Roll With It

by HEAB on February 25, 2010

Poppy seed experiment #1 was a success, but I think I enjoyed experiment #2 even more…

I googled poppy seed recipes, and most of them were super high in sugar. I needed to HEABify, but since I gave up stevia for Lent, this was going to be a challenge. So on went my creative cap apron, and HEAB’s Sweet Potato Poppy Seed Paste was born. ๐Ÿ™‚

First up, we have one Trader Joe’s tee-tiny sweet potato baked in all its own glorious sweet juices. Really, I do not understand how people can eat microwaved sweet potatoes. They are not nearly as ooey-gooey yummy as oven roasted taters. To roast, wash your potato and plop on a piece of foil in a 425ยฐ oven for about 50 to 60 minutes, flipping after 30 minutes. That’s it and trust me, it’s well worth the wait!


Next, slice potato (you can peel it, but why?) and blend with 1 TBSP poppy seeds, 2 soaked dates, a few drops of maple extract, cinnamon, 1 tsp lemon or orange zest, and a splash of almond milk.


Now, what to do with this delicious poppy seed paste? Hmm????

Well, first you need some pancakes. ๐Ÿ™‚


Hot off the griddle, almond flax pancakes (2 TBSP blanched almond flour, 2 TBSP flax seed meal, 1 egg, 1/4 cup seltzer water, 1/4 tsp baking powder, cinnamon, few drops of maple extract…whisk together all ingredients and allow flax seed meal to thicken up the mix for about 15 minutes before cooking).

Spread poppy seed paste on your pancakes…


Roll them up and cover in coconut butter and cinnamon…


And there you have it my friends, Sweet Potato Poppy Seed Paste Pancake Roll-Ups.

What have you rolled up lately? ๐Ÿ™‚


Sally February 27, 2010 at 11:12 am

My mom used to make brussel sprouts with poppy seeds. She would grind raw brussel sprouts into little pieces in the food processor and then sautee them in olive oil with poppy seeds. I bet you would totally love it!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Sally, I’m sure I would. ๐Ÿ™‚

Maggie February 26, 2010 at 9:06 am

“You can peel it, but why?” – This goes for everything! Kabocha especially ๐Ÿ™‚

Becky @ flybynyght February 26, 2010 at 8:18 am

Wow, I’m drooling. No really, I should go wipe that up now…. ๐Ÿ™‚

blissfulbellas February 26, 2010 at 7:23 am

yumm! yea i microwaved a sweet potato once and it was so dry!! i have a potato sitting in my cupboard for so long and im off for spring break this week so hopefully itll keep till i get back and then its straight to WF to get some poppy seeds and making this! i cant wait!!

o and since u r pretty knowledgable about squashes ๐Ÿ˜€ ive had a buttercup squash for a couple weeks now (maybe a month im thinking? maybe more?) and i wont be able to eat it until after break (which is another week) i know squashes keep pretty long but how do u tell when they have gone bad?


Heather Eats Almond Butter February 26, 2010 at 8:10 am

Lena, You’ll know if it’s gone bad when you cut into it. If the color is not orange, or if it’s soft, or smells bad, then it’s no longer good.

Denise February 26, 2010 at 7:16 am

Wow. Those look delicious! Where do you buy your coconut butter? Do they have it at Whole Foods?

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 26, 2010 at 8:09 am

Denise, Yes! Our Whole Foods sells the Artisana coconut butter as well as their coconut oil in the olive oil aisle. Try the butter – worth every penny!

fittoindulge February 25, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Yum!! I must be boring.. all I’ve been rolling up lately is honey and ricotta in whole wheat tortillas.. but this gives me all new inspirations! ๐Ÿ™‚

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 26, 2010 at 6:56 am

fittoindulge, Doesn’t sound boring to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Angela February 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Okay, this is so not relevant to this post, but I wanted to come and tell you how thankful I was for your vitamix almond butter video. I had tried in vain to make my own almond butter (I too have a similar AB obsession to your own) and was having no success.

I bought the vitamix specifically to make almond butter, but your video (posted a long time ago, lol) saved the day! I’m now making almond butter like it’s going out of style.

I also appreciated your post a long while ago about salt and electrolytes. Since we’ve gone almost entirely off of processed foods, I have to remember to add some salt. And that seems so unusual. I always think of your experience when I reach for the salt shaker. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And I love all your wild food combinations. I venture into raw territory, but you are the master. I’ve made your nut oaties and raw apple cookies. Yumsville!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 26, 2010 at 8:14 am

Angela, Thanks so much for all your kind words regarding my blog. I enjoyed every sentence of your comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, I’m the same way with salt. Seems so counterintuitive to what we’ve been taught, but some of us just need our salt, and I no longer fear it.

Happy to hear you’re loving your Vita-Mix!

EE February 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I need to start getting inspired while I work rather than when I’m trying to fall asleep.

Poppy seeds — hated ’em as a kid for no reason. Quite like them now!

fitandfortysomething February 25, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Wow that is a great idea. You are so creative in the kitchen. I finally cooked up a kabocha squash……thanks to you.

Nicole February 25, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Damn you’re good!

Jennifer February 25, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Hi Heather–do you just place your potato ON foil or do you wrap it IN foil?? Just curious as I am thinking to make the transition from the lazy microwaved s.p. to the deliciously caramelized wonder that is the oven baked version…

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 26, 2010 at 6:55 am

Jennifer, I just place my potatoes ON the foil. ๐Ÿ™‚

Alyson @ Nourished Fitness February 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Drooling, love that mix! I don’t have Poppy Seeds on hand but I bet Chia Seeds would be great too!

Samantha February 25, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Oh My Gosh…YUM! HEABS you need to be running a healthy happy cafe! I’d love to have someone cook for me like you cook. (Ok, I’d just settle for someone cooking for ma. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Andrea@CeleryInTheCity February 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm

DROOL worthy, honestly. Those roll ups look SO good. Thanks for the tip on not using the microwave, I’ve got a sweet potato waiting to be roasted!

merittothecarrot February 25, 2010 at 6:22 pm

You’ve done it again, HEAB. Bravo.

eaternotarunner February 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm

best idea ever!

Allison @ Food For Healing February 25, 2010 at 5:35 pm

I love poppy seeds! they are awesome

Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) February 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Those look AMAZING. Haha…I rolled some sardine nori rolls. Not quite as sweet. But tasty with a miso-maple dressing!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 25, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Mimi, Mmm, miso-maple sounds amazing!

Janna (Just Flourishing) February 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm

YUM! Amazing idea. I do want to try a pancake rollup…. hmmmm what shall I roll?

Mae (OhhMay.Wordpress) February 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I love the poppy potato paste… I bet it would be really good with white potatoes, roasted garlic and poppy seeds.

Shari B. February 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Who woulda thunk it? To roll up a pancake? OMG that looks good! The last thing I rolled up was a Golden Flax “Rollup” (genius name, huh?) that I found at the health food store. Not quite a flatbread, not quite a tortilla.

Oh I’m so craving pancakes now!

Tracy February 25, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Hey Heather!
This has nothing to do with rolling anything but I just wanted to say thank you: I am having similar female problems as you are (and many of your readers, too, apparently). I went off birth control in august and my cycle is sooooo out of whack. My husband and I are trying to conceive and it’s just so frustrating that things aren’t going as well or as easily as I thought they would. I’ve been using an ovulation kit EVERY day, and still, no sign of that happening. I finally called the doctor so see what the heck is going on with my body and I can’t get in for a month. But in the mean time, I am taking your advice and re-introducing fat back into my life- I have stayed away from it for so long after battling an eating disorder. Eating disorder is gone, but the fear is still there. But I wanted to thank you for setting such a great example! I slowly but surely have started adding fat back into my life (whole milk, eggs, beef) and I am hoping that this will help me! So thank you! thank you! for the inspiration!

Pure2raw twins February 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm

These poppyseed pancakes love amazing…dates, coconut butter…heavenly! I have to make these…ummm maybe this weekend!

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) February 25, 2010 at 1:38 pm

OMG HEAB you just made me want to drop my lunch and jump into my computer screen so I can wrap my pie hole around your roll-ups! And I’m even eating sweet potatoes!

Score from the US judge: 9.875


Heather Eats Almond Butter February 25, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Haha – thanks Diana. ๐Ÿ™‚

tropicaleats February 25, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Yummy idea! I love rolling up wraps.. but I know that’s not original at all. Omelettes are delish too!

marla {family fresh cooking} February 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Voila!! And there you have it friends….HEAB you rock girl! Love the invention here. It looks delicious. You always inspire ๐Ÿ™‚

Naomi(onefitfoodie) February 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm

OMG this looks amazinggg I love the last pic of thema ll rolled up ๐Ÿ™‚ perfect! you are a genious in teh kitchen, heather!

Graze With Me February 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I’m simply baffled at your creativity. This is why I love your blog!

Gina February 25, 2010 at 12:31 pm

You are so creative! MUST try these:)

Heather February 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm

this is awesome! so creative and i was drooling the whole time ๐Ÿ™‚ i don’t know if i’ve rolled anything up lately that’s as awesome as this sounds….!

Mama Pea February 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Wonderful idea! This would also be great with kabocha or for a quick version, just a banana. I can think of a lot of things I’d like to spread that on (which sounds a lot dirtier than it actually is).

Gabriela (froyolover) February 25, 2010 at 11:42 am

Holy YUM!
Loved this roll ๐Ÿ˜‰
Have a great day!
Brazilian XOXOยดs,

Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' February 25, 2010 at 11:38 am

Yum! I agree– oven roasted sweet potatoes are the ONLY way to go! Microwaves ruin everything. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now I want pancakes!!

Abby February 25, 2010 at 11:24 am

I’m amazed at your ingenuity! I can’t wait to try these!

Lindsay February 25, 2010 at 11:03 am

Amazing! I’ve got to try it! I am loving all your experiments.

mayapamela February 25, 2010 at 10:47 am

This is genius! I am looking forward to other creative ways you come up with to reduce sugar but not sweetness!

Morgan @ Life After Bagels February 25, 2010 at 10:42 am

gosh darnit you are SO creative!

Anna February 25, 2010 at 10:37 am

I am LOVING these pancake rollups. I need to make some!

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) February 25, 2010 at 10:31 am

I think the seltzer must be the secret ingredient! Nom.


Paula February 25, 2010 at 10:26 am

Oh Heather, how do you do it! You always come up with such fun and creative eats!! Love it!

Sarah Ikegami February 25, 2010 at 10:24 am

Um, amazing! I haven’t rolled up anything but really want to try these! OK, confession, I microwaved my sweet potatoes yesterday!

musingsofthegranolagirl February 25, 2010 at 10:21 am

ooooh la la! those pancakes look so tasty!

Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) February 25, 2010 at 10:11 am

Those look and sound absolutely delicious! I love your creativity ๐Ÿ™‚

Katie February 25, 2010 at 10:10 am

I just put a sweet potato into the oven to roast, thinking I’d eat it on my salad at lunch. Change of plans…

Do you think those pancakes would work without the egg? I’m up for the experimenting, regardless!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 25, 2010 at 10:44 am

Katie, Yes, I think the pancakes will work just fine without the egg, just may not be as light and crepe-like. Let me know if you try them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristina @MendonPondMusings February 25, 2010 at 10:10 am

Love the recipe! Those pancakes look Ah-mazing!

Eliza February 25, 2010 at 10:08 am

such a creative recipe, looks so delicious, and so pretty!… love the coconut butter on them looks super yumzz! :]


Ameena February 25, 2010 at 10:04 am

How could I ever microwave a sweet potato again after seeing this post? I am definitely going to look into “rolling up” tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚

Melissa February 25, 2010 at 10:03 am

Wow, this is beyond amazing! Please keep on “heabifying” *lol*

Melanie February 25, 2010 at 10:00 am

Wow – Love the sweet potato poppyseed paste. Sounds divine!

homecookedem February 25, 2010 at 9:55 am

I promise to never microwave another sweet potato! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the info on how to properly bake them. Your poppy seed paste looks awesome! How heavenly to spread them on your roll ups!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Waking Up Hungry February 25, 2010 at 9:40 am

I’ve rolled up my 2 year old daughter’s quesadilla and called it a burrito so she would eat it! Ha!
Awesome looking poppy seed paste!

Rebecca February 25, 2010 at 9:38 am

Those pancakes look divine!! What great flavor combos!

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heathee February 25, 2010 at 9:37 am

Heather you have an insanely creative brain! How do you think of all this stuff? I’m impressed and wish I was there munching along with you because your roll ups sound heavenly!

Morgan February 25, 2010 at 9:36 am

Your recipes amaze me.. and i am happy to say that i have never ever been disappointed when trying a single one!

Gena February 25, 2010 at 9:30 am

You always seem to concoct recipes that are right up my alley!!! And this one is no exception. I’m hoping this weekend I’m home and can make your pancakes!!!

Carolyn February 25, 2010 at 9:08 am

you’ve outdone yourself this morning…

claire February 25, 2010 at 9:06 am

When is the HEAB cookbook coming out?I would definitely buy it:-) cc

Ana February 25, 2010 at 8:39 am

Heather, you are so creative!! Love the recipe!!

eatmovelove February 25, 2010 at 8:16 am

I must make pancakes.
I’ve rolled up any type of bread with enormous quantities of almond butter and jam…;)

P.S – Is anyone else unable to get onto Jenna’s ELR site? I just tried and keeps saying server is down? Just curious!

Emily February 25, 2010 at 8:14 am

Great recipe! The boy and I are making pancakes this weekend for breakfast (I made him sleep in on Tuesday and miss free pancakes at IHop), and I was looking for something healthy for my pancakes. He’s having blueberry pancakes, and right now, I’m planning on oatmeal pancakes (need to use up some oatmeal), but this will go perfectly with mine!

nicole @ making good choices February 25, 2010 at 8:09 am

Um yum! How do you even think of these things?! I need to be more creative. I haven’t rolled up anything lately but I guess I should!

Jessica @ How Sweet February 25, 2010 at 8:05 am

How do you come up with these incredible recipes, girl?! I want to look for those little sweet potatoes at TJ’s. I have to make a big TJ’s run here soon!

Heather Eats Almond Butter February 25, 2010 at 8:10 am

Jessica, I think about recipes while I’m working. Some people get great ideas in the shower…I get them while working knots out of people’s muscles. ๐Ÿ™‚

Chocolate-Covered Katie February 25, 2010 at 8:04 am

You are SO CUTE that I want to roll up YOU and eat you ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t worry, I don’t think it’s vegan to do so, so I’ll have to refrain.
But seriously, your pancakes look insanely delicious (you know I especially approve of the coconut butter topping).

P.S. Sending you an email soon

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