Heart-smart sweet potato pancakes

 Luv U... B mine?
 Luv U… B mine?

Here’s a terrific treat for the family on a day that celebrates all things close to the heart. Whether it’s for your valentine, for your mom or dad on their special day, or just to say I love you to someone special in your life, these pancakes are terrific because rhey don’t involve candy, but they taste wonderful, anyway.

This mystery delight involves sweet potatoes. They release their sugar gently, taking their time, so you don’t suffer from sugar spikes associated with refined white sugar that is added to most sweets. Try this easy recipe once and it will be your go-to recipe whenever you want to make pancakes from scratch.

sweet potato pancakes
Light and fluffy!

Heart-y sweet potato pancakes
Serves 2 or 3

  • 3/4 cup mashed sweet potatoes (1 medium potato boiled until fork tender, then peeled, mashed, and measured)
  • 1/4 cup flour (whole grain if possible)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs (omega-3 if possible)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons liquid oil (coconut, if possible)
  1. Boil your sweet potato until fork tender. Then peel, mash, and measure. Use 1/4 cup mashed potato per egg, for each person. My recipe serves 3 people from 1 potato.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk and canola oil. Of course you can use any kind of eggs, milk or oil…. but on a day we are celebrating love, I think we should be as kind to our hearts as we can be with these healthy ingredients.
  4. Whisk the sweet potato puree into the liquid ingredients. Then stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until they are just blended.

Cooking and Presentation

  1. To follow through with hearts on Valentine’s Day, spray a large nonstick or cast-iron frying pan with oil and add a dab of butter for flavor. Heat the pan on medium heat until oil sizzles a bit.
  2. Fill the pan with 1/4-cup scoops of batter. I had room for 3 or 4 at a time. When bubbles rise to the surface of the pancakes, lift a corner and check the underside. When golden brown, flip the cake over, using a spatula. After a minute or three, once the second side is golden as well, flip the cake onto a wooden cutting board.
  3.  Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, turn each pancake into a love-note for your sweetie. I presented these golden treats with a splash of maple syrup and some berries on the side.
Sweet potato
Hey, sweet patootie, I yam keen on you! B mine?

Sweet potatoes make healthy eating

The Centre for Science in the Public Interest  ranked the sweet potato number one in nutrition of all vegetables. It beat out  white potatoes by more than 100 points!

Points were given for content of dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars and complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. Points were deducted for fat content (especially saturated fat), sodium, cholesterol, added refined sugars and caffeine. The higher the score, the more nutritious the food.

Sweet potato ranked highest with a score of 184. Potato came in at 83.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. goatsandgreens
    Mar 06, 2016 @ 08:37:11

    Sweet potatoes, a very awesome idea!

    Reply

  2. Lina
    Mar 03, 2016 @ 05:56:11

    Hi! Welcome to the pancake Challenge!! I love the shape! It must have been perfect for Valentines day:) I love the addition of sweet potatoes to the recipe…great going! ATB!

    Reply

  3. More Time at the Table
    Feb 23, 2016 @ 10:30:38

    Very sweet… Thanks for spending more time at the table. I look forward to “seeing” you again!

    Reply

  4. Javy Dreamer
    Feb 14, 2016 @ 10:35:07

    Reblogged this on Home Made Dreams!.

    Reply

  5. Natascha's Palace
    Feb 14, 2016 @ 09:58:41

    I am having a Pancake Challenge on my blog! It would be great if you participated! I love sweet potatoes!!!

    Reply

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