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Sweet Potato Latkes Spiced and Baked Golden

By DNAinfo Staff on December 3, 2012 7:03pm

 Sweet potato latkes, a twist on a holiday classic that's filled with antioxidants.
Sweet potato latkes, a twist on a holiday classic that's filled with antioxidants.
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By Keri Glassman, MS, RD

Sweet potatoes are a nutritionally sweet deal.

These tasty tubers are higher in fiber, beta-carotene, and vitamin C than white potatoes, and they’re a great source complex carbohydrates. By baking these puppies instead of frying them, you’re cutting down on unnecessary fat.

Amping up the volume with the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg makes these latkes super tasty, and provides an antioxidant boost. For a delicious complement to these little treats, try adding a dollop of reduced-fat sour cream and unsweetened applesauce.


Time: 30 minutes
Serves: Makes 8 latkes

  •         2 tablespoons olive oil
  •         ½ cup grated onion
  •         1 ½ pounds peeled & shredded sweet potato
  •         ½ cup all-purpose flour
  •         ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  •         2 lightly beaten eggs
  •         ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  •         ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  •         ¼ teaspoons ground nutmeg
  •         Cooking spray


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1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Coat bottom of baking pan with oil.

3. Combine grated onion and potatoes in a colander and use paper towels to squeeze out excess moisture.

4. Sift flour and baking powder into onion-potato mixture.

5. Add eggs, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss with hands to mix thoroughly.

6. Shape into 8 evenly divided 1/4-inch thick pancakes, squeezing out excess liquid.

7. Lightly coat top sides of pancakes with cooking spray and bake at 425° for 20 minutes. Use spatula to flip pancakes over and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.


Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, is the founder and president of Keri Glassman, Nutritious Life, a nutrition practice based in New York City, and Nutritious Life Meals, a gourmet, healthy, daily diet delivery program available across the U.S. She is a member of Women's Health Magazine's advisory board and has two columns, Flat Belly Day and Lighten Up,  in every issue. She has authored three books: Slim Calm Sexy Diet, The O2 Diet, and The Snack Factor Diet and her expertise is regularly featured on national television shows such as the Today show, Good Morning America, and Access Hollywood Live, among many others. She hosts the series "A Little Bit Better" on Youtube's Livestrong Woman channel and is a prolific writer and commentator with contributions to numerous publications and websites nationwide. Read more of Keri's tips every day: Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.