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Every Passover, those who observe must endure a week of flavorless meals. The day starts with smearing cream cheese on a piece of matzo, only to be followed by hours of egg kichel and macaroons. While those aren’t necessarily bad, hour five can leave you hankering for something more. Don’t feel left out when you watch your friends indulge in slice after slice of Nirchi’s while you’re stuck with melted cheese and marinara on cardboard. Make this Passover different from all other Passovers and improve your holiday with different, delicious, holiday-friendly recipes.

Chocolate Coconut Butter Cake


— 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

— 1/2 cup coconut butter

— 1/2 cup coconut oil

— 8 egg whites


1. Start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees

2. Coat an 8-inch pan with coconut oil

3. Using a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate

4. Add coconut butter and coconut oil in the mixture; heat until butter melts

5. Take mixture off heat

6. Whip egg whites for 8-10 minutes

7. Carefully fold the chocolate into whipped eggs

8. Pour batter into pan

9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, then cool

Recipe adapted from

Potato Kugel Pie


— 6 large potatoes

— 1 onion

— 3 eggs

— 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

— 2 teaspoon Kosher salt

—3/4 cup olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees

2. Oil a 9-inch glass pin dish and place in the oven to heat

3. Beat eggs, mixing in salt and pepper

4. Peel the potatoes, and place them in the cold water to prevent them from browning

5. In a saucepan, heat olive oil over low-medium heat

6. Grate potatoes and onions with a cheese grater, or cut into strips using a food processor

7. Mix potatoes, onions, eggs and heated oil into bowl

8. Carefully take warm dish from the oven and evenly place in mixture

9. Bake for one hour

Recipe adapted from

Passover Granola


— 3 crushed Matzahs

— 1/2 cup chopped pecans

— 1/4 cup canola oil

— 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

— 2 tablespoons honey

— 1/2 teaspoon salt

— 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries


1. Mix all ingredients except cranberries together and place onto a baking sheet

2. Bake at 300 degrees, mixing every 10 minutes, until toasted (this will probably take around 25 to 30 minutes)

3. Break it up and mix in dried cherries

Recipe adapted from