Potato and Carrot Latkes with Cinnamon Applesauce

A healthy and flavorful twist on a Hanukkah tradition! Made with carrots and potato, these homemade potato pancakes are the perfect #FFACTORAPPROVED appetizer to kick off the Festival of Lights – or any shindig! 

INGREDIENTS (serves 6):

  • 1 (24-oz) bag shredded potatoes for hash browns
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • 1 medium onion, peeled
  • 4 egg whites, beaten
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat matzo meal
  • 2 cups chunky apple sauce
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

    1. Place potatoes in a large bowl. Using a hand grater, grate the carrot and onion into the bowl. Add eggs to the bowl. Add salt and baking powder, then sprinkle in meal or flour. Combine vegetables and meal with a wooden spoon.
    2. Prepare cinnamon apple sauce: put chunky applesauce and the cinnamon stick in a saucepan over medium heat and warm for 3 to 4 minutes.
    3. While apple sauce cooks, heat 1/2-inch oil in a large skillet over medium to medium high heat. To test oil, add a piece of bread to the pan. It should turn golden brown in a ten-count. Adjust heat, as necessary.
    4. Drop potato mixture into oil in 3-inch mounds, press down gently with spatula to form patties. Fry in batches of 4 to 6 patties depending on the size of your skillet, 1-inch apart, until golden, about 3 minutes on each side. Drain latkes on paper towels or parchment lined tray.
    5. Repeat step 4 until all latke batter is used, should yield 12 latkes. Serve with warm applesauce.

    Serves 6, 2 latkes + 1/3 cup apple sauce per serving. This is a Step 2 Approved recipe. 

    LATKES, PLAIN (2 latkes per serving):

    • FOR JOURNALING ON THE F-FACTOR DIET: 21g carbohydrate, 4g fiber
    • ACTUAL NUTRITIONAL CONTENT PER SERVING: 143 calories, 6g protein, 29g carb, 4g fiber, 25g net carb, 2g sugar, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 1276mg sodium


    LATKES WITH APPLE SAUCE (2 latkes + 1/3 cup applesauce):

    • FOR JOURNALING ON THE F-FACTOR DIET: 28g carbohydrate, 5g fiber
    • ACTUAL NUTRITIONAL CONTENT PER SERVING: 185 calories, 6g protein, 39g carb, 5g fiber, 31g net carb, 10g sugar, 1g fat, 0g sat fat, 1278mg sodium