Sneaky Eats: Sweet Potato Pancakes

If you have picky eaters in the family who snarl at the site of a vegetable you need to pick up a copy of Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food.  Bug, my sweet little boy who as a toddler ate everything – cole slaw, baked beans, peas, carrots, broccoli, salad, green beans – now will touch nothing but chicken nuggets, french fries, fruits snacks, pb&j sandwiches and the occasional banana.  So I’m dusting off my copy of Deceptively Delicious and applying it to my kitchen again.  I’m also going to get Bug involved in the kitchen – I think helping in the kitchen will help improve his eating habits.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potatoes contain fiber, vitamin C and a TON of vitamin A.  And they turn pancakes into a healthy breakfast (or dinner!)

This is pretty much the easiest recipe in the Deceptively Delicious book.

Take 1 cup of regular pancake mix (Bisquik or whatever you use)

Add 1/2 cup of sweet potato puree and 1 cup water.

Add a dash of cinnamon if you’d like (I do.)

Mix (will be lumpy) and cook as you normally would cook your pancakes.

Mine aren’t as pretty as the ones in the book but they’re yummy all the same.


  • I like easy, so I make Sweet Potato Puree from canned sweet potatoes.  Bug enjoyed helping.  He liked pressing the button on the food processor to mash up the sweet potatoes.
  • Make sure your griddle or skillet is HOT before you add batter.  These take just a tad longer to cook thoroughly than regular pancakes.

After they were done, Bug wanted to cut his into trains so we got out the train cookie cutter.

Bug Rating on this Recipe:  He ate three pancakes.  “This is tasty,” he said a couple times.  I think that’s 5 out of 5 stars for this one.  :)

Mom Rating on this Recipe:  I give 5 out of 5.  It’s SUPER easy.  Since I use canned sweet potatoes for the puree, I don’t have to already have the puree made up.  I takes less than 5 minutes to whip it up when you just used canned versus cooking the sweet potatoes, letting the cool then pureeing them.  So it’s not much more effort than making regular pancakes.  When you take into consideration the Fiber and Vitamin A, I don’t feel bad about serving these for dinner.   Bug ate a handful of grapes with his pancakes.  Since there are some nights he eats less than 5 bites of dinner, I’m ecstatic over 3 sweet potato pancakes and a handful of grapes.  ;)

I hope you’ll join me as I discover more Sneaky Eats!

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