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Healthy Hanukkah Recipe: Vegan Sweet Potato Latkes

This latke recipe from Sticky Fingers Sweet & Eats throws healthy omega-3s and vitamin C into the mix.

Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats' vegan sweet potato latkes recipe is filled with healthy omega-3s and fiber. Photographs by Ali Eaves.

They may not be the most traditional latkes, but this recipe from Sticky Fingers Sweet & Eats gets an extra boost of nutrition from its nontraditional ingredients. Ground flaxseed helps hold the fritters together and adds omega-3s and fiber, while the sweet potatoes provide beta carotene and vitamin C. You definitely won’t miss the eggs—these latkes are crisp, savory-sweet, and totally tasty.

Yield: 24


1 pound (1 large) sweet potato, peeled and grated
1 pound (1 large) white potato, peeled and grated
1 pound (2 large) yellow onion, grated
¼ cup scallions, chopped
1 cup cooked sticky or arborio rice
3 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
¾ cup flour
1 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
Peanut or vegetable oil


1) Combine grated potatoes. Wrap in a cheesecloth or press into a metal strainer to squeeze out the excess water.

2) In a bowl, combine potatoes, onions, scallions, rice, and flax.

3) In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and pepper.

4) Work the flour mixture into the potato, onions, and rice with your hands until the batter is sticky. 

5) Fill a cast iron frying pan about ¼ inch deep with oil and heat to medium-high. When oil looks “shiny,” roll a heaping tablespoon of potato batter into a ball and place into the oil. 

6) Spread out to about ½ inch thick with a spatula or fork. Let cook approximately 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

7) Serve hot, topped with traditional applesauce and/or non-dairy sour cream. 

These vegan sweet potato latkes will be served at Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats vegan bakery in Columbia Heights from December 10 through 17.

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  • Cyndi

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I made them and they came out amazing with raves all around. I did a gluten-free version and used all sweet potato, no white. I've blogged the results (full credit back here).

  • Patty

    We made these last night, and they were incredibly delicious and easy to fry and turn! All six of us at dinner had eaten or potato pancakes all our lives, and did not miss the eggs! Since we had only three or four hours before finishes a huge Thanksgiving dinner, I made only half a recipe. Alas! Each got only 2 or 3, and we wanted more!

  • Deb

    Will try! Been looking for a wheat free recipe also!!!

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