Matzo Brei Gluten-Free Dairy-Free

Matzo Brei is a fast and crunchy alternative to pancakes or waffles any morning of the year. Personally, I eat gluten-free matzo all year round, but it is around the Jewish holiday of Passover when observant Jews cannot eat unleaved bread, that people tend to focus on this tasty cracker. This classic Passover breakfast is light and delicious, so don’t wait until holiday time to try it.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 4


4 large EGGS
4 sheets of regular GLUTEN-FREE MATZO style crackers
1/2 cup CASHEW MILK (or other milk alternative)
2 tablespoons of VEGAN BUTTER (I use Earth Balance non-soy)
SALT to taste
CINNAMON to taste
STRAWBERRIES (or other berries), maple syrup or honey, or even jam


  • In a large bowl, BEAT the eggs and WHISK in the milk. ADD salt to taste (but if using salted matzo, be sparing)
  • RUN each matzo board under cold water for 10-20 seconds a side, until it begins to soften. The amount of time depends on the type of matzo you are using. I recommend just plain flavored, not egg or onion. Don’t let it get too soft because it will become mushy.
  • SHAKE off excess water and BREAK the matzo boards into 1/2″ pieces and SOAK them in the egg/milk mixture for a minute or 2
  • While the matzo is soaking, HEAT a large skillet on medium-high heat until hot and then MELT the butter in it
  • ADD the soaked matzo to the skillet and let it COOK for about 60-90 seconds into a pancake. Sprinkle with cinnamon at this point if you desire.
    • Some people like to scramble the matzo brei instead. If you would like to try it that way just saute it while cooking instead of letting it set into a giant pancake.
  • FLIP the pancake in one big piece, or SPLIT the pancake into 4 sections and flip each section over, and COOK an addition 30-60 seconds.
  • SERVE immediately with optional toppings
  • STORE in an air-tight container for 1-2 days

Chocolate Toffee Matzo Bark for Passover Gluten-free Vegan

Being dairy-free, I love when Passover comes around because the desserts are among my favorites. I created this gluten-free vegan Matzo Bark as an alternative to all the cakes and macaroons that I make this time of year. If you want to make it Kosher for Passover, then make sure to get Shmurah matzo. You can top this with any type of nut or even cherries or cranberries. Let me know what you think.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour

Servings: 12-16


5-6 gluten-free SALTED MATZO-Style boards 
If making for Passover use Shmurah matzo
1 cup DARK BROWN SUGAR, packed
1 stick VEGAN BUTTER (Soy-free Earth Balance)
1/2 teaspoon pure VANILLA
Pinch of SEA SALT
1/2 cup SALTED PEANUTS, smashed/finely chopped
1/2 cup ROASTED ALMONDS, chopped


  • PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F
  • LINE rimmed baking dish with parchment and SPRAY with non-stick spray
  • COVER the bottom of the baking dish with a single layer of matzo. Break the pieces if you need to make them fit.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, COMBINE sugar and butter, STIR frequently until it bubbles and boils. Be careful not to burn the syrup. BOIL for 1-minute stirring constantly.
  • ADD a big pinch of salt and the vanilla to the syrup
  • POUR the syrup over the matzo and SPREAD evenly with a heat-proof spatula
  • BAKE 7-10 minutes until toffee syrup is bubbling. Make sure to check frequently so that it does not burn.
  • REMOVE from the oven and immediately SPRINKLE the chocolate chips over the toffee and let it MELT for 1-3 minute from the heat of the syrup
  • SPREAD the melted chocolate chips evenly with a heat-proof spatula
  • SPRINKLE the nuts over the chocolate and PRESS gently so that they stick well
  • REFRIGERATE the sheet for 30 minutes to 1 hour until hard
  • BREAK the matzo boards into pieces and store in an air-tight container until ready to serve
  • STORE in the refrigerator for up to 5 days