Diabetic Cooking

Apple Cinnamon Charoset with Candied Walnuts



  • Apple Cinnamon Charoset:
  • 1 1/2 pounds Gala or Fuji apples, about 4 medium
  • 5–6 tablespoons sweet kosher wine
  • 1 tablespoon honey; use agave to make vegan
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • Salt to taste
  • Candied Walnuts
  • 1/2 egg white
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 cup shelled, raw walnuts


Peel and core the apples and chop finely.

Place the chopped apples in a bowl. Stir in 5 tablespoons of kosher wine, honey, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and salt. Taste the mixture. If it needs more moisture or sweetness, add a bit more kosher wine, which will be soaked up as the charoset marinates.

Cover the bowl, place in the refrigerator, and allow the mixture to marinate for 24 hours.

Meanwhile, make the candied walnuts.

Preheat oven to 300°F.

Pour about half of the egg white into a mixing bowl. Whisk until frothy and beat in the sugar, salt, cayenne, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Add the walnuts to the egg mixture and stir until the walnuts are fully coated in the seasoned egg mixture.

Spread the walnuts out on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat. Bake for 15°20 minutes, until crisp. Remove the sheet from the oven and let nuts cools. Pour the candied nuts onto a cutting board and roughly chop them into smaller pieces.

Sprinkle candied nuts onto the charoset just before serving or serve the nuts alongside the charoset.

Note: You can chop the apples in a food processor by pulsing a few times until they’re chopped finely but with texture. However, it’s easy to chop too much using the food processor. You might end up with applesauce if you’re not careful.

The walnuts are intended to be a topping for the charoset. Don’t mix them in. They’ll lose their candied crunch.

Yield: 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 170 calories, Carbohydrates: 21 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 8 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 75 mg, Fiber: 3 g

Courtesy of Gluten-Free Living magazine.