Tonight marks the third night of Chanukah. On this holiday, it’s a tradition to eat latkes (otherwise known as potato pancakes). The oil for cooking the latkes is symbolic of the oil that kept Israel lit with a long-lasting flame.
Typically, latkes are made with white sweet potatoes, eggs, white flour or matzo meal and then fried in vegetable oil.
To lighten things up (pun intended), I decided to make Healthified Sweet Potato Kale Latkes. Instead of white potatoes, we use fiber-rich sweet potatoes, swapped the white flour or matzo meal with protein-packed almond meal and sautee them in organic aroma-free coconut oil, instead of fry them in bad quality vegetable oil.
I also added a dose of greens to add some color (and nutrition). A paleo, gluten-free and wheat-free treat any day of the year, but particularly special on Chanukah!
Healthified Sweet Potato Kale Latkes
What You’ll Need:
1 sweet potato, spiralized or grated (equal to approx 6 cups spiralized)
1 white onion, spiralized or grated (equal to approx 6 cups spiralized)
2 kale leaves, cut into thin slices (chiffonade)
3/4 cups almond flour (or “almond meal”)
2 eggs (pasture-raised), whisked
1. Chop spiralized sweet potato (into 1-inch long pieces) and the spiralized onion (into 1/2-inch pieces) otherwise, the pieces will be super long. I used this spiralizer.
2. Place a paper towel over the sweet potatoes and over a sink, ring out the sweet potato, releasing any extra moisture.
Then, repeat with onion. Be careful of your eyes!
3. Place sweet potato and onion into a bowl, add eggs, almond flour, salt and pepper and mix well with hands.
4. In the meantime, heat up a pan with coconut oil on medium heat. When you drop in a piece of sweet potato and it starts to sizzle, you’ll know it’s ready.
4. Scoop out 2 Tbsp of the sweet potato mixture, roll in a ball with your hand and place on sizzling pan.
5. Pat down with a spatula to flatten and cook on each side for approx minutes on each side or until crispy.
Serve with some apple sauce, organic sour cream, plain yogurt, or my apple-ginger soup!
Perfect to make for Chanukah or a pairs perfectly with (grass-fed) meatloaf, chicken or salmon.
Be festive. Be bright. Be kind.