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Sweet Potato Pancakes


Boost your breakfast nutrition with these delicious sweet potato pancakes

stack of sweet potato pancakes with bananas and whip cream with cinnamon on top

We’ve been eating sweet potato pancakes for as long as we have been eating sweet potatoes for dinner, and we can’t get enough!  The kids love them, and they even got rave reviews by the pickiest eater in my neighborhood, and that’s saying something!

The sweet potatoes we used for this recipe are commonly purchased in U.S. grocery stores under the names YAMS! We ARE using the orange fleshed potatoes for this.  Every time we post about sweet potatoes, when we mean yams, we get lots of confusion.

What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?

Potatoes come in a variety of forms.  Our grocery store sells two varieties of sweet potatoes.  Although both veggies you are getting at a common grocery store are sweet potatoes,  they call one a sweet potato, and the other a yam to distinguish them from each other for the consumer (you!). Botanically, the orange fleshed potato sold in grocery stores (called a yam), isn’t a yam at all (veggie nerds can see the full discussion on that here), but it does help to keep them separate for us common folk!  I will say, you should know the difference, because it is important if you’ve started ordering your groceries online or for pick up! Choosing a sweet potato, I’ve gotten the white fleshed sweet potatoes on more than one occasion!

a yam, sweet potato and russet potato
yam, sweet potato, and russet potato cut so that you can see the inside

For everyday life, here is how we use a sweet potato versus a yam:

SWEET  POTATOES: (with white flesh) We use this potato less often. It’s looks similar to a russet potato, and is not as sweet as the orange fleshed “yams”.

YAMS: (with orange flesh) This is the potato we use most often.  We love the flavor, the versatility, and the ability to add it to so many different recipes!  Canned yams have become popular as a Thanksgiving side dish in the United States, and as a result, a lot of kids decide they don’t like yams before they ever have the chance to try them fresh.  Canned yams are generally packed in syrup, and are much too sweet for a side dish (in my opinion).  Then, it’s often cooked with marshmallows or more syrup.  The texture is often hard to handle for kids; it’s very mushy and falls apart easily.

Is one healthier than the other?  YES! Yams, with their rich orange color, has more vitamins.  The more colorful your fruits or vegetables are, the more nutrients they have.

So, why do we like to add mashed sweet potatoes to our pancakes?

  • Sweet Potatoes are a great source of Vitamin A!  In one sweet potato, depending on the size and where it came from, you may get 35-90% of your daily recommended value of Vitamin A.
  • Mashed sweet potatoes are very moist and is a great base for baked goods.
  • Sweet potatoes give pancakes a nice sweet flavor without having to add refined sugars.
overhead view of a stack of sweet potato pancakes with banana slices and whip cream with cinnamon sprinkled

The best part about sweet potato pancakes is that you can add even more nutrients and fiber to your breakfast by topping it with fresh fruit! We like bananas, berries, plums, or peaches.  With fruit and sweet potatoes, we often don’t even need syrup.  A little bit of creamy yogurt or whipped cream can turn a boring pancake breakfast into one of our favorite desserts!

How Do you Make Sweet Potato Pancakes?

  • Cook sweet potato (this can be done the night before). You will need 1/2 cup mashed.
  • Blend first five ingredients in a blender, until smooth.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the sweet potato mixture and stir just until combined.
  • Add more milk if needed for the consistency of pancake batter.
  • Pour the batter onto a hot griddle greased with nonstick cooking spray. Flip the pancakes when the begin to bubble and are golden brown on both sides.
  • Serve warm topped with sliced bananas, yogurt, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

With leftover mashed sweet potatoes, boost your breakfast nutrition by making sweet potato pancakes!
3.81 from 130 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sweet Potato Pancakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 347kcal


Serve With

  • 2 medium banana
  • 1 cup yogurt, vanilla, low-fat
  • 4 tablespoon maple syrup, pure


  • Cook sweet potato (this can be done the night before). You will need 1/2 cup mashed.
  • Blend first five ingredients in a blender, until smooth.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the sweet potato mixture and stir just until combined.
  • Add more milk if needed for the consistency of pancake batter.
  • Pour the batter onto a hot griddle greased with nonstick cooking spray. Flip the pancakes when the begin to bubble and are golden brown on both sides.
  • Serve warm topped with sliced bananas, yogurt, and a drizzle of maple syrup.


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Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 256mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 32g

Tell us in the comments, what is your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes?

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Hi, For the Yam Pancake recipe, is it really a yam you used or a sweet potato? I know that those 2 terms are usually used interchangeably but they are two very different vegetables and I wanted to make sure that I was using the right one.

Hi Zeena, I understand sweet potatoes to be the broad term with yams being a type of sweet potato. So for this recipe I’m referring to yams. Thanks!

I make some similar to these using puree pumpkin! Those look so yummy and perfect…you should see mine, all different shapes and sizes 🙂

My son is allergic to cow’s milk protein and also has a mild allergy to soy. Will rice milk be a good substitute for cow’s milk?


You could definitely make the batter ahead of time, and then store it in the fridge. Give it a good mixing before you make the pancakes.

Hi Amy,

how dod you cook your yam?

Alos, you said: you used leftover yam from dinner (you can leave these in the flesh, and put them in the fridge. – but when you said you leave the yam in the flesh, what do you mean?



Hi Joy- I mean the skin! I didn’t word that properly at all. I leave the potato in the skin, and scoop the flesh out the next day!

So how did you cook it? Did you boil it in the skin or did you roast it? i am about to make this recipe with some boiled leftover yam. not sure if this is right thing I am doing. thanks

Joy- I cooked it in the oven, like a baked potato. But you can really cook it any way you want. You just need that soft flesh to make the pancakes.

Okay, thanks. We used some cooked yams that were previously boiled. maybe I will try them roasted next time. maybe the variety of yam we used was not very special, but I added some fresh hot pepper, thyme and rosemary to try to spice things up a bit. perhaps we just have a taste for spicier foods, as most Caribbean people do.

And mine didn’t look like yours either!!! I noticed the last one to be done rose a bit better than the very first two.

Tried to make this morning and my batter was more like dough? Added more and more milk and nothing…. What did I do wrong?

I sure did! I added additional milk in increments to try and get a liquid consistency but ended up with fluff. Blended all ingredients and added to the dry. The only thing I can think of was I used coconut flour instead of whole wheat. Can’t imagine that would make a difference. I was totally bummed since I saved some sweet potato from my sweet potato tots to try this recipe for my little one. 🙁 oh well, thanks for the recipes!

Natasha, coconut flour could definitely be the difference. You cannot use whole wheat flour and coconut flour interchangeably. You would have to use much less coconut flour and possibly change up the other ingredients to get the right consistency! Maybe almond flour would work better? 🙂

Just made this for my LO as a BLW dinner, I made it with sweet potatoes (cooked, next time I will bake so the vitamins won’t escape with the water) and this is just soooo delicious! At first I was skeptical if it will be sweet enough, but we didn’t even need any powdered sugar when they were done! With bananas and lemon curd for us adults these pancakes were heaven! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

We’ve made these twice now, with special-edition pumpin spice almond milk and a flax egg. I, too, like the batter runny so added lots of additional unsweeted almond milk at the end. Each time, no matter how thin we made them, the inside was rather doughy. We found that letting them cool, than popping them back on the griddle for a few minutes, helped to make them more like regular pancakes. Mmmm – for someone new to vegan/oil-free eating, this was a keeper, with tweaks.

Made these last night and they are delicious!! I love that there is no added sugar. I know somebody who makes west potato pancakes (diferente recipe) and freezes left overs after the first day, and then throws them in the toaster for the rest of the week. I’ll be trying that because I made a double batch!
Great recipe over all!

Hi Hamidah,
Considering the baby is under 12 months, you may want to check with your pediatrician. If there is an egg allergy in your family, it may be of concern. We do not have an egg allergy, but I still opted to omit eggs from my kids diet until after the age of one. If indeed you choose this option, you may use an egg substitute. Mix 1 tablespoon of flax meal with 3 tablespoons of water and allow to sit for 5 minutes. This will work for 1 whole egg replacement.

4 stars
Super yummy but a bit thick. Also sweet potato quantity needs to be in grams as the sizes vary hugely!

3 stars
Granted, I made these with my go-to gf flour pancake mix, but they were overly moist and gummy. Flavor was ok.

5 stars
Thank you so much for this recipe!! My 11-month old loves them. Quick & easy to whip up, and it’ll be nice to have them on-hand for busy mornings.

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4 stars
I loved the idea of these but, they cooked very mushy for me. I tried one, adjusted and they still did. Not sure what I could do differently. More flour?

1 star
This pancakes just never cook inside! They take forever and still they come out gooey in the inside. Waste of time!

Mine were gooey on the inside, I ended up sitting them on the pan for a very long time on a low heat, it took forever.

5 stars
Great way to use up leftover sweet potato mash. I halve the recipe and add in a dash of maple syrup. It turns out great every time! My toddler will eat 2 straight away and I put a couple in the fridge for the next day and a few more in the freezer for later in the week.

I have tried this recipe! It’s really delicious and yummy. I love pancakes to have for morning breakfast on every weekend.

However, I use Sweet Potato Pancake Mix sometimes to save time.