Coconut Latkes Full of Light

On the second night of Chanukkah, two lights are on, spreading their warmth and glow throughout the house.  We use the old-fashioned olive oil and wicks, rather than candles, as it has been done since that original cruse of oil in the Temple that lasted for eight days (for explanation of Chanukkah miracle of oil, please see But Hannah Did Not Have Potatoes!). However, there is a story traditionally mentioned on Chanukkah that came to us from those ancient times.

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The old man was on his deathbed. He had three sons, and he had to decide to which one of them he would leave his fortune. He called all three sons to his bed, gave them 100 gold coins each, and told them to fill a large empty room. The first son bought a wagon load of sand. He spent all the money, but only half of the room was filled with sand. The second one spend his 100 coins on three wagon loads of straw. It filled more space than sand, but the room still was not filled. The third son spent only one coin. He bought a candle and lit it in the middle of the room. Darkness fled, and light filled the entire room.

We celebrate the miracle of Chanukkah not only by frying latkes in oil, but first and foremost, by spreading the light and filling the world with it. But we are also given a commandment to rejoice on Chanukkah, and latkes serve this purpose admirably. Especially if they are crazy latkes like mine! “You are making latkes out of what? – said my son,- you can’t be serious!”

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But I am! It all started when a blogger friend asked if coconut milk could be clabbered, to use in latkes. Most definitely, and it is delicious! Then I thought, if we use grated potatoes, carrots, and zucchini to make latkes, why not shredded coconut? It was worth a try.

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I added coconut prostokvasha (clabbered coconut milk – for instructions, click here), spelt flour, an egg (for vegan variety, use egg substitute), agave, vanilla extract, and a pinch of baking powder. Some salt and pepper also went in. Making non-dairy clabbered milk is very easy, but if you don’t want to bother, you can use store bought coconut yogurt or kefir.

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Mix it all up, making sure there are no lumps. Preheat a frying pan and lightly mist it with oil.

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Fry them, like you would fry any other latkes, about 3 – 4 minutes on each side. Flip them when they grow plump and turn golden brown at the edges. Remove them to a plate lined with paper towels to blot out excess oil.

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I garnished them by sprinkling some more shredded coconut, to make it look like snow. My husband, of course, drenched them in chocolate syrup. They were fantastic! I did my small share to spread the Chanukkah light and the Chanukkah joy, and I am happy.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups shredded coconuts
  • 1/4 cup spelt flour (coconut flour may be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup coconut prostokvasha (clabbered milk), coconut kefir or yogurt
  • 1 egg or substitute
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

PROCEDURE

  • Preheat frying pan, lightly mist with oil.
  • Combine all ingredients, mix thoroughly.
  • Fry on medium heat, 3 – 4 minutes on each side.  Remove to plate lined with paper towels to blot out excess oil.
  • Serve hot, garnished with shredded coconut.

Happy Chanukkah – enjoy!

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45 Comments Add yours

  1. randyjw says:

    Twinsy-Latkes! My coconut milk didn’t clabber, but I used it anyways! I should’ve added coconut shreds to the inside, like you did. I used potatos (3 lbs! I was up all night cooking). Did your family like them?

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    1. Loved them! You make latkes of 3 lbs potatoes – oy vey!

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      1. randyjw says:

        Yes. And I only have a small skillet, so could only cook two at a time. I was up until 12:30 AM cooking!

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      2. This is called true dedication to a tradition!

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      3. randyjw says:

        True Grits. Ha-ha! Kidding…

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  2. lghiggins says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your creative culinary concoctions and connecting them to your traditions and stories. These latkes sound delicious and I love this story of light.

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    1. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment. Happy Holidays and many blessings to you and yours!

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  3. I’m a big fan of coconut and love the idea of using it this way! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Ronit! I thought of garnishing it with paper thin slices of kiwi, but my son is allergic to it. Nothing else came to mind…

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    1. Thank you! I call it crazy, but creative is more politically correct.

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      1. Still think it’s creative. It’s taking a particular technique and expanding its application.🎨

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      2. Thank you – I’ll take a compliment if I get it!

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    1. It is, especially drenched in chocolate syrup!

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      1. Chocolate is its own food group.

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      2. Sure – comfort food group!

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  4. Dolly, you come up with the most amazing stuff. Just learned about latkes and in the last number of days saw so many varieties. WOW ❤

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    1. Thank you – just crazy stuff from my funky head…

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  5. Daal says:

    & did your son enjoy them? they look delish! I made date & raisin tamales with coconut flour instead of corn masa 🙂

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    1. Now that sounds very special! Yes, my son enjoyed them, and so did the grandkids, thank you!

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    2. randyjw says:

      Sounds great, Daal!

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  6. Deepak Singh says:

    Wow, wonderful metaphor for candles, I love it.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  7. Your latkes sounds very delicious Dolly 🙂
    I could imagine to serve them with fresh strawberries upstairs instead of the kiwi, when you son is allergic.

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    1. Thank you Irene. I wanted to serve them with a mix or blueberries and raspberries, but then I thought berries would clash with tropical flavor. Anyway, they just pour chocolate on everything!

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      1. Chocolate is also good at berries 😀

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      2. Chocolate is good with everything!

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  8. What an awesome post, Dolly – an enlightening story, a Chanukkah (I’m thinking this is a combined Christmas / Hanukkah thang) wish, and a scrumptious recipe too!
    Happy Chanukkah to you too, my friend.🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Robert! Happy Holidays and many blessings to you!

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  9. Joëlle says:

    I can smell your delicious looking coconut latkes all the way here! A truly inspired recipe, Dolly!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  10. Joëlle says:

    I also enjoyed the story of the man on his death bed 😊 Both Christmas and Hanukkah are about light, I am happy that this year we are celebrating them at the same time.

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    1. Thank you again, dear!

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  11. I love this story!!
    And that leaf plate is such a decorative way to serve these delish latkes!
    Happy Chanukkah!

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    1. Thank you! Happy Chanukkah to you and the family!

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    1. Thank you! Happy Holidays to you as well!

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  12. kelleysdiy says:

    Yummy!!! I love coconut!!

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    1. Ah! Then wait till you see my coconut cake!

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      1. kelleysdiy says:

        Your such a tease!!!

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