Hanukkah Potato Pancakes & Golden Delicious Homemade Applesauce


Potato Pancakes & Homemade Apple Sauce

It’s that time of year again, where potato pancakes have a shining moment in the spotlight, thanks to the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Also known as latkes, potato pancakes have a rather fascinating history and I love foods that last thousands of years to celebrate cultural beliefs and values. A lot of power for a little pancake, huh?!

So aside from having a lot of roots in the Hanukkah tradition, I love how easy these potato pancakes are to make! Minimal ingredients are needed and they can easily be made gluten-free and vegan. And of course, I’m serving them up with some homemade golden delicious applesauce.

Homemade Applesauce

You’ll start by making the simple applesauce. Simply peel, core, and chop the apples and add them to a large pot with water, lemon juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt. Let the mixture start to bubble and then simmer it for about 30 minutes to break down and meld into the most delicious cinnamon applesauce. You can use a potato masher to obtain the desired consistency of applesauce, whether you like it a little bit chunky or completely smooth. You may also blend it.

Crispy Potato Pancakes

While the applesauce is cooking, you can prep the potatoes and onion for the potato pancakes. You’ll grate the potatoes into a large bowl fitted with a kitchen towel to squeeze the excess liquid from the potatoes. Then combine with grated onion, gluten-free flour, flax eggs, salt and pepper. Form the mixture into patties and then fry them in oil. Adding flax eggs not only replaces the eggs that are sometimes used in potato pancakes, and also acts as a binder, but it also offers some added fiber and omega-3s.

You can serve the potato pancakes with warm applesauce and garnish with fresh chives. A delicious plant-based meal in just about 45 minutes, depending on how fast of a peeler you are. 😉

I hope you love this recipe and it stands up to your traditional holiday expectations! I’d love to hear your thoughts, so be sure to comment below and leave a review!

Golden Delicious Applesauce

Potato Pancakes

Hanukkah Potato Pancakes & Golden Delicious Applesauce


  • Golden Delicious Applesauce
  • 6 medium Stemilt Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, chopped into smaller chunks
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Potato Pancakes
  • 4 medium sized russet potatoes
  • 1 cup yellow onion, shredded
  • 2/3 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 3 flax eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • About 1 cup avocado oil to fry
  • Chopped chives to serve

These potato pancakes are easy to make thanks to requiring minimal ingredients! They can be made gluten-free and vegan and taste wonderful alongside homemade Golden Delicious applesauce.

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To make the applesauce:

  1. Place the peeled, cored, quartered and chopped apples in a large pot. Add 1/2 cup of water, lemon juice, maple syrup (if using), cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Once simmering, cover and reduce the heat to low. Maintain a low simmer for 30 minutes or until the apples are completely soft and cooked through and the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Once fully cooked, remove from heat.
  5. Mash the apples directly in the pot using a potato masher for chunky applesauce. For smooth applesauce, add the apples to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth or use a hand-held immersion blender and blend directly in the pot.

To make the potato pancakes:

  1. Peel the potatoes with a vegetable peeler.
  2. Use a box grater or a shredder attachment of your processor to grate the potatoes.
  3. Transfer into a bowl or colander that is prepared with a clean dish towel laid into it.
  4. Add the grated potatoes in the center of the towel. Squeeze the potatoes and drain the excess liquid.
  5. Finely grate the onion into a large bowl. Add the potato, flour, salt, and pepper, stir to combine.
  6. Prepare a large plate dusted with flour.
  7. With slightly wet hands, take two heaping tablespoons of the mixture and form it into a patty.
  8. Put it on a plate and repeat with the rest of the mixture. Dust them with a bit of flour, and press with your fingers until it’s flat.
  9. In a large frying pan or skillet over medium heat, heat avocado oil.
  10. Use a spatula to transfer the pancakes to the pan and press them down to make them flat. Don’t overcrowd the pan.
  11. Cook them for up to 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  12. To keep them hot before serving, put them in the warm oven (70 °C/160 °F), while you fry the next batch.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 519
  • Fat Content: 13.6g
  • Cholesterol Content: 0mg
  • Sodium Content: 460mg
  • Carbohydrate Content: 101.2g
  • Fiber Content: 18.9g
  • Sugar Content: 40.8g
  • Protein Content: 9.2g