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Not Your Bubby’s Latkes: 9 healthier versions of the Hanukkah staple

Photo: Tasse d'Amour

zucchini frittersTraditionally, Hanukkah recipes are all about cooking with oil. But wouldn’t you be paying true (healthy) homage to the miracle the holiday celebrates if you could get one day’s worth of oil to last through eight days of cooking? (We think so!)

You can start with the classic, scrumptious latke, reimagined in these recipes that include wholesome ingredients like butternut squash and ginger and skip the deep fryer in favor of baking or lightly pan frying.

You can thank us when your grandmother insists you have a second giant helping. —Willa Tellekson-Flash

(Photo: The Iron You)


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Butternut Squash Latkes1. Baked Butternut Squash, Sage, and Manchego Latkes

This fall-inspired latke eschews potatoes and pairs butternut squash with flavorful sage. Another secret? “Garbanzo bean flour, packed with lots of protein and fiber, binds all of the ingredients together into a perfect savory cake,” writes Karen of K.ABC.

(Photo: K.ABC Photography)



Baked Latkes with Beet2. Baked Latkes with Beet and Avocado Salad

If all your favorite holiday memories are tied to the taste of classic latkes, try this variation that keeps it simple but adds a healthy twist by baking (and including pretty purple potatoes). Anya, of Golubka, pairs them with a traditional Russian side dish, beet salad, and for an additional health kick, replaces the mayonnaise with dreamy avocado mayo.

(Photo: Golubka)



Tumeric-Zucchini-Potato-Fritters-13. Turmeric Zucchini and Potato Fritters

What better way to spice up the holiday classic than with superfoods? Turmeric takes these fritters up a notch, adding color and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Healthy Nibbles and Bites‘ creator Lisa also shares her secret for crispy, delicious latkes: “You want to make sure that you squeeze out as much excess water from the zucchini and potatoes as you can so that you don’t get soggy fritters.” Tip, noted!

(Photo: Healthy Nibbles and Bites)



Scallion Ginger Latkes4. Baked Scallion-Ginger Latkes

Hannah of BitterSweet takes her latke inspiration from traditional Chinese Scallion Pancakes, with added nutrition benefits of ginger and scallions, ingredients that also boost deliciousness. “Short ribbons of green onion are woven amongst the strands of potato, punctuated by the gentle warmth of ginger,” she says. Winter warming, indeed.

(Photo: Bitter Sweet Blog)



spinach-latkes5. Cauliflower and Spinach Baked Latkes

It’s time to add some greens to your latkes. “In the middle of this deep fried holiday, we decided to do a recipe with a touch of health, a load of bright colors, and still really tasty,” writes Matkonation‘s Deanna. We told you there was nothing cauliflower couldn’t do.

(Photo: Matkonation)



Golden Beet6. Golden Beet and Leek Fritters

Golden beets are as pretty as they are nutritious, and they taste amazing in this dish when paired with leeks and spices like cumin and coriander. And The View from Great Island recommends topping them off with a dollop of lemon yogurt, for a mouth-watering finish.

(Photo: The View from Great Island)



sweet potato pancakes7. Sweet Potato Kale Latkes

Two healthy food faves—kale and sweet potatoes—join forces in Tasse D’Amour’s gorgeous recipe, which also includes ground flax seeds, for an omega boost.

(Photo: Tasse D’Amour)



zucchini fritters8. Zucchini Fritters

The Iron You chooses vitamin-packed zucchini instead of potatoes for his latkes, and adds scallions, almond flour, and the deliciousness of Parmesan cheese.

(Photo: The Iron You)



Potato Parsnip9. Potato & Parsnip Latkes

Pure Ella’s latkes are great for vegans, since they skip the eggs, and she reduces the amount of white potatoes by incorporating savory in-season parsnips.

How about something to drink with that? Check out these three holiday season cocktail recipes with cool, healthy ingredients…

(Photo: Pure Ella)