Vegan Potato Latkes

Vegan Recipes

platedPotato latkes are a traditional Hanukkah food.  My twist in this vegan version is to replace the egg with a flax-seed egg and to develop the gluten by tossing the ingredients well. Although I still use oil, I use much less than most recipes require.  You can eliminate the oil altogether by baking the potato pancakes on parchment paper instead of frying.I like to serve them with a vegan sour cream (see separate recipe) and cut up apples.  The ultimate compliment for this recipe came from my omnivore son who loves them as much as the traditional recipe.


  • 3 pounds of potatoes (I prefer Russet but you can also use Yukon Gold)
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tablespoons sliced green onion
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened almond or rice milk
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon flax-seed
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon grape seed oil


  1. Peel and grate potatoes. I use a Cuisinart food processor with the shredding disc but you can also use a box grater.
  2. Place shredded potatoes on a dishcloth and squeeze out as much moisture as you can. You can use paper towel but heck why not save a tree?
  3. Prepare flax-seed egg by mixing the flax-seed with 3 Tablespoons of water. Let sit for five minutes. Then mix in your milk.
  4. In a large bowl combine the grated potato, green onion, milk, flour baking powder, salt cornstarch and pepper. Mix by tossing the ingredients with tongs for a full 5 minutes so the gluten has time to develop.
  5. Heat coconut and grape seed oil in a large, non-stick fry pan on medium until oil is sizzling. If you to bake the latkes, line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Form a small ball of the potato mixture(about 1/3 cup) by hand into a paddy. Place each paddy in fry pan or on cookie. Flatten each paddy by pressing down with a spatula to about 1/3″ thickness.  Fry until the pancakes until they are a nice golden brown and then allow the other side to brown. If baking you should bake about 15 minutes each side.


  7. Serve with either sliced apples or vegan sour cream or both.



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