Yam Latkes

Yam Latkes

Yams are an excellent source of vitamin C and B, potassium, and fibre. Alternatively, you can also substitute yams with sweet potatoes in this recipe. So what’s the actual difference between yams and sweet potatoes? I get asked this all the time when clients are shopping.

Sweet potatoes are not a type of yam, and yams are not a type of sweet potato. Confused yet? True yams are hard to find and grown in Africa and Asia and not typically found in your everyday grocery store. True yams have a cylindrical shape with blackish or brown, bark-like skin and white, purple or reddish flesh.

What is a sweet potato? There are two popular kinds of sweet potatoes that are commonly found in grocery stores. One has a golden skin and paler flesh and cooks firm. The other has a copper skin and orange flesh, cooks soft and often what we call “yam”.

Which one do you prefer? My go-to is the soft orange flesh “yam”. It tastes a bit sweeter to me and I love the texture.


Yam Latkes


Yields 4-5 latkes


2 cups shredded yams/ sweet potato

1 scallion chopped

1/2 cup shredded organic raw cheddar cheese

1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs

2 free range eggs

1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt

dash of ground pepper



  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and form patties.
  2. Fry each side with 1 tbsp. coconut oil until both sides are brown.
  3. Serve with organic cream cheese and top with scallions.


Sweet potato   yam

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