Simple Sweet Potato Pancakes

I truly love that lately all the rules of traditional cooking and baking have not only been broken, but completely shattered. We’ve found ways to make a delicious pizza crust with cauliflower and eggs or ground almonds instead of white or wheat flour. We can make delicious “ice cream” out of bananas without any cream or milk.

I’ve been making paleo banana pancakes with coconut flour for a couple of years now, but this sweet potato pancake recipe would have blown my mind a few years ago. Never did I think I could make a pancake without any flour, baking powder, or baking soda at all.

Say what? Is that even possible? Are you sure it’s not just a pile of mush? You’re probably wondering all these things, but I just dare you to try these delectable (though not very sweet) pancakes – all you need is some sweet potato, eggs, a pinch of salt, and some healthy fat for cooking.

Stack of Sweet Potato pancakes

Simple Sweet Potato Pancakes
Gluten Free/Grain Free
Makes 12 three-inch pancakes

These delicious pancakes are simple as can be. Make them ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze and reheat later. Adapted from Katy Kiely’s recipe for 3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Pancakes on paleoparents.com.

1 large sweet potato (about 1 cup mashed sweet potato)
4 eggs
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons coconut oil or butter for cooking

Pierce sweet potato with a knife in 4 to 6 places, and microwave the sweet potato on high for about 3-5 minutes until soft. (Alternatively, you can bake the sweet potatoes ahead of time.) Mash sweet potato well with a fork, scoop out of the skin, and add to a medium-sized bowl. You should have about 1 cup of mashed sweet potato. Add eggs and salt and beat with a whisk until well combined – the consistency should be similar to that of a traditional pancake batter. Cook over medium heat 1-2 minutes on each side in coconut oil or butter until lightly browned on both sides. (I use about 1/2 teaspoon butter or coconut oil per 3 pancakes.) I like to serve these with some pastured antibiotic-free pork or turkey sausage and mixed greens or kale for a delicious and nourishing breakfast.

Nutrition info per 3 pancakes: 152 calories, 7g protein, 7g fat, 15g carbs

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