Vegan Latke Recipe

Homemade latkes topped with applesauce
Homemade latkes topped with applesauce.
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: enough for 4-6 people

This vegan latke recipe uses an egg replacer to make traditional potato pancakes, with onion, flour, and very little else, making it a simple and easy basic recipe which you can personalize and add to if you'd like. Or, if you like a more flavorful vegan latke, try these vegan latkes with fresh herbs, including fresh parsley and thyme. Some people also like to add some carrots to their latkes for a bit of color if nothing else.

Did you know....all latkes are a subset of potato pancakes, but not all potato pancakes are latkes? There's lots of different kinds of potato pancakes! For example, I like to use up leftover mashed potatoes by making leftover mashed potato pancakes, which are definitely very different from latkes! 

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What You'll Need

  • approx 3 pounds of potatoes, rinsed and scrubbed
  • 1 onion, finely minced
  • 2 "eggs" (use Ener-G Egg Replacer), prepared according to package instructions
  • 1 teaspoon salt (use sea salt or kosher salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • oil for frying

How to Make It

First, peel and then grate the cleaned potatoes into a large bowl, or, if you have a food processor, it will work well for this task; just peel the potatoes and process the potatoes until finely grated or using the grating blade, depending on what kind of food processor you have.

Next. add in the minced onion (you can also use your food processor for this task), the prepared egg replacer, salt, pepper, flour and baking powder, and stir to combine well.

Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan, and, once heated, drop a bit of the potato mixture onto pan in small amounts (about 2-3 tablespoons), gently flattening to form pancakes.

Cook your latkes for about 3-4 minutes, until golden brown, then flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes until done.

Recipe tip: When making homemade latkes, you need to be sure that the potatoes get cooked all the way through. If the potatoes are getting dark brown and crispy but aren't cooked all the way through, try turning down the heat just a little bit. 

Serve your homemade vegan latkes with applesauce and enjoy!

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