Vegan Norwegian Lefse Recipe

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Lefse, but make ‘em vegan! These Norwegian potato lefse are made with just five ingredients—potatoes, coconut milk, coconut oil, salt and flour—and cook up into deliciously chewy flatbreads that make the perfect snack, especially with jam and butter.

Vegan Norwegian Lefse Recipe

What is lefse?

Lefse is a traditional soft, unyeasted Norwegian flatbread made from riced potatoes, milk, butter, salt and flour and cooked on a large griddle or frying pan. Typically served around the holidays in many Scandinavian-American households, lefse can be served with a variety of accoutrements, including butter, cinnamon sugar, jam, cold cuts and cheeses, cream cheese and lox or other smoked, cured fish.

How to make this vegan lefse recipe

These vegan lefse are deceivingly easy to make and require only five ingredients! In fact, the biggest time commitment is actually cooking the lefse one by one over the stovetop. I ended up using two non-stick skillets, which helped to speed up the process, but you could also use a large stovetop griddle if you have one available to you.

Vegan Norwegian Lefse Recipe

Step 1: Wash, peel and boil one pound of potatoes until very soft. Drain and transfer the potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Using a potato masher or a fork, thoroughly mash the potatoes until they’re smooth and no large lumps remain.

Vegan Norwegian Lefse Recipe

Step 2: Add coconut milk and coconut oil; stir to combine. Next, add in your salt and flour, mixing until the dough begins to come together. You may need to use your hands to help form the dough.

Vegan Norwegian Lefse Recipe
Vegan Norwegian Lefse Recipe

Step 3: Once your dough has come together, transfer it to a generously floured work surface. Roll the dough into a log shape and cut into 16-20 even pieces. Roll each individual piece into a ball and set aside.

Vegan Norwegian Lefse Recipe

Step 4: Preheat a griddle or two non-stick frying pans over medium-high heat. Working quickly on a floured surface, gently flatten the lefse dough into a disc between your palms, then roll it out as thinly as you can with a floured rolling pin.

Vegan Norwegian Lefse Recipe
Vegan Norwegian Lefse Recipe

Step 5: Cook the lefse in the skillet until speckled and golden-brown, about 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer the lefse to a serving platter and cover with a towel to keep them warm and moist (SORRY!). Repeat with the remaining lefse dough.

Step 6: Serve the lefse with your favorite toppings. I chose butter (or vegan butter) and St. Dalfour Golden Peach Preserve.

Vegan Norwegian Lefse Recipe

VEGAN NORWEGIAN LEFSE

Lefse, but make ‘em vegan! This Norwegian potato lefse is made with just five ingredients—potatoes, coconut milk, coconut oil, salt and flour—and cooks up into deliciously chewy flatbreads that make a tasty treat, especially with jam and butter.

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Makes 16-20 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

1 lb. potatoes
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup coconut milk
1-½ cup flour
1 tsp salt

Method

Wash, peel and boil one pound of potatoes until very soft. Drain and transfer potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Using a potato masher or a fork, thoroughly mash the potatoes until smooth and no large lumps remain.

Add coconut milk and coconut oil; stir to combine. Add salt and flour, mixing until the dough begins to come together—use your hands to help form the dough into a ball.

Once your dough has come together, transfer to a generously floured work surface. Roll the dough into a log and cut 16-20 even pieces. Roll each individual piece into a ball and set aside.

Preheat a griddle or two non-stick frying pans over medium-high heat. Working quickly on a floured surface, gently flatten lefse dough into a disc between palms first, then roll it out as thinly as you can with a floured rolling pin.

Cook lefse in skillet until speckled and golden-brown, about 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer the lefse to a serving platter and cover with a towel to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining lefse dough. Serve the lefse with your favorite toppings.

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