Snowstorm Stella hit the Boston area pretty hard today, so I had time to make a delicious breakfast. I decided to give these sweet potato protein pancakes a try. Traditional pancakes are full of enriched wheat flour and sugar, both of which are not beneficial for your health. These pancakes are totally revamped to give you plenty of nutrition, while also being delicious. Sweet potatoes are known as a beauty food, because they contain lots of Vitamin A, which can help repair cell damage. In addition, sweet potatoes contain Vitamin C, making them great for boosting the immune system as well. I got this recipe from the Hungry Hobby Blog. I ended up modifying the recipe a little, but used the same basic ingredients.
You will need:
- 1 large sweet potato (I kept the skin on because it adds extra fiber)
- 1 cup of egg whites (I used eggs that are organic and cage free)
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used Sunwarrior vanilla)
- ¼ cup of flax seed
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Cinnamon to taste
- Coconut oil for cooking
- Splash of non-dairy milk (if you want the batter to be a little runnier)
I also added 1 tablespoon of Vital Proteins Unflavored Collagen Peptides. I have been absolutely loving this stuff recently, and I try to incorporate it whenever I have the chance. Collagen is said to be the best anti-aging treatment you can do for your skin without any fancy creams or harsh surgeries. In addition, collagen has 9 grams of protein per one scoop (Source: PrimallyInspired). This means you will stay fuller longer and have less cravings. Instead of taking Advil for joint pain or muscle aches, take collagen! It contains amino acids, which aids in reducing inflammation and repairing tissue.
- Toss all ingredients into a blender (I used a Vitamix, which are the best blenders in my opinion), and blend the mixture until completely smooth
- Coat the pan in coconut oil, or any other oil of choice, but do not forget this step! Otherwise, you will make a huge mess
- Use a ladle to spoon the mixture onto the pan (they should be medium sized, but not too thick or they will not cook through) Flip after about 30-45 seconds
This recipe makes about three pancakes, which is plenty because they are so filling! These are great for a post-workout meal because they contain so much protein, or as a healthy breakfast substitute for regular pancakes. I topped mine with maple syrup, strawberries and bananas. I also dusted them with more cinnamon, because you can never have enough cinnamon! It has antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties (Source:Organicauthority). You could also add some nut butter or chocolate chips!