By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator

People have always found it a bit strange that I actually quite enjoy Passover food. While my family has never kept Kosher for Passover, I always take advantage of this time of year to enjoy matza bagels and whip up a batch of Isa Chandra Mokowitz’s wonderful matza ball soup or Chloe Coscarelli’s matza brie (which you can find on her website chefchloe.com if you’re interested!). A couple of years ago I even found a recipe online for vegan gefilte fish and brought that to my family Sedar!

When it comes to dessert for Passover though, I actually haven’t had to think outside the bread-filled box at all. While I’m sure I would (for some strange reason) enjoy some sort of store-bought vegan dessert made with matza meal, it just so happens that several of my favourite go-to desserts are already Passover-friendly! Here’s my list of desserts I turn to when deciding what to bring to wow family at our annual Sedars.

Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge from Doug McNish

This recipe which appeared in the Toronto Star in 2011 literally melts in your mouth and is so decadent and rich. Careful – it also melts in your hands so keep it in the fridge right up until you’re ready to serve!

No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge from Earth Balance

It was this recipe that inspired my winning entry at the 2014 Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off. Take one taste and you’ll quickly realize why it captivated votes! P.S Swirl in some melted chocolate it you like!

Chocolate Cornflake Bites

In this Toronto Veg Blog post, I spoke of a family friend who would always bring her signature vegan dessert for me at any occasion. While I unfortunately never got an official recipe from her, I suspect it basically consists of melting dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips, and stirring in corn flakes (or whatever equivilant Passover-friendly cereal you like), then pouring tablespoons of the mixture into mini muffin cup holders and putting them in the fridge to firm up.

No Bake Pecan Chocolates

I actually think these cookies should have been called No Bake Turtles Knock Offs, because they taste just like a turtles chocolate! You’ll find this recipe in the epic vegan cookie bible Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, on page 228. (P.S You can borrow or purchase it from the TVA Resource Centre and Library if you don’t own a copy).

Pecan Date Balls

Want something a little healthier but just as decadent as the chocolatey options above? Check out Nimisha Raja’s amazing Pecan Date Ball recipe which appears in week four of TVA’s Veggie Challenge program. I’ve found a secret PDF for you of week 4, so you can access the recipe.