Simple Sundays | Sweet Potato Pancakes

If you love pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, sweet potato cake or all of the above, you'll LOVE Sweet Potato Pancakes. Also delicious for leftover Thanksgiving sweet potatoes!

It was Friday night and as I turned over and snuggled my cheek into my pillow, my thoughts drifted to just one thing: pancakes. I was already thinking of Sunday morning pancakes. And I knew I wouldn’t be able to wait for Sunday.

But there was one more thing. As I began to dream of a leisurely Saturday morning, I thought of the sweet potatoes I brought home from the market. I knew what must be done.

A little bit of fall spice goes a long way in Sweet Potato Pancakes.

Add a taste of autumn by adding sweet potatoes to your pancakes.

I rose this morning and even before I poured myself a cup of coffee, I set to work preheating my griddle and measuring out my flour. Buttermilk was poured and eggs were cracked. And then I began to mash some sweet, steaming sweet potato, their vivid orange brightening my spirits. A dash of cinnamon and a wee bit of nutmeg, and I was soon stirring up autumn in a bowl.

With a generous drizzle of maple syrup, the edge of my fork chiseled out a wedge of the Sweet Potato Pancakes. And as brought the bite to my mouth and tasted the sweetness of the potato, I nearly had to remind myself that I was no longer dreaming. My vision was finally reality.

Leftover sweet potatoes? These Sweet Potato Pancakes are a great way to use those leftovers, whether from Thanksgiving or last night's dinner.

Note: This post first appeared November 4, 2012; the recipe has been updated from the archives with improved kitchen notes and recipe annotation. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

Yield: Serves 4.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

If you love pumpkin pie...or sweet potato pie...or sweet potato cake...or all of the above...then you will LOVE these pancakes. This stack of steaming pancakes burst with the flavors of autumn (and will disappear in no time). They're also a delicious way to enjoy leftover Thanksgiving sweet potatoes!


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (I prefer Clover - it really makes a difference in taste and rise!)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus ½ teaspoon for griddle
1 sweet potato, cooked (can be boiled, or baked in oven or microwave), peeled and mashed (about 3/4 cup). [See notes below.]


Heat griddle to 375°F.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl.

Add egg, buttermilk, and 2 tablespoons butter using a whisk until just combined. Stir in the mashed sweet potato. Do not over mix; the batter should have small lumps.

Test griddle by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. If water bounces and spatters off griddle, it is hot enough. Using a pastry brush, brush remaining ½ teaspoon of butter onto griddle. Wipe off excess with a paper towel.

Using an ice cream scoop or ladle, pour pancake batter (about half a cup), 2 inches away from one other. When pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around edges, about 2½ minutes, flip over. Cook until golden on bottom, about 1 minute.

Serve warm with a drizzle of pure maple syrup.

You can also use leftover sweet potatoes from a Thanksgiving casserole, just be careful of sweetness. If you are using pureed sweet potatoes, you may need to add a touch more flour if you find the batter is too thin.

Adapted from Best Buttermilk Pancakes, Martha Stewart Living, January 2001.

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If you love pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, sweet potato cake or all of the above, you'll LOVE Sweet Potato Pancakes. Also delicious for leftover Thanksgiving sweet potatoes!
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by Liren Baker on November 29, 2015

15 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Sweet Potato Pancakes”

  1. Brian November 4, 2012 @ 7:23 am (#

    Oh my goodness! I haven’t had a leisurely weekend in a while… but the next one I have, I’m going to make these pancakes.

  2. Mindy November 4, 2012 @ 7:39 am (#

    Yeah, nothing about these sounds like it sucks. :o) I even have some leftover mashed sweet potatoes in the fridge as I type. Meant to be?
    My favorite pancake addition this time of year is grated parsnips. Oh man. Gonna have to make that happen soon!

  3. Deb November 4, 2012 @ 8:27 am (#

    I found a place of comfort in your recipe and photos of Sweet Potato Pancakes. Bursting with seasonal flavor, just perfect for a crisp autumn morning!

  4. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} November 4, 2012 @ 5:01 pm (#

    Liren – this is the perfect Sunday fall pancake recipe! I bet your family was quite happy today. Lovely photos! My mouth is watering. :-)

  5. Nancy November 4, 2012 @ 7:58 pm (#

    Oh my those pancakes look absolutely wonderful and yummy! Just super delish!!

  6. lusitania November 5, 2012 @ 1:23 am (#

    Never tryed sweet potato pancakes

  7. Belinda @zomppa November 5, 2012 @ 5:03 am (#

    Wow – these look so incredibly fluffy and comforting!

  8. Priscilla | ShesCookin November 5, 2012 @ 5:07 pm (#

    Autumn in a bowl and I want it! I saw this on Pinterest yesterday and immediately fell in love :)

  9. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 7, 2012 @ 9:48 am (#

    These look amazing. Love the use of sweet potatoes, and I can almost taste them now with your description!

  10. Kiran @ November 9, 2012 @ 11:46 pm (#

    I’ve never ever used buttermilk in pancake recipes before — this looks amazing, Liren :)

  11. Lynn November 16, 2012 @ 9:47 pm (#

    I made these last week and they were great. It was the first time my son had had pancakes and he gobbled them up. These will definitely be part of our recipe rotation. I also added some cardamon.

    I plan to make these again next week but substituting the egg with ground flax instead due to having an egg intolerance.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Christina December 1, 2012 @ 7:34 am (#

    I just made this recipe and I used 1/2 c of pureed sweet potato and 1/2c of home-made apple sauce. My first 2 pancakes were disasterous so I had to add another cup of flour. That did the trick and the pancakes came out wonderful. Great recipe! and for those of you who use pureed sweet potato instead of mashed, be prepared to add some flour because it will not come out the same. ;)

  13. sofia March 16, 2013 @ 11:29 am (#

    didn’t have buttermilk around so i used almond milk instead – worked fine. these are fantastic!

  14. Ellysa April 28, 2014 @ 10:06 pm (#

    This is a very good comfort food recipe…looks so delicious…

  15. Susan G April 29, 2014 @ 7:25 pm (#

    This is just my style! I will be making these this weekend for sure! I’ll make the boys in my house extra happy by making mine with a side of bacon – thanks!

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