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Gluten-Free Hanukah Recipes

Chanukah, Hannukah... However You Spell It, It's Easy to Make It Gluten-Free

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Updated December 12, 2009

Gluten-Free Hanukah Recipes

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The Jewish festival of Hanukah 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 Hanukah 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 Hanukah 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. Hanukah commemorates this eight-day miracle of the oil. (You can learn more on About.com'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 Hanukah Recipes from About.com

Elsewhere on the Web

From Jewish Women International (formerly B'nai B'rith Women)
Gluten-Free Hanukah Cookies and Sufganiyot (Jelly Donuts)

From Gluten-Free-Bay
Gluten-free Sufganiyot (Jelly Donuts)
Sweet Potato and Leek Latkes
Parsnip and Carrot Latkes
Traditional Potato Latkes

From Jewish Food List
Gluten-Free 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!

Edible Hanukah Gifts

From The Challah Connection
This company has a great assortment of edible gluten-free Hanukah gifts, from chocolates to cookies to gift baskets with savory or sweet treats.

From Amanda's Own Confections
Mail-order gluten-free, dairy-free, Kosher Hanukah gelt.

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