Grain-Free And Nut-Free Matzah Balls

I haven’t had a matzah ball for years. These soup dumplings are traditionally made from matzah meal and eggs and served with chicken soup.

But for the first time in years, I decided to make soup with matzah balls for Passover. I previously tried an almond flour version, but it wasn’t a hit in my family.

I was inspired by the new kind of gluten-free flour available now from Otto’s Naturals – Cassava flour. It can be used as a 1:1 replacement for wheat flour in many recipes, so I thought it should work for grain-free matzah balls.

My first two tries came out very dense (no difference if I mixed the egg whites separately or not). For my third try, I added more liquid to the mix, which came out great! I served it with my ginger chicken soup that I make in my slow cooker for an easy and delicious starter.

Please share your feedback if you make tweaks to this recipe! I did not have time to attempt the seltzer water version – maybe next year 🙂 but let me know if you do!

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  • 1:1 WHEAT FLOUR SUBSTITUTE BY WEIGHT: Recreate grain-free versions of nearly any recipe with our cassava flour. Its mild flavor & light texture make it an easy 1:1 substitute by weight for all-purpose wheat flour or simply reduce volume by 25%. 1 cup AP flour = 3/4 cup Otto's cassava flour
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  • MADE WITH 100% YUCA: Otto's Naturals Cassava Flour is a single-ingredient, plant-based baking flour made from Cassava, also known as Yuca. It's grain-free, gluten-free, nut-free and perfect for paleo or vegan lifestyles, but has the taste and texture of wheat flour. With Otto's, you can make any recipe allergen-free and bake with peace of mind!
  • FREE OF TOP 8 ALLERGENS: Because Otto's Naturals is made from Cassava, it's naturally free of the most common allergens: grain, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and tree nuts. Further, Otto's doesn't share equipment with these common allergens, so we can promise you and your family that we are guaranteed free of the top 8 allergens. We're also Gluten-Free Certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group.
  • FROM CASSAVA TO FLOUR: Cassava has been a staple food around the world for centuries. What sets us apart from tapioca is the way we dry and grind this sustainable root vegetable using the whole root, not just the extracted starch. The result is a light, single-ingredient flour that's grain-free, gluten-free & nut-free.
  • 1:1 WHEAT FLOUR SUBSTITUTE BY WEIGHT: Recreate grain-free versions of nearly any recipe with our cassava flour. Its mild flavor & light texture make it an easy 1:1 substitute by weight for all-purpose wheat flour or simply reduce volume by 25%. 1 cup AP flour = 3/4 cup Otto's cassava flour
  • THE OTTO'S WAY: Otto's Naturals was founded on the love of trying new foods, exploring unique ingredients, and the need for delicious alternatives to traditional foods while still maintaining a gluten and grain-free lifestyle.
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  • MADE WITH 100% YUCA: Otto's Naturals Cassava Flour is a single-ingredient, plant-based baking flour made from Cassava, also known as Yuca. It's grain-free, gluten-free, nut-free and perfect for paleo or vegan lifestyles, but has the taste and texture of wheat flour. With Otto's, you can make any recipe allergen-free and bake with peace of mind!
  • FREE OF TOP 8 ALLERGENS: Because Otto's Naturals is made from Cassava, it's naturally free of the most common allergens: grain, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and tree nuts. Further, Otto's doesn't share equipment with these common allergens, so we can promise you and your family that we are guaranteed free of the top 8 allergens. We're also Gluten-Free Certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group.
  • FROM CASSAVA TO FLOUR: Cassava has been a staple food around the world for centuries. What sets us apart from tapioca is the way we dry and grind this sustainable root vegetable using the whole root, not just the extracted starch. The result is a light, single-ingredient flour that's grain-free, gluten-free & nut-free.
  • 1:1 WHEAT FLOUR SUBSTITUTE BY WEIGHT: Recreate grain-free versions of nearly any recipe with our cassava flour. Its mild flavor & light texture make it an easy 1:1 substitute by weight for all-purpose wheat flour or simply reduce volume by 25%. 1 cup AP flour = 3/4 cup Otto's cassava flour
  • THE OTTO'S WAY: Otto's Naturals was founded on the love of trying new foods, exploring unique ingredients, and the need for delicious alternatives to traditional foods while still maintaining a gluten and grain-free lifestyle.
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Gluten-free and Nut-free Matzah Balls Recipe

Gluten-free and Nut-free Matzah Balls

Ingredients:
For denser dumplings, omit the water/stock. The turmeric and parsley are optional but adds great flavor to the dumplings.

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock or water (try seltzer water for fluffier matzah balls)
  • 1/4 cup melted fat – rendered chicken fat (schmaltz), beef tallow, or olive oil
  • 1 cup Otto’s Cassava Flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped parsley or other herbs (try dill or cilantro)

Directions:

1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, chicken stock or water, and fat until well combined. Add the flour, spices, and herbs and whisk until no lumps remain.
2. Refrigerate for a few hours.
3. Fill a large pot with salted water or chicken stock and bring to a boil.
4. Form the mixture into small balls (I like using a 1/2 tablespoon size cookie scoop) and drop them into the boiling water. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for about 30 minutes.
5. Add matzah balls to your chicken soup or store them in a covered container in the refrigerator. If refrigerating, simmer matzo balls for 15 minutes in your chicken soup before serving.

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