Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancakes…my new favorite breakfast! These pancakes are fluffy, packed with sweet potato flavor, and topped with toasted pecans and honey-cinnamon butter. My husband and I went to the Smokey Mountains National Park this past Memorial Day weekend. While we were there we dined at one of my favorite breakfast places-the Pancake Pantry! When Andrew ordered the sweet potato pancakes I laughed, I had never heard of them before. Well let me tell you, when his pancakes came out and I took a bite of them I fell in love! They were the best pancakes I had ever tasted. 🙂 I recreated this wonderful breakfast this past weekend and I was not disappointed! I think that sweet potato pancakes are now my favorite type of pancakes-go ahead and try them out, I am sure you will agree. You may never eat regular pancakes again!

Sweet Potato Pancakes

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  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Honey-Cinnamon Butter

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Prick the sweet potato several times with a fork and place on a double layer of paper towels in a microwave. Cook at full power for 5 minutes; turn the potato over and continue to cook at full power until tender but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Halve the potato crosswise and scoop out the flesh into a medium bowl; discard the skin.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. In the bowl with the sweet potato, add the buttermilk, egg yolk, melted butter, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg; whisk to combine. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until light and fluffy. Add sweet potato mixture and egg whites to the dry ingredients mixing until just combined. Let the batter stand for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toast pecans on a baking sheet in the preheated oven 10 minutes.
  4. To make honey-cinnamon butter, combine butter, honey, and cinnamon and whip until light and fluffy. Set aside.
  5. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add batter by 1/2 cup pours and cook the pancakes, in batches, until golden brown on each side. Serve immediately with honey-cinnamon butter and roasted pecans.
Source: adapted from Food Network

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12 Responses to “Sweet Potato Pancakes”

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    Kristen — August 24, 2010 @ 10:56 am

    Just found your site when I was searching for a sweet potato pancake recipe. I am so excited to see this! My husband and I ate at Pancake Pantry when we were in East TN last fall and I thought their sweet potato pancakes were THE BEST pancakes I’ve EVER eaten. They were so good that I mostly ate them even without the syrup! I will definitely be trying this! Thanks for posting it!

    • Christina replied: — August 25th, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

      I have to agree…the pancake pantry does have the best sweet potato pancakes ever! Yummy!! 😉

      • Kristen replied: — October 9th, 2010 @ 10:19 am

        We FINALLY made these last night! Delicious! And my husband approved. =) Thanks again for the recipe.

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    Christina — October 9, 2010 @ 10:59 am

    Yea!! I am so glad that you guys enjoyed them! 🙂

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    Sarah — September 3, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    Delish! Try this alternative syrup recipe sometime! Its SOOO GOOD! http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/cinnamon-cream-syrup/detail.aspx

    • Christina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

      Mmmm…cinnamon cream syrup? Sounds delicious! 😀

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    Kelli Evans — December 22, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    Hello, I was wondering how many pancakes this recipe makes? I’m making them for my family for Christmas.

    • Christina replied: — December 22nd, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

      This recipe makes about 16-18 (4-inch) pancakes. I hope you enjoy them! Let me know how they turn out! 😀

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