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.

500_f_123622986_vctdr7dqlxneihnjunvhwf5daoizsawn

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!”

ccnt ltks 1.jpg

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.

ccnt ltks 2.jpg

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.

ccnt ltks 3.jpg

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

ccnt ltks 4.jpg

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.

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!

44 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks yummy.. 😋😋

    Liked by 5 people

    1. Thank you so much, dear friend!

      Liked by 3 people

  2. SAM VOELKER says:

    I had never heard that parable before which tells me a lot~! Of course I Have never heard of Latkes either, that I can remember, but like all of your recipes, they sound great, and if I can figure out the ingredients, I am going to try them. For the record, I sent the one for the sufganiyot to a friend and she has promised to make them for me, so that is taken care of… Also I am enjoying Chanukkah with all the happiness I can be muster, right along with you.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Thank you so much for a lovely comment, dear Sam! I hope your friend makes sufganiyot and you enjoy them!
      I wish you and yours happy holidays!

      Liked by 2 people

  3. Fartfist says:

    I am so glad to be receiving your posts now!
    I need to come back to your page…(in the kitchen!)

    Deepest respect and regard,
    ~FF

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thank you, darling; it is very sweet of you! 😻

      Liked by 2 people

  4. These look so tasty. Using coconut as the major ingredient is such a great idea. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you so much, dear Ronit! I hope you are enjoying Chanukkah!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Trying my best, in these crazy times! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      2. As we all do, sadly. I had to PayPal Chanukkah gelt to grandkids and had no way of playing dreidl with them. But we have always survived, and we will survive this too!

        Liked by 2 people

      3. So true. As we say in Israel, “we survived Pharaoh, we’ll survive this as well!” There’s even a popular song with this phrase. 😀

        Liked by 2 people

  5. Mary Rooks says:

    I love latkes! Happy Chanukah!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you so much, dear Mary! Same to you!

      Like

      1. Mary Rooks says:

        You’re very welcome!

        Liked by 1 person

  6. A_Boleyn says:

    I enjoyed the recipe/pics but I was moved by the parable. In these dark times, we need everyone to light one small candle of kindness and charity to help their fellows.

    Happy Chanukkah

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thank you so much, dear friend; you are so very kind!
      When we light Chanukkah candles, we are obligated to display them in such a way that they are visible from the street, to deliver the light, together with our blessing, to the entire world.

      Liked by 3 people

    1. Thank you so much, dear Mimi!

      Like

  7. Garfield Hug says:

    Thanks for sharing this tradition. Such a delight learning new cultures or traditions of others. Garfield hugs!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, darling! 😻

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Amazing blend of flavors. Scrumptious. 😍🍃

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, dear Gail!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Rohvannyn says:

    I wonder if there is a digital dreidel game you can play with them? Still not the same, I know. (I love the idea of coconut latkes – I bet they taste like macaroons!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. In a way, yes, but they are both crunchy and fluffy. I have never looked for a digital dreidel game – what an idea!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. CarolCooks2 says:

    Yummy and why not coconut…Great choice and I will definitely try them…Have a great weekend, Dear Dolly Hugs x

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, dear Carol – enjoy!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Definitely going to follow your blog!

    Like

    1. Thank you so much, beautiful young ladies! I will also enjoy following your colorful blog. Hag Chanukkah Sameach!

      Like

  12. Lorri says:

    I love this recipe, and the end result. Looks delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, dear Lorri. Have a joyous Chanukkah full of light!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Lorri says:

        Thank you, Dolly! Have a Hanukkah full of love, joy, and light.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Same to you, dear friend!

        Liked by 1 person

  13. Angela Gaft says:

    Happy Chanukkah Dolly!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, dear Angela! Happy holidays to you as well!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. These look really delicious Dolly! I will definitely put them on my list to try.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, dear Dorothy; I am so glad you like them!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. bernlag says:

    Just wandered around your blog and thoroughly enjoyed it. Coconut Latkes – a novel and delicious sounding invention. I will definitely will try them.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, dear Bernadette, for your kind comment. I have visited your blog and will enjoy following it.

      Like

  16. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    I’M “COCONUTS” FOR THESE LATKES!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Thankfully, these delicious treats are not limited to Hanukkah! May we all bring light. Love, A. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for a lovely comment, dear Anna!
      Be well and stay safe!
      Love,
      D

      Liked by 1 person

  18. openworld says:

    wow.. very nice blog.. my blog is Coconut supplier indonesia

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s