Recipe_HealthyLatkes (1)

We love a good potato pancake any time of the year, but especially when celebrating the holiday season. They aren’t known as being the healthiest dish so we scoured the internet for some alternative takes on the Hanukkah favorite. We’re whipping up a baked version with sweet potatoes. What about you? Check out these delicious recipes for a little variety!

Baked Sweet Potato Latke
Sweet potatoes provide 400% of your daily requirement of vitamin A, have more vitamin C, fewer calories, more fiber and fewer total carbs than white potatoes. Baking instead of frying removes practically all of the fat and most of the (unhealthy) calories.

Ingredients
2 pounds grated sweet potatoes
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Coat two baking sheets with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Drop by quarter-cupfuls onto the baking sheets. Flatten with a spatula.
3. Bake for 25 minutes. Flip and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Makes 15 latkes.

Nutritional info per latke: Calories 72.5 | Fat 0.7g | Carbs 14.6g | Protein 2.1 g
Nutritional information provided by Rodale’s Organic Life.

Want more tasty options? See the four below for more ideas!

#1 – Beet and Carrot Latke
Skip the spuds altogether and get a serving of root veggies instead. Packed with carrots, beets and onions, this recipe packs tons of vitamins and minerals. Plus, the pretty red and orange hue makes for a colorful side dish!

#2 – Spinach Ricotta Potato Pancakes
Adding spinach to these ups the nutrients while the cheese makes them filling enough to be a main dish. We think these veggie pillows would be especially delicious with a poached egg on top!

#3 – Sunchoke Latkes
The addition of sunchokes to the batter makes for an unexpected flavor (it also makes it easy to want seconds). Cutting out half of the potato cuts some calories and carbs that you won’t even miss.

#4 – Apple Latke
These are definitely a dessert, but too delicious not to share. Replacing potatoes with apples and cinnamon makes these crave-able. And who said an apple a day had to be in it’s raw form?

However you choose to eat latkes this holiday season, be sure to enjoy this special meal.

What are some of your favorite healthier takes on the potato latke? Share in the comments below! 

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-Team FitStar

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