Sweet Potato Turmeric Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Imagine something soft and creamy. And thick and moist. And rich and decadent.
I don’t usually enjoy pancakes; I would opt for waffles or oatmeal any day. That is, until these babies were born.
These came together after a long night of crime fighting with batman. We were hungry and wanted something exotic yet rich and comforting.
The flavor combination just works so well. It’s unexpected yet perfect. Sweet potatoes, turmeric and dark chocolate? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. I promise! Read on for the crazy nutritional benefits, too.
The recipe is quite easy. The wet ingredients can be mixed in a blender, and from ingredients to pan takes just five minutes.
Sweet Potato, Turmeric and
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- 2 eggs
- 3 prunes
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 cup baked sweet potato
- 1 tbsp agave nectar (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup whole wheat white flour
- 1/3 cup chopped dates
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
Puree the eggs, prunes, sweet potato, agave, vanilla, turmeric and almond milk until completely smooth.
Whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour the wet mixture over the top and fold together until there is no visible powder.
Cook on a greased non stick pan for about 4 minutes over medium heat. Flip and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
Keep warm in a 250* oven if you don’t have stove top space to cook them all at once.
Here are the nutrition facts. This is per serving and the recipe makes 3-4 servings. The prunes, dates and sweet potatoes provide so much natural sweetness that the agave can definitely be eliminated. They also come with the benefit of dietary fiber.
The amount of protein and Vitamin A isn’t too shabby either! I would say these are a healthy start to your day.
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More nutrition knowledge:
Let’s talk tannins. Foods that contain tannins include wine, coffee, tea, berries and spices like turmeric. What do these foods have in common?
They stain things easily (think teeth, table clothes)
They have medicinal properties
Why? Because tannins, including tannic acid, are polyphenols. If you’ve heard Alton Brown’s Welch’s commercials you may know something about polyphenols. They are antioxidants that counter harmful free radicals. Free radicals can react with cell DNA creating mutations: potential tumors and the beginning to cancer.
Why does turmeric act as an anti-inflammatory? Curcumin, one of the active components of turmeric, suppresses prostaglandin synthesis. Prostaglandin constricts muscle cells and acts on the thermoregulatory system to elevate body temperature.
The lesson, kiddies, is to eat your pancakes and your curry. They may just save your life! 🙂
[Photo source. If you’re interested in the nutrition research sources, shoot me an e-mail. It’s mainly text books.]
Thank you all for your encouragement after my last post. It means so much to me. In the words of a friend:
“Any decision is the right decision as long as you don’t look back”.
I think I’m going to try to not think about the big commitment until I get back from Florida.
Oh, did I tell you I’m going to Florida this week for my senior trip? Wooot wooot!! 😀
In other news I desperately need to update my recipes page. About that…
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!!