These Hanukkah Recipes Aren’t Just Delicious — They’re Healthy, Too

There’s no question that the holiday season is a blast. Between family time, festive decorations, time off from work or school, and delicious food, there’s a reason it’s called the “most wonderful time of the year.”

That being said, the holidays aren’t exactly famous for being healthy. And if you do try to be healthy during the holidays, you’re often considered a buzzkill. But what if we told you that you could make your holiday dishes just a little healthier, without sacrificing taste?

Just in time for Hanukkah, here are two delicious Hanukkah recipes that will keep you full and energized through all eight festive nights.

Sweet potato latkes

It wouldn’t be Hanukkah without those mouth-watering fried latkes, so why not make yours a little more nutrient-dense by using sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes? Sweet potatoes are filled with fiber, along with a solid handful of vitamins and minerals like calcium, selenium, B vitamins, and vitamin C, which makes them a superior choice to pack some extra nutrients into your holiday meal.

Naturally sweet applesauce

Of course, all great latkes come with applesauce — but the kind in the jar can be filled with added sugar. Who needs that?

See below for both of these recipes.

Sweet Potato Latkes
Makes 26 pancakes
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • ¾ cup avocado oil
  1. Grate sweet potatoes either with a food processor shredding blade or with a hand grater
  2. Combine all ingredients and stir
  3. Heat a large skillet on medium heat and drizzle enough oil to cover the pan (you’ll be making these in batches, so don’t use all the oil up at once.)
  4. With a spoon, scoop four evenly-sized mounds of the latke mixture onto your pan, flatten, and lower heat. After about a minute or so, flip over and cook on the other side until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Repeat with the remainder of the latke mixture, and serve with sour cream, applesauce (see below to make your own or shop for a natural, unsweetened variety), or whatever you desire.

Naturally Sweet Applesauce
  • 4 sweet apples, chopped (Fuji is a great option)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice is a great choice too)
  • ¾ cup water
  1. Add water and apples to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Let simmer for about 10 minutes, then add spices.
  3. After another 10 minutes or so, the mixture will soften and have an applesauce-like consistency. At that point, you can crush it up with a fork or, if you want a smoother consistency, use an immersion or regular blender for 20 to 30 seconds.
  4. If you desire additional sweetness, add more cinnamon or a touch of maple syrup.


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