2-Ingredient Sweet Potato Pancakes

Spice up your pancakes by making them a little more healthy and even more delicious.


By Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN


Classic pancakes may not sound like the healthiest breakfast, but there are countless ways to tweak them to suit your needs. If you’re looking for a gluten-free and grain-free recipe, sweet potatoes make for a delicious, nutrient-dense alternative to flour-based pancakes. This starchy vegetable is packed with filling fiber, muscle soothing potassium (key for a post-workout meal) and slow-burning complex carbs for energy.

If you haven’t tried blender pancakes yet, you’ll love this convenient way to enjoy a breakfast that tastes like a treat. Thanks to the egg in here, you’ll also get an extra protein boost. Aside from the nutritional profile and convenience factor, this recipe is also super-versatile. Depending on what spices you decide to include and what you top it with, you can go sweet or savory.

For a more traditional sweet take, add some cinnamon and vanilla extract to the batter, and then top with some berries and syrup. Nut butter is also a great syrup alternative and an awesome way to add extra protein and heart-healthy fat.

If you’ve got a savory tooth, try yours topped with goat cheese, tahini, or an egg. Even leftover cooked veggies can be delicious on a savory sweet potato pancake.

Plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and ricotta are all also great pancake-toppers that provide lots of protein and can easily be blended with other flavors.

Have fun experimenting!


1 small Sweet Potato

1 Egg


1. Prick the potato with a fork a few times and steam in the microwave for 5-6 minutes or until soft. Allow to cool until you can safely handle and scoop out the potato flesh into a food processor.

2. Pulse the potato with the egg and cinnamon until it forms a batter.

3. Grease a skillet with oil, butter, or spray and turn on heat (medium). Pour the batter into the skillet. Cook until set, flipping halfway. Transfer to a plate.

4. Top with desired toppings and enjoy.

Serves 1

Nutrition Facts (before toppings, not counting butter or oil to grease skillet): 175 calories, 8 grams protein, 26 grams total carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 5 grams fat

Recipe analysis via USDA Supertracker

Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian, health coach, and writer with a passion for helping others experience a happier, calmer life and a balanced relationship with food. For those in need of some healthy-eating inspiration, Jess created five day's worth of delicious make-ahead lunches to make it even easier to eat well on a busy day. For more information on Jess, check out her website and follow her on InstagramTwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

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