So it has been an incredibly long time since I have been away from my beloved blog – over a year! I can’t believe how time has flown at all. But then again maybe I can, since I had a baby almost exactly one year ago and since then life has been, needless to say, a little hectic. 🙂
I am excited to be back to blogging though, and with my little guy in the picture, my desire to cook has taken on a new dimension of making him fun, healthy vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I have been experimenting with different finger foods, soups, etc. that are packed with veggies and proteins but still flavorful enough that everyone in the family can enjoy.
My first recipe is inspired by the fact that Milan (my son), loves pancakes and I was watching an episode of the Kitchen recently where they were talking about how easy and fun it is to add oats to pretty much anything. To that end, I tried out a fairly quick and fast sweet potato pancakes recipe and much to my delight, Milan loves them! Fun fact: sweet potatoes were also his first solid food! I made a bunch of pancakes and stored them in the fridge for a quick breakfast go-to or for him to eat as an additional snack during the day.
If you want to see a photo of my reason for the long absence, head over to the About Me page for a snap of my cutie. I hope to be back soon with another kid and adult-approved recipe.
First, I boiled one sweet potato. I actually made this recipe in batches, so the one I explain below is for about half a sweet potato which resulted in 8 mini-pancakes.
I beat up the wet ingredients: egg, milk, vanilla extract in a bowl.
I used my handy dandy bullet blender which I love to pieces (literally, its on its last legs). Into the bullet went the sweet potatoes, egg/milk mixture, oats, flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. It blended this concoction really easily and quickly.
My puree was ready for pan frying! I sprayed up a skillet and spooned out a thin circle on medium heat.
The pancakes came out moist, slightly sweet, and really tasty. A big hit with Milan and therefore a big hit with me!
Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes
Makes: 8 mini-pancakes
- Half a sweet potato
- One egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- Half teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup of quick oats
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Boil the sweet potato until soft and almost mushy, about 25 minutes
- Combine wet ingredients: egg, milk, and vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients in blender together (may have to do this in batches): Sweet potato cut up in chunks, egg/milk mixture, salt, oats, flour, and baking powder
- Puree until its a pancake batter like consistency
- Spray a tiny bit of cooking spray on a pan and spoon out a tablespoon full of batter onto the griddle. Cook on medium heat about 30-45 seconds on each side.