It is the season of latkes and love! And you definitely don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy eating latkes. We love latkes, but we aren’t so keen on high heat frying and the white, high-glycemic potatoes. When a friend asked us to make something special for a holiday party, we got to thinking about a spin on the old latke recipe.
Step 1: Orange you glad to see me? Replace the white potatoes with sweet potatoes. Why? Sweet potatoes are colourful and rich in orange. Deep orange colour foods are full of phytonutrients, called caratonoids, that boost the immune system. Sweet potatoes are also a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A, both of which enhance the immune system. Vitamin A also promotes healthy, beautiful, clear, glowing skin- byebye acne!
Step 2: Spelt Power Replace the white flour with spelt flour (or chickpea flour if you are gluten free). Spelt flour, and other whole grain flours, are rich in vitamins, minerals, and lots of fiber. Fiber regulates the removal of waste, reducing the toxins that build up in the body.
Step 3: Bake, no fry. It’s easy-peasy and it tastes delish, we promise. The trick is the 3-minute broil at the end. Frying food at a high temperature can destroy the molecular structure of oil- making it a toxic substance that is difficult for the body to digest. The oil is heated to a much higher temperature when it is fried as opposed to when it is baked. However, baking still does raise foods to a high temperature. This is why it is very important to use an appropriate high-heat cooking oil that will not be molecularly altered at high temperatures. Good options for high heat cooking: coconut oil, grapeseed oil, ghee (clarified butter) Step 4: Cashew cream sauce = amazing alternative to sour cream. If you are going to make your own home-made sour cream- all the power to you! However, we are not fans of sour cream from a package. Why? Packaged sour cream generally contains additives and preservatives- chemicals that are toxic and cause damage inside the body. Dairy can also increase stuffiness and congestion at this time of year, so reducing intake or avoiding dairy all together supports overall health and keeps the respiratory tract open and free to breathe.
The Recipe: Ingredients: 3 orange sweet potatoes 1 bunch of parsley 3 eggs ⅔ cup spelt flour or other whole grain flour (kamut, chickpea, oat, etc) ½ cup finely crumbled walnuts 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil ½ tsp sea salt
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375. Grate sweet potatoes (leave the skins on to increase fiber and nutrient content) 2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together. 3. Shape into small patties, about 2 inches in diameter. 4. Bake on oiled baking sheet. Latkes take about 30 minutes to bake. Bake on one side for 15 minutes, flip and bake the other side for 15 minutes. To get that extra crisp- broil for 3 minutes at the end.
Click Here For the Cashew Cream recipe - to make this recipe more savory don't add in maple syrup!