Double Chocolate Sweet Potato Pancakes
This morning's breakfast brought to you by: SWEET POTATOES.
That's right. You might not guess it just by looking at this stack of chocolatey goodness, but they have a SECRET INGREDIENT.
I went to my grocery store the other day and they had the BIGGEST sweet potatoes I had ever seen. I picked up a few only to get home and realize I bought way more than I could eat by themselves! I am a huge fan of protein pancakes, so I decided to get a little creative with my typical short stack recipe this morning.
This recipe only has FIVE ingredients: sweet potatoes, egg whites, protein powder (I use Unico Nutrition's vanilla milkshake flavor - you can use the discount code "BOWERS20" to get 20% off your order), all-natural unsweetened cocoa powder, and stevia.
Sweet potatoes not only taste delicious, but they come along with a whole load of health benefits:
1. They are LOADED with fiber and will help aid with digestion. Half a cup of cooked sweet potato has around 4 grams.
2. They are high in beta-carotene (the reason they have such a vibrant orange color) which is converted into vitamin A and supports healthy eyes and skin.
3. They contain anti-inflammatory agents.
4. Sweet potatoes have been shown to help regulate and stabilize blood sugar levels (and help avoid getting a spike of energy right after a meal followed by a crash).
The list goes on! Aside from the many health benefits, I love how sweet potatoes are so versatile. You can either turn them into "french fries," pancakes, brownies, mashed potatoes, or just eat them plain! When you think creatively the possibilities are endless with sweet potatoes.
You can either follow this recipe as is or double it if you are extra hungry. I used about half a sweet potato in the recipe as it is described, so if you double it you would probably end up using the whole sweet potato.
I really loved the texture of these pancakes once they were finished. The sweet potato made them really dense and moist so they kind of ended up tasting like BROWNIES. The batter especially reminded me of a dessert.
If you are a morning person and like to workout first thing when you wake up, these are a perfect source of fuel after you finish your sweat sesh. I actually ate these right after a leg workout and they really hit the spot! These are pretty low in fat (1.2g per serving) so you could always top them with some peanut butter or almond butter. Now THAT would be the ultimate stack of pancakes! Check out the recipe below.
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