Thursday, May 3, 2012

Paleo Sweet Potato Pie Pancakes!

There is nothing like those memories of waking up Sunday morning to that wonderful greasy, buttery, sweet aroma of pancakes in the air.... As much as I would love to indulge in such a treat I have been gluten free since November & converting over to full Paleo diet (for those of you not familiar: now. My usual breakfast is either some sort of veggie juice (morning is usually: spinach, beet, cucumber, ginger, tomato, carrots and A fruit usually an apple), or a bunch of good ol' egg whites. I woke up this morning wanting to shake things up a bit. This is my first time making something like this so I really just threw it together and may work on perfecting it later. However, that does not mean that this wasn't SUPER tasty and really hit the spot...

Sweet Potato Paleo Pancakes:

Note: I baked the sweet potatoes the night before - washed them well then covered with foil and baked 30+ minutes - you can always poke and microwave then place in the fridge. It's good to let them cool after cooking as it makes it extremely easy to take the skin off!

-1 pre-cooked Sweet Potato, skin peeled off (you want about 3/4-1Cup) smashed down (see pic)
-4 Egg Whites
-1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
-1/2 tsp Baking Soda
-1/2 TBS Agave Syrup or 10 Drops Stevia (optional)
-1/2 tsp each of cinnamon & nutmeg - I added a bit more but I love both spices!
-2 TBS Coconut Flour
-2 TBS Milled Flax Seed
-1 Scoop and/or serving protein powder (I used a Chocolate Optimum Whey Sample from
-1/3 Cup Almond Milk or Milk of your Choice
-Coconut oil for the pan

In a large bowl start mixing ingredients in order - with the sweet potato I mash it into the measuring cup and usually mash it into the bowl as well. I use a whisk and not an electric mixer as I like the texture better being a little more "lumpy" then too smooth - but if you prefer "smooth" pancakes use a mixer. The color isn't the prettiest but they look much better when cooked!

Heat your skillet on Med/high heat with a fair amount of coconut oil. Flick a drop of water and if it pops it's warm enough - I actually turned down the skillet to medium heat but our burners run hot. 

I just reused my 1/3 Cup measuring cup to pour batter into the pan but you can really make them any size you wish. I made mine about 5-6" which made 7 pancakes - adjust if you want more/less. Pour batter in and make sure the oil is hitting all sides of the pancakes - swivel if necessary. 

When there are a lot of bubbles on top flip them - for me it was about 3 minutes each side. I won't lie they can be a pain to flip but who cares what they look like as long as they taste good!

They WILL look burned even though they aren't! As stoves differ - you can always cut one in half and make sure the insides aren't gooey. 

I put a little bit of coconut oil on top and mmm mmm MMMM! They are very good plain, add a little more cinnamon on top or even be a little naughty and add some butter! Note all these pictures are taken with my iPhone and I really couldn't get the color to display right. 

The calculator I used didn't have the exact protein powder I used so these actually have MORE protein then listed! And remember this is all GOOD fat, essential fats you need. "Don't fear the fat" as my fitness friend Kasey always says!

Nutrition Facts
User Entered Recipe
  7 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Total Fat1.4 g
     Saturated Fat0.2 g
     Polyunsaturated Fat0.0 g
     Monounsaturated Fat0.0 g
  Cholesterol10.0 mg
  Sodium159.8 mg
  Potassium111.3 mg
  Total Carbohydrate8.4 g
     Dietary Fiber2.3 g
     Sugars3.2 g
  Protein6.3 g
  Vitamin A26.2 %
  Vitamin B-120.0 %
  Vitamin B-64.1 %
  Vitamin C5.1 %
  Vitamin D1.2 %
  Vitamin E3.4 %
  Calcium4.1 %
  Copper3.8 %
  Folate0.3 %
  Iron2.2 %
  Magnesium0.9 %
  Manganese5.5 %
  Niacin2.1 %
  Pantothenic Acid    3.8 %
  Phosphorus    2.0 %
  Riboflavin1.9 %
  Selenium0.3 %
  Thiamin2.0 %
  Zinc0.7 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

I ate 3 and I am stuffed! They smell amazing so make sure you take small bites, chew, eat slowly so your brain has time to tell you you're full! Easy as snacks too as they taste good cold or just pop them in the toaster! 

If you have a hard time finding some of these ingredients (like coconut products) I use for everything! If you use my code: YEP919 you get $5 off your first order! 

Making "healthy chili rellenos" tonight - Post the recipe either tonight or tomorrow!

As always thanks for reading & feel free to ask questions!

1 comment:

  1. what an amazing thing to do with sweet potatoes. I juice them, make fries (my fav) with hot ketchup, and mash them, but pancakes...maybe I will like pancakes now!!!

    I have a Roasted Raspberry Chipolte (hot & sweet) sauce I get in Texas (when layover in airport) I think I'll try a dab of that of 'em!

    You clever girl! How'd you get so smart!!!
    love you,