Sweet Potato Pancakes: Alli Tested, Carter Approved

Though I cannot take credit for the creation of this recipe, I can and will take credit for making them, eating them and loving them!

99% of my nutrition comes from whole food sources, with the exception of a meal replacement shake a few times a week. My shake is a combination of several ingredients including protein powder as the base. Cytosport’s Evopro is my protein powder of choice and I generally purchase it through bodybuilding.com. The last time I replenished my order, they shipped the following recipe with the order. Needless to say, a headline of sweet potatoes and pancakes certainly caught my attention. ;)

I love pancakes. I love sweet potatoes. I emailed Carter, with fingers crossed, that the following recipe fell within the parameters of a compliant post training meal… he said yes!

150 grams sweet potato, mashed
1 scoop whey protein powder
3 egg whites
¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until smooth.
  • Cook batches in pre-sprayed skillet on medium high temperature until bubbles form on the surface, turn over and cook until dark, golden brown.


  • In my current 28 day meal plan, Carter has me doubling up my serving of starch (post strength training) on specific days. To meet these macro requirements, I doubled the portion of sweet potatoes in the recipe, which may have changed the consistency of the batter.
  • I used Cytosport Evopro vanilla protein powder for my recipe (again, could alter the taste or texture based on which protein you choose)
  • I also used ¾ cup of egg whites, left out the walnuts and did not use nutmeg. I followed the rest per the directions.
  • Typical in cooking order, I cooked and mashed the sweet potatoes, then added the egg whites, whipped them well and added the dry mix. I sprayed my skillet with spray butter and let the goodness begin…

I have to tell you, these were AWESOME. The taste and texture were great and to find a dietary compliant “pancake” recipe also with sweet potatoes versus oats… this was worth the share!

Bodybuilding.com all offered 5 more sweet potato recipes at bodybuilding.com/sweetpotato

For more culinary suggestions (all mindfully created with healthy ingredients and prep), check out Neghar’s many posts and Jen’s recipes as well!


7 Comments on "Sweet Potato Pancakes: Alli Tested, Carter Approved"

  1. Corinne says:

    These look so good. I’ve been hunting a recipe that didn’t use oats or flours to make for my son. He is autistic (high-functioning) and I try to source options that are free of gluten/wheat/grains. This is a lot cheaper than expensive flours. Plus, it’s something I can include in my meal planning. Thanks! Trying them out this weekend!

  2. This looks good, Allie.

    However, for your vegan readers (I’m vegan), I would suggest the following possible substitutions:

    1.) Instead of whey for protein, you might use:
    (a) Soy powder (b) Soy ‘milk’ (c) Rice Powder (d) Pea powder (e) HEMP powder (yes, it exists, but I don’t know if you will get high on it ;) (f) Almond breeze and/or almond powder

    2.) If I _did_ use eggs, I (personally) would use the whole eggs — for 2 reasons:
    (a) Nia rightly points out that every time you throw out an egg yolk, a baby kitten cries… ;(
    (b) Since I’m part Native American Indian, I am big-time against waste –major-league.

    However, even though I admit that, as a vegan, I will sometimes eat eggs (I’m not perfect), I do know that there are “vegan” substitutes to eggs –but, I admit I am not totally familiar with them. I’m just a dumb country bumpkin hick, at the root of the matter. (I’m also a bit strange: I might add olive oil, coconut oil, and/or peanut butter -for ‘fat’ –and possibly sugar, honey, or what not for carbs –just sayin’.)

    Thx, again, Allie, for your cool recipe. :)

    Gordon Wayne Watts
    LAKELAND, Fla. (between Tampa & Orlando)

    • allimckee says:

      Thanks for providing some substitutions for alternative eating styles, Gordon…and just for clarity, I used egg whites from a carton and use whole eggs whenever they are called for. I don’t throw away / waste yolks. :)

  3. Allie those look SO good! I think we are all so used to eating oatmeal protien pancakes and its so nice to see them made with sweet potato! I sometimes use cooked sweet potato in my post workout shake and it taste so good!
    1 scoop vanilla whey protein
    1/2 med sweet potato (cooked)
    cinnamon, nutmeg, ice and water

    taste like pumpkin pie in a glass!

  4. Joni Hartman says:

    I think I just found a new favorite breakfast! Thanks! Oh, and the Pumpkin Pie in a glass? You can bet I’ll be trying that, too! Thanks, Naomi!

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