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Sweet Potato Pancakes

Updated on June 15, 2013

Pancakes with a Difference

Sweet Potato is a popular and versatile vegetable, rich in beta carotene, vitamins C and E, potassium and provide lots of dietary fibre. They're even fat free!

You can cook Sweet Potatoes in a large variety of ways, but one of my favourite breakfast dishes is Sweet Potato Pancakes.

Everyone loves these and it's a great way to get some vegetables into the grandchildren.

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 4


  • 1 big sweet potato or 2 medium
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of milk
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup melted butter


  1. Cut the sweet potato in half or thirds.
  2. Cover with water and bring to the boil. Once the water is boiling, turn it down and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Drain and allow to cool. Remove peel and blend to puree
  4. In a large bowl combine flour, sweet potato puree and cinnamon. Whisk through
  5. In another bowl combine eggs, milk, sugar and butter. Now add the contents of this bowl into the large bowl which contains the flour and sweet potato mixture. Stir through gently.
  6. Heat your pan to medium-high.
  7. Drop the batter in - about 1/2 cup per patty cake.
  8. Cook until bubbles appear on the top. Flip over. Cook for another few minutes until nicely browned.
  9. Serve with butter, yoghurt or any topping of your choice
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How to Peel the Sweet Potato

It can be tricky at times trying to get the outside skin off a sweet potato. You can use a vegetable peeler or scraper, or the old fashioned way with a sharp knife.

Don't bother. The easiest way to peel a sweet potato is to boil it first.

Chop the sweet potato in half or thirds depending on the size, cover with cold water, boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.

When cooled, the skin comes off easily with your fingers.

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How about you?

What do you think of sweet potato pancakes?

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Photos : : Susanna Duffy

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    • Lou165 profile image


      5 years ago from Australia

      I've never thought of using sweet potatoes in pancakes before, but I'll have to try it as I love sweet potatoes.

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      Ronlove LM 

      6 years ago

      I have never heard of sweet potato pancakes until now. Great lens!

    • LittleLindaPinda profile image

      Little Linda Pinda 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I never would have thought of sweet potato pancakes either but why not. They make sweet potato pie which I never had the opportunity to even taste.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      I would have never thought of this on my own. Pancakes have been my favorite food since I was a child. I love having this new twist on the gold standard of meals. Appreciate the recipe!

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      Einar A 

      6 years ago

      I love sweet potatoes, but had never thought to turn them into pancakes. What a great idea!

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      6 years ago

      how many cals tho?

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      6 years ago

      never tried it before, sounds good.

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      6 years ago

      Oh yum! I could die!

    • Mariajomith profile image


      6 years ago

      i can not wait to try them

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      6 years ago

      Sorry! Lunch time here and the rumble you hear is not a thunder! :)

    • jolou profile image


      6 years ago

      I've had potato pancakes, but not with sweet potatoes. I'm sure these are delicious.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      These Sweet Potato Pancakes sound like they would be very delicious

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      Bambi Watson 

      7 years ago

      I love almost anything with sweet potatoes or yams in it ~ can't wait to try this out ~ Blessed >*

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      Carol Fisher 

      7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I've never heard of sweet potato pancakes either but they sound delicious. I'll give them a try when I get home (I'm away for a couple of weeks).

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      7 years ago from New York

      Never heard of sweet potato pancakes, but they sure sound yummy.

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      8 years ago

      Yummy and delicious! Nice lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      Paula Morgan 

      8 years ago from Sydney Australia

      I love sweet potato I will have to try these soon

    • annieangel1 profile image


      8 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I will definitely have a go at these


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