Passover is a big deal in our house. My husband and I love to host our own seder, the ritual meal held on the first two nights of the eight-day holiday, inviting many of our friends from all faiths. We have a really fun time telling stories, singing songs, and of course–eating! I spend two solid days in the kitchen, cooking up a storm with all of our favorite holiday recipes. This Passover is particularly special for us, since it’s Judah’s first Passover.
While Judah doesn’t have to keep kosher for Passover (since he’s under 13, the age of Bar Mitzvah), we still want him to get a taste of our holiday traditions. Here are the five Passover foods our little one is loving right now!
Tasty Treats for Babies and Toddlers!
Many of these treats for babies and toddlers are traditional Passover foods that are just as delicious for your little ones as they are for adults, with just a few changes.
Celebrating Our Passover Traditions
For the last five years, we’ve hosted our own seder at our home. Now that Judah’s here, we’re so excited to open up and share all of our favorite Passover traditions with him!
Judah’s First Passover
Trust me: All of these Passover snacks are baby-tested, baby-approved! Judah ate like a champ at his first Passover seder!
Probably considered the staple of the Passover feast, matzo balls are a perfect finger food for little ones. If your baby is just getting started with finger foods, you can cut them up into tiny pieces. Bigger babes can handle chomping on a whole half of a matzo ball. They’re great warmed or even cold: Judah’s been eating them cold for breakfast all week!
Salted Toffee Matzo Crunch
This is my favorite Passover food, hands down. It’s also a very special treat for your little one: especially if they’ve never had chocolate before!
To make: melt one stick of butter then add one cup of brown sugar. Stir until melted and combined. Pour over matzo sheets arranged on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes at 250°. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, then back in the oven for 5-10 minutes. Before you pop it in the freezer to chill, sprinkle with cracked sea salt. Once set, break into bite-sized chunks. YUM.
Cinnamon Fried Matzo
This is one of my go-to breakfasts during Passover. All you need is one sheet of matzo lightly rinsed in water, one egg, a dash of cinnamon, and some brown sugar. Break up the matzo, coat it with a beaten egg, and fry it up in a pan like scrambled eggs. I add the cinnamon and brown sugar just before it’s finished. Judah couldn’t eat this fast enough this morning!
Charoset is a traditional Passover food that’s found on the seder plate, to represent the mortar that the Hebrew slaves used to build Pharaoh’s palace. Traditional charoset is made from finely chopped apples, nuts and wine mixed into a thick paste. To make it toddler-friendly, we swap out the wine with grape juice. You can serve it spread over matzo or even roll little balls of it in brown sugar to make it into a tiny finger food.
Since we can’t eat leavened foods during Passover (since the Hebrew slaves’ bread didn’t have time to rise when they were freed from Egypt), these Passover rolls are a real treat that taste like dense, cake-y biscuits: perfect for teething toddlers. You can even swap out the sugar in the recipe for applesauce to make them sweeter and more moist.