Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, takes place over eight days and eight nights. While Hanukkah is said to be a holiday without great importance other than its proximity to Christmas, in modern years the holiday has gained great affinity by many people, if for no other reason than those addictive potato pancakes.
According to ThoughtCo, “The name [Hanukkah] reminds us that this holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.” Hanukkah is a celebration of oil as the story goes that a small amount of oil — enough only for one day — kept the candles burning for the Maccabees for eight days. And so we feast during these eight days, on all things fried in oil. No wonder the holiday has sustained all these years!
Follow these 7 simple steps and you’ll be well set for a happy, vegan, and deliciously greasy Hanukkah!
7 Simple Steps for the Ultimate Vegan Hanukkah
1. Have Hanukkah Like Carol Leifer
2. Make Mayim Bialik’s Vegan Sufganiyot (Jelly Doughnuts)
What better excuse for a feast of these delicious doughnuts? Get the recipe here.
3. Make Vegan Latkes (Potato Pancakes)
Crispy and delicious potato pancakes, without any egg. These will be a hit with guests of all ages and are super versatile to pair with various dips or sauces (try this recipe’s chunky apple sauce or make a ‘sour cream‘!). Get the recipe here.
4. Get Vegan Gelt For Games of Dreidel
There are recipes to make your own veganized gelt – or if you’re short on time and motivation, Amazon’s got you covered (as always). These dark chocolate coins are even kosher-friendly and nut-free, perfect for kids to play dreidel! Find them here.
5. Make Vegan Matzoh Ball Soup
While pre-made matzoh ball soup mixes are usually vegan, they call for the addition of animal ingredients. Worry not , though as this recipe tells you exactly how to make a vegan matzoh ball soup soup so no one misses out on any Hanukkah favorites. Get the recipe here.
6. Practice Tikkun Olam (Healing the World)
While there are various ways to practice tikkun olam (healing the world), a common way is to donate to a tzedakah (charity), why not donate money to an animal rescue shelter/sanctuary or donate your time by volunteering instead?
7. Make Vegan Banana Beignets
Who wouldn’t love some good old fried banana beignets (dough in French)? Serve these to guests and become the ultimate dessert maker. Get the recipe here.