Paleo Hanukkah Recipe Hacks

For many in the Jewish community who are struggling to live a healthy lifestyle, Hanukkah can be a real struggle. This is because many of the traditional Hanukkah foods are extremely delicious and extremely fattening at the same time. It can be hard to choose between your healthy eating lifestyle and the foods that are traditional for you, especially when you know that you are the only one who will be trying to avoid those foods.

Fortunately, there are some easy workarounds that will still let you enjoy the delicious foods that you love in a much healthier version. But don’t be fooled, these healthier options may be light on the hips, but they are still big on the taste. Don’t be surprised if you accidentally convert some family members into your paleo way of life.

Potato Latkes

White potatoes are a funny thing in the paleo world. They aren’t entirely shunned but they are rarely mentioned. Many of the more strict paleo followers opt to ditch the white potato altogether, and some even manage to make their latkes with sweet potato. But you need to do what is right for you. And when it comes to enjoying the comforts of Hanukkah, white potatoes are one paleo ‘grey area’ that is well worth it.

You can make your latkes healthier by cooking them in coconut oil and covering them with all-natural apple sauce instead of the traditional dairy products like cottage cheese and sour cream.


While cooking with oil is a huge part of the Hanukkah tradition, it might put a wrench in your healthy eating plans. While the paleo way of creating donuts is very different from the traditional way, you can have a healthier alternative to Sufganiyot, and this alternative can ease the pain of not eating the traditional Sufganiyot.

While there are a few ways to make this dish healthier, the biggest thing is to bake the Sufganiyot instead of frying it. While cooking with oil is not against the paleo lifestyle, not all oils are good for you. On top of that, any food that is fried comes with its own risks. And baking the Sufganiyot can be a snap with the help of a donut pan.

Another trick is to stuff it with paleo jelly. You can find many recipes online for this, it’s just a matter of finding something that works with the Sufganiyot recipe that you are using.

Cheese Blintzes

Traditionally these delightful Haunnakah treats are prepared using flour, milk, and cheesy goodness. But the paleo version of this dish can be just as delicious. Stuffed with apples instead of cheese and made with paleo-friendly ingredients, these delicious blintzes make the perfect addition to any Haunnakah celebration.
These are just a few examples of the easy ways that traditional Haunnakah dishes can be turned into a healthy meals. Eating paleo does not mean that you have to give up the foods that mean the most to you during this sacred time of year.

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