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Apple-Pecan Vegan Haroset for Passover

This vegan haroset or charoset recipe and post was shared with us by Robin Robertson for Passover. Robin is a widely published vegan cookbook author with approximately 20 titles, including Party Vegan, Vegan on the Cheap, and Vegan Unplugged. For more information on Robin and her books, visit her website, Global Vegan Kitchen. For more recipes, visit Robin’s blog, Vegan Planet.

Haroset, also spelled charoset, is a flavorful apple relish that is traditionally served at the Passover seder meal. It symbolizes the mortar used by the Israelites to build cities for the Pharaoh during their enslavement in Egypt.

There are many versions of haroset, and some can be on the sweet side, especially if your apples are sweet. The amount of sugar used should depend on your personal preference as well as the sweetness of the apples used. The combination of apples, raisins, and pecans makes a beige mixture that won’t win any beauty contests, but the great texture and flavor more than make up for it.

Apple-Pecan Vegan Haroset for Passover

This vegan haroset recipe is part of my Seder menu from my book, Party Vegan: Fabulous, Fun Food For Every Occasion. Here’s the complete menu:

  • Seder Menu
  • Cousin Jenny’s Matzo Ball Soup
  • Roasted Eggplant and Potato Torta
  • Lemon-Scented Asparagus Bundles
  • Apple-Pecan Vegan Haroset
  • Fruit Crisp with Matzo Crumb Topping

In addition to serving vegan haroset for Passover, it makes a delicious accompaniment to other meals as well.  For example, keep it in mind as a refreshing change instead of applesauce or cranberry sauce.  I especially like it paired with potato pancakes or pierogis.

Apple-Pecan Vegan Haroset for Passover
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The recipe is from Party Vegan: Fabulous, Fun Food For Every Occasion by Robin Robertson © 2010 John Wiley and Sons. Note that the prep time does not include 1 hour of “rest” for the apples.
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 3 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons light brown sugar (to taste)
  • 2 Gala or Fiji apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1. In a small bowl, combine the raisins, apple juice, and sugar and soak for 1 hour.
  2. Transfer the raisin mixture to a food processor. Add the apples, pecans, and cinnamon and pulse to combine. Do not over-process since you want the texture to remain slightly chunky.
  3. Transfer to a small bowl. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until needed. Properly stored, it will keep for up to 2 days.

A squeeze of fresh lemon juice is a good addition.


More Vegan Passover Recipes

Easy Vegan Matzah Toffee

Passover Pineapple Crumble

Quinoa Flour Tortillas

Passover-friendly Brownies

Homemade Gluten-Free Matzah (plus more recipes)

About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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  1. Nai@eatrealfoodMarch 26, 2013 at 11:32 amReply

    What an easy recipe! Never heard of Haroset before. This looks like it will be great with ice cream, vegan ice cream! Hoping to try this soon!

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