The saying goes, “apples and honey, it may sound funny, but it can make your new year sweet and sunny!” Celebrate Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) with apples and honey – in healthy and hearty baked oatmeal form!
To write this post, I first started by googling “what year is it for the Jewish new year” and “why do we eat apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah?” *smacks palm into face*. Sorry for being an uninformed Jewess over here.
To answer my questions – it’s the year of 5776 and we eat apples and honey in the tradition of their sweetness – we hope it sets the tone for us to be granted an ultra-sweet year ahead! I swear I knew that – I thought maybe there was more to it!
In all seriousness, Rosh Hashanah is not the most “fun” of Jewish holidays but it is still centered around a delicious meal. I purchased a small pasture-raised chicken from my CSA and I plan to attempt to roast a whole chicken for the first time for myself and Nate, and savor the leftovers. I tend to go to services like every other year when it comes to Rosh Hashanah, depending on where I’m located and if I can get someone to come along with me. This year I think we’ll celebrate the holiday by eating this baked oatmeal and enjoying a traditional dinner on Sunday evening.
I honest to goodness cannot remember what I did last year for Rosh Hashanah. I do remember that I was in Israel for Yom Kippur – the other “big” Jewish holiday that happens around this time of year! Growing up, my family really didn’t have many specific Rosh traditions. There was a lot of brunching at family friend’s places and crashing their synogogue’s services until we joined our own temple. I haven’t established many of my own traditions yet around the holidays, but I do enjoy having the blog to experiment and document as I do so – like with these macaroons for Passover. And of course, these poptarts for Valentines Day!
Anyways, happy new year! Make sure to eat some apples and honey for a sweet year ahead!
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup applesauce
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 eggs + 2 egg whites
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Dash of salt
- 2 apples, sliced
- 2 tbsp plus extra honey for drizzling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Lightly grease an 8x8 baking pan
- Mix the oats, applesauce, baking powder, ground cinnamon, eggs, almond milk, vanilla extract and salt
- Pour into the baking pan
- Arrange the apple slices on top of the oats
- Bake for 20-25 minutes
- Serve with a honey drizzle!
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