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Recipes January 27, 2014

Sweet Potato Pancakes & Waffles


Whisk flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in large bowl until blended. Whisk egg, sweet potato, milk, sugar, oil and vanilla in medium bowl until smooth. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients; mix with rubber spatula until blended.

To make pancakes: Coat large nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter for each pancake into skillet; cook until bottoms have browned and small bubbles form on top, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until pancakes are browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes. (Adjust heat as necessary for even browning.)

To make waffles: Coat waffle iron with cooking spray; heat iron. Spoon in enough batter to cover 3/4 of the surface of each section, close iron and cook until waffles are crisp and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes.

To serve, top pancakes or waffles with bananas (or blueberries), maple syrup, and a sprinkling of nuts.  Accompany with yogurt.

Yield: 4 servings, 3 pancakes each.

Per serving: Calories: 330. Total fat: 7 grams. Saturated fat: 1 gram. Cholesterol: 60 milligrams. Sodium: 360 milligrams. Carbohydrates: 59 grams: Fiber: 6 grams. Sugars: 31 grams. Protein: 9 grams. Vitamin A: 200%.

Tip: To cook sweet potatoes in the microwave, scrub them and pat dry. Prick in several places with a fork. Wrap individually in paper towels. Microwave at High, 5 to 8 minutes for one, 10 to 12 minutes for two, or 15 to 20 minutes for four. (If microwave does not have a turntable, turn sweet potatoes over midway through cooking.) Let stand 5 minutes. Make a slit in each potato and scoop out flesh.

Gluten-Free Variation: Substitute 2/3 cup brown rice flour for white whole-wheat flour.

Leftovers? Wrap any leftover pancakes or waffles in plastic wrap or zip-close food bag and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Reheat in toaster or toaster oven.


  • 1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup low-fat 1% milk
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, warmed
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts,pecans,almonds or hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain or vanilla yogart
  • 3/4 cup mashed cooked sweet potato

Comments (1)

I was very surprised to see the recipe for sweet potato pancakes with 59 grams of carbs per serving, after the article of the importance of lowering one's high glycemic index. Sweet potatoes and yams have their own natural sweetness (as you mention), and I personally enjoy their wonderful flavor however they are prepared without any added sweetners. Adding sugar to this recipe, be it brown or white, increases the glycemic index as will the syrup on top of the cooked pancakes. Berries or other fruits can top the waffles and pancakes, which may help to lower the GI. Yes, fruits vary in GI as well, but from my perspective are healthier than the syrup. However, a few drizzles of pure maple syrup may suffice. BTW, I haven't made these yet, but have had sweet potato or yam pancakes before... very yummy.

Posted by: Bobbi Siegelbaum | June 16, 2014 11:03 AM    Report this comment

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