These sweet potato pancakes will make a lovely breakfast or even snack for your little one. They have a slightly sweet taste but you can turn the pancakes into a savory dish by adding some slices of hard-boiled egg for example.
Pancakes are considered a popular breakfast and, depending on the ingredients you use, they can be a healthy dish. Moreover, this type of breakfast encourages the little ones to feed themselves.
You can make regular pancakes interesting by adding natural ingredients like spinach or sweet potatoes to make them colorful and flavorful.
It’s a real pleasure for a baby to tear these pancakes and try to stick the pieces into his or her mouth. Plus, they are easy to break and the baby can deal with them easily.
It is advisable to feed him or her pancakes after 6 months. They can be served with yogurt or fruit pieces, if you prefer the sweet alternative. For the savory, try adding egg slices, some vegetable puree or pieces of steamed veggies.
Having some pancakes at hand is also great when travelling because eating them doesn’t involve too much mess. You can clean up pretty quick, without having to worry about any annoying crumbs.
The sweet potato pancakes recipe will bring your baby a lot of nutrients and also a lot of fun.
Benefits of serving your little one sweet potato pancakes
Sweet potatoes have a wonderful flavor and a smooth consistency. Therefore, kids adore them. Plus, they are not to be found on the list with foods that may cause allergies.
The high fiber content helps with constipation. Sweet potatoes contain a large amount of vitamin C, A and beta-carotene. I also have to mention the vitamins from the B complex.
One great advantage is that these potatoes also bring a lot of calories which are essential for your little pumpkin.
Eggs are a complete protein source. Protein intake is crucial for a baby’s diet because it helps with cell regeneration and new cell development.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin in eggs keep the vision sharp and ensure retina’s health. Eggs are a source of vitamin D, mandatory for baby’s development. They contain the right balance of unsaturated and saturated fats too.
whether it is whole wheat or gluten-free, contains a lot of fibers, both soluble and insoluble which help with the digestion.
Coconut Oil brings a lot of good fats and fights against constipation. Fat is important for babies’ diet. As a matter of fact, it is important for any diet, even if many people blame it.
Fat is mandatory for brain development, provides energy and satiety. It also ensures cell repair, bone and organ growth. So don’t be afraid to add some coconut oil to your baby’s pancakes.
What do you need to prepare the sweet potato pancakes?
- A bowl for mixing the ingredients. Make sure it’s a large one so you don’t scatter batter drops all over the place.
- A hand whisk. You can also use an electric mixer, if you don’t like to whisk by hand.
- A larger tablespoon to add the batter to the pan.
- A cast iron pan.
- A wooden or silicone spatula to flip over the pancakes.
- Boiled or roasted sweet potatoes. I peeled half of a sweet potato and boiled it for about 15 minutes, until it was tender and could mash it with a fork.
- Whole wheat flour or a gluten-free flour mix, suitable for babies. You may try a combination of rice and oat flour, like I did.
- Eggs. For this quantity of ingredients, you will need two eggs. If preparing less or more, simply adjust the numbers.
- Coconut oil. Two tablespoons will give your pancakes a nice and smooth consistency.
- Milk. You may use cow, goat or vegetable milk, whatever your child enjoys.
- Cinnamon and vanilla add great flavors if you opt for sweet pancakes.
- You will also need baking powder for fluffy pancakes.
Substitutions for the recipe
This recipe is extremely versatile, as you have the possibility of replacing several ingredients, to suit your babies needs and taste. That is what makes it so awesome.
- As previously said, gluten-free flour can be used in case your baby has an allergy or intolerance.
- For dairy-free version, utilize vegetable milk, any kind will do: rice, almond, oat, coconut drink.
- There are babies with intolerance to egg whites. In this case, simply replace them with flax-eggs: mix two tablespoons ground flax with five tablespoons water and set aside to rest. Add this mixture to the batter to play the role of the eggs in the recipe.
- Sweet potatoes can also be replaced with pumpkin puree, though I strongly advise you to try both options. They are equally delicious.
Extra add-ins for the sweet potato pancakes
Every person has its own needs and prefers certain tastes. This is absolutely true for babies too. Make sure you add some ingredients your baby loves so that he/she will enjoy the breakfast.
For sweet pancakes
- Add pieces of fruit on top and serve next to a cup of yogurt or milk.
- Stir some seeds on crushed nuts in the batter. You may try hemp seeds or finely chopped almonds or walnuts.
For savory pancakes
- Top with hard-boiled egg slices, steamed broccoli florets or carrot slices.
The remaining pancakes can be stored in an airtight container. Place it in the fridge for up to 3 days. In case you want to freeze them, pack in a storage bag and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. They can be warmed in the microwave for 15-30 seconds or in a non-stick pan.
Sweet Potato Pancakes BLW Recipe:
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Ingredients (makes 18 pancakes)
- ½ cup sweet potato, mashed
- 1 ½ cup gluten-free flour mix
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable milk
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Peel and cut ½ sweet potato. Place in a small pot and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, until tender. Drain and set aside to cool a bit. Use a fork to mash the pieces into a fine puree.
- Place all the ingredients into a large bowl and whisk well until you get a smooth batter. Alternatively, use a hand electric mixer and combine everything well. The batter should be pourable but a bit thick.
- Heat a non-stick pan.
- Add about 2 tablespoons of batter for a pancake. Add more pancakes in the pan at a time, depending on the size of the pan. Let them cook for about 2 minutes or until they begin to bubble. Flip over and cook for 90 seconds – 2 minutes more.
- Repeat for the remaining batter.
- If the pancakes seem a bit too brown, lower the heat and continue cooking.
- Leave them to cool a bit before serving your baby.
Give this recipe a try. Your little one will definitely enjoy these delicious pancakes.