Healthy Hanukkah Recipe! Sweet Potato Latkes.


A traditional food eaten during Hanukkah, Latkes are crispy and delicious potato pancakes, typically made with white potatoes and eaten with sour cream and/or applesauce. I grew up eating these regularly as a young Polish girl, even though I’m not actually Jewish.

As someone who LOVES to take a traditional recipe and REMIX it…I think that this year you should switch it up and make my not-so-traditional Sweet Potato Latkes!

My recipe below uses sweet potatoes, which are perfectly in season in Bermuda right now, and some hot, totally outside-the-box ingredients… and then topped with a zesty lime sour cream and finely chopped chives. Yum!


(I usually double this from the start but that’s up to you):

  • 1 large sweet potato or yam (aprx. 1 lb sweet potatoes), peeled and coarsely grated
  • 2 scallions, white and green stalks finely chopped (1/4 cup) — or 1/4 of a sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 jalapeño pepper seeded, finely chopped (aprx. 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/3 cup 1-for-1 Gluten Free flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ancho chili pepper powder (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large, organic, pastured eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or other high heat cooking oil like coconut oil (but not olive oil)


  • Several tablespoons organic sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives


Part 1:
Stir together grated sweet potatoes, chopped scallions, flour, diced jalapeños, beaten eggs, spices, salt and pepper.

Part 2:
Heat oil in a deep 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 4, spoon about 2 heaping tablespoons of sweet potato mixture per latke into the avocado oil and flatten to 3-inch diameter with a slotted spatula. They should sizzle just a bit, but not splatter, when they hit the oil. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until golden, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side (3 minutes total cooking time). Transfer latkes with spatula to paper towels to drain.

Note: This is a perfect size for an appetizer, but feel free to double the size for an entrée or side dish. At my home, we always made them very large.

Part 3:
Mix sour cream with lime juice using a spoon. Top each Latke with a dollop of organic sour cream with lime and shower it with a dash of finely chopped chives.

Serve hot. Yields approximately 20 latkes. They refrigerate well and can be easily reheated in the oven or on a pan.



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Happy Hanukkah!

Much Love,

Agathe xo

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