Paleo Matzo: Grain-Free Crackers

Paleo Matzo: Grain-Free Crackers

Want a great gluten-free cracker recipe? Try this protein-packed Sephardic Passover matzo. The Sephardic matzo is allowed to have eggs which makes for a more savory taste and a healthier balance of protein and carbohydrates. Making matzo is also really easy!

Passover is the first night of the week-long “Feast of Unleavened Bread” where Jewish families celebrate with four – yes – four glasses of wine and several SYMBOLIC FOODS, one being matzo. Matzo, or matzah, is the cracker-like, non-yeast bread that is eaten every year at the Passover SEDER to celebrate the Jews’ exodus from Egyptian slavery more than 3,000 years ago. While traditionally the matzo should only be made from five grains – wheat, rye, oats, barley or spelt – my kids love this CASSAVA FLOUR Paleo Matzo.

I have also included my similar Oat Matzo recipe in the Recipe Notes section for those who want a gluten-free option that is more traditional and can be made within 18 minutes from when the water hits the flour. Matzo is supposed to be made within 18 MINUTES since the Jews fleeing Egypt were in such a rush they didn’t have the 18 minutes it takes for bread to rise. Also an interesting fact: The word for life in Hebrew is “CHAI.” When written, the two letters that make up the word chai are “chet” and “yud.” In Gematria (the numerical value of Hebrew letters), chet is equivalent to 8 and yud is equivalent to 10. Since the two letters of chai add up to eighteen, the number 18 also symbolizes life and is a spiritual number in Judism and coincidently it has always been my favorite number – L’chaim 🙂

*Please note: To be kosher, egg matzo is not ok for the first night’s Seder – when there is an obligation to eat poor man’s matzo. As for the rest of Passover, Sephardic Halachic (authorities) permit egg matzo, while Ashkenazic Halachic (authorities) have restricted its use due to risks of chametz (fermentation and rising).

 

Paleo Matzo: Grain-Free Crackers
Print Recipe
Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, Whole30, GAPS
Servings Prep Time
4-6 squares 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-18 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 squares 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-18 minutes
Paleo Matzo: Grain-Free Crackers
Print Recipe
Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, Whole30, GAPS
Servings Prep Time
4-6 squares 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-18 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 squares 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-18 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: squares
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the dough is thick and crumbly. You'll need to scrape the sides and mix one more time. Don't be surprised if the dough is very flaky and seems a little dry.
  3. Transfer the flaky dough to a mixing bowl (without blades!) so you can use your hands to press the dough into a lump and then roll it in your hands to form a nice dough ball.
  4. Divide the dough into 4 balls. Place the first dough ball on a silicone mat and using parchment paper on top, roll out your crackers to about 1/16". You can also use parchment paper on the bottom.
  5. Use a knife to cut the rolled out dough into squares or rectangles and add your cut edge scraps to the next dough ball to roll out. The dough will be easy to handle and move.
  6. Using a fork, prick the dough squares in rows.
  7. Bake 18 minutes.
Recipe Notes

While my cassava recipe takes longer than 18 minutes total to make from start to finish, it was a pleasant surprise to find that 18 minutes was the perfect baking time. You can bake your matzo a little more or less than 18 minutes depending on your preference and how thick you roll out the dough.

Oat Matzo
1 1/4 cup oat flour
1/2 cup arrowroot flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp water
*Follow the provided recipe instructions above - however, this matzo will only take 12-15 minutes to bake.

I hope you enjoy these crackers, sip your wine slowly and have a kosher and joyous Passover: chag Pesach kasher vesame’ach!” 

Many Wishes of Health & Gratitude,
xo Robin

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