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{VIDEO} Healthy Baked Latkes – Gluten-Free + Vegan

November 17, 2015

No need to spend hours frying and smelling up your house with these Easy and Healthy Baked Latkes. They’re perfect for Hanukkah or a delicious dinner side recipe. You would never know they’re gluten-free and vegan too!

No need to spend hours frying and smelling up your house with these Easy and Healthy Baked Latkes. They're perfect for Hanukkah or a delicious dinner side recipe. You would never know they're gluten-free and vegan too!I have conflicted feelings towards Hanukkah. On the one hand I have the most amazing memories celebrating it with family and friends, but on the other hand I remember feeling incredibly left-out being one of the few people in school who celebrated it.

I have to give credit to my parents who went out of their way to bring Hanukkah to my school by showing up with dreidels, latkes, jelly donuts and my guitar-playing Dad to make me feel a little less alone. Here’s a little gem from our glory days:


Should have taken that show on the road…

These days, I totally don’t mind being the only kid in school celebrating Hanukkah. A) because I’m not in school anymore and b) because it’s really about the food anyway.

Aren’t all Jewish holidays about the food? Rhetorical question.

The only downside to Jewish cooking is that it is basically the opposite of healthy. I literally can’t think of one Jewish recipe that involves a vegetable (unless you count the soggy carrots and celery in chicken soup) and the only remotely healthy recipe is probably apples and honey.

But damn does it taste good.

Truthfully, it’s probably a sin to mess with Jewish cooking and try to healthify it, but fortunately there’s no hell so I should be good-to-go. And fortunately my friend Candice from The Edgy Veg agrees so we teamed up to create some healthier Jewish recipe options for Hanukkah!

Watch us whip up Easy and Healthy Baked Latkes that are gluten-free, vegan and have a paleo option!

While I tackled Latkes, Candice did the impossible and made vegan matzo ball soup! We had way too much fun sharing our creations and filming our ridiculousness.

No need to spend hours frying and smelling up your house with these Easy and Healthy Baked Latkes. They're perfect for Hanukkah or a delicious dinner side recipe. You would never know they're gluten-free and vegan too!I can honestly say that all I want for Hanukkah this year is 8 nights of these Healthy Baked Latkes. I’ve already made 3 rounds of them and it isn’t even Hanukkah yet! You are actually going to be mind-blown at how easy and tasty they are. And best of all, they aren’t baked!

So watch the video, stock up on potatoes and preheat that oven because Hanukkah is almost here and you’re gonna need to make these latkes to celebrate!


Healthy Baked Latkes – Gluten-Free + Vegan

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: about 20 latkes


  • 1 flax egg (1 T ground flax, mixed with 3 T warm water and let sit for 10 mins)
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and grated (I use my food processor with grater attachment)
  • 1 medium onion, grated (I use my food processor with grater attachment)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten-free, if necessary)*
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (gluten-free, if necessary)*
  • 1 T coconut oil, melted + more for pan
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • For serving: unsweetened applesauce, sour cream etc…


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Spray or rub two baking sheets with coconut oil.
  3. Make flax egg and set aside.
  4. Grate potatoes using cheese grater or food processor. Place potatoes inside a dishcloth or cheesecloth to squeeze out liquid. This will remove most of the starch from the potatoes.
  5. Grate onions and add to potato mixture (no need to squeeze out liquid)
  6. Add in rolled oats, oat flour, coconut oil, flax egg, sea salt and pepper.
  7. Grab about a 1/4 cup of the mixture using your hands and form into a ball.
  8. Place in baking sheet and then flatten slightly.
  9. Repeat until all of mixture has been using.
  10. Place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and flip carefully. Bake for another 10-15 minutes.
  11. Serve warm with desired dipping condiment.


*Can be omitted (as in video) for a paleo-option, however they may not be as firm. They will still taste delicious!

No need to spend hours frying and smelling up your house with these Easy and Healthy Baked Latkes. They're perfect for Hanukkah or a delicious dinner side recipe. You would never know they're gluten-free and vegan too!Don’t forget to head over to Candice’s channel to check out our video for Vegan Matzo Ball Soup. It was AMAZING and totally rounded out our Jewish classics.

Do you celebrate Hanukkah? Have you ever made latkes before?


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  • Reply
    November 17, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I’ve never made a single Jew food in my entire life (other than a bagel and cream cheese, but that doesn’t count). Is it weird that I feel extremely intimidated to do so?!

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    November 17, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks for this! I’ve been thinking of hosting a Hanukkah party, but making latkes seems so daunting! I will try this!

    Also, I had the same experience growing up minus the parents coming to school. My teachers always made me explain the story of Hanukkah to my classmates and I hated it!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      November 17, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      I have SO been there. The upside was those 8 days of presents haha

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    November 17, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    These look so good! I’ve always wanted to make Latkes!
    And omg..matzo ball soup was my FAVORITE growing up! There was this amazing dinner we would go to sometimes and they had the best matzo ball soup! I’d get it every time, hahaha!
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 18, 2015 at 7:10 am

      I knowww! It is the best! Cures all sickness too 🙂

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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    November 17, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Ummm is that you right next to your dad looking up at him?! (If it’s not, that got awkward real fast. My apologies.)
    And these look freakin awesome.
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 17, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      hahahahhahaha that made me laugh hysterically. Yes, that’s me eying his curly mullet! K now I’m really going to bed xo

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    rachel @ athletic avocado
    November 18, 2015 at 8:23 am

    i remember my friend was the only jewish kid in my class in elementary school and she would always bring in homemade latkes for everybody! Those delicious latkes made me want to become jewish! I haven’t had a latke since and i don’t know why, these looks incredible!
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 19, 2015 at 9:29 pm

      hahaha Jewish food has the power to convert people 😉 Thanks, lady!

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    Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite
    November 18, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Yessss! Hanukah is my favorite holiday! I LOOOOVE that your parents came to your class to teach everyone about the holiday. That’s amazing!
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 19, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      Yes! They’re the best <3 Now if only they would should up at my apartment and do it all over again haha

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    Chrissa - Physical Kitchness
    November 18, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Here I thought latkes were like some secret family recipe we only shared in the upper Midwest buuuuut like most of my childhood convictions (tooth fairy), SHATTERED. Oh well, glad the latke love crosses all boarders. Ours growing up DEF weren’t this healthy though! Ummm yum.
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 19, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      HAHAHAHA sorry about that! I was also the kid who broke the news that Santa wasn’t real…We jews mistakenly do that sometimes lol. Trust me, the ones I ate growing up weren’t healthy either!

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    Beverley Cheng
    November 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Latkes are one of my favorite things to make (probably cause they resemble hashbrowns so much!).
    Loving the baked idea to make it healthier
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 19, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      I could eat endless plates of hasbrowns! Probably also why I like latkes so much 🙂

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    Dani @ Dani California Cooks
    November 19, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    These look FANTASTIC. I grew up in Santa Monica, where you’re either Jewish or Mexican, so everyone celebrated Hannukkah and everyone ate tamales on Christmas. L’chaim!
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    November 19, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I love this!!! Can’t wait to make them for my Chanukah party.

    Also… my mom used to totally come in and teach my elementary school class about Chanukah too.
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    November 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    What about tzimmes…root veggies with dried fruit for Rosh?! Kinda healthy, no?! And I’m totally making these for a Chanukah party!
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    November 25, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    YUM! Gotta try these with sweet potatoes–I’ve always loved latkes!
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    January 27, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Loved the video and the recipe. But one little advice: the more starch the better! Starch makes them crisp not mushy, as you said. That’s why many people even add starch and do squeeze out the water of the onions too 🙂 Nevertheless, I will try them tonight 🙂

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    December 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    When do we add the flax egg? I don’t see this step in the instructions. Thanks!

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    Lisa C
    April 26, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Oh my good-i-ness! I grew up on latkes and these would rival my Bubby’s, minus the lard! Thank you – they’re delicious!! I can’t wait to try them with other veggies! 😛

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    December 8, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Just made them and they get full marks! Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, nice crunch in the mouth, tasty, lovely color, easy to make.. a Triumph!

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    Dawn Spector
    December 11, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    We host a party every year and I never eat the latkes because they are so greasy and not vegan. Looking forward to trying this one !!!

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    Tomasz Ryznar
    December 23, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Can I use whole wheat flour and quick oats (that’s what I have in my pantry right now) instead of rolled oats and oat flour?

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