Healthy Jicama Latkes



They’re not just for Hanukkah anymore!

Latkes are usually made with potatoes and are a traditional dish eaten during Hanukkah.  They’re also known as potato pancakes.  If you know me, you know I don’t like white potatoes and I’m not Jewish (though I adore matzo ball soup).  Also, it’s nowhere near Hanukkah.  Clearly a strange but good hack was needed!

Jicama Latkes

Never one to be bothered with tradition, I was determined not to let these little details derail me from an idea.  I wanted to use jicama and carrot to make latkes.  

So really, these are just jicama and carrot pancakes… with a Mexican twist.  Why Mexican?  Why NOT?  I love Mexican food!

Jicama Latkes

Call it whatever you’d like, but these ‘cakes will have you celebrating Hanukkah in May.  The bonus is that they’re a bit healthier than the traditional dish.  They aren’t fried in a ton of oil and are less starch-y than a latke.  They cover all the buzz words: gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, vegetarian.  And they’re strangely easy!


Healthy Jicama Latkes

Jicama Latkes

  • 1/2 jicama (~150 grams)
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/4 C egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp Mexican spice blend


Grate jicama and carrot coarsely by hand.  Squeeze excess water.  Mix in a bowl with egg whites and your favorite spice blend.

Heat a bit or coconut oil or cooking spray in pan over medium heat.  Divide latke batter into 4 even parts and press into pan as a pancake.  Cook ~5 minutes on each side, or until latkes are lightly browned.

Plate and top as desired.  I served mine over greens and turkey, then topped it with salsa and avocado.

Makes 4 latkes.


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I’m not home yet, but I’ll be making these again when I get there… especially after all the Swiss treats… #sorryimnotsorry

Have you ever had a latke?

What is your favorite healthy hack for a traditional recipe?



  1. says

    I’m still jealous of your jicamas but you know that. Either way, potato latkes – or: Kartoffelpuffer as we call them – were a childhood classic for me. I hope you made good use of your stay in Switzerland by eating a traditional ‘Rösti’.

  2. says

    My healthy hack is eating my kids favorite meal – spaghetti with beef meat sauce — on a bed of fresh spinach instead of the pasta. It’s actually really super good that way

    • Laura says

      Really?! I wonder if it’s just an South American thing and we’re close enough to get it here?

    • Laura says

      Really? They’re so easy to make! You need to try these… but you should do the “real” thing too. Top it with applesauce!

    • Laura says

      Thanks! I think. 😉

      You could easily do these with a flax egg, or just sauté them into hash browns!

  3. Stephanie says

    I can eat an enormous quantity of latkes easily. Dangerous stuff. We make “latke recovery salad” every Hannukkah: romaine lettuce, celery, granny smith apples, and a honey, mustard, cider vinegar dressing. Scrapes all the oil down with the fiber!

    Jicama sub for latkes: Turnips, Sweet Potato, Parsnip, Cauliflower.

  4. elizabeth says

    I know you add ACV to your aminos. I was at GNC the other day and the guy told me that adding an acid, like vinegar to aminos makes them less effective. Have you heard this?

  5. says

    I’m Jewish, so yes, I have had latkes. I like them with ketchup though, which isn’t very Jewish of me. You’re supposed to eat them with sour cream or applesauce. Potato topped with applesauce is strange but good.

  6. says

    I LOVE sweet potato latkes but never thought to make them with jicama, I wish I could get jicama out here but its SO hard to find! I used to eat jicama all the time whilst living in Cabo San Lucas I used that instead of chips 😉 Lots of Love C


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