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Warm Up with Vata-Reducing Sweet Potato Pancakes

By on September 25, 2016

As the nights get darker and colder, taking us into the depths of vata season, it can be nice to withdraw into more time of introspection, mindfulness and enjoying what’s right in front of you. It’s also a great time to practice sacred eating.

A calm, quiet atmosphere for eating helps to create food sadhana. Sadhana is the act of making anything sacred, and so food sadhana is sacred eating. Especially when I’m stressed, recalibrating, or feeling overwhelmed, food sadhana helps me bring my attention back to the present moment. And, because yummy things make the dark season more bearable, it’s nice to have a delicious breakfast to start off the morning sadhana practice.

I created these flourless pancakes months ago. They’re appropriate to balance vata and pitta doshas and are suitable for sensitive stomachs if spices like cinnamon and ginger are added. They are moist, sweet, and satisfying. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do – especially when I’m snuggled up by a morning fire!

Sweet Potato Pancakes


  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato or yam
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ghee or coconut oil, for frying


  1. Mash the sweet potato or yam, then add eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix well with a fork until combined.
  2. Add coconut flour and baking powder. Meanwhile, heat ghee or coconut oil in a pan over medium heat.
  3. When the pan is hot, spoon into little pancakes, make one large pancake, or make fun animal shapes.
  4. Cook on one side for about 5 minutes, until browned and pancake holds together enough to flip. Flip over, cook for about 2-3 minutes more.
  5. Plate and serve! I love these with smear of ghee and a sprinkle of shredded coconut. These are so sweet naturally that I didn’t need any maple syrup!
  6. Eat slowly, savoring their flavor, and when you’re 75% full, stop.

RECIPE: Ojas-Building Green Smoothie

Applying the principles that Nadia Marshall outlines in this article, we developed our own “Ojas-Building Green Smoothie.” It’s a simple recipe, so not burdened with improper food combining. It includes Vata-balancing oils and digestive aids, and it should be served room temperature or slightly warm.

The result is a nutritious green smoothie that’s digestible, won’t aggravate Vata when taken in moderation, and is balanced enough to support the formation of healthy tissues and Ojas.



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About Anna Holden

Anna Holden is an Intuitive Healer, Ayurvedic Counselor and highly sensitive person living in Seattle. She helps other HSP's learn to manage the moods, emotions and energies of others so that they can forge their own pathway to self-discovery. Her wisdom, amusement and non- judgmental approach to healing empowers her clients and students to cultivate intuitive awareness that leads to healing and personal transformation. Find her at annaholden.com.


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    December 18, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Interesting recipie. I am curious which Ayurvedic text references winter as vata season. Thanks.

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    January 1, 2015 at 6:20 am


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