Vegan sweet potato latkes, or pancakes, with chickpea flour and plenty of spice. These are gluten free, so easy, and perfectly crisp. Potato pancakes are one of the easiest things to make, not any more difficult than regular pancakes, and a great speedy meal for any time of day. Skip to the recipe →
I grew up eating latkes, or potato pancakes, a few times a month. My mom would make them as a quick dinner after coming home from work and I was always happy to have them. Her grandmother used to make them, and I think she taught my mom, and then I started making them when I was a kid too. I think my Omi’s diet is 90% latkes and müsli, so they’re pretty popular in my family. The thing is, regular potato pancakes aren’t exactly a healthy, balanced meal.
I still make them every once in a while as a treat but for the past couple of years, I’ve been having these spicy vegan sweet potato latkes instead. I had always been making them with eggs, but a few days ago, I tried them with just chickpea flour instead. I had been testing chickpea flour dosa and figured if they hold together, then latkes should too. There were eggs on standby just in case it didn’t hold, but turns out chickpea flour really does the trick! I actually prefer the texture and found that they hold together better and don’t get soggy right away like they do with eggs. Chickpea flour wins again!
Sweet potato latkes are super versatile, and I happily eat them at any time of day. If you’re thinking potato pancakes are too time consuming or difficult, kick that thought out of your head right now. They take about ten minutes to make, and I promise that these are really easy to cook and flip without having them fall apart. They’re probably easier than regular pancakes and everyone and their dog can make pancakes, right?
The ingredients are simple, just with a few spices to make things interesting, and you can top them with apple sauce, the traditional choice, or yogurt, or even (gasp!) ketchup. I like them with all three, but not at the same time. I usually eat a full batch of these on my own but I suppose you could share with another person. Any more than that and you might want to double the recipe.
I wrote this recipe years ago but was never brave enough to photograph them until now! Potato pancakes are HARD.
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• The mixture might be on the wet side depending on the density of your sweet potato. Don't worry if it is - they will come together and crisp up as you fry them. * This is usually one medium sweet potato for me. ** I always use sweet paprika but smoked paprika would probably be awesome. Yes? YES.
• The mixture might be on the wet side depending on the density of your sweet potato. Don't worry if it is - they will come together and crisp up as you fry them.
* This is usually one medium sweet potato for me.
** I always use sweet paprika but smoked paprika would probably be awesome. Yes? YES.