Recipe: Not Potato Latkes (SCD/GAPS)

December 18, 2011 · 23 comments

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Hannukah Latkes, Hannukah Potato Pancakes

What’s Hanukkah without latkes? A big disappointment if you are on the SCD or the GAPS diet and are not eating any starches like potatoes. In celebration of the miracle of having enough oil to last for 8 nights, Hanukkah traditionally features foods cooked in oil.  Fear not! This recipe will amaze you with how much like “real” latkes these taste. There is one simple ingredient that creates this delicious treat!

The “secret” ingredient is cauliflower! When this vegetable is used in place of potato and mixed into a batter and fried, it is just like conventional latkes. In addition, cauliflower is a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium and phosphorus, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium and manganese. Additionally it is very low on the glycemic index and considered to be mildly anti-inflammatory.

Compare that to the nutrient data of white potato which shows that potatoes are a good source of only three nutrients: vitamin B6, potassium, and vitamin C. Potatoes are also high on the glycemic index and considered to be somewhat inflammatory. Clearly, cauliflower offers a lot more nutrition.

Just one word of advice: these are so good, you may be inclined to eat a lot of them. However, for some people, cauliflower may create a lot of gas. So use caution!

Not Potato Latkes




  1. Steam the cauliflower until it is quite soft
  2. Saute the onion until well browned
  3. In a food processor puree the cauliflower and onion until smooth
  4. Add in the eggs and salt
  5. If it is too loose add some coconut flour one tablespoon at a time
  6. Heat your pan and add your cooking fat, either butter or ghee works well here
  7. Be sure to use a lot of fat in the pan so they do not stick
  8. Make the latkes small as these do not hold together as well as potato and will break when flipping
  9. Cook until browned on one side and flip
  10. Serve on a holiday platter and enjoy!

 This post is linked to: My Meatless Monday. Hanukkah Linky Party Real Food Digest, Sugar-Free Sunday, Sunday School, Monday Mania, Real Food 101, Melt in Mouth monday, Meatless Monday, Barnyard Hop, Tasty Tuesday Tidbits, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday Naptime, Hearth & Soul Hop, Made From Scratch Tuesday, Traditional Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday 33, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Sustainable Ways, Real Food Wednesdsay, Healthy 2Day Wednesday, Mommy Club, Gluten-Free Wednesday, These Chicks Cooked, Full Plate Thursday, Creative Juice Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Turning the Table, Pennywise Platter, Fresh Bites Friday, Foodie Friday, Fight Back Friday, Living Well Blog Hop, Friday Food

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