• Don Lichterman

Mayim Bialik, Potato Pancakes, Latkes, Blintzes, Rugelach, Gelt & many Hanukkah Recipes of the Week!

Hanukkah is the festival of lights, and it’s also a festival of oil. For this holiday, Jews celebrate the miracle of a tiny bit of oil lasting eight long nights with family gatherings, food, and games. Observers whip up dishes such as potato pancakes and jelly donuts and play dreidel, spinning for a handful of gelt.

Get into the Hanukkah spirit with the following delicious vegan dishes and cruelty-free holiday gift ideas:

Matzoh Ball Soup

Holidays, family, and memories – they go together like “chicken” soup and vegan matzo balls. This Vegan Matzoh Ball Soup by Rhea Parsons may not be exactly the same as the traditional version but sometimes it’s good to break from tradition a bit.

Making vegan matzoh balls is one thing and making them gluten-free is a whole other thing. Jennifer Strohmeyer‘s Vegan Matzoh Ball Vegetable Soup can be made either way. Quinoa makes the matzoh balls gluten-free but still fluffy and delicious.

Kugel is like a giant latke pie! It’s certainly easier to make and healthier than frying up a bunch of latkes. This Potato and Onion Kugel by Rhea Parsons is topped with sauteed apples instead of the usual apple sauce, but you can serve it with vegan sour cream as well. Bake this in muffin tins for individual servings.

Pot Roast

This is Not Your Mama’s Seitan Pot Roast by Dawn Kriss. In lieu of meat, it has tender homemade seitan in a lip-smacking vegetable stew.  Plus, the pot roast is made in a slow cooker, so you can just throw everything in, go about your day, and come home to a warm, comforting meal.

Devour Jelly Donuts

Actor and mother Mayim Bialik has the perfect egg-free recipe for you.

Prepare Egg-Free Potato Pancakes

You can go with a classic savory latke, or make sweet potato latkes for a fun twist—egg-free, of course! Serve your latkes with applesauce and store-bought dairy-free sour cream, or make your own.

Travel the globe with these 5 Vegan Latke Recipes by Rhea Parsons. There are Italian, Spanish, Indian, Chinese, and Greek latkes, each with its own special dipping sauce. You could have a latke party and wow people with the unexpected. Let’s get started and celebrate Chanukah with these global latkes.

Sweet Potato Latkes with Chutney Sour Cream and Curried Onion-Apple-White Bean Topping

Sweet Potato Latkes with Chutney Sour Cream and Curried Onion Apple White Bean Topping

Latkes get all fancied up with Betsy DiJulio‘s Sweet Potato Latkes with Chutney Sour Cream and Curried Onion Apple White Bean Topping. These are golden, delicious, filling, and festive with bold flavors that make them extra-special.

Strawberry Cheese Blintzes with Strawberry Basil Compote

Strawberry Cheese Blintzes

Blintzes can be savory or they can be sweet like these Strawberry Cheese Blintzes by Rhea Parsons. The filling is vegan ricotta with a sweet side. It gets a pink tinge from strawberry cream cheese. Topped with a strawberry basil compote, this is a sweet dish that’s perfect for brunch.

Vegan Latkes (Gluten-Free and Baked Variations)


You only need one tried-and-true recipe for Latkes. These latkes by Nava Atlas have oatmeal in place of eggs to hold them together. For a gluten-free version, quinoa flakes work splendidly. A bit of grated carrot adds extra color and flavor.

Harvest Latkes

Harvest Latkes

Rinku Bhattacharya‘s Harvest Latkes are a crisp and spicy take on traditional potato pancakes. They’re made with potato and rutabaga with a touch of caraway seeds. They’re crispy and delicious.

Chocolate Babka

Chocolate Babka

Traditionally speaking, Babka is a spongy, brioche-like yeast cake made mainly in Eastern Europe. Erin McKenna‘s Chocolate Babka version is not only vegan and gluten-free, but also light and chocolate-y. It’s perfect next to a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Potato Blintzes

Potato Blintzes

These Potato Blintzes by Rhea Parsons are made with gluten-free crepes and filled with caramelized onions folded into mashed potatoes. Fry up the blintzes and enjoy them with vegan sour cream for a delicious and comforting treat.

Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Rugelach

Chocolate Hazelnut Rugelach

These vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Rugelach by Rhea Parsons are tender, crunchy, and delicious. And the chocolate hazelnut filling inside is incredible. The rugelach is so pretty and yummy; they would make a perfect gift for friends and neighbors.

Instant Raw Apple Sauce

Raw Apple Sauce

You have to have apple sauce to dip your latkes in. Instead of buying jars, make your own Raw Apple Sauce. This recipe by Alison Murray is fast, easy and you can flavor it any way you want. This one has a pinch of warm cinnamon. Yum!

Vanilla Glazed Vegan Yeast Doughnuts

Vanilla Glazed Vegan Yeast Doughnuts

You can’t beat the crunch of super sweet vanilla glaze over a warm fried doughnut, fresh from the frying oil. Abby Thompson‘s Vanilla Glazed Vegan Yeast Doughnuts are perfect for celebrating a holiday that’s all about oil and fried noms.

Hanukkah Gelt

Let the kiddos spin the dreidel and enjoy these dairy-free chocolate treats as prizes or gifts.

Fry Fishless Filets

Make it a feast, and while you’re enjoying your spread of traditional Jewish treats, fry up some Gardein fishless filets.

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