My sister-in-law asked me the other day if I had a recipe for sweet potato pancakes. Hmmm...I thought I had almost all of the pancake recipes I could come up with...but no...no sweet potato pancakes. I tried one recipe out last week and my family wasn't a huge fan, so I didn't post those. However, today I tried some out and my family LOVED them. My pickiest daughter devoured them and asked for more. My husband, who believes that sweet potatoes are one of the foulest vegetables ever produced, REALLY liked them! Remember my post about why sweet potatoes are good for you? No, you don't? Well, I'm going to post them again for those of you who have memories like mine!!!
Let's begin with ANTI-OXIDANTS. First of all, I have told you what a FREE-RADICAL is, right? It is the by-product of oxidation in our bodies. (think of it as rust...another by-product of oxidation) Free radicals can cause damage to our other cells, including heart damage, cancer, etc. Anti-oxidants help us fight against these free radicals!!! That is one major reason that fruits and vegetables are so good for us! Vitamins like Vitamin A (beta-carotene) and Vitamin C can interact with free radicals and make it impossible for those free radicals to damage our cells!!!
Well...it just so happens sweet potatoes are a fabulous source of Vitamin A (beta carotene) and a great source of Vitamin C...both very powerful anti-oxidants. Sweet potatoes help us fight those nasty free radicals!!! These vitamins have other well-known advantages as well...for example, they also help eliminate inflammation. Vitamin A is used by dermatologists to treat acne...I know, I used it!!! Sweet potatoes are also a significant source of manganese, Vitamin B6, fiber, potassium and iron. These really are a WONDERFUL addition to your diet!!!
Sweet Potato Pancakes
1/2 C sweet potato (cooked VERY well and mashed or mixed so it is very smooth)
2 T white sugar
1 T brown sugar
2 T oil
1 C buttermilk
1 T baking powder
1 C whole wheat flour
milk to desired consistency (I like 1/4-1/2 C)
Bake sweet potatoes so they are VERY tender and mushy. If they are not baked well, you will have sweet potato chunks that people will kids will not appreciate. Mix sweet potatoes so they are a smooth consistency. Add sugar, egg, oil, buttermilk and mix well. Add in baking powder and flour and blend until smooth. Bake on a greased and heated griddle until golden brownish-orange in color. My family loves these and they are getting veggies for BREAKFAST!!