Sweet Potato Apple Latkes

sweet potato latkes

It’s officially latkes season! While I absolutely love the classic potato latkes, I wanted to try something different this year. These sweet potato apple latkes came out so good, and were a fun change from the usual fried potato pancake.

They’re sweet, lightly pan-fried, and so delicious with your choice of topping (which we’ll get to a little later)

sweet potato latkes

What are latkes?

Latkes are basically a fried patty, or pancake, made of grated potatoes, onions, eggs, flour and light seasoning. Typically, you serve them with some applesauce or sour cream, but they’re honestly delicious as is.

You’ll also find tons of variations available online for how to make them, and what to put in them.

Grating the potatoes and squeezing out the water is key in latkes making. You can use a hand or box grater, or a grating blade in your food processor. It might be more time consuming, but it results in a much crunchier potato latke.

On Hanukkah, its a custom to eat latkes that are fried in oil- and truthfully, they taste much better that way. I’m all for baking or air-frying to keep things lighter from time to time, but I also believe that food should be enjoyed in its original form, especially when holiday customs are involved.

Everything in moderation, right?

I lightly pan-fried these latkes, and they came out super crispy and delicious!

What do you top your latkes with?

Last week, I took a poll on Instagram to see if people preferred applesauce or sour cream on their latkes. Majority voted for sour cream (58% of voters!), and a few people even messaged me saying they add both.

Personally, I prefer applesauce, but actually enjoyed these sweet potato apple latkes with Greek yogurt. I think it balanced out the sweetness perfectly!

I served them for dinner with my maple dijon salmon and the combo was perfect!

You guys are going to love this recipe, however you choose to serve it!

Sweet Potato Apple Latkes

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  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled

  • 1/2 large apple

  • 1 small yellow onion, or 1/2 large

  • 1/3 cup spelt flour

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • Avocado oil to pan fry

  • Applesauce, sour cream, or Greek yogurt to top


  • Grate the sweet potato, onion and apple into a large bowl. I used a hand grater, but you can use a grating blade attachment in your food processor.
  • Wrap the mixture in a cheesecloth or thin dish rag, and squeeze out as much liquid as you can. You can also grab a handful of the mixture and squeeze the water out between your fingers, then repeat with remaining mixture.
  • Place the mixture back into the bowl with the egg, spices and spelt flour and mix until well combined.
  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat with 2 tbsp of avocado oil. Scoop 1/4- 1/3 cup of the mixture into the pan and flatten gently with the back of the measuring cup or a spatula. I like to cook 3 at a time.
  • Let one side cook for about 2 minutes, then flip for additional minute. Place the cooked latkes on a cooling rack as your prep the rest of the latkes. Add an additional 1-2 tbsp of oil into the skillet as needed, and repeat the process until the batter is done.
  • Serve fresh with your desired toppings.

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  1. Thanks for the tip! Ended up doing them with 1:1 gf flour. They are such a fun twist on the classic. Served with apple sauce and sour cream.. and also did a fun one with a little bit of wasabi, avocado and smoked salmon. All amazing!

  2. Any chance you can sub spelt flour for gluten free flour (or any other gf flour)?

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