People on a gluten-free diet (and those not on a gluten-free diet!) often lack a sufficient amount of fiber in their diets. I add chia seed meal whenever and wherever I can. (Yes, it’s made from the same seed mentioned in those famous Chia Pet commercials!) Despite its humorous origins, chia is a nutritional goldmine. It adds stability to the latke and packs a powerful addition of fiber, anti-oxidants and several other minerals and nutrients. You can purchase chia seeds at most health food stores. I grind mine in a coffee grinder.
You can fry these latkes or broil them (both methods are outlined below). The fry method tastes more like the traditional latke we all know and love, but the broil method yields a less fragile latke that still tastes divine and uses less oil.
Not a carrot fan? Be creative. I’ve made this same recipe with zucchini (just make sure to drain and squeeze out the excess liquid before adding it to the mix, as zucchini has lots of water!), butternut squash and sweet potatoes. The possibilities are endless! Why not have a latke tasting party and see which ones you and your friends like best?!
- 4 cups shredded carrots
- 1 small onion, grated
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon chia seed meal mixed with 3 tbps warm water (this will form a gel)
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup flour of choice
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- High-heat oil for frying (Grapeseed oil is good choice)