Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pancakes


These fluffy pancakes are perfect for a fall breakfast.

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pancake
Photo: Heami Lee
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

These better-for-you buttermilk pancakes are irresistibly fluffy and tender, and just so happen to be made with a fall-favorite vegetable. Cooked and mashed sweet potato is whisked into a cinnamon and nutmeg spiced batter for a very autumn take on buttermilk pancakes. And you're not just drizzling maple syrup on top of a stack; the batter itself is sweetened with syrup for more of those warming caramel and vanilla notes throughout. Make sure to shop for real maple syrup for maximum deliciousness. Pro tip: While cooking these sweet potato pancakes, be patient and let the undersides turn a deep golden brown before flipping.


  • 1 9-oz. sweet potato or ¾ cup cooked and mashed sweet potato

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 cups whole buttermilk

  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more for serving

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • canola oil, for cooking

  • toasted pecans, chopped, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Set a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet. Prick potato all over with a fork. Place in a microwave-safe bowl with 1 teaspoon water and cover. Microwave on high until tender when pierced with a fork, 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool. Discard water. Split potato and scoop flesh into bowl; discard skin. Mash to make ¾ cup.

  2. Beat eggs and buttermilk in a large bowl. Add potato and syrup; whisk until well combined.

  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Add to buttermilk mixture. Gently stir until few dry spots remain. Add melted butter and stir gently until just combined. (Do not over mix; lumps are OK.)

  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-high. Brush with oil; reduce heat to medium. Cooking in batches, add ⅓-cupfuls of batter to skillet, flattening tops slightly. Cook until bubbles rise to surface and underside is golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until puffed and golden brown on other side, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to wire rack; keep warm in oven. Repeat with oil and remaining batter. Serve with pecans and syrup.

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