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On Rosh Hashanah, most Jews indulge in sweet foods at their table to symbolize their desire for a sweet year. Problems arise when someone is unable to tolerate sugar and honey...

Honey-Free Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Honey-Free Rosh Hashanah Recipes

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On Rosh Hashanah, most Jews indulge in sweet foods at their table to symbolize their desire for a sweet year. Problems arise when someone is unable to tolerate sugar and honey for either medical reasons or for dietary reasons. Obviously, we all desire a year filled with sweetness and all manner of delicious blessings, even if we cannot eat the sweet foods that symbolize these blessings.

The question is how to substitute for sugar and honey and yet still have those sweet delicacies that symbolize a sweet year and the answer to this culinary dilemma is to substitute fruit and fruit juices for the honey. I have created numerous recipes that are just perfect for Rosh Hashanah, as well as any time throughout the year. And, if you want something sweet to dip your apple in and you cannot ingest honey, how about some all fruit preserves instead? Yes, it is a break from our traditional ways, but above all, we are commanded to guard our health and that takes precedence over any longstanding customs.

I wish everyone a sweet and healthy New Year.

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Alicia Madrid September 17, 2015

Sweet ! I love honey and apples. Just a few drops of honey might be enough to increase the fresh and natural taste of apples. If apples are warm, or cooked in the owen, they might retain much intensively the honey, as in apple pies with cinnamon .... ;) Me Like it !! Reply

Devorah September 3, 2013

a lovely and thoughtful collection Useful for low-carb lifestyles as well. Thank you. Reply

Anonymous Queens September 10, 2012

You can get a sugar free imitation honey that tastes very much like the real thing. Reply

Joanne Miles Hazelwood, MO/USA September 6, 2010

diabetics and feasts Some people can't have honey, but, what about diabetics? , Reply

Anonymous Long Island, NY September 3, 2010

Health-Related Dietary Restrictions I have reactive hypoglycemia. Fruits such as oranges and pears raise blood sugar levels just as honey and sugar do.

I am accustomed to controlling what I eat, when I eat it, and how much I eat. I apply these skills throughout the year.

My grown up and healthy answer to the holidays? Simply taste the apples, honey, and challah. The sweetness of the coming year does not correspond to how much sweet food I enjoy over the holidays. Reply

chana givat zeev, Israel September 14, 2009

chabad.org REALLY takes care of everyone!!! we indeed have a regular Rosh Hashana guest who can't tolerate honey and here you are even catering to HER needs.

well done.
Your site never ceases to amaze me with the info and suppport that it supplies. G-d bless you Reply

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