The Feast of Dedication, the Festival of Lights, Eight Crazy Nights, Not Christmas….Hanukkah has many nicknames. But I like to call it the Season of the Skillet. That’s because potato latkes, donuts and other fried delicacies are my favorite Hanukkah tradition. (Shopping for 8 presents each for 3 kids on Black Friday? Not so much.) In the name of good health, though, I’ve been dialing back the greasy pastries in recent years, and serving a sweet rather than savory latke dish instead. The kids love its dessert-like taste, and ingredients like Greek yogurt and fresh apples make me feel like I’m throwing some nutrition their way during a time of year when holiday class parties, chocolate gelt and other sweets are dominating!
Gluten-Free Cinnamon-Apple Latkes
1 cup of finely chopped or pureed fresh apples (or unsweetened applesauce)
1 cup gluten-free flour
1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. raw honey
½ tsp. organic cinnamon
½ tsp. sea salt
1 large egg
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
High-heat organic safflower oil, for frying (I’ll use this all Hanukkah long, in place of the less healthy vegetable oil!)
Top with maple syrup (optional—it’s pretty sweet without the topping)
- Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
- Beat egg with honey, almond milk and yogurt, then set aside.
- Peel, core and chop apples into small pieces, then grate in a food processor—or, measure out one cup of applesauce.
- Combine liquid mixture, apples and flour mixture together and mix with a spoon.
- Heat skillet and coat with ¼ cup of oil. When oil is hot, drop in spoonfuls of the batter (much like making pancakes).
- After about a minute, flip over and fry for another minute or two.
- Blot excess oil with a paper towel, then serve!