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Sweet Potato Pancakes – Super Healthy Kids

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Boost your breakfast nutrition with these delicious sweet potato pancakes!

If you love sweet potatoes, check out our sweet potatoes in the slow cooker!

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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
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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.

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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.

If you love pancakes, you must see the 23 pancake recipes we just love! 

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup flour, whole wheat
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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.

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?

Natalie Monson

I’m a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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