10 Baby-Friendly Recipes for Rosh HaShanah

On Wednesday night, the Jewish New Year begins at sundown. Many traditional Jewish recipes for the holiday include honey, for the traditional dish of apples and honey to celebrate a sweet New Year. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies not be given honey before the age of 12 months. But that doesn’t mean that baby can’t have a yummy, sweet New Year!

Check out these 10 tasty baby-friendly (and honey-free) recipes for baby’s first Rosh HaShanah!

  • Honey Free and Yummy for Baby!

    Honey Free and Yummy for Baby!

    Even though honey is a traditional part of the Jewish New Year, there’s still plenty of ways to make something sweet for baby’s first Rosh HaShanah!

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  • Cinnamon Apple Sauce

    Skip the honey and apples and go straight for a yummy, soft applesauce recipe for little one instead, sweetened with sugar and vanilla.

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  • Round Challah

    Challah is a traditional sweet tasting bread made using eggs. For the Jewish New Year, it’s shaped into a circle to celebrate the New Year coming around again. Baby will love the soft, sweet texture!

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  • Sweet Noodle Kugel

    This is my favorite recipe for Rosh HaShanah: sweet noodle kugel. With cinnamon, sugar and raisins, this soft noodle pudding with crispy edges is always a hit at the Rosh HaShanah table!

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  • Yummy Chicken Noodle Soup

    An essential to Jewish cooking, the New Year is a perfect time to introduce baby to a staple of Jewish food culture. Make it baby friendly by swapping noodles for star-shaped pasta, and be sure to strain out any large herbs.

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  • Brown Sugar Carrot Coins

    Another staple on the Rosh HaShanah table is tzimmes, carrots cooked with dried fruits and plenty of cinnamon and honey. This year, swap out the honey for brown sugar and cut up the carrots into coins for a perfect baby-friendly finger food.

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  • Slow Roasted Brisket

    Does your baby love proteins? Serve him up a slice of some slow roasted brisket. The slow cooking ensures that the meat is nice and tender, while still being juicy and full of flavor – a real treat for baby for the New Year!

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  • Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

    While honey is off-limits for infants under a year, eggs are not, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Introduce baby to the yummy, creamy texture of eggs with this delicious deviled egg recipe.

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  • Applesauce Muffins

    Another sweet treat for a sweet New Year: muffins sweetened with applesauce!

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  • Tasty Hummus

    On Rosh HaShanah, it’s traditional to eat round foods, like chickpeas. Here is an easy recipe for hummus that you can whip up in no time for the New Year!

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  • Baked Sweet Beets

    Naturally sweet, beets are another food to tie into the tradition of eating round foods for the Jewish New Year.

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