Friday, November 22, 2013

Gluten-Free Hanukkah Recipes

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The Jewish festival of Hanukkah is one of the easiest holidays for gluten-free diets. Potato latkes (pancakes), one of the classic Hanukah foods, are usually made with flour or matzo meal, but it's very easy to use gluten-free flour or potato starch instead.
Typical Hanukkah foods such as potato latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts) tend to involve a lot of oil. If you want to avoid the oil, there's also a recipe for gluten-free Hanukkah cookies in the list below. Chocolate too is popular, especially little chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil.
Why the oil? In 165 B.C., the Jewish Maccabees won a military victory over the Greek-Syrians and were able to recapture the Jewish holy temple. The Temple had been desecrated, and during its re-purification, one day's worth of oil (all that was left in the desecrated temple) burned for eight days until more oil could be brought. Hanukkah commemorates this eight-day miracle of the oil. (You can learn more on's Judaism site.)
Below are links to recipes for Hanukah foods. And don't forget -- if you're too busy or not in the mood to cook from scratch, the Manischewitz Potato Pancake and Sweet Potato Pancake mixes (sold in many supermarkets) are both gluten-free.

Gluten-Free Hanukkah Recipes from

Elsewhere on the Web

From Jewish Women International (formerly B'nai B'rith Women) 
Gluten-Free Hanukah Cookies and Sufganiyot (Jelly Donuts)
From The Gluten-Free Goddess
Potato Latkes served with Cinnamon Applesauce
Egg-free latkes from The Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef
If you can't eat eggs, you can still have these egg-free potato latkes!

More Gluten-Free Recipes for Jewish Holidays