My Favorite Latke Recipe

December 27, 2016

After cooking latkes for years, this time my family decided to try out a vegan latke recipe. We were intrigued by the addition of carrots to the usual potato and onion mixture and curious about how it would hold together without eggs. We followed the recipe using rolled oats to substitute for the eggs and it worked like a charm – you can’t even taste them! The latkes were delicious. You can try them plain, with applesauce or even vegan sour cream. This recipe is adapted from VegKitchen.


Prep time:  30 mins

Cook time:  30 mins

Total time:  1 hour

Serves: 10 to12


Here's my tried-and-true recipe for vegan latkes (potato pancakes, a mainstay for Hanukkah celebrations), in which the grated potato is held together with oatmeal in place of the customary eggs. This recipe makes 3 to 4 dozen latkes, depending on size.



  • ¾ cup quick-cooking oats or quinoa flakes (see note)

  • 6 medium-large potatoes, grated (see note below recipe box)

  • 1 medium carrot, grated

  • 1 medium onion, grated

  • ½ cup matzo meal (or ½ cup additional quinoa flakes)

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

  • Safflower or other high-heat vegetable oil for frying

  • Applesauce (homemade or purchased)

  • Vegan sour cream (homemade or purchased), optional


  1. In a heatproof bowl, combine the oats or quinoa flakes with 1½ cups boiling water. Stir and set aside while preparing the other ingredients.

  2. Use a food processor to make the grating of the potatoes, carrot, and onion, much easier and quicker!

  3. Combine the grated potato, carrot, and onion, and matzo meal in a mixing bowl. Stir in the oatmeal, then season with salt and pepper.

  4. To fry: Heat just enough oil to coat the bottom of a large, nonstick skillet or griddle. Drop enough potato batter to form 2½- to 3-inch pancakes. Fry on both sides over medium-high heat until golden brown and crisp (alternatively, see baked variation following).

  5. To bake: See Baked Latkes variation below recipe box.

  6. Drain briefly on paper towels and place in a covered container to keep warm until serving. Serve warm with applesauce and the optional sour cream.



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