Latkes with Celeriac & Fennel

Jill (The Real Food Forager)

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Latkes are a major part of the Hanukkah celebration, but more people are finding that the traditional latkes recipe may not work well with their dietary needs.

Thankfully, Jill (the Real Food Forager) has crafted a delicious latkes recipe that doesn’t use potatoes or wheat flour, but flavorful celeriac, fennel and coconut flour. Jill also details the nutritional value and health benefits of her version of latkes.

Be sure to click through at the end to get her recipe!

Hanukkah would not be as festive if not for latkes. Also known as, The Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is a celebration of the rededication of the Second Temple. Judah Maccabee and the other Jews who took part in this event, witnessed what they believed to be a miracle. Even though there was only enough untainted olive oil to keep the menorah’s candles burning for a single day, the flames continued flickering for eight nights, leaving them time to find a fresh supply. Hanukkah traditionally features foods cooked in oil for this reason.

If you are following a special diet like SCD, GAPS or Paleo, potatoes are off the menu. Using a root vegetable like celery root is a fine substitute. In fact, these latkes are so good, many people prefer them to plain potato pancakes.

Not only are these savory and satisfying, they are full of good nutrition and are low carb to boot. One half cup of raw celery root contains about 4 gms of carbs and 1 gm of fiber. It is also very low on the glycemic index. It contains some vitamin C, folate as well as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and sodium.

Compare that to the nutrient data of white potato which shows that potatoes are a good source of only three nutrients: vitamin B6, potassium, and vitamin C. Potatoes are also high on the glycemic index and considered to be somewhat inflammatory. Clearly, celeriac offers a lot more nutrition.

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What are your favorite Hanukkah recipes?

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