Fun with Food: Hanukkah Snacks Edition (vegan + gluten-free)

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My favorite way to get kids involved in the kitchen is to make themed holiday treats! These Hanukkah Snacks are made with some of our favorite foods and arranged into the best shapes of the season. Menorahs, dreidels, and the Star of David are all here and they’re so tasty!

Let’s have some Fun with Hanukkah Snacks!

This month I’ve had WAY too much fun making Hanukkah snacks with my little ones. Maybe you’ve seen some of our favorites on Instagram! We’ve made Stars of David, dreidels, and menorahs for different snacks and it’s become a great way to learn more about Hanukkah traditions and get the kids helping in the kitchen. They love assembling each shape, and of course, eating them! If you’re wanting to make some seasonal treats that children will love, check out these fun Hanukkah snack ideas!

Star of David Pretzels

Chocolate Pretzel Star of David

Each one of these Chocolate Pretzel Stars of Davids is made from six pretzels and melted chocolate. Start by arranging chocolate-dipped pretzels in a triangle, then arrange three more in an upside-down triangle on top of it. Kids love helping with these Hanukkah snacks, and it’s great for learning shapes! I love finishing these off with a sprinkle of dye-free blue and white sprinkles and putting them in the refrigerator to set.

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Chocolate Pretzel Star of David


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 6 salted pretzel sticks, gluten-free if desired
  • melted vegan dark chocolate to coat the pretzels
  • optional: dye-free blue and white sprinkles

Instructions

  • Dip a pretzel stick in melted chocolate until fully coated. Place it on a parchment lined flat surface such as a baking sheet.  Make sure the baking sheet can fit in your refrigerator or freezer.
  • Repeat with five more pretzel sticks and as each is dipped in the chocolate place them in a Star of David shape (a triangle and then an upside down trianle on top).  Use a spoon to add more chocolate to the pretzels if exposed.  I also sometimes add additional chocolate to the spots where the pretzels overlap to act as extra “glue” to help them stay together well. 
  • Sprinkle just the top side with blue and white sprinkles if desired.  You could also crush up freeze dried bananas and blueberries instead of sprinkles.  
  • This makes one star of David.  Repeat the recipe to make more stars.  Once finished, place the baking sheet in your refrigerator or freezer to allow the chocolate to set/harden.  I usually leave it in the refrigerator for an hour or the freezer for 20 minutes.  Remove each star from the parchment paper and place on a serving tray.  Enjoy at room temperature.  https://amzn.to/3qEvP39

Notes

To melt the chocolate you can use a double boiler or place the chocolate in a microwave safe container and microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Stir until smooth and creamy.  

I used Supernatural sprinkles.  They are soy-free, vegan, gluten-free and dye-free.  

To make these extra healthy, use From the Ground Up Cauliflower Pretzel Sticks.  My kids love these.

 

I use Hu chocolate gems which are vegan and refined sugar-free.  Use my code ELAINE for a 10% discount!

Veggie Menorah

Veggie Menorah Snack

This is no harder than cutting veggies for snacks–it’s all in the way you arrange them on the plate! Make one menorah to demonstrate and then let your little ones help make their own. Just make sure you have one longer celery slice for the shamash candle in the middle! You could even let them dip them in a little Vegan Tzatziki Sauce.

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Veggie Menorah

Veggie Menorah Snack


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 4 raw celery ribs, ends trimmed
  • 12 large raw carrots (thick if possible)
  • Optional: serve with hummus, tzatziki sauce or tahini sauce

Instructions

  • Cut celery into 9 pieces.  They should all be the same length but one should be an inch longer than the rest (for the shamash candle).  Arrange in a menorah design with the shamash between the others.
  • Cut the carrots into 1/4 inch slices.  I usually use the thickest part of the carrot.  Use a knife to cut a flame design into each slice.  Place each carrot “flame” above each celery “candle.”
  • Category: Snack

Keywords: veggie menorah

Hanukkah Treats for Kids

Dreidel Hanukkah Snacks

These are so fun to make! I made dreidels of different sizes with slices of apple or pear, Larabar, and soft pitted Medjool dates. The tops of the dreidels are made from pretzel sticks, and then I made the Hebrew letters with some melted chocolate and apple peels. I also cut dreidels out of sandwiches! It was fun to have the kids form the Hebrew letters out of blueberries. These Snacking Dreidels can really be made with whatever you have on hand, so get creative and get the kids involved with these Hanukkah snacks.

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Snacking Dreidels


  • Author: Elaine Gordon

Description

Youc an use almost anything to create a dreidel shape!  Use any or all of the ideas below and get creative with whatever you have on hand. 


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Use any of the above ingredients and cut them into the shape of a dreidel. 
  2. For the pears I sliced them top down and they naturally made the shape of a dreidel.  I saved small slices of pear to make the dreidel’s top and Hebrew letters.
  3. For the dates, I squeezed the smaller side into a point and stuck half a pretzel stick into the other side.
  4. For the Larabars, I cut each bar into two dreidel shapes (I snacked on the pieces I didn’t need).  I then stuck a small piece of a pretzel stick into the top of the Larabar dreidel. I used a chopstick to write the hebrew letters on the Larabar.  I dipped the tip of the chopstick in melted chocolate and used it like a pen.   
  5. For the dreidel sandwiches, I stack two pieces of bread and then cut them into dreidel shapes with a knife.  I then add the almond butter and raspberry chia jam and make a sandwich.  On the top I arrange the blueberries in the Hebrew letters that appear on the dreidel.  I save the scrap pieces of bread and make mini sandwiches too.

Notes

Another fun idea: vegan cheese cubes or cheese sticks cut into 3-D dreidel shapes with a pretzel stick stuck into the top.

Snack Menorah

Banana Menorah with Pretzel Stick Candles

This is another menorah snack! It’s a bit sweeter than the Veggie Menorahs, and just as fun for kids to help assemble. This one has a banana menorah, pretzel candlesticks, and mini vegan chocolate chips. I like using a dollop of almond butter as “glue” to hold the flames in place. Just like the Veggie Menorahs, make sure that one slice of banana is longer for the middle shamash candle!

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Snack Menorah

Banana Menorah with Pretzel Stick Candles


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 2 bananas, peeled [for the menorah/candle holders]
  • 9 pretzel sticks [for candle sticks], gluten-free if desired
  • 2 teaspoons creamy almond butter (or any nut or seed butter) – [for the “glue”]
  • 9 mini vegan chocolate chips [for the flame]

Instructions

  1. Slice a banana into 8, 1inch slices.  Save the remainder of the banana for the shamash candle holder.  Depending on the size of your banana you may need to use a second banana.  Arrange the bananslices into a menorah shape as shown in the pictures.
  2. Place a pretzel stick into each banana slice.
  3. Place a small amount of almond butter onto the top of each pretzel stick and add a mini chocolate chip the the tip of the pretzel for the flame.  
  • Category: Snack

Keywords: banana pretzel menorah

More Vegan and Gluten-Free Hanukkah Recipes

Hanukkah Gelt Cookies

Crispy Vegan and Gluten-Free Potato Latkes

Spiralized Sweet Potato Latkes

Easy Instant Pot Homemade Applesauce

Vegan and Gluten-Free Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

Vegan Vanilla Frosting

Find all my Hanukkah Recipes here!

Happy Hanukkah, everyone!

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2 Comments

  1. Shira Isenberg

    I love all these Chanukah snack ideas! Can’t wait to try some with my kids!

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    • Elaine Gordon

      Thank you so much for letting me know, Shira! I hope your kiddos love them as much as mine do! :). Happy Hanukkah to you and your family! Best, Elaine

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