Pancakes (with Sweet Potato)

Pancakes (with Sweet Potato)

Kids Korner

Jessica Seinfield, author and guest of the Oprah Winfrey Show, has created many recipes just for kids to help their tastebuds get used to healthy fruits and vegetables. Recipes on her website, Deceptively Delicious, are great examples of how to “hide” healthy foods in casseroles, sides, main dishes, and even desserts. My preceptor at St. Jude, Amy Lynch, told me about this wonderful website and said the Sweet Potato Pancakes are delicious!
Here’s the recipe:

Pancakes (with Sweet Potato) 

1 cup water
½ cup sweet potato puree
¼ teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (optional)
1 cup pancake mix
Nonstick cooking spray
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Pure maple syrup, for serving

In a large bowl, mix the water, sweet potato puree, and cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, if using. Add the pancake mix and stir just to combine – the batter should be lumpy.

Coat a griddle or large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set it over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the oil, and spoon the batter onto the griddle or pan, using ¼ cup batter for each pancake.

Cook until bubbles form on top of the pancakes and the batter is set, 2-3 minutes. Then use a spatula to flip the pancakes and cook them until golden brown on the other side, 2-3 minutes.


Tip for hiding veggies in your favorite dishes: As seen in this recipe, pureeing or grating vegetables (squash, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, onions, bell pepper, etc) into your pasta sauce or casserole makes a healthy addition and helps kids (and picky parents) get used to the flavors of these foods while they are mixed with other foods.