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Sweet Potato Pancakes

Boost your breakfast nutrition with these delicious sweet potato pancakes!

We’ve been eating sweet potato pancakes for as long as we’ve been eating sweet potatoes for dinner, and we’re addicted! They’re a hit with the kids, and they even garnered excellent reviews from my neighborhood’s pickiest eater, which is saying a lot!

Most supermarket stores provide the sweet potatoes that we used in this recipe! This will be done using the orange fleshed potatoes. When we say sweet potatoes when we mean yams, it causes a lot of confusion.

What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?

Potatoes come in a range of shapes and sizes. Sweet potatoes are available in two varieties at our local supermarket. Although both sweet potatoes are sweet potatoes, the sweet potato is called a sweet potato and the yam is called a yam to distinguish them from each other for the consumer (you!). The orange fleshed potato offered in grocery stores (dubbed a yam) isn’t technically a yam (veggie nerds can read more about it here), but it does help to keep them apart for us common folk! I’ll say that you should be aware of the distinction because it’s critical if you’ve started ordering groceries online or for pick-up! When it comes to sweet potatoes, I’ve chosen the white fleshed sweet potatoes on several occasions!

Here’s how we use a sweet potato versus a yam in everyday life:

SWEET POTATOES: (with white flesh) This is a potato that we don’t use very often. It has a russet potato-like appearance and is not as delicious as the orange-fleshed “yams.”

Just like a baked potato (butter, salt etc.)

Salad with Sweet Potatoes

sweet-potato

YAMS: Yams are a type of food that is (with orange flesh) This is the potato that we use the most. We appreciate the flavour, the adaptability, and the fact that we can use it in a variety of recipes! In the United States, canned yams have grown popular as a Thanksgiving side dish, and as a result, many children conclude they don’t like yams before ever trying them fresh. Canned yams are generally packed in syrup, and are much too sweet for a side dish (in my opinion).  Then, it’s often cooked with marshmallows or more syrup. The texture is typically difficult for children to handle; it is highly mushy and readily comes apart.

  • Sweet potato fries
  • In a casserole with brown sugar
  • Baked in a slow cooker
  • In muffins
  • and of course, in pancakes like these!

Is one better for you than the other? YES! Yams have more vitamins due to their bright orange hue. The more nutrients your fruits or veggies contain, the more colourful they are.

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So, why do we like to add mashed sweet potatoes to our pancakes?

  • Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A! Depending on the size and provenance of the sweet potato, it can provide 35-90 percent of your daily necessary Vitamin A intake.
  • Mashed sweet potatoes are extremely juicy and provide a great base for baked goods.
  • Sweet potatoes provide a sweet flavour to pancakes without the use of refined sugars.

The best part about sweet potato pancakes is that you can top them with fresh fruit to give even more nutrients and fibre to your morning! Bananas, berries, plums, and peaches are among our favourites. We don’t always need syrup with fruit and sweet potatoes. A dollop of creamy yoghurt or whipped cream atop a plain pancake breakfast can transform it into one of our favourite desserts!

sweet-potato-slices

How Do you Make Sweet Potato Pancakes?

Sweet potato should be cooked (this can be done the night before). You’ll need 1/2 cup mashed potatoes.

In a blender, combine the first five ingredients and blend until smooth.

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir in the sweet potato mixture until it is completely mixed.

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If necessary, add extra milk to get a pancake batter consistency.

Pour the batter onto a preheated griddle that has been lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray. When the pancakes start to bubble and are golden brown on both sides, flip them.

Serve warm, with sliced bananas, yoghurt, and maple syrup drizzled on top.

Ingredients
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup flour, whole wheat
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt

Serve With
2 medium banana
1 cup yogurt, vanilla, low-fat
4 tablespoon maple syrup, pure
Instructions
1. Cook sweet potato (this can be done the night before). You will need 1/2 cup mashed.
2. Blend first five ingredients in a blender, until smooth.
3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the sweet potato mixture and stir just until combined.
4. Add more milk if needed for the consistency of pancake batter.
5. Pour the batter onto a hot griddle greased with nonstick cooking spray. Flip the pancakes when the begin to bubble and are golden brown on both sides.
6. Serve warm topped with sliced bananas, yogurt, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Nutrition

Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 256mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 32g

FAQ

  1. Why are my potato pancakes not crispy?

    Trying to cook too many latkes at once crowds the pan and lowers the temperature of the oil, resulting in soggy latkes. When the bottoms start to become golden brown around the edges, flip them. Allow plenty of time for them to brown; the fewer times you flip the latkes, the better.

  2. Why are my potato pancakes falling apart?

    If they fall apart during shaping, they either need more flour (QueenSashy recommends storing the potato starch that collects at the bottom of the liquid you squeeze out of the grated potatoes and putting it back into the potato mix) or they’re too wet and need to be wrung…

  3. Why are my potato pancakes rubbery?

    If you use too many eggs, your pancakes will be rubbery, and if you use too much flour or starch, they will be dense. Some argue that you can’t use cooked potatoes, while others argue that you can.

  4. What is the difference between German potato pancakes and latkes?

    Potato pancakes are more rounder than potato latkes, and they’re easier to make uniform. Potato latkes, on the other hand, are spherical, but you’ll find shredded potato jutting out here and there. Finally, potato pancakes are thinner than latkes, which are thicker.

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