butternut squash latkes

Butternut Squash Latkes (Fritters)

(Last Updated On: December 16, 2019)

Latke this! Latkes (also known as fritters or potato pancakes) are served during the eight days of the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah. Traditionally, potatoes and oil are the main ingredients. The potato pancakes then get fried in loads of oil. Our lower-calorie version, Zero-Point Butternut Squash Latkes, uses shredded butternut squash rather than carb-loaded, white potatoes. To make the receipe easier, use a food processor to coarsely shred the butternut squash. You’ll save lots of time. To keep the calories down, use olive oil cooking spray is to coat the frying pan. Keep re-spraying between batches of “frying” our Zero-Point Butternut Squash Latkes.

For other butternut squash recipes, try our Butternut Squash Lasagna, a delicious slow cooker dish! And, another vegetable favorite is our Spinach-Garlic Zoodles.

butternut squash latkes
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Butternut Squash Latkes (Fritters)

Latkes, or potato pancakes, are traditionally served for Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. They are traditionally fried in lots of oil to a crispy, golden brown. Our fritter-version substitutes the main ingredient of latkes, potatoes, with butternut squash and uses olive oil cooking spray instead of oil. Each latke has zero points or 40 calories each. These latkes are chock full of vitamin A which is a healthy vision, teeth, skeletal tissue, and skin. Serve with greek yogurt or salsa. 

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword butternut squash, fritters, latkes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 pancakes
Calories 40 kcal


  • 5 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded
  • 1 egg
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tsp curry or tumeric powder, optional
  • 1 6 oz. fat-free, plain greek yogurt, optional


  1.  In a food processor fitted with the grating attachment coarsely grate the butternut squash. (or spiralize the squash)

  2. In a large bowl, combine squash, eggs, shallots, garlic, salt & pepper (and curry).

  3. Take a large pan and generously coat with olive oil cooking spray.

  4. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the mixture. Flatten gently with a spatula. Continue until pan is full.

  5. Flip each pancake when crispy and flatten again with a spatula. 

Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash Latkes (Fritters)
Amount Per Serving (1 latke)
Calories 40
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 6200IU124%
Vitamin C 17.3mg21%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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