We celebrate Hanukkah during the darkest time of year. The Festival of Lights commemorates the miracle of the menorah oil that took place in the Jewish Temple long ago. To honor this divine intervention, we light the menorah and cook food in oil for eight days. Fried latkes are part of the Hanukkah celebration for Ashkenazi Jews and these Carrot Scallion Latkes are a wonderful update on that tradition.
This recipe was originally published on Elan’s Pantry.
Vegetable Latkes For Hanukkah
Typically made with potatoes, wheat flour, and eggs, latkes aren’t generally thought of as a healthy food. But these Carrot Scallion Latkes are a game changer. They’re gluten-free, grain-free, and compliant with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). My Butternut Squash Latkes are another potato-free low-carb latke recipe.
Carrot Scallion Latkes
My younger son is the inspiration behind this recipe. He asked for a latke made with carrots and I could not refuse. Carrot Scallion Latkes are perfect for me because I gave up potatoes in 2001 when I went on the SCD. For a look at all of my SCD recipes check out my Specific Carbohydrate Diet Recipes page.
These Carrot Scallion Latkes are perfect for Hanukkah, but we love them so much we eat them all year round!
Carrot Scallion Latkes: Serves 12
- 3 cups shredded carrots
- 3 scallions, finely chopped
- 3 large eggs, whisked
- ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- ½ teaspoon coconut flour
- olive oil for frying
- In a large bowl combine carrots, scallions, and eggs
- Stir salt and coconut flour into carrot mixture
- In a 9 inch 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 with remaining batter
- Serve with applesauce and sour cream or yogurt
At Hanukkah, we also make doughnuts, or donuts (in Hebrew we refer to them as sufganiyot) and other fried goodies. My Jelly Doughnut Cupcakes are a great stand in for deep fried doughnuts, and far easier to make!