Happy National Pancake Day! Nothing says sugar coma like a tall stack of fluffy flapjacks, topped with a generous dollop of butter and drenched with thick maple syrup. The word picture alone is making my stomach growl (don’t judge me). And, of course, this unofficial holiday lands right at the beginning of sugar smackdown month. Isn’t that just the way? 🙂
Fortunately, a Farmgirlfit gal who is also participating in the challenge shared a fantastic recipe for sweet potato pancakes (she calls them latkes) from Everyday Paleo. The batch I made yielded about 16 cakes, and I was not disappointed with the result.
The recipe seems flexible. You could either do a savory variation (add minced onions and eat plain) or a sweet rendition (add minced apple to the mix and top with warmed blueberries and strawberries). I added minced onions and topped with warm fruit, which was a little weird, but I still enjoyed it. 🙂 Here’s the basic recipe.
Sweet Potato Latkes
5 cups grated sweet potato
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Heat a pancake griddle to 350 degrees and grease with a spoonful of coconut oil. Drop small handfuls of potato mix onto the griddle and press down gently into little cakes. Cook until golden brown and crispy and the potatoes are cooked through.
Day 4 Progress Report
Breakfast – Smoothie (plain Greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, banana, almond milk), black coffee.
Snack – Two over-easy eggs seasoned with salt and pepper.
Lunch – Chicken breast seasoned with paprika, garlic powder, and mustard powder. Served over quinoa/rice mix. Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower on the side.
Snack – Homemade applesauce (apples, cinnamon, vanilla), dried fruit and nut mix (almonds, cashews, dried cranberries and blueberries) .
This applesauce was incredible. I brought two apples (cut into small chunks) and some water to a boil on the stove, then let simmer on low for 15 minutes. Then I pureed the apples in the blender, topped with a little bit of cinnamon and vanilla, and ate it warm. It tasted like apple pie.
Dinner – Sweet potato latkes topped with warm strawberries and blueberries.
Take that, National Pancake Day! I can still enjoy you without your crazy sugar-ness!