Breakfast Side Dishes Snacks

Easy (Grain Free) Root Vegetable Pancakes

stack of root vegetable pancakes on a plate

There’s nothing like a fried, shredded vegetable pancake to fill you up and bring you comfort. This recipe definitely fits the bill—without grains, gluten, dairy or nuts.

You can make these pancakes with potatoes for a traditional latke, or use shredded turnips, rutabaga, celery root, parsnips, sweet potato, yam, or even butternut squash for a more nutritious, GAPS-legal and Paleo-friendly variation. My favorites are celery root/potato and turnip.

If you are on GAPS or other gut healing diet, these pancakes are a great way to make sure you’re getting enough carbs without consuming the grains or fruit sugars that make your health issues worse.

After you make these a couple of times, you will quickly memorize the ratio of shredded root veggie to onion to egg, and you’ll find the seasonings you like best, too. Then it will be easy to whip up some pancakes any time, with whatever root veggies you have on hand, without a recipe.

stack of root vegetable pancakes on a plate

Easy Root Vegetable Pancakes

This super easy, nutritious root vegetable pancake recipe will fill you up and bring you comfort—without grains, gluten, dairy or nuts. 
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CourseSide Dish, Snack
CuisineGAPS, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings12 pancakes


  • 5 medium sized potatoes OR 4-5 small turnips OR 2-4 medium rutabagas/celery roots (about 10 cups of shredded root vegetables)
  • 1/2 to 1 medium onion to taste
  • 2 pasture-raised eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp sea salt , or to taste
  • herbs and seasonings , to taste (parsley, garlic, chives, chile powder, cumin, etc.)
  • 4 Tbsp. coconut oil , butter, schmaltz, bacon grease, or pastured lard


  • If you are using rutabaga, celery root or butternut squash, peel them thoroughly before grating.
  • In the food processor, grate/shred the root veggies and the onion together for a total of about 10 cups of shreds. (You can obviously use a box grater for this, but I think it's exhausting and time consuming.)
  • Salt the shreds and let sit for 10 minutes. The veggies will "sweat" a bit.
  • Use your hands to put the shredded veggies into a nut milk bag, bundle of cheesecloth or fine sieve. (I find using a nut milk bag to be easiest.)
  • Squeeze as much liquid out of the veggies as you can so the shreds are as dry as possible.
  • Place the dried shreds into a bowl and add 2 beaten eggs and seasonings.
  • Mix thoroughly with your hands to separate and coat all the shreds in the egg.
  • Heat a skillet to medium heat and melt about 1/8 inch of coconut oil, butter, schmaltz (chicken fat) bacon grease or lard into it.
  • With your fingers, grab a small "nest" of shredded veggies and place it onto the hot, oiled skillet. You should be able to fit at least four "nests" onto the skillet. Press them flat into pancakes with your spatula.
  • Cook till golden brown, then flip and cook the other side.
  • Keep finished pancakes in a warm oven until you are ready to serve them.
  • These pancakes go great with yogurt, sour cream or homemade applesauce, and they also freeze and reheat well too.
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Dawn Gifford

Dawn is the creator of Small Footprint Family, and the author of the critically acclaimed Sustainability Starts at Home - How to Save Money While Saving the Planet. After a 20-year career in green building and environmental sustainability, chronic illness forced her to shift her expertise and passion from the public sphere to home and hearth. Get the whole story behind SFF here.


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