With Joelle Mintzberg, CNP

BP_Latkas-w_2015Chanukah is a great excuse to enjoy time with family as well as eat homemade latkas and jelly doughnuts. Sometimes, transforming a recipe by making it a touch bit healthier than the traditional recipe will keep you feeling nourished and satisfied during this joyous holiday.  healthy latka recipe that is baked and is made with sweet potatoes. These latkas are gluten-free and vegan and are pale0 friendly as well.

The flax egg (1 tablespoon of flax seeds combined with 3 tablespoons of water) add a boost of fibre. The sweet potatoes  contain a wealth of orange-hued carotenoid pigments containing a great amount of Vitamin A, blood sugar regulation, as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Onions are rich in sulfur and flavanoids and offer cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits. They also offer support for bone and connective tissue.

This recipe is adaptable. The flour, potatoes and toppings can be changed up based on your personal preferences.

Makes 25-30 latkas


  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp. ground flax, mixed with 3 tbsp. warm water and let sit for 10 mins)
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and grated
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 3/4 cup flour of choice (I used a mix of amaranth and quinoa flour)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

How to Make:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Make flax egg and set aside.
  • Grate potatoes using cheese grater or food processor. Place potatoes inside a dishcloth, cheesecloth or a seize to squeeze out liquid.
  • Grate onions and add to potato mixture (no need to squeeze out liquid)
  • Add flour, coconut oil, S & P to potato mixture.
  • Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, fill the cup with the mixture and tap it until the mixture comes out on to the pan.
  • Place on baking sheet and then flatten slightly.
  • Place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and flip carefully. Bake for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve warm with desired dipping condiment.