your Passover celebration, and once you try them, you will never go back to any other recipe. These cakes are all about the chocolate, not the sugar, and they use healthy fats, so you can satiate your cravings without the guilt. You know you are going to eat dessert anyway, so why not make it the best dessert possible?

Flourless Chocolate Cookies
We are all fans of flourless chocolate cake, but pastry chef Mellisa Root of Madera shares with us her recipe for the classic cake turned into a cookie.

Bittersweet Flourless Chocolate Soufflé
This is the chocolate soufflé recipe we’ve all been waiting for, but it’s a bit more like a flourless chocolate cake than a soufflé. It doesn’t have the height of a traditional soufflé, primarily because the ratio of egg whites to the volume of chocolate base is low.


7 Sweet Ideas for Passover Desserts

The annual confluence of spring and Passover is pretty sweet—you want to celebrate with desserts to mark the occasion. That’s still true even in this coronavirus year of Zoom Seders and social distancing. These delicious Passover dessert ideas will have you and your guests saying happy Pesach, even if you’re not around the same table.

Note: Several of these recipes do use butter and cream, so may not pass muster for a strict kosher table, but you can always substitute kosher ingredients like almond milk and coconut oil.

1. Matzo Crack (or Matzo Brittle)

Basically Christmas crack, but made with matzo—this will disappear in a flash, so make more than you think you’ll need. Get our Matzo Crack recipe.

2. Flourless Coconut and Chocolate Cake

Photograph courtesy of Peden + Munk, from “Sweet” by Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh

This gluten-free cake is made from shredded coconut and almond meal, and has an amazing soft center with chewy, crisp edges—plus a shiny, decadent chocolate glaze dripping down the sides. You’ll want to double up and make two loaves for sure. Get the Flourless Coconut and Chocolate Cake recipe.

Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi, $22.41

Get more great recipes (and gorgeous photos).

3. Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries

Simultaneously crisp, chewy, and light as air, this meringue topped with smooth, tangy-sweet lemon curd and juicy berries is beautiful in every way. Get our Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries recipe.

4. Mississippi Praline Macaroons

Macaroons usually mean coconut, but these egg white meringue cookies with brown sugar and pecans are a favorite at Anshe Chesed Passover seders in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Get our Mississippi Praline Macaroons recipe.

5. Passover Angel Food Cake with Strawberries

This airy angel food cake is Passover-appropriate thanks to being made with matzo cake meal and potato starch. Simply topped with orange-soaked strawberries, this is another spring stunner. Get our Passover Angel Food Cake with Strawberries recipe.

6. White Chocolate Mousse with Blackberry Compote

A classic chocolate mousse is always welcome, but this white chocolate version seems lighter and bright and perfect for the change of season. Plus, it’s layered with a vibrant blackberry sauce. (If you need a non-dairy version, try this avocado chocolate mousse with coconut cream.) Get our White Chocolate Mousse with Blackberry Compote recipe.

7. Hungarian Chocolate-Walnut Torte

Flourless, fudgey, and super-chocolatey (thanks to both bittersweet and semisweet chocolate), what’s not to love about this dessert? Get our Hungarian Chocolate-Walnut Torte recipe.


10 Passover Desserts To Celebrate A Seder Well-Done

Passover, which begins on March 30th, is almost here. While it’s not the most dessert-friendly holiday (flour that’s not matzo is typically a no-no), you’ll forget all about cookies and cake when you see…well, our cookies and cakes. And mousses, bars and pavlovas. Passover desserts are delicious, and your final course is going to be fine. Check out these 10 recipes to end a memorable Passover feast.

Recipe: Tahini And Coconut Date Bars

It used to be that I would always grab a handful of store-bought protein bars before heading out on a long trip, but then I kicked that habit and whipped up a batch of homemade bars. These loaded treats are so perfect that you’ll never rely on processed bars again. I like to make them the night before my trip. Just be sure to wrap them in parchment paper to keep the chocolate from rubbing off in your bag or store them in an airtight container.

This naturally gluten-free cake is as beautiful as it is delicious.

Recipe: Orange Polenta Cake

Nothing beats the smell of this deeply sensuous cake baking in the oven. It’s enough to make me lose my mind and want to scoff the entire thing in a millisecond. But (but, but, but!) patience is the key here because you’ll have to wait until it’s completely cool before slathering it in the unctuous cashew frosting that sends this cake from merely fantastic into the baking stratosphere — yes, it really is that good. What makes it all the more satisfying is the sheer simplicity of its construction (you really don’t need to be a master baker to accomplish this one) and the über crumbly texture, which makes it the perfect accompaniment to a traditional cup of tea — take it from me, this pairing is absolute, unadulterated bliss. So, what are you waiting for? Get the kettle on, it’s time for tea and cake.

Photo: Signe Birck Add an extra layer of crunch to your chocolate bark.

Recipe: Double Chocolate Bark With Salted Almonds

Master chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt guides you through classic and brand-new chocolate recipes in his recent cookbook, Chocopologie. Whether it’s a simple sweet or a complex multistep dessert to impress your dinner guests, Chocopologie will leave a great taste in your mouth. Brush up on Knipschildt’s expert tips at every step and whip up a batch of double chocolate bark.

Eat this vegan cookie dough like ice cream and get the best of both worlds.

Recipe: Macadamia Brown Butter Cashew Cookie Dough

For the holidays, I’ve made it an unfailing tradition to bake my big brother a batch of macadamia nut cookies served with an extra side of cookie dough. First, I toast the nuts lightly on a sheet pan to bring out the oils, because there’s nothing like the smell it makes as it browns. That coupled with the nutty scent of the browned butter creates a rich caramel smell that I’ve started to associate with him being back home. You can barely taste the cashews here, but it’s a nice trick to make the no-bake cookie dough creamy and scoopable.

Up the heartiness in your desserts with a dose of quinoa.

Recipe: Quinoa Coconut Chocolate Cookies

These chocolaty cookies are perfectly chewy and so very hard to resist! Chocolate is definitely the dominant flavor here, but roasting the coconut helps bring out the coconut taste. If you skip that step, the cookies won’t have much of a coconut flavor. Rolling them in coconut is also optional — if you don’t want to do that, only roast 1 cup of coconut.

(Photo: Jacqui Melville.)

Recipe: Caramel Rice Pudding

Forget the British way of serving rice pudding with a dollop of jam and go for the French way of topping it with a drizzle of caramel sauce.

This flourless chocolate cake is hiding a spicy surprise within.

Recipe: Flourless Chipotle Chocolate Cake

In essence this dessert has more in common with a souffle than a cake, but nonetheless it is a decadent end to a great meal. Try to find a good-quality semisweet chocolate that is at least 60 percent cocoa. Julia’s addition of chipotle lends just a touch of spice to her signature recipe, which couples beautifully with the richness of the chocolate.

Photo: Alexandra Defurio Zest up your pavlova!

Recipe: Kiwi Pavlova With Lime Zest

Meringues: easy to make, easy on the waistline and easy on the wallet. No expensive Valhrona chocolate here, folks. We’re working out way through the quintessential cookbook for baking the crisp, fluffy confection. This Kiwi and lime is a great flavor combination, but when you add fresh mint and sugar, it really kicks it up a notch. We stopped short of calling this a mojito Pavlova, but if you want to add rum, we won’t tell.

Recipe: François Payard’s Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies

Put away the fruit platter. Okay fine, serve a fruit platter but don’t let Passover’s special holiday Kosher rules keep you from baking up a pile of these incredibly rich and fudgy chocolate walnut cookies from beloved NYC pâtissier François Payard. These flourless cookies will become an instant hit, so memorize the super-simple recipe. You’ll need it again.

Recipe: Salted Butter Caramel-Chocolate Mousse

There’s not much I can say about this. One bite will leave you just as speechless.


30 Delicious Passover Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

These indulgent bites prove that you don't always need flour for a delicious Passover treat.

So you've got a whole bunch of delicious Passover recipes to make this year, but what about dessert? You might think it impossible to follow the no-flour and no-leavening rule on the traditional Jewish holiday &mdash especially when it comes to dessert &mdash but these 30 delicious treats prove otherwise after all, the removal of "leavened" products for Passover doesn't have to mean boring, tasteless sweets!

This year, get creative in the kitchen with these grain-free and gluten-free desserts that are perfect for Passover, including the best matzo treats and coconut macarons as well as the tastiest desserts made with mousse and meringue. None of these Passover desserts contain chametz (leavening, wheat, barley, spelt, rye, or oats) &mdash though some recipes might use kitniyot (legumes like corn and rice), so be sure to check the ingredient list carefully if you're avoiding the latter for the holiday as well. And of course, for more ideas for Passover, be sure to check out our best matzo bread recipes afterwards, too!


The sweetest part of any formal meal is dessert, and enjoying a sweet bite to finish the Passover Seder is no different. Perhaps you have family recipes that have been passed down to you, including Passover classics like flourless chocolate cakes and macaroons similar to the delightful orange-flavored almond treats shown here. While cherished family recipes are undoubtably wonderful, sometimes you want to shake things up with fresh variations on time-honored Passover staples. If you're looking for a few delicious new recipes to add to your repertoire, you've come to the right place. Once you try our Passover desserts, you'll want to make them every year&mdashthey're that good!

First and foremost, as anyone who celebrates already knows, Passover desserts can't include wheat flour or dairy ingredients if you're serving a kosher menu. With that being said, they can be full of fresh fruits, dried fruits, ginger, honey, chocolate, and other tempting flavors. Each of the recipes ahead fits the bill for the holiday. If you're looking for a novel take on a flourless cake that everyone will enjoy, our Coconut Chiffon Cake is a light, delicate, and absolutely delicious option. Using whipped egg whites and coconut oil as a binder keeps this cake in line with dietary restrictions&mdashit's the same approach that's used when making our almond torte, which can also be made using kosher pareve margarine in place of butter.

Coconut also stars in the Passover classic that is the macaroon, and we have recipes that feature a thin layer of fine chocolate for an extra touch of sweetness. If you want to serve a fruit-based dessert, try our almond-coconut tart, which is filled with a luscious filling made with soy cream cheese. Looking for a playful sweet treat to close out your holiday meal? We've come up with recipes that use matzo in interesting ways, including a crumbled pie crust that comes together with just five ingredients.


7 Sweet Ideas for Passover Desserts

The annual confluence of spring and Passover is pretty sweet—you want to celebrate with desserts to mark the occasion. That’s still true even in this coronavirus year of Zoom Seders and social distancing. These delicious Passover dessert ideas will have you and your guests saying happy Pesach, even if you’re not around the same table.

Note: Several of these recipes do use butter and cream, so may not pass muster for a strict kosher table, but you can always substitute kosher ingredients like almond milk and coconut oil.

1. Matzo Crack (or Matzo Brittle)

Basically Christmas crack, but made with matzo—this will disappear in a flash, so make more than you think you’ll need. Get our Matzo Crack recipe.

2. Flourless Coconut and Chocolate Cake

Photograph courtesy of Peden + Munk, from “Sweet” by Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh

This gluten-free cake is made from shredded coconut and almond meal, and has an amazing soft center with chewy, crisp edges—plus a shiny, decadent chocolate glaze dripping down the sides. You’ll want to double up and make two loaves for sure. Get the Flourless Coconut and Chocolate Cake recipe.

Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi, $22.41

Get more great recipes (and gorgeous photos).

3. Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries

Simultaneously crisp, chewy, and light as air, this meringue topped with smooth, tangy-sweet lemon curd and juicy berries is beautiful in every way. Get our Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries recipe.

4. Mississippi Praline Macaroons

Macaroons usually mean coconut, but these egg white meringue cookies with brown sugar and pecans are a favorite at Anshe Chesed Passover seders in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Get our Mississippi Praline Macaroons recipe.

5. Passover Angel Food Cake with Strawberries

This airy angel food cake is Passover-appropriate thanks to being made with matzo cake meal and potato starch. Simply topped with orange-soaked strawberries, this is another spring stunner. Get our Passover Angel Food Cake with Strawberries recipe.

6. White Chocolate Mousse with Blackberry Compote

A classic chocolate mousse is always welcome, but this white chocolate version seems lighter and bright and perfect for the change of season. Plus, it’s layered with a vibrant blackberry sauce. (If you need a non-dairy version, try this avocado chocolate mousse with coconut cream.) Get our White Chocolate Mousse with Blackberry Compote recipe.

7. Hungarian Chocolate-Walnut Torte

Flourless, fudgey, and super-chocolatey (thanks to both bittersweet and semisweet chocolate), what’s not to love about this dessert? Get our Hungarian Chocolate-Walnut Torte recipe.


25 Decadent Flourless Dessert Recipes

Just because it&rsquos flourless doesn&rsquot mean it&rsquos not decadent. Along with butter and sugar, flour may be one of the staple ingredients that come to mind when you think of baking, but ever-resourceful Southern cooks have spent years devising creative dessert recipes that don&rsquot call for any flour at all. Forgoing the flour in baked goods results in cookies, cakes, and brownies that are extra fudgy and indulgent. Better yet, some of these recipes don't require any baking at all, making them perfect for hot Southern summers.

If you&rsquore running low on flour but still want to whip up something sweet, have no fear. We&rsquove collected 25 of our favorite flourless dessert recipes that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. From fudgy flourless cookies and tortes to cooling, fruity icebox cakes, these desserts suit all tastes and palates. If you&rsquore looking for a challenge, try your hand at making homemade ice cream&mdashour Banana Ice Cream pairs beautifully with caramel and roasted peanuts. Whether you&rsquore craving chocolate or cheesecake, we have a flour-free recipe for you.


8 Passover Desserts for a Sweet Seder

All of these desserts are perfect for Passover and most of them are gluten-free. But you don't need a holiday to enjoy these sweet treats: they are delicious any day, any time.

A pavlova is a cake-shaped meringue with a marshmallowy center and crisp outer shell, usually topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit. In this gorgeous chocolate version, cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate are folded into the meringue -- which makes it deliciously fudgy -- and mascarpone cheese is added to the whipped topping. GET THE RECIPE

Baked pears make a wonderfully light and beautiful dessert for Passover. GET THE RECIPE

No flour, no butter and yet these are delicious chocolate cookies -- delicate and crisp on the exterior and rich and fudgy on the interior. GET THE RECIPE

Adapted from Maida Heatter's Cakes, this is my all-time favorite flourless chocolate cake. It's made with ground almonds and a decadent chocolate ganache, which make it rich, elegant and surprisingly light. GET THE RECIPE

Dress up fresh berries by layering them with a luscious lemon cream -- essentially a lemon curd lightened with whipped cream. GET THE RECIPE

Made with matzo crackers, toffee, melted chocolate, pecans and sea salt, this treat is called 'crack' because it's insanely addictive (get it? crack-ers). GET THE RECIPE

"Forget" about these meringue cookies in the oven overnight -- letting them cook ever so slowly -- and wake up to the lightest, most irresistibly simple chocolate chip cookies you could imagine. GET THE RECIPE

Dress up the dessert table with this elegant strawberry and orange salad. With only five ingredients, it's quick and easy to make. GET THE RECIPE


I always have frozen bananas in my freezer, and you should, too!

Not only are they great when you need last-minute banana bread, but this soft serve will change your life!

I made this immediately after I first saw the recipe. Creamy, dreamy ice cream made with just banana? My heart skipped a beat!

And yes, it is that good. It tastes just like banana ice cream, and depending on how ripe your fruit is it can be more or less sweet.

I like to throw in some extras (naturally) like chocolate chips or Reese&rsquos Pieces!


Parve Passover Dessert Recipes

There is something to be said for tradition. I find it comforting that every year as Passover approaches I know with pretty good certainty what we are going to be serving at the seder. Sure we might swap a kugel here or a green vegetable there, but the majority of the menu stays constant from year to year. I am all in favor of experimenting with new twists on the classics, but for the seders, I like to keep things traditional. The one exception is dessert. Every year the dessert is different. Dessert is where I can express my creativity without anyone being upset that we went against tradition. For our family a different dessert each year is the tradition.

In our house, the biggest insult a person can give a dessert is to say “it tastes like Pesach”. That is not saying that all Passover desserts are bad, but they certainly are not all good either. In my opinion, there should be no reason to sacrifice good taste when it comes to dessert, even on Passover. If it isn’t good enough to serve year-round I don’t want to serve it on Passover either. While there are the classic go-to standards, like flourless cakes and chocolate mousse, I like to mix things up a bit and serve desserts that are a bit more unusual.

This Chocolate Raspberry Baked Alaska takes advantage of one of the key differences between Shabbat and holidays. While on Shabbat all the food needs to be prepared before sunset, on holidays it is permitted to cook as long as the flame is transferred from a preexisting flame. This makes it possible to serve desserts that require last minute cooking, an impossibility on Shabbat. However, no one wants to be stuck in the kitchen fussing over dessert in the middle of a hectic seder or company meal so this dessert is the perfect compromise. All the elements of this showstopping dessert are made ahead and kept in the freezer. All it needs is a quick trip under the broiler and it is ready to serve. The combination of chocolate and raspberry (with a bit of amaretto thrown in for good measure) makes this not only a beautiful dessert but a very tasty one as well.

In my experience, people are often too full after a big Passover meal to eat a large heavy dessert (though that rarely seems to stop anyone from eating it). This panna cotta is rich and delicious without being too heavy. The brightness of the lime is the perfect complement to the coconut, and the creaminess of the coconut rivals that of any dairy panna cotta.

While it is fun to make plated desserts for seders, I am also fond of serving a simple assorted cookie platter to go with the requisite jellied fruit slices and pesach chocolates. These cookies are sure to bring a smile to peoples’ faces. A play on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, these Almond Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies are made with almond butter and sandwiched with berry jam. These are quick and easy to make and are a great treat to have on hand throughout the week (and year round).

Whether making these desserts for a big seder meal or just for family they are sure to be a hit. They are truly a manifestation of the sweetness of freedom rather than the bitterness of slavery, and that is exactly what a dessert should be.

With all of the packaged Passover cakes and cookies sitting in the grocery store aisles weeks before the holiday starts it is no surprise that many a store-bought Passover cake tastes more like the cardboard it is packaged in than like a delicious dessert.  Sure, they are convenient, but as someone who strongly believes that dessert is not worth eating unless it is truly delicious, to me they are just not an option. Instead I use Pesach as the perfect opportunity to make homemade desserts that would be welcome on the table anytime of year. It isn’t enough for them to be “good for Pesach”. They have to be good period. The key is using quality ingredients and finding appropriate substitutions for ingredients like flour that can’t be used on Pesach.

Some of the most common ingredients in Passover cooking are nuts. It is truly amazing how many pounds of nuts we go through on Passover, between the charoset, mock chopped liver and all the desserts. Finely ground nuts make up the base for all kinds of flourless cakes and nut butters are a quick and easy way to whip up a batch of last minute cookies. (Like these Almond Butter and Jelly ones)  This Honey Nut Tart brings the nuts out of the background and puts them center stage. It has the texture of a pecan pie but instead of just pecans the filling is made up of walnuts and pecans suspended in an orange scented honey custard. It is a delicious combination that is sure to have people coming back for “just one more sliver”.

With all the heavy food on Passover it is sometimes nice to have a lighter dessert. This Lemon Mouse is light and refreshing. Made up of a butter-less lemon curd lightened only with egg whites the pure lemon flavor really shines through. It is delicious served chilled but is also tasty served frozen. It would be a great dessert to serve after the seder along with an assortment of cookies and Pesach candy.

With the many varieties of candy available for Passover it might seem silly to take the time to make homemade candy, but there is nothing like some homemade Raspberry Truffles to round out a cookie platter. These truffles use raspberry puree as the base and pack an intense punch of chocolate and raspberry flavor. Be sure to use good quality chocolate, the kind sold for eating rather than baking, because the flavor of the chocolate is what makes these truffles stand out.

Whether making treats for a few friends or for a huge crowd these delicious homemade desserts make Passover a time where we can truly celebrate just how sweet freedom really can be.

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Watch the video: Top Passover Desserts (October 2021).