Let’s talk about pancakes. Although this blog may not yet reflect it (aside from the heading – those rainbow pancakes are also delicious), I love pancakes. I could probably eat them everyday. And after a long Monday they were exactly what I needed for dinner. Sweet, savory, and delicious, these pancakes warmed me up and gave me energy to head back to the library (eww). Regardless of what meal you make these for (they’d be an awesome Sunday brunch, but since they take only about ten minutes to make, they’re also great for a weekday morning when you have a little extra time or need a little extra pep in your step.) This particular recipe is not vegan, as we used an egg, but feel free to substitute one flax egg (3 Tablespoons water to 1 Tablespoon flax meal) for the regular egg.
Sweet Potato Pancakes
1 sweet potato
3/4 cup almond milk (sub any milk in here)
1 egg (or flax egg if vegan)
2 tbsp applesauce
1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cinnamon
*Optional: Instead of 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, add 1/4 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup pumpkin pancake mix – Trader Joe’s has a great one – for a little twist on the flavor. Dark chocolate chips are also a great addition!
Cook the sweet potato with preferred method. I popped it in the microwave for 6 minutes (or until soft). Mash it in a bowl and add remaining wet ingredients. Whisk together. (The less you mash the potatoes, the chunkier they will be. I personally loved the bigger pieces of potato, but if you want a smoother pancake make sure to mash them well.)
In another bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add wet to dry and stir until mixed.
Heat a skillet on the stove and add a little oil or non-stick spray. Pour the batter to form desired sized pancakes. Cook about 2 minutes on each side. If adding chocolate chips, place them on top of the batter before flipping.
Top with syrup, honey, or my favorite, pb2 (the chocolate pb2 was way too good of a combination with these pancakes).