I LOVE latkes! I actually had forgotten my love for these creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside little patties of goodness until I scanned my fridge/kitchen and realized I needed to use my abundance of sweet potatoes and I had gotten a 10 lb bag of the sweetest carrots from the market a few days prior. I personally am always inclined to throw some heat in with sweeter ingredients, it makes such a yummy contrast! So for lunch I got a hold of my trusty grater and baked up some healthy, Sweet Potato & Carrot Chipotle Latkes with some lime avocado mash!
Did you know carrots actually have two seasons? Obviously we can get them year round, but you will find some of the best and most flavorful carrots around Spring & Fall, not to mention the colorful varieties that I always cave in and buy… way too tempting! With my massive bag of seasonal and local carrots, giant sweet potatoes, a little bit of red pepper and sweet yellow onion, I was off on my grating marathon! I weirdly enjoy watching my vegetables get grated to oblivion, kind of therapeutic actually. I coarsely grated all of those up, now we have a latke base that provides us with lots of beta-carotene, vitamins, antioxidants, potassium & fibre! With the base of the latke created, time to create a binding.
Now for the binding, to hold these babies together I used egg whites, oat flour and of coarse some spices to kick things up a notch! You know me, spices are my best of best friends, they fulfill and make my taste buds dance 🙂 I went a little Mexican with the flavors because who can resist chipotle!? A smoked chili ground into a deep dark powder that livens up recipes and other flavors! A dash of garlic, onion powder, paprika and a squeeze of lime juice, let’s get our hands dirty and form these yummy latke cakes, my favorite part, then bake away. I always opt to baking over frying, so much better for you! The key to the creamy insides here and crispy outside is a oven on higher heat and baking for 35 – 40 minutes or so.
Let me break down the ingredients for you and some instructions for these Sweet Potato & Carrot Chipotle Latkes:
3 cups lightly packed sweet potato – coarsely grated
1 medium carrot (approx 1/4 cup) – coarsely grated
1/2 red pepper (approx 1/4 cup) – coarsely grated
1/4 medium sweet yellow onion (approx 1/4 cup) – grated
2 egg whites
2 tbsp oat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp dried garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
pinch of chipotle powder (if you like more heat, add more)
1/2 ripe avocado
1 tsp lime juice
Pinch of salt & pepper
Creating your Sweet Potato & Carrot Chipotle Latkes:
Makes approximately 9 latkes:
Heat oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit & line a baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly oil.
Combine grated ingredients in a bowl, take some folded over paper towel (about 2 sheets) and press excess water out of your vegetables, press firmly a few times until your paper towel is soaked.
In a separate bowl combine the rest of your ingredients and whisk together well.
Pour your egg & spice mixture into your vegetables and coat evenly.
Make palm sized latkes in your hands and firmly press together, some liquid will be pressed out, this is okay, place latke onto sheet and press down slightly on the latke when on the sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes and the carefully flip and bake another 15-20 minutes until golden brown and crispy on the outside.
While baking, you can make your avocado mash, mix all ingredients together and mash!
Serve hot with a dollop of avocado mash, YUM!
They are such a great lunch or snack idea, fun to make and you can use up your vegetables! I even took them for lunch the next day, not as crispy but still so flavor filled and filling. I also can’t wait to share some exciting news with all of you regarding a local collaboration, coming very soon and a saving opportunity for you all! I’d love to hear if you created these yummy latkes and what you thought, xoxo! Almost weekend time everyone, hooorayy!