Simply satisfying sweet potato pancakes


Happy New Year!!
I could wax poetically about why this poor blog has been neglected for 6 months, but instead why don’t we find a use for some of those leftover sweet potatoes hanging around in your pantry!

Sweet potatoes…..I clearly remember as a kid, sitting on a bar stool in our kitchen when we lived in Salisbury, Maryland, staring at bits of sweet potato (or quite possibly yams) floating in my glass of water. We were made to finish our meals, and I did not like sweet potatoes. To get them down…like most kids, I would swallow my bites with a gulp of water to ease them down…..tasteless. 

Fast forward to my early thirties…I fell in love with the brown sugar and marshmallow-laden sweet potato casserole, and promptly went about creating my own. This tradition stuck with me for many Thanksgivings, and got increasingly sweeter each passing year.

Who would have ever predicted that my taste buds would mature in a way that would welcome sweet potatoes close to their natural state. No longer do I need to coat them in sugar….they absolutely burst with sweetness when you roast them!! Dice a few, toss them in olive oil and roast them, you’ll see. ADDICTING!!! I can eat an entire pan myself….straight from the pan, or make up this palate pleasing Black Bean & Sweet Potato Tostada. Options are limitless.

Today though…we’re bringing those sweet potatoes to the breakfast table. These pancakes will hit the spot on a cold day in January, not to mention a good way to get sweet potatoes into your children *wink.*

 Sweet Potato Pancakes

1 cup oat flour (I just grind oatmeal in my coffee grinder)*
1 cup whole wheat flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 heaping Tbsp honey granules or sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup plain, whole milk yogurt **
1 cooked medium to large sweet potato, peeled and smashed with fork***
1/2 stick (4Tbsp) melted butter (real butter!)

Mix all dry ingredients. Then add in eggs, milk, yogurt, sweet potato and melted butter. Mix thoroughly, butter up that skillet and go! This recipe makes enough for the girls and I. Hubby is not much of a breakfast eater, but doubling the recipe will ensure that everyone gets their fill, as well as leftovers for other mornings.

Don’t forget to spread them with real butter, and drizzle pure maple syrup over them. Don’t be shy with the amount….pancakes are made for indulging! And if you’re still using anything other than pure maple syrup…it’s time to make the switch. You are missing out, my friend!


*You can use all whole wheat flour instead of the oat flour. As always, I use freshly ground whole wheat which really does take whole wheat to a ‘whole new level.’ Not to mention it’s packed with nutrients and vitamins.

**You can use all milk, or half milk, half water or even buttermilk. If using 2 cups liquid without any yogurt, maybe cut back to 1 1/2 cups milk (liquid) or milk/water combo. You really can’t mess it up, if your batter is too runny add a bit more flour.

***You could also use pumpkin instead of sweet potatoes, or even butternut squash…you’re only limited by your imagination. Be sure to try our favorite, fluffy pancake recipe and these low carb cream cheese pancakes.

ENJOY…and let me know your thoughts. It’s GREAT to be back!! Hoping we’ll see more of each other in 2011. I’m excited to get my groove back in the food blogging world. Hope to see some familiar faces!!

This recipe is linked up with Seasonal Sunday.

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24 Responses to Simply satisfying sweet potato pancakes

  1. Jen S. says:

    Bless you! My son eats ZERO veggies. I just saw a recipe for beet pancakes, now this. God willing, that kid will get vitamins.

  2. Lyndsey says:

    These look awesome. I have been wanting to make pumpkin waffles, but these look so good. I've never liked sweet potatoes with added sugar…never made sence when they are so sweet on there own. Can't wait to try them!

  3. Simply Life says:

    YUM!I wish I could eat these for breakfast today!

  4. Chef Dennis says:

    those pancakes sound amazing!! I love the use of oat flour, and grinding it yourself is a great idea!

  5. Jen S. says:

    Hi Denise, Thanks for coming over to my blog. We bloggers who take (forced?) breaks because of kids, work, whatnot, have to stick together!

    For the canning, I did use a water bath. You could make do without all the fancy stuff, like the jar lifter and bubble getter-outer thingy, but I think you do need some sort of cage contraption to keep the jars off the bottom of the pot. I believe this is to prevent breakage, although, who knows, maybe that's just what the cage makers say. And you definitely have to submerge the jars.

  6. Whitney @ Nesting Season says:

    Beet pancakes are our go-to (we made them today), but we need to venture out. Our recipe is similar, but I give a lot more credit to the yogurt (or sour cream)–makes such a moist bite. I love your oat flour tip!

    Jen S.-I'm far from an expert, but I've done a few water baths without a cage and the jars stayed intact.

  7. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Your sweet potato pancakes look absolutely delicious, would sure love some for breakfast!

  8. Scratch.Love says:

    Yummy! Those look great. We love sweet potatoes! Will have to give these a try.

  9. The Simply Luxurious Life says:

    Happy New Year to you as well! What a lovely surprise to see you had stopped by. This recipe looks delicious. Thank you for sharing. May 2011 be full of many fantastic memories. 🙂

  10. Mary says:

    Denise, it is good to have you back. This is a great recipe and I'll try it as soon as I can. I hope all is well and that you've had a good day. Blessings…Mary

  11. Jules from A Little Bite of Life says:

    These sound incredible–glad to see you back!

  12. Laura says:

    I love sweet potato and pumpkin pancakes and waffles. I have to try these with the oat flour. They look heavenly.

    Glad you like all the chocolate/mint combos. 🙂

  13. Bridgett says:

    These are perfect and I definitely could get my kids to try these. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Happy Healthy Home says:

    Looks yummy! I'm bookmarking your blog to peruse.
    (Lindy from FIAR boards)

  15. dining room table says:

    This is something I must try. Love the idea of this pancakes. Thanks!

  16. william2233 says:

    I liked your site from a children author

  17. Kate Morgan Jackson says:

    Sweet potato pancakes – my Southern husband will LOVE these!!

  18. Lisa says:

    I recently tried pumpkin pancakes but sweet potato pancakes sound even better.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    I love this recipe! I have a ton of sweet potato's in the barn under some straw, just waiting to be used. I ran out of ideas, so this is perfect!

    Kim Criley

  21. Brittany @ Real Sustenance says:

    These Look Amazing!! Such a creative idea 🙂
    Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe at this weeks seasonal sunday event!! 🙂
    xo- Brittany

  22. Alison Lewis says:

    great idea! My stomach is growling
    Alison Lewis recently posted..Southern Chocolate Brownie Pie for Alice and “The Help”

  23. Wow, what a cool idea. I bet these would be great with leftover potatoes if you bake a bunch in advance the night before.
    Georgia Pellegrini recently posted..“Chicken in Coconut-Lime Peanut Sauce”

  24. Grace Pruitt says:

    Hi Denise, Thanks for coming over to my blog. These look awesome. We love sweet potatoes!
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