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Sweet Potato Zucchini Latkes

 

Latkes are a Chanukah tradition, typically made with white potatoes, white flour, onions and vegetable oil.

Now, you guys know that I am one who bucks tradition – and so instead of regular latkes, I created a healthified latke packed with vegetables. My version is gluten-free and dairy-free, and can be made vegan or Paleo depending on the flour you use and if choosing an egg-free substitution.

‘Normal’ latkes, while certainly delicious, are high on the glycemic index and fried. Starchy, white potatoes and glutenous flour help with texture and binding, but the health cost for me is too high. By using gluten-free flour and egg as a binder, these sweet potato zucchini latkes hold together well, especially since they are baked in the oven. This saves you the stress of flipping them and worrying about your latkes breaking and falling apart.

Most fried foods are fried in vegetable oil, which is problematic for a number of reasons. Vegetable oil is:

  • Processed and refined and stripped of its nutrients
  • Bleached and deodorized to mask the smell of its rancidity
  • Hydrogenated – which creates trans fats - to boost shelf life
  • High in omega-6 fats, which are inflammatory when consumed in excess

You can learn more about processed vegetable oils here, and how to choose healthy cooking oils instead.

Fried Food Health Risks

Aside from the inflammatory effects of the omega-6 fatty acids, fried foods are associated with:

And so, instead of frying or deep-frying my latkes, I bake them in the oven instead. This is a much healthier method of cooking, plus it’s easier because it’s almost totally hands-off.

That means instead of latkes being a once-a-year treat, I can eat these sweet potato zucchini latkes more often! These are popular at our family Chanukah gatherings, but are also great for brunch or an afternoon snack.

Serve these with applesauce, homemade cashew cheese, jam, chutney, preserved lemons, or just eat them on their own.

Sweet Potato Zucchini Latkes

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Yield: 24

A white potato-free potato latke! Gluten-free and dairy-free, with Paleo and vegan options.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups sweet potato, grated
  • 2 cups zucchini, grated
  • 2 cups carrot, grated
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 2 eggs, or 1 Tbsp ground chia mixed with 4 Tbsp water for vegan
  • 1 cup flour (Use buckwheat, chickpea, brown rice, or almond flour for Paleo)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt (or a little more to taste)
  • ¼ cup olive or coconut oil

Make It Like So
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix together grated veggies, onion and egg or chia egg.
  3. Add in flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Form into patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet. I made them about 2-3 inches in diameter and flattened them out with a fork.
  5. Brush the tops with olive oil to give them a bit of the fried vibe.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until latkes feel dry on top and are holding together. Flip and broil for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Serve warm.

Sweet Potato Zucchini Latkes

Photo credit: Maya Visnyei for The UnDiet Cookbook

35 Responses to “Sweet Potato Zucchini Latkes”

  1. Sounds like the Telpners had a great celebration! Costumes? That's so awesome. Once again I have Vitamix envy. I couldn't imagine frying latkes in your apartment either. Your bed would smell of oil for days. :) Happy chanukah to all the Telpners! (The only one I have yet to meet is your dad, and that's actually on my schedule - or will be after a few emails. "Telpners: Entering my life in a variety of contexts since around 1993." The small world of Jews is astounding.)
  2. ...there was a caffuffle, a take down and a destroyed temple or two and when the dust settled there was only enough oil remaining to last through one night. By miracle of miracles the light stayed a burning for eight days and eight nights. This goyeh is grinning from ear to ear! The Hanukkah story as only Meghan can tell it. :D Hope you've escaped to a warmer coast. Shining Light on you and your rule-breaking family!
  3. yum! fellow sort-of-Jewish-here, i too only really do the eating part of the high holidays. i like that these are mostly grain/potato-free!
  4. yay! i'm married into a jewish family, but i seem to like the foods a lot more than my hubby...
  5. Ricki said…
    Love the Hannukah story! And these look like my kind of latkes. Hope you have a wonderful time somewhere warm!
  6. Meghan Telpner said…
    You should hear my version of Passover. Oprah makes a cameo.
  7. Dee Merritt said…
    Meghan- Love this recipe!! Would love to share it with my readers on my blog www.foodforthought-dee.blogspot.com, giving you full credit, of course. Will tweet it and Facebook it to all my peeps, which may garner you some more votes for top blogger - just want to get your permission before I share - thanks, Dee
  8. Meghan Telpner said…
    Please do. The less fried potatoes happening over the next week the better!
  9. Stephanie said…
    These look so good! I never fry anything, just don't like too. I love that these have the "fried look" without actually soaking it in oil, AND seem so easy to make. Can't beat that! :)
  10. Lindsay said…
    Yumm. Thanks!!!

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