Recipe: Not Potato Latkes (SCD/GAPS)

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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  • Victoria Rockcliffe December 19, 2011, 2:32 am

    These look nice..I will have to try them!

  • Lisa December 19, 2011, 3:34 am

    These look so tasty. Cauliflower is such a great potato substitution – though I’ve never tried making latkes with them (just “rice” and “mashed potatoes”). Thanks for sharing this recipe at the Real Food Digest Hanukkah Blog Carnival!

  • December 19, 2011, 1:56 pm

    A week never goes by that I don’t make some sort of latkes…my favorite right now is zucchini & yellow squash, butternut squash or jicama & carrot…will definitely be trying the cauliflower recipe! 

  • Kellie December 19, 2011, 3:39 pm

    Great idea! I’ve had mashed cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes (by choice, not diet) but hadn’t thought of making them in latke form. We’ll have to try that this week!

  • Beyond The Peel December 19, 2011, 6:10 pm

    My Dad’s wife makes these for Christmas eve every year. It’s there tradition. I wish she would make yours!

  • Penniless Parenting December 20, 2011, 8:34 am

    You can make similar things with grated kohlrabi or grated zucchini.

  • Chayathecomfycook December 20, 2011, 6:28 pm

    I do sub cauliflower in some potato recipes but never thought it would work for potato latkes. Thanks for this idea.

  • Swathi December 21, 2011, 1:01 am

    Delicious, thanks for sharing this no carb Latkes recipe for hearth and soul blog hop.

  • Sara December 21, 2011, 7:22 am

    I learned something new today… We have 4 diabetic grandparents around our family table each sabbath – I’ll have to try the cauliflower instead of potato.

    I’m visiting from What’s Cooking Wednesday.
    Happy Hanukkah to you!


  • Meagan December 22, 2011, 12:50 am

    Jill – what a great idea – they look fantastic!

  • momnivore's dilemma December 22, 2011, 4:07 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Jill.  Now I can sneak some cauliflower in the boys’ diets…

  • Karen December 22, 2011, 4:45 am

    This sounds so delicious! I will be trying it soon. What a great way to increase the nutrition factor!

  • carolinaheartstrings December 22, 2011, 12:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe.  They look wonderful.    We linked up a wonderful Nutella Fluff Cocoa.  Come visit and check it out.  Happy Holidays! 

  • Miz Helen December 22, 2011, 10:47 pm

    What an interesting recipe and it looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and Happy Holidays!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  • Vicki V December 23, 2011, 10:54 pm

    Hmm, fried cauliflower has always been one of my favorites, and this is totally intriguing!

  • Shannon December 26, 2011, 8:17 pm

    Awesome! I’ve been debating trying cauliflower in lieu of potatoes, to see if my kids and husband notice.

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Thanks for linking up to Friday Food!

  • Cynthia December 9, 2012, 5:56 pm

    You advised to make these latkes small so they don’t fall apart…do you happen to remember how many tablespoons or fractions of a cup of batter you used for each pancake?

  • Jill December 9, 2012, 7:43 pm

    Hi Cynthia,
    I used 1/2 tablespoon batter and flattened it out. The key is to have enough eggs in the batter to hold them together so make sure you use larger or jumbo eggs. I’ve made these several times and if there is not enough egg, they will fall apart.

  • Cat December 5, 2014, 11:13 am

    Amazing! I love using cauli as a substitute for flour or potatoes – and shockingly I’ve never had latke’s before! Will have to try this out!

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