I love breakfast. My favorite meal of the day, hands down. I would almost go as far as to call breakfast my love language. I especially adore pancakes and, until recently, I ate them almost every single morning for breakfast. If I had time, I would play around with my recipe… sometimes I’d measure, sometimes I wouldn’t. Sometimes they would turn out well, sometimes it was not so successful. Sometimes they would stick to my pan or fall completely apart or just be sad little cooked failures. Sometimes I would just cook it all up on the pan and call it pancake scramble. No longer does it have a shape, it’s just a big mess of pancake batter. It still tastes good most of the time, but definitely not what I was going for. I am not going to give you a recipe for pancake scramble. If you really want to make it, all you have to do is screw up a batch of pancakes. Flip them too soon, don’t use enough of a binding agent (like eggs), add too much water… there are all sorts of options.
But you don’t typically see the failures on blogs or Facebook or even real life. I share the things that turn out well and are beautiful. I share the parts of my life that involve me running all over Ireland. I’ll talk about how I set a PR in a race. You see the highlights. You don’t see all the time and energy that went in to training for that race. All the blisters and sweat and runs that felt horrible and the time(s) I lost a toenail. Or the time when I made stuffing for Thanksgiving and it was soggy and my family dropped hints the next year about just buying a gluten-free stuffing. Or any other time that I have failed, whether it be minor or epic. This is a great post on glorious failure.
Failure can be such a great learning tool if we let it. As Samuel Beckett said, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Plus there is something so humbling about failure. We can’t get big egos if we are always in a state of trying, failing, and learning. Failure does not define us. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently” (Henry Ford).
I will share a successful pancake recipe though!
I knew these were going to be winners as soon as they started to get fluffy and bubble!
Simple Sweet Potato Pancakes
1/2 one medium cooked sweet potato
2 large eggs
1/4 cup liquid egg whites
1 TBSP gelatin (I use Great Lakes)
1 TBSP coconut flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon (I love cinnamon, so you may want to decrease this to taste)
Preheat your griddle or cast iron pan (or whatever you cook pancakes on) to medium-high.
Puree the sweet potato, eggs, and egg whites. I used my immersion blender, but a food processor or blender would work too!
Add in the remaining ingredients and mix well. Let the batter sit for a few minutes to thicken. Or don’t, if you are like me and totally impatient!
Cook for about 4 minutes, flip and cook for another 2. Or about that long… just watch them and make sure they don’t burn.
Top with coconut butter (what I did!), coconut oil, butter, ghee, berries, maple syrup, chocolate, nut butter, honey… whatever sounds good! Enjoy 🙂
With a good balance of carbs, protein, and healthy fat, these pancakes made for a great post-speedwork breakfast! Next time, I will add some bacon. Because bacon makes everything better. Sweet potatoes + bacon (or a good steak!) = the key to my heart. In case you need me to adore you forever.