Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Hello, web friends! It’s been a while. I’ve decided to stop apologizing for my long absences since they’re just my reality right now, but it’s always good to be back. Today’s post is a bittersweet one for me, because I’ve got a great new recipe to share, but it also marks the end of my participation in a special baking club.

I’ve been with the Secret Recipe Club for many months – at this point, it’s probably more like years – and it’s been a lot of fun. Due to everything going on in my non-blog life right now, I’ve decided to shift my focus elsewhere, but I will definitely be sad to leave the club. It’s kept me an honest cook and in the kitchen, crafting up special recipes at least once a month, and I’ll miss having that commitment. Guess I’m on the hook now to keep myself honest!

Sweet Potato Pancakes

This month’s recipe is a good one to go out on, because it’s soul-satisfyingly delicious. It’s been a wicked winter here in New England, so I’ve been doing a lot of comfort-food cooking (and eating!) to try to make it through the frigid, snowy days. This month I was assigned Denise’s blog, Creative Kitchen, which features a lot of approachable, tasty recipes. I was particularly intrigued by her variety of breakfast recipes, and was looking for a weekend morning treat, so this seemed like a solid pick.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Usually it takes lots of recipe browsing and weighing cravings before I can settle on an SRC recipe, but with this one, I kind of knew it was what I’d make the second I saw it. I really love pancakes, but made the traditional way (white flour, butter, whole milk, sugar, eggs) they have very little nutritional value. Load on the maple syrup, and you’ve got a stack of sugar-soaked carbs. Sad, but true. That said, all good diets are about balance, so I’ll happily indulge in pancakes from time to time, but I rarely make them in my own kitchen. This recipe for Sweet Potato Pancakes really appealed because it’s got nutritionally-dense sweet potatoes and whole wheat flour, so the nutritional profile completely changes. Maybe still not classifiable as healthy, but these have enough good stuff in them to make this recipe totally justifiable for Sunday brunch.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

I made these pancakes almost exactly as instructed by Denise, with a few small changes, and served them with plenty of pure maple syrup, bacon and over-easy eggs. It was quite the feast, and all very delicious. The pancakes have plenty of flavor themselves, but I imagine they’d be fantastic with chopped walnuts (or other nuts of choice), and perhaps some sliced banana or chocolate chips. They’re ultra moist and lightly spiced for really great flavor, but since sweet potato isn’t a particularly overpowering flavor, they’re very versatile too.

Thanks, Denise, for giving me one great last SRC recipe. It’s a high note to say goodbye on!

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1 cooked small/medium sweet potato, peeled and mashed*
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients - oat flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and granulated sugar.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the wet ingredients - egg, vanilla, milk, yogurt, mashed sweet potato and melted butter. Once mixed, add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir just to combine.
  3. Depending on the size of your sweet potato, this batter can be pretty thick. If it seems too think, just add an extra splash of milk, and you should be good to go.
  4. Heat up your skillet, and once heated, grease with butter. Portion batter into preferred pancake size, and spread the batter out a bit so that the pancake isn't too thick. Cook over medium heat until bubbles appear on the top of the pancake. Flip and continue to cook until both sides are golden brown.
  5. This recipe made 10- 3" pancakes, which was great for brunch for 2 of us. This recipe is easily doubled.
  6. *To cook your sweet potato quickly, poke several times with a fork and microwave for 2-3 minutes, then an additional 30 seconds at a time until soft and cooked through. Handle carefully!
http://www.sweetlyserendipity.com/breakfast/sweet-potato-pancakes/


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