With Hanukkah quickly approaching, this latke recipe is perfect for adding to our holiday menus. A traditional latke recipe is made with white potatoes, but we’ve given ours a boost of color, flavor, and nutrition by using a combination of butternut squash and sweet potato. We’ve stayed true to the classic dish by serving ours with homemade applesauce without the excess processed sugar. This recipe isn’t clean-approved due to the eggs, but it is a delicious and healthy meal to enjoy with family and friends.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH FOR A BOOST OF VITAMIN A
Just one cup of butternut squash provides more than three times the recommended daily dose of vitamin A. Vitamin A is a crucial antioxidant used in dozens of functions in the body. It is essential for vision, skin health (specifically slowing signs of skin aging), preventing chronic diseases, and is inflammatory.
SWEET POTATOES HAVE A VARIETY OF BENEFITS
In addition to being extremely versatile as an ingredient, sweet potatoes boast a long list of health benefits. They are also rich in beta-carotene that gets converted to vitamin A when digested like butternut squash. Another great source of vitamin A is our Daily Shakes. Since beta-carotene is fat-soluble, it’s crucial to consume healthy fats daily to allow our body to digest and utilize this vital nutrient.
These latkes are cooked in plenty of healthy fats from olive oil. We’ve also purposely cooked these latkes at a low temperature, so the olive oil isn’t damaged by too-high heat. Sweet potatoes also contain a large amount of potassium, which helps with fluid regulation and ultimately heart health, as it keeps our heart beating at a normal rhythm.
APPLESAUCE FOR NUTRIENTS
Our applesauce is low in sugar and lets the tartness of the apples shine. The tart flavor combines with the buttery, warm latkes perfectly. The soft applesauce also creates a perfect texture balance with the crispy latkes. We’ve added sugar to not only add a subtly spicy flavor but feel free to leave it out as well, depending on the sweetness of your apple selection.
Sweet Potato Latke Recipe
Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble