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Monday, November 29, 2021

Vegan Potato Latkes and Oil-free

Oll-free Vegan potato pancakes

Latkes without oil? Yes, it was a first for me, but they were not bad at all! 

Hanukah 2021 is early this year and is being celebrated from November 28 until Dec. 6. Let the celebration begin with lighting of candles, playing dreidel, and eating potato latkes.

Hanukkah, Holiday, Candles, Jewish

Who doesn't love a crispy potato latke? It's been a Jewish tradition to eat fried foods on Hanukah ever since the miracle of the oil in the Jerusalem temple many years ago. 

Potato latke, vegan, oil-free, gluten-free

History tells us that despite there only being enough oil to light the candle menorah in the temple for 1 day, the miracle is that the tiny bit of oil lit the temple for 8 days. Therefore we celebrate Hanukah by lighting candles each night for 8 nights. The oil becomes significant to the celebration. 

Hanukah, Burning Candles, Chanukah

It's traditional to fry latkes or doughnuts in oil for the holiday. Ok this is where I am exit-ing. I don't eat fried foods anymore- holiday or no holiday. 

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No fried foods for me. It's taken me years to finally take that stand. 
So, despite tradition, I am making my latkes baked with NO OIL. YUP.. I'm sure they will not taste as good, ok- I know they won't taste as good, but I'm giving them a shot with my air-fryer. 

Thank goodness for my air-fryer. I made a crispy potato latke without oil (and of course no eggs for this vegan) that tasted pretty decent. 

4 cups of grated potatoes
1/2 cup of finely chopped onion
1/4 cup of chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 cup of oatmeal flour or gluten-free flour 
2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons of ground flax added to 1/2 cup of water)

Squeeze out as much liquid from the grated potatoes as possible. Then add to a large bowl with the parsley, onion, garlic powder, onion powder, oatmeal powder and flax egg. Mix well, shape into patties and place on parchment paper and place parchment paper on the fryer basket. Turn to air fry and air fry for 5 minutes and then remove the parchment paper once the patties are holding together. Continue to air fry for 10 more minutes until crispy. The oatmeal will make them a little whiter looking, but still taste good. 

Eat with applesauce and enjoy.


  1. Chag sameach. I will tell my mom about using the air fryer for latkes. Great idea.

  2. My MIL is a potato fan. She for sure would love these.

  3. I like cooking latke! Thanks for sharing 😁.

  4. Way to be festive and healthy! The donuts look delish to me. :)

  5. Davvero interessante questa ricetta!!

  6. I enjoyed reading more about the customs during Hannekah, Judee! I love potato latkes and make them as well, but I have not air fried them. Kudos to you for giving up everything fried! That's a huge health move. I have not done so completely as you have accomplished, but it's a great goal! Thanks for the education and the inspiration. Happy Hanukkah!


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