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7 Healthier Hanukkah Recipes

7 Healthy Hanukkah Recipes

This year marks a historic holiday overlap: Hanukkah, the Jewish “Festival of Lights,” begins the night before Thanksgiving. Dubbed “Thanksgivukkah,” this hybrid celebration hasn’t occurred since 1888! But don’t let this modern-day miracle deter you from eating healthy  on all eight nights of Hanukkah (#GobbleTov, anyone?). To honor the reclaiming of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and a miraculous celebration—when a day’s worth of oil burned for eight—Jewish tradition dictates indulging in a fried feast of latkes and doughnuts. But there are plenty of delicious ways to enjoy holiday fare without getting weighed down by oily fats and extra calories. We’ve rounded up inventive recipes — vegetable latkes, baked doughnuts, whole-wheat challah and more — that put a healthy spin on Hanukkah favorites. L’chaim!

Curry-Vegetable-Latkes

1. Curry Vegetables Latkes
Nothing says Hanukkah like the hiss and aroma of latkes frying in a pan! Instead of using potatoes, try this veggie-fortified version that uses a mix of zucchini and carrot shreds. We recommend topping your pancakes with applesauce or Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Photo and Recipe: Tori / The Shiksa Blog

AppleSauce

2. Crock Pot Applesauce
Slow cooking fruit allows for the natural sweetness to seep out, so there’s no need to add sugar to this recipe. Be sure to start it well before your latkes though — it takes over six hours to reach perfection. If you want a smoother texture, use an immersion blender to break up chunks. Photo and Recipe: Melissa / My Whole Food Life

Baked-Jelly-Doughnuts

3. Baked Jelly Doughnuts (Sufganiyot)
Devour some doughnut deliciousness (in moderation, of course!) sans oils and frying! You’ll need a mini muffin tin to bake your treats and a piping bag to insert the jam filling. Photo and Recipe: Anita / Hungry Couple NYC

Chicken-Schnitzel

4. Gluten-Free Chicken Schnitzel
If you have the chutzpah to break with tradition and forgo your classic brisket, try this low-carb chicken that’s breaded with almond meal. When making a second batch, be sure to refresh the oil otherwise your schnitzels will come out looking like schmutz. Photo and Recipe: Tori / The Shiksa Blog

Whole-Wheat-Challah

5. Whole Wheat Challah
Holla for challah? This recipe uses rolled oats and whole-wheat flour, which will fill you up with extra fiber and heart-healthy grains. Pro tip: Make challah French toast with your leftovers! Photo and Recipe: Barbara / Barbara Bakes

Noodle-Kugel

6. Noodle Kugel
Put a lighter spin on creamy, decadent pasta pudding. The secret ingredient? Unsweetened applesauce! The kugel’s flavor intensifies if you leave it in the fridge overnight, so prepare it a day or so before serving. Photo and Recipe: Michelle / Michelle’s Healthy Bites

Rugelach-Cookies

7. Rugelach Cookies
Bite-sized desserts are perfect for Hanukkah entertaining. Use Greek yogurt as a substitute for cream cheese in the cookie dough, and spread your favorite jam on before rolling them up. Photo and Recipe: Winnie / Healthy Green Kitchen

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