Vegan Potato Latkes, Cashew Sour Cream & Homemade Applesauce

It's the holiday season and we're going to bring our vegan eats into every corner of celebration, starting with Hanukkah. Potato latkes are often made out of a box, always contain egg and are ubiquitously drenched with a dairy sour cream and store bought apple sauce - screw that! Let's make 'em cruelty-free, even healthier and all homemade in 15-20 minutes time...

What you need:

for the applesauce:

2-3 apples of choice

1/2 c water

2 tbl sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

for the latkes:

3 Russet potatoes

1 flax egg (1 tbl flaxmeal + 3 tbl warm water, set to congeal for 5-10 mins)

1 onion (usually white is used, I had only red on hand for the video)

1 tbl sea salt

3 tbl matzo meal (sold in every major grocery store) or flour of choice

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tbl nutritional yeast

optional: 3 tbl chives/green onions

for the sour cream:

1 c cashews (soaked overnight, for a few hours in hot water or boiled for 10 mins)

1/2 c water

2 tbl lemon juice

1 probiotic capsule*

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp garlic powder

3/4 tsp onion powder

What you do:

Start with the applesauce, as that takes the longest to cook - chop finely for quicker cook time. Place in a pot over medium heat with the remaining ingredients and cover. When soft, mash with a fork.

*probiotics help regulate gut health, helping stimulate the good bacteria in your digestive tract. It's the perfect antidote to the greasy latkes you're about to consume! For the taste, probiotics also give a tangy flavor - great for making homemade yogurt or sour cream. They can be found in any pharmacy and many grocery stores, and certainly online. I like getting the refrigerated kind - my bottle of 30 capsules cost $6 at Whole Foods.