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Vegan, Gluten-Free Chanukah: Sweet Potato and Kale Latkes

Happy Chanukah, friends! Tonight marks the first night of the eight-day celebration…so it’s time for more potato pancakes!

Yesterday I posted an easy Potato Latke recipe and today I’m excited to share a twist on the traditional version. These Vegan, Gluten-Free Sweet Potato and Kale Latkes are a modern, slightly more nutritious take on the potato pancake. I love how they are a little sweet and a little savory, especially with vegan sour cream and/or applesauce on top.

Because sweet potatoes don’t have the same starchiness that regular potatoes do, you’ll find the texture of these latkes to be slightly different (but great in their own way!). *Update- a couple of readers mentioned having difficulty keeping the latkes together. If you run into this problem, I recommend adding an extra tablespoon or so of ground flax seed or potato starch.

In other news…I know I’m a little late to the game but I’ve recently gotten super excited about Pinterest! I’ve had an account up with recipe pins for a while now but I haven’t been very active on it. Since I’ve started planning my wedding (did you hear Ross and I are getting married!?) I’ve realized what an incredible tool Pinterest is! I’m looking forward to pinning more recipes so let’s connect there– and did you notice the fancy new “pin it” button when you hover over photos on the site? Side note- feel free to send any vegan wedding (especially cake!) tips my way!

Ok, on to the latkes!


Vegan, Gluten-Free Chanukkah: Sweet Potato and Kale Latkes
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Recipe type: chanukkah
Cuisine: vegan, gluten-free
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 tbs ground flax seed
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup kale, shredded
  • ¼ cup all purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 tbs tamari
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • coconut oil for frying.
  1. In a small bowl or cup, prepare flax "egg" by combining 3 tbs warm water with ground flax. Stir then let sit for at least 10 minutes before using.
  2. Use a medium-size grater to grate sweet potatoes. Place in large bowl.
  3. Stir in flax "egg", onion, kale, flour, tamari, salt and pepper. Use your hands to knead everything together.
  4. In a large skillet, heat ¼" of oil at medium temperature. Use your hands to form latke patties and fry on each side until golden (about 7 minutes).
  5. Line a plate with paper towel and place cooked latkes on it to drain. Enjoy warm with applesauce.

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