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Traditional Polish Latkes are given a healthy makeover into these Vegan Potato Pancakes – perfect for Valentine’s Day breakfast with the one you love.

Vegan Potato Pancakes -Traditional Polish Latkes are given a healthy makeover into these Vegan Potato Pancakes.

My mother’s side of the family is Polish and while we didn’t get a ton of Polish culture when we were young, we did get a lot of the classic Polish food like Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Pierogies (basically big raviolis), and Latkes. You probably know Latkes by the name of Potato Pancakes. So, I decided to take the classic Latke and give it a little makeover into these Vegan Potato Pancakes made with red potatoes.

Full disclosure – I definitely did not go into the kitchen intending to make these vegan. I thought I had one last egg left for this recipe, but when I remembered that I had used it to make breakfast for my daughter, I was immediately glad to be given the push I needed to turn these into a healthier Vegan Potato Pancake. There was a bag of chia seeds hanging out in a cabinet, so I used those to make an egg replacement, and it worked out beautifully!

Vegan Potato Pancakes -Traditional Polish Latkes are given a healthy makeover into these Vegan Potato Pancakes.

Even if you aren’t vegan, you should definitely add chia seeds to your diet. They may be tiny, but they are among the most nutritious foods on the planet, laden with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and protein, and they are almost always grown organically.

Instead of the traditional big brown guy used for most potato recipes, I chose to use red potatoes. And since most of the nutrition is found in the thin red skin, I left the skins on. Red potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamin B, iron and potassium. So, while you are pretty much eating a bunch of potatoes as a meal, with these Vegan Potato Pancakes you are basically eating the healthiest potato meal of your life. You’re welcome.

Vegan Potato Pancakes -Traditional Polish Latkes are given a healthy makeover into these Vegan Potato Pancakes.

Look how brown and crispy they are. The inside, in contrast, was perfectly soft and creamy. Just the way you want a potato pancake to be.

The recipe is perfect for two, so give these Vegan Potato Pancakes a try with your honey and then let me know what you think!

These Vegan Potato Pancakes are the perfect Valentines Day breakfast for your love.

Vegan Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

Traditional Polish Latkes given a healthy makeover into these Vegan Potato Pancakes - perfect for Valentines Day breakfast with the one you love.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 potato pancakes


  • 2 large red potatoes
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 4 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • Coconut oil for cooking
  • Apple Sauce or Sour Cream for serving optional


  • Grind the chia seeds into a meal using a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder. Add the water, stir together and then set aside to thicken.
  • Wash the potatoes well and dry them on a clean towel.
  • Into a bowl, grate the potatoes with the skins on using a cheese grater.
  • Into the same bowl, grate the onion.
  • Take a clean kitchen towel and pile the grated potatoes and onion onto the center. Gather the towel around the potato and onion and, over the sink, squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can. Return the potato and onion to the bowl.
  • Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder and chia seeds to the mixture in the bowl and mix to combine it well.
  • Add the flour to the bowl and mix again.
  • In a large pan, heat about a tablespoon of coconut oil over medium heat. When the pan is hot, drop large spoonfuls of the potato mixture onto the pan and spread it out a little using the spoon so that it is round and flat. I cooked 3 at a time.
  • Cook the pancakes on each side for 5-6 minutes, until they are very brown. You can push down on them every so often with a spatula to make sure they are crisping up.
  • Serve with sour cream or apple sauce.


If you have a food processor, it most likely comes with a grating attachment, which would make the process a lot faster and easier.


Calories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 208mgPotassium: 349mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
Keyword latkes, potato pancakes, vegan latkes

For more yummy recipes, try these:

Mom’s Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

 Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing

 Chia Seed Pudding with Mango Puree

And for more potato recipes, try these:

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

 These Easy, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes are smothered in a creamy cheese sauce and baked to perfection. They are sure to be a hit at your holiday feast.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

 These Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes are full of fall flavors and make for a great side dish for Thanksgiving or any time this fall!

Oven Roasted Parmesan Potatoes

Roasted Parmesan Garlic Potatoes

 For all side dishes go HERE, for the Recipe Index go HERE.

Vegan Potato Pancakes -Traditional Polish Latkes are given a healthy makeover into these Vegan Potato Pancakes.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Vanessa….I haven’t had a good latke since my dad passed away in 1995!!!
    I can’t wait to try these….The chia seeds sound like a fantastic way to increase the Omega 3’s….I am committed to SERIOUSLY TRY getting myself AND my family, on a better and healthier regime….Little steps at a time, so they aren’t even aware of what I am doing!