We have all seen that version of frozen “sweet potato patties” or “yam patties” that you can get in the store. I think they were even served regularly in our school cafeteria when I was a kid. I am talking about these:
Highly-Processed Frozen Sweet Potato Yam Patties
According to the website, the ingredients for those are: Yams (Sweet Potatoes), Sugar, Cornstarch, Buttermilk, Salt, Yellow 6, Red 40, Natural And Artificial Flavoring, Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate (To Retain Natural Color).
So while they do start out as a vegetable (a sweet potato, as a real “yam” is a totally different veggie), the manufacturer has added lots of sugar, artificial flavorings and two types of food dyes. Yuck! So, why not just make your own?
We had the day off school last week for a Teacher’s Professional Day. We got to wake up late and I wanted to make the girls a filling brunch before we headed out to the Chickasaw Cultural Center. If you live anywhere nearby, I highly recommend a visit.
I had only one sweet potato and it needed to be used. Since Sarah, especially, loves roasted sweet potatoes, I decided to shred it and make a hybrid between hash browns and a pancake. I used a combo of mashed banana and honey to give it a bit of sweetness. Since I put honey inside it, I did not serve any honey or syrup at the table.
I shredded the potato on my hand grater, but if you are doing more than one potato, using the shredding blade on your food processor would be great. Or, if you wanted that totally puréed potato texture that the frozen ones have, then just throw everything in your food processor and purée it before cooking. I add the flax-seed to boost the Omega-3′s and also to thicken the mixture without having to rely on any kind of flour. I guess it also makes this gluten-free, if that matters to your family.
By the way, “pumpkin pie spice” is a mixture of ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and either allspice or cloves. If you do not have the ready-made spice mix, then you can mix together 1.5 tsp cinnamon + 3/4 tsp ginger + 1/4 tsp nutmeg + 1/4 tsp cloves/allspice, all ground, to make your own. The girls all ended up LOVING them and surprisingly, it was Emma not Sarah who loved them the most, as she ate FOUR of them.
Sweet Potato Patties
Makes about 12 patties
- 1 good-sized sweet potato, peeled and shredded
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1 large organic egg
- 1 tablespoon real maple syrup or honey
- 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tablespoon ground flax seed (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together in bowl.
- Lightly grease a frying pan, skillet or griddle and place over medium high heat. I used coconut oil to grease mine.
- When pan is hot, put scoops of the mixture in pan and flatten slighty with the back of your spoon.
- Cook until patties are brown on both sides. Serve.
We enjoyed ours with a piece of nitrate-free bacon, an organic fried egg, grape tomatoes, apple slices and steamed french green beans.
The nutritional info from About.com’s recipe analyzer, for one patty:
Look at all that Vitamin A! And the grams of sugars in my patties are much less than the storebought frozen ones, even with the little bit of honey in them.