Festival of food: 4 Hanukkah recipes + 4 healthy versions


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It’s almost Hanukkah/Chanukkah/Hanukah time. And no matter how you spell it or how exceptional your “Chhh” is, we all know that the food — and eight presents! — makes the holiday.

The Hanukkah menu is usually loaded with fat and calories, but thanks to health-conscious cooks, we’ve dug up healthy versions of all your favorite foods (plus some delicious-looking traditional recipes, in case you’re looking to indulge).


Potato latkes

Photo: Food Network

Nothing says Hanukkah like a fried, greasy latke. You can’t go wrong with this traditional recipe from the Food Network, which uses shallots for some added flavor.

Healthy version
So yeah, traditionally, potato latkes are not so healthy. But these latkes from Eating Well are pan-fried in very little oil and then cooked in a hot oven. And with only 4 grams of fat and 100 calories per serving, we totally agree with the website: They are “truly a miracle.”

Sweet potato
If you’re a sweet potato fan, step out of the box this Hanukkah and make these sweet potato latkes from Epicurious. Our mouths are watering already …



Photo: Clean Cuisine

Applesauce is a favorite accompaniment to potato latkes, but the delicious dip can be loaded with sugar. This recipe from Alton Brown skips pure sugar and instead uses apple juice and honey to sweeten the sauce. However, we suspect this is one of the fattiest versions out there, as it calls for 2 tablespoons of butter.

Healthy version
This recipe from Clean Cuisine
prides itself on also omitting added sugar. And with cranberries, ginger, cinnamon and white raisins, we bet this is the tastiest, healthiest, most unique applesauce you’ve ever dipped your latkes in.


Jelly doughnuts

Photo: Cooking with My Kid

Yeah, yeah, doughnuts are terrible for your health, but it’s just not Hanukkah without ‘em. Martha Stewart’s jelly doughnut recipe calls for grated nutmeg, which we think sounds delicious and festive, and raspberry jam for the filling.

Healthy version

If you’re one of those people who wouldn’t touch a doughnut with a 10-foot pole, check out these baked jelly doughnuts from the blog, Cooking with My Kid. While these little gems are still made with some oil, sugar and butter, the recipe also uses nonfat vanilla bean yogurt, cinnamon and just one egg.



Photo: All Recipes

Say it with us: rugelaccchhhh. That felt good, didn’t it? But not as good as eating one these delicious cookies. If you’re a sucker for a traditional rugelach, then check out this recipe from All Recipes.

Healthy version
For a more healthful adaption, try Skinny Chef’s recipe. These cookies contain reduced-fat margarine, reduced-fat cream cheese, whole-wheat flour, low-sugar preserves, skim milk and wheat germ. Each cookie contains 101 calories and 4 grams of fat.