I was curious to see how long it would take me to break out the canned pumpkin this year–it’s a waiting game each autumn, a question of when, not if, and once I get started there’s no stopping me–but this year, sweet potato seems to have beat pumpkin to the finish line. I can’t think of a more wonderful use for it than these sweet potato millet pancakes, which combine the mild sweetness of millet flour with the bolder sweetness of sweet potato puree. They have a beautiful orange color, and they’ll make your entire home smell like fall as they heat up on the griddle.
One of my favorite parts of homemade baking is to experiment with different whole grain flours. Often my baked goods ends up being a combination of flours, since many of the whole and ancient grain varieties seem to work really well when they’re combined with spelt or gluten-free, all-purpose flour.
That’s precisely the case here: I use a ratio of one part millet flour to two parts spelt or gluten-free, all-purpose. I tested the recipes both ways; spelt flour gives the pancakes a slightly nutty flavor, while gluten-free all-purpose (or regular all-purpose) will allow the mild sweetness of the millet flour to shine through a little more. The pancakes have a lovely, pillowy rise, as you can see above, but the sweet potato gives them a slight heartiness, too. I used homemade sweet potato puree because I was eager to use up my sweet taters before traveling this past weekend, but of course, canned puree is just fine. And, if you just can’t wait for pumpkin, go for it–you can use the same amount in place of the sweet potato.
This recipe is part of a little celebration that some of my fellow bloggers and I are having for Lindsay Love, fellow NYC-lady and author of the wonderful blog Dolly and Oatmeal. I’ve been a fan of Lindsay’s creative, artful recipes for a long time, and this year I was introduced to her awesome book, Chickpea Flour Does it All.
While not entirely vegan, the book features a ton of vegan or mostly vegan recipes featuring chickpea flour. I’ve definitely known chickpea flour to be a versatile baking ingredient before–I’ve used it in quick breads, flatbreads, crepes, socca, and my favorite chickpea flour scramble–but Lindsay has opened my eyes to so many new uses, including dressings and sauces, desserts, and even a soy-free “tofu.” The book is well worth checking out, especially if you’re gluten free and eager to incorporate a higher protein flour into more of your home cooking.
Lindsay happens to be counting down the days until a new member of her family arrives, and so some of her blogging friends and admirers are gathering some recipes together as a baby shower offering for her. When I think about the recipes that might mean something special to me as I was going through a big life transition, I think about recipes that are comforting and cozy. I think about autumnal spices and the familiar smell of pancakes being flipped over the stovetop while coffee is brewing.
In other words, I think about something a lot like these pancakes. Lindsay, congratulations, and I hope that perhaps a friend or loved one will treat you to breakfast soon, as you settle into your new role as a mom!
These may just become Steven’s and my go-to pancakes this coming fall. It’s been a while since we varied our breakfast routine–most of the time, honestly, I whip up my tostadas or oats and he pours his cereal, and we call it a morning–but when we first started dating, we made pancakes almost every weekend. It was a nice tradition, and I’m thinking it’s worth re-creating.
And if you’re on the hunt for fall recipe inspiration, take some time to check out other contributions to Lindsay’s shower, all of which are dairy and gluten free and many of which are vegan!
Mushroom and Kale Tacos | Brooklyn Supper
Butternut Squash French Toast | Edible Perspective
Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches with Honey Olive Oil Ice Cream | Cake Over Steak
Roasted Green Tomato Soup with Herbed Oil | With Food + Love
Tart Cherry, Chocolate & Hempseed No-Bake Oat Bars | Kale & Caramel
Dark Chocolate Hummus | A Couple Cooks
Maitake Steaks with Cauliflower Purée | O&O Eats
Cucumber & Chamoe Melon Salad | Two Red Bowls
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam | The Sugar Hit
Miso Edamame Hummus with Baked Furikake Sweet Potato Chips | Fix Feast Flair
Mini Hazelnut Cakes | I am a Food Blog
The Magic of a Mandolin: Vegetable Carpaccio | Eat Boutique
Almond Chia Pudding with Roasted Grapes | Tending the Table
Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Puffed Millet Bars | Heart of a Baker
I hope you’ll love the pancakes, too. And I wish you a wonderful start to the week.
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Really good!!! Made them and they are perfect.
I’m trying to make a millet flour sweet potato quick bread, GF. Any ideas? Thanks!
Could this batter be used/adapted for a waffle iron?
I think you could try it in the waffle maker as written, though I’m not entirely sure. If I test it, I’ll report back!
Do you think I can store this batter in the fridge overnight before cooking?
ohhhh, I havn’t eaten pancakes in ageeeeesss!!!
but these look so appealing that I think I know what I’m gonna have for breakfast this weekend 🙂
Wow I must say it look so tasty 🙂
These pancakes look SO yummy! I always make ordinary pancakes with sugar, but these pancakes with sweet potato are to die for! Working for an event company in London where food related events are quite popular, I get to sample some interesting creations. Yours certainly has encouraged me to cook some fresh vegan dishes at home.
Thank you, Gena for your sweet tribute to this celebration! My husband and I were so deeply touched by all the love you all showered us and our little one with! And you couldn’t be more right about craving all those warm, cozy autumnal spices right now! Cannot wait to get in the kitchen and make a stack of these soon! I hope you’re well and enjoying these NYC autumn days, xoxo.
I made these the other day with whole wheat flour as I had no time to buy millet, and they were delicious and oh so filling. Love the low sugar content. My husband could not believe they were egg free! I did have to add an extra half cup water to make the batter a bit more pourable, but otherwise, perfection!
These are so beautiful! I also love experimenting with combining different whole grain flours and millet flour is one of my favorites! I’ll take this over pumpkin any day! (Also I LOVE that plate….where is it from??)
Re: the plate, it’s Hasami porcelain. I found it at a store here in NYC (which is now, sadly, closed), but I think the brand is also sold on Heidi Swanson’s site, Quitokeeto 🙂
Thanks for the kind words, Sarah! They mean so much, especially since I always find your food to be beautiful.
LOVE these (need to get millet flour stat) and I’m ALL about special couple’s traditions. <3 <3 <3
These are gorgeous!! Thanks so much for joining in on the fun. 🙂
Always looking for ways to add millet! And who doesn’t love some sweet potatoes in the fall! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try!
Love your use of millet here, Gena! I can just imagine the millet and sweet potato puree together give such a wonderful sweetness. These are now on my breakfast list! xo
Beautiful pancakes! I have also been using sweet potato in almost everything lately. Soups, salads, chilis… but I have yet to use them in something sweet! Can’t wait to give these a try 🙂
Gena, these look absolutely delicious! You know how I love anything that uses millet–and sweet potatoes and spelt are favorites of mine too. I just might have to make these as soon as tomorrow morning. 🙂 Thanks! xo
Wish we could brunch together!!! Love that stack!
These pancakes sound SO good! Love the millet flour in there!