Latkes are everyone's favorite Jewish fried food. The typical latke is made with potato, flour and eggs. I however, like to make a more Paleo friendly latke and now with this new recipe, I have 2 versions of Paleo pancakes.
Generally at Hanukkah, I make a Butternut Squash Latke, though this year I was searching for a bit of variety and so came up with this Carrot Scallion Latke. Why carrots? Well, first of all, my younger son asked me to make a carrot latke. Second, given my Paleo preferences, I eat carrots and not potatoes. Third, carrots make a healthier latke than potatoes --why? Carrots are rich in carotenoids which promote good vision, regulate blood sugar and may also promote colon health and prevent cancer --who knew?! Potatoes on the other hand are tough for me to digest, high in starch and can wreak havoc on blood sugar.
So, here, I present you with what I hope is healthier fried fare (if such a thing is possible) with these healthy and delicious Carrot Scallion Latkes. Although Hanukkah is a celebration that entails a good deal of fried food, if you saute these in a bit of olive oil rather than deep frying them in inches of the stuff, they're a nice alternative to regular greasy Hanukkah food and a much healthier latke.
At Hanukkah, we also make doughnuts, or donuts (in Hebrew we refer to them as sufganiyot) and other fried goodies. While I haven't come up with my own sufganiyot recipe, Tovah from Gluten-Free Bay has a great recipe for gluten-free sufganiyot (jelly donuts), and Silvana also has several lovely looking gluten free doughnut recipes in her book Cooking for Isaiah.
In a large bowl combine carrots, scallions and eggs. Stir salt and coconut flour into carrot mixture.
In a large skillet heat oil. Scoop large tablespoonfuls of batter onto skillet. Fry patties on each side over medium heat until browned and crispy. Transfer latkes to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat process until all of the batter is used up
Serve with applesauce and sour cream (or yogurt).
If carrots aren't your thing take a look at my Butternut Squash Latkes. I hope you enjoy these healthy latkes as much as we do!
This post originally appeared on ElanasPantry.com.