I’ve always been a fan of sweet potatoes, and most of my favorite meals are served at breakfast. The marriage of the two seemed like an inevitable plan. I had been trying to find a Paleo/Primal version of sweet potato pancakes ever since I tried some of the typical gluten-filled variety a couple years ago. Back then, I stumbled across a recipe linked on the Catalyst Athletics website but I never got an answer to a problem I encountered. The idea remained shelved until recently when I figured I would try subbing cooked sweet potato for the banana in an old favorite recipe I posted long ago. I tried to whip things up from memory, but I was a little off. Nevertheless, the end product was quite good. Here’s the simple ingredient list:
First, you’ll need to bake up a batch of sweet potatoes. I just wash and scrub the outside and throw them in an oven at 400F for an hour. This gets the sugars nice and caramelized with a bit of a smoky flavor. The texture also ends up somewhat similar to an overripe banana, which is what sparked this innovation. You’ll need roughly two bananas worth of sweet potatoes, by volume. Peel the skin off the outside and mash them thoroughly.
Add 2 whole eggs and mix together. Then stir in 2 tbsp of smooth almond butter and I also added a few shakes of pumpkin pie spice for good measure. Once everything is all mixed up, you should have a batter-like consistency.
To cook them, I first fried up about 4 strips of bacon to render plenty of fat. Make sure you have the heat on medium-high and then pour out the batter into circles about 4″ in diameter. Make sure to cook them until they start to dry out a little. This will ensure they hold together when you turn them, otherwise you will have runny batter and a frustrating time.
Depending on how much bacon grease you have, your skillet may start to get pretty dry before you finish the batch. I added a little coconut oil to prevent the pancakes from sticking. This should yield roughly 12 pancakes. Serve plain as I did, or top with some fruit or nut butter!
Back Squat 3×5 (or Wendler 5/3/1)
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