Plant-Based Latke Toppings: Apple Sauce and Tofu Sour “Cream” – Jewish Food Hero Kitchen

I previously shared a recipe for Mini Baked Parsnip and Sweet Potato Latkes and now I want to offer you two Plant-Based Latke Toppings: Apple Sauce and Tofu Sour “Cream”.

Heavy food Hanukkah

It wouldn’t be Hanukkah without latkes. Sometimes our enjoyment of this food can be a little excessive and lead to us feeling less than well. This is why I created the recipe for Mini Sweet and Savory Parsnip and Sweet Potato Latkes and why I serve them with delicious Plant-Based Latke Toppings: Apple Sauce and Tofu Sour “Cream”.

Crispy potato pancakes on wooden cutting board

Versatile toppings

Of course, both of these toppings are versatile and healthy additions to many favourite dishes year-round. Add a spoonful of applesauce to oatmeal or tapioca pudding; drizzle tofu sour “cream” over garbanzo beans in tomato sauce or baked potato spinach  patties

I love to serve a combination of Apple Sauce and Tofu Sour “Cream” with warm latkes at Hanukkah.

Satisfying not sluggish

We can all imagine how we feel after eating fried latkes with sour cream. The heaviness of that much oil and fat might feel indulgent while we’re eating, but quickly leaves us feeling over-full and sluggish, probably with some digestive discomfort too.  Fried food makes us feel tired. 
The bonus is, after eating a generous portion of Mini Baked Parsnip and Sweet Potato Latkes with Plant-Based Latke Toppings: Apple Sauce and Tofu Sour “Cream”, you will feel satisfied and energised. This calorie adequate food, extremely low in fat, is full of satisfying healthy plant-based protein and natural sugars.

Apples on wooden cutting board

Should I sweeten Apple Sauce?

Apples contain a high level of natural sugars, making them a fresh and sweet snack which children’s palettes can’t get enough of. When you add heat to the equation, the natural sugars in the apple become intensified and caramel-like in flavour. So, the question of whether to add sugar when making Apple Sauce is really up to personal preference. Do you need it? No. Do you want it? Maybe! 

The reality is that most of us have become accustomed to eating foods – even savoury ones – which are sweetened with a lot of refined sugar. We can continue enjoying sweet tastes in a more heathful way by changing the type of sugar we opt for. In this recipe for Apple Sauce, I use a generous amount of natural sugar, in the form of maple syrup and apple juice. This gives an intense sweetness for our holiday dish of latkes with Plant-Based Latke Toppings: Apple Sauce and Tofu Sour “Cream”. If you prefer a milder sweetness, simply switch out the maple syrup and apple juice for a little water.

Can tofu really make cream?

Tofu is an amazing food with an incredible history. It might sound a little ambitious to suggest tofu as a substitute for cream, but hear me out. The creamy, cool texture of sour cream can be emulated by blending tofu down with other ingredients to make a smooth, chilled dip. This Tofu Sour “Cream” is a delicious, creamy topping for warm or chilled latkes. 
And to top it all off, the only effort required in making Tofu Sour “Cream” is pressing the start button on your blender.

Plant-Based Latke Toppings: Apple Sauce and Tofu Sour “Cream” Variations

Tofu “Sour Cream”:

  • Cheesey: season the blended tofu with salt and a teaspoon of nutritional yeast for a savoury, cheesey flavour
  • Herby: add minced garlic to the blender and then stir through fresh chopped chives before serving
  • Sweet: drizzle a little honey or date syrup on top before serving 
  • Nutty: sprinkle with finely chopped almonds and walnuts to vary the texture

Apple Sauce:

  • Spiced: add half a teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, mixed spice (or a combination)
  • Fruit: switch half the apple for pear to vary the taste 
  • Berries: Mix through some fresh or frozen winter berries for a colour and flavour burst
  • Sweetness: switch out the apple juice and maple syrup for water to reduce the sweetness

Recipes to take the hassle and heaviness out of holidays

The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook: 50 Plant-based Recipes For Your Holiday Meals offers plant-based recipes. The dishes are organized into suggested menus for particular holidays.

For more inspiration, look to Feeding Women of the Bible, Feeding Ourselves for vegan dishes matched to our female Biblical heroines.

Hanukkah Resources

Hanukkah blessing cards: Use these blessing cards each night of Hanukkah so your siddur does not become a oily mess! These Hanukkah blessing cards are available for immediate download and come in a high quality (300 dpi) PDF file for ease of printing. When you download the file you will receive one PDF that contains two Hanukkah blessings cards.

Dreidel Game Guide: This is a easy to read printable Hanukkah dreidel rules and illustration.This download includes: rules of the game and dreidel illustration. Each sheet has 4 copies that can be cut out and shared with dreidel participants.

Crispy potato pancakes with tofu sour cream

Tofu Sour “Cream” – Jewish Food Hero Kitchen

  • Author: Jewish Food Hero
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Dips



2 cups silken tofu

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

½  teaspoon sea salt (optional)

¼ cup finely sliced fresh chives (optional)


Covered dish

Food processor or blender



  1. Blend the tofu and lemon juice in a food processor until smooth. 

  2. Transfer to a dish and stir in chives and salt, if using.

  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Keywords: tofu, sour cream, plant-based sour cream

Apples on wooden cutting board

Apple Sauce – Jewish Food Hero Kitchen

  • Author: Jewish Food Hero
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x



6 cups apples, cored, peeled & diced

1 cup apple juice

1 teaspoon sea salt

½ cup raw sugar or maple syrup

1 teaspoon cinnamon



Cutting board 


Measuring cups and spoons


Potato masher (or food processor)


4-quart saucepan


  1. Place all ingredients in a 4-quart saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat

  2. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 25 minutes, or until apples are very soft

  3. Mash to a chunky texture by hand, or purée in a food processor.

Keywords: apple sauce, applesauce, apple

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