Scrumptious Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes

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I’m a girl on a mission.  A mission to achieve what’s never been achieved before, and accomplish what no one ever thought possible!  By… well, me!

It’s my own personal goal to be in the best fitness of my life, just as I am about to turn 25.  And hopefully, you know, stay pretty darn fit after that.  I’ve had a lot of reading up to do about nutrition and exercise.   Way more than I originally thought I’d need, as a certified personal trainer, but there is a lot out there to know, and even more I didn’t know about sports nutrition!  

My goals are to become more toned and defined, now that I have a fairly good level of endurance and strength as a basis.  In order to see the muscle, I want to lose some of my body fat and build up the muscle at the same time. 

Whoa, hey now – don’t be all concerned.  I’m not going to go overboard!  (I can see you picturing me as some crazed gym-fiend with bulging shoulders or something.)  I’m doing this for the challenge, yes, and for the bikini-body, can’t lie, but my ultimate, long-term goal is always to be HEALTHY.  Not crazy.

But bottom line, right now, super clean eating is a top priority for me.  Close to godliness.  I want to keep my good carbs in check without going to excesses that will stick around, (like, say, my belly?) and get plenty of protein to fuel my workouts, keep me full, and rebuild the muscle I’m tearing down at the gym.

That’s why, for when my typical weekend pancake cravings come around, I’ve REALLY needed to find something to switch to!  I’ve actually never had great success making my own pancakes from scratch, period.  Sooo I mostly stick to a – GASP – mix. 

Say what?  Yep.  I’ve always done the (organic whole-grain) mix when it comes to the flapjacks.   I tried adding protein powder to the mix, which tasted alright, but still had a bajillion carbs to protein ratio that wasn’t so great.  I tried another recipe with basically just egg and protein powder.  I thought the taste was decent but they were slightly dry and therefore disappointing.  (Like, it made me want to add gobs of butter/whipped cream/syrup, which would have been MEGA off-point.)

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So when I found the recipe for banana pancakes, I absolutely fell in love with the texture and the nutritional awesomeness.  I liked the banana flavor alright, but the hubby wasn’t thrilled.  Okay - no biggie, we don’t always want pancakes that taste like fruit.  So I adapted it just a little, and voila.

A protein pancake that pleases.

Scrumptious Sweet Potato (or Pumpkin) Protein Pancakes

Adapted from the recipe on bodybuilding.com

1/4 c. baked, mashed (or pureed) sweet potato OR pumpkin

2 T. low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt or cottage cheese

1 scoop vanilla, cinnamon, or maple-flavored protein (should be about 140 calories and over 20g protein per scoop)

1 egg whites or 1 T. liquid egg white

Heaping 1/3 c. oats

1 T. coconut flour (other whole grain would be okay, too)

1/2 tsp. cinnamon + pinch nutmeg (if you like)

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. baking soda

3-4+ T. water – more if necessary, to desired thinness

Throw everything into a blender or food processor until well blended.

Heat a pancake griddle to medium heat, and make sure it’s ready by dripping a little water on it to see if it sizzles!

Spray the griddle with cooking spray, and scoop pancakes on the pan in about 2 tablespoon scoops (I just use a ¼ cup and pour half of it out.)  If the griddle is the right temperature, about 30 seconds per side should be about right, but watch closely!

Serve hot, with some berry compote (just heat up ¼ c. frozen berries), a little light agave syrup (my suggestion would be a good calorie-reduced version!), or a bit of light aerosol whipped cream!

Makes about 6-7 little (read: adorable) pancakes

Entire recipe: 351 calories, 37 g carbs, 6 g fat, 39 g protein

Per 1/6th recipe:  58 calories, 6 g carbs, 1 g fat, 6.5 g protein