My experimental Sweet Potato Pancakes

I bought a bag of sweet potatoes a couple weeks ago because they were cheap.  I always buy sweet potatoes thinking that I'll use them.  And then they sit there.  In the refrigerator.  This time, I decided to try to come up with some recipes and really use them.  Here's a recipe for Sweet Potato pancakes.  I usually add chocolate chips to everything for my kids.  They're dark chocolate, so not as sweet and chocolate has antioxidants!!  So, I don't worry too much about adding the chocolate.  I always use whole wheat flour too, so it's a way to up the fiber intake in the house.  I actually made 6 pancakes and 2 waffles with this batter and then added cocoa powder to the rest of the batter.  Jaycee tried the first batch and didn't like it, so that's why I added cocoa powder.  But, actually, I think it was the nutmeg and cloves that she didn't like.  I might try again with just the cinnamon.  And I'll leave the nuts out.  I guess I'll be finishing all of the rest of them by myself!!  I think they'll be yummy with maple syrup.  If you'd like to try--if you're brave--here's the recipe.  It was kind of heavy!  It might actually make better muffins than pancakes.  Experiment, experiment.   Think I'll have to try something different with the rest of the sweet potatoes.  Maybe sweet potato fries!

Nutty Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Pancakes

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 c. lightly packed brown sugar (if you like them sweet, add more sugar)
2 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves

2 1/2 cups peeled cubed raw sweet potato (2 small sweet potatoes)
2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter melted
2 eggs
1 Tbsp Vanilla extract
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Steam peeled, chopped sweet potatoes until tender--about 20 minutes.  Smash sweet potatoes in a small bowl and add milk, butter, eggs and vanilla extract.  Sift together the dry ingredients.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.  Do not overmix.  Fold in walnuts.  Let sit 10 minutes.

Cook on medium-hot griddle.  You can tell the griddle is ready when water "dances" on the surface.  I usually take a stick of butter and grease the pan.  I wipe off the excess with a paper towel.  Use a ladle to pour batter onto griddle.  Drop chocolate chips on top of batter.  When bubbles are "set" on the top, it's time to flip.  Flip and cook until that side is done.  Enjoy!

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