Sweet Potato Pancakes 1

Usually I do a lot of planning for my recipes.  I plan what I am going to make and how, and what I am going to serve it with.  For the braised cabbage recipe I posted Monday, I had made that several times for myself just because I really like sitting down to enjoy a bowl of braised cabbage (I am feeling less weird about admitting this because I no longer feel like I am alone in my love of braised cabbage).  But since I loved it so much I decided it would be fun to share that recipe.  So not a ton of advanced planning.

Then, last night, I decided that the container of braised cabbage in my fridge really wanted to hang out with some sweet potato pancakes (you know, in my belly).  I googled a recipe, and found that sweet potato pancakes means something totally different to the rest of the world then it does to me.  Because all the recipes that came up were for breakfast pancakes, made with sweet potatoes.  And umm that sounds awesome, but I was really looking for potato pancakes made with sweet potatoes.  So I decided to try to make some myself.  One of those, I want to eat this now so I am going to make it.

Sweet Potato Pancakes 3

Now that I am posting this recipe, I feel like I need to post a recipe for applesauce to go with these sweet potato pancakes.  I never knew braised cabbage was such a downward spiral into things I need to go with it!! (I am not at the moment planning on doing an applesauce recipe, but if you guys want one I totally will.  Because I was a genie in another life and I love to grant wishes.)

Health highlight of sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are one of best sources of beta-carotene, which your body coverts to vitamin A. They are very anti-inflammatory, high in fiber and full of antioxidants. Despite their sweet flavor, sweet potatoes have less impact on your blood sugar than other potatoes. They are good for your skin, eyes, digestion, and bones. Sweet potatoes are also a really good source of vitamin C and potassium.  They are a staple in the Okinawa diet, where people have the highest life expectancies in the world.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes (vegan)
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Serves: Makes 12 small pancakes
  • 4 small Sweet Potatoes (or 2 large)
  • 1 small Onion
  • ¼ cup Flour (see note)
  • ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • Coconut Oil (to cook)
  1. Preheat a heavy pan (I used cast iron) on the stove on medium
  2. If you have a food processor, use the shredding attachment to shred the sweet potatoes and onions (If you do not, shred on a box grater)
  3. Add the shredded potato and onion to a medium bowl
  4. Add the flour and sea salt and toss to combine
  5. Like you would to make meatballs, take some of the shredded mixture into your hand and create a ball about the size of a golf ball, repeat with all the mixture (you should get about 12)
  6. Add your oil and half your sweet potato balls to the pan (depending on your pan size, just don’t over crowd)
  7. Press the ball down with a spatula, spoon, or carefully with your hand
  8. Cook until the pancake browns and easily removes from the pan (about 5 minutes)
  9. Flip and cook on the other side (about 5 minutes)
  10. Remove the potato pancakes from the pan and place them on paper towel to catch the excess oil
  11. Repeat until all the pancakes are cooked
  12. Eat up and enjoy!!
I used spelt flour when I developed this recipe. You can easily sub for whole wheat or all purpose flour. Spelt flour is not gluten free, so if you are gluten free you may want to consider another option. I have not tested any other flours but would think millet flour would be a good alternative.


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