Monday, December 6, 2010

Here it is again...Veggies for Breakfast...and your kids will LOVE them!!!

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 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!!!

Here you go:

Sweet potatoes...why would we need to add more of these to our diet?

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!!! 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!!!


Okay, so now you are officially motivated to get your family eating sweet potatoes, right? Well, let me give you this outstanding pancake recipe that will get them not only eating them, but eating them for BREAKFAST and starting the day off right!!!

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

1 egg

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!!


  1. Those look good. I have a recipe for sweet potato French toast, but not for pancakes. I love pancakes and am always looking for a new recipe for them. Thanks!

  2. I've never heard of sweet potato french toast...unless it uses sweet potato do you do it???

  3. We tried these this morning and thought that they were really good. They took just a little longer to cook than the average pancake. I didn't have buttermilk and just used 1% milk and they were still yummy!

  4. I'm so glad you liked them, Sara!!!