Make Your Hanukkah Table Keto-Friendly this Year

A wooden table with a Hanukkah Menorah and two empty glasses for a keto-friendly Hanukkah feast

3 Recipes for Your Eight Keto Nights

Hanukkah is back and it’s time to get cooking! 

At Dare to Be Different, we like to make sure everybody can participate in the holiday festivities and enjoy traditional foods, regardless of dietary restrictions. So, whether you need to prepare a gluten-free Hanukkah or one that’s keto-friendly, we’re here to help you in the kitchen.

With cauliflower, our products are not only healthier for you, but they’re also 100% gluten-free, kosher, and keto-friendly, so everybody’s invited to the Hanukkah table for a feast.

A ketogenic diet means cutting down on carbohydrates and replacing them with fats. It puts your body into a state of ketosis, where it breaks down fats into ketones for energy. This type of diet can help you lose weight and potentially help prevent diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

Looking to incorporate keto-friendly foods into Hanukkah this year? We’ve pulled three recipes for a fun twist on traditional Hanukkah foods to keep your eight crazy nights a little less crazy.


keto-friendly Hanukkah latkes served on a plate with a hand reaching for one

Crispy Keto Latkes

At the heart of the holiday are foods fried in oil to remember the miracle of Hanukkah. After reclaiming the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, there was only enough oil to light the Temple’s Menorah for one day, but it lasted eight.

Latkes, or potato pancakes, are the star of any Hanukkah feast, and by substituting potatoes with cauliflower, you can increase your intake of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, antioxidants, and plenty of fiber all while cutting down on carbs. 

Our Classic Cauliflower Crumbs will give you the crispy texture every good latke needs. Not only are they keto-friendly and gluten-free, but they are also low in calories. Each of our three varieties contains only 95 calories per serving.


  • 2 1/2 pounds cauliflower
  • 1 whole large onion
  • 3/4 cup Dare to Be Different Cauliflower Crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon almond flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Grapeseed or peanut oil for frying


  1. Before you begin making the latkes, place your wire cooling rack close to the area where you will be frying the latkes. Place a layer of paper towels below the cooling rack to catch excess oil.
  2. Grate the cauliflower using a hand grater or food processor shredding attachment with fine holes (small shreds).
  3. Place grated cauliflower into a bowl and immediately cover with cold water.
  4. Meanwhile, grate the onion using the same grater or attachment you used for the cauliflower (fine holes for small shreds).
  5. Drain the cauliflower shreds in a colander. Rinse and dry the bowl used to soak the shreds and set aside.
  6. Remove excess liquid from the shreds.
  7. Pour cauliflower and onion into the bowl. Stir them making sure the grated onion is evenly mixed throughout the potato shreds.
  8. Pour oil into skillet to a depth of 1/8 inch. Heat slowly over medium to about 365 degrees F. While oil is heating, stir the Cauliflower Crumbs, beaten eggs, almond flour (optional), salt and pepper into the shreds. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Scoop up 3 tablespoons of the mixture.
  10. Shape the mixture into a tightly compacted disk and carefully place into the oil.
  11. Remove the latkes from the pan using a metal spatula and place them on a cooling rack to drain.
  12. Serve with applesauce and/or sour cream.


Dare to Be Different Cauliflower Gnocchi for a keto-friendly Hanukkah kugel

A Keto-Friendly Kugel

Kugel is a traditional Jewish dish that can be served sweet or savory. It’s typically made with eggs, sour cream, and cottage cheese, which are all appropriate ingredients for following keto

With our Cauliflower Gnocchi, you’re ready to make a delicious side dish to your keto-friendly Hanukkah meal.


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • Dare to Be Different Cauliflower Gnocchi
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup organic sour cream
  • 1/2 cup organic cottage cheese
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 1 cup Gruyère cheese, grated, divided
  • 1/2 cup plain Dare to Be Different Cauliflower Crumbs


  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 1½-quart casserole dish. In a medium bowl, toss the gnocchi with 3 tablespoons of the butter; season with salt and pepper.
  2. In another medium bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream, cottage cheese, chives, and ½ cup of the Gruyère to combine. Add to the gnocchi and mix well to combine; lightly season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the Cauliflower Crumbs and the remaining 1 tablespoon of the butter; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the gnocchi into the prepared pan. Spread the remaining ½ cup of the Gruyère over them. Top with the Cauliflower Crumbs. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the edges are bubbling, the crumbs are browned, and the center is set.


keto-friendly Hanukkah breaded chicken made with Dare to Be Different Cauliflower Crumbs

Keto-Friendly Breaded Chicken

Chicken is a staple for any keto diet as it contains no carbs. You’ll also find chicken on any traditional Hanukkah table during the celebration. Here’s a simple recipe to prepare a main entree for your feast.


  • 3 large eggs
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 3 1/2 cups D2BD Cauliflower Crumbs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 thin chicken cutlets (about 1 1/2 pounds total)


  1. In a dish, whisk eggs with teaspoon salt; let stand for 5 minutes. In another dish, season flour with 1/4 teaspoon salt. In a third dish, season Cauliflower Crumbs with 1 teaspoon salt.
  2. In a large cast-iron skillet or other heavy deep skillet, heat oil over medium. Meanwhile, pat chicken dry with paper towels. Coat in almond flour, shaking off excess, then dip in egg (letting excess drip off). Dredge in Cauliflower Crumbs, turning twice and patting to adhere.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high. Working in batches, add chicken to skillet; cook, gently shaking skillet occasionally, until chicken is browned, about 4 minutes. Turn with tongs; cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes more. Drain chicken; season with salt.


Dare to Be Different products to help you make a keto-friendly Hanukkah feast

Happy Hanukkah from Dare to Be Different

Ready to invite your keto-friendly friends to your Hanukkah celebration? Head over to our online store to stock up on our Cauliflower Crumbs and Cauliflower Gnocchi for the holiday season. Happy Hanukkah from Dare to Be Different!


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