Recipe: Sweet Potato Pancakes

updated Jan 22, 2020
Sweet Potato Pancakes
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Let’s talk about the one thing you need to be eating for breakfast this fall (and every single weekend even once fall has passed!): a warm stack of super-fluffy, lightly spiced sweet potato pancakes.

It’s time to take a break from all things pumpkin, and let sweet potatoes take center stage on the breakfast table. Just don’t forget the maple syrup.

(Image credit: Kelli Foster)

What you get in these pancakes are all the things you love in buttermilk pancakes, like a light and fluffy texture with a crisp edge all around the outside from the hot butter in the pan. And most importantly, you get the warm spiced flavors that make you swoon over all things fall.

You don’t taste the sweet potato outright in these pancakes, so if you want a low-profile way to sneak some veggies into breakfast, this is your ticket. Make them shine even more by topping off your pancakes with some warm, sweet maple syrup and chopped pecans. Of course, a dollop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey also does the trick.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

Makes about 20 (3-inch) pancakes

Serves 4 to 6

Nutritional Info


  • 3 tablespoons

    unsalted butter, plus more for the pan

  • 2 1/2 cups

    all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons

    ground cinnamon

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons

    ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon

    baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon

    baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon


  • 2

    large eggs

  • 2 cups


  • 1/2 cup


  • 2 tablespoons

    packed brown sugar

  • 1 cup

    mashed sweet potato (see Recipe Notes)

  • Maple syrup, for serving (optional)

  • Chopped pecans, for serving (optional)


  1. Either in the microwave or on the stovetop, melt the 3 tablespoons of butter, then set aside to cool.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, milk, and sugar, mixing until completely combined. Stir in the mashed sweet potato. Pour in the melted butter and mix until fully incorporated. Fold in the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Don't overmix the batter; it will be lumpy, and that's okay. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes.

  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add a pat of butter — just enough to coat the surface. Once hot, use a 1/4-cup measure to pour batter into the skillet. Cook until the undersides are golden, the edges look to be set, and bubbles form and burst on the surface of the pancake, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until golden-brown, about another 2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining pancakes.

  5. Serve the pancakes immediately with maple syrup and pecans, or your favorite topping.

Recipe Notes

One medium to large sweet potato will yield roughly 1 cup of mashed sweet potato.

To make the mashed sweet potato, roast a medium-large sweet potato in a 400°F oven for 40 to 50 minutes, until completely soft. Remove the skin and mash. This can be made ahead of time, and stored for up to a few days in a covered container in the refrigerator.

If you're out of buttermilk, make a quick buttermilk substitute with plain milk and lemon juice or vinegar.