BUTTERMILK SWEET POTATO PANCAKES

Sweet Potato Pancakes The Southern Lady Cooks

This recipe for Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes is my favorite pancake recipe. If you like sweet potatoes, you will love these. This is a treat for breakfast for guests and family. We love these pancakes served with maple syrup and sausage patties.  You might also like our recipe for fried potato breakfast bowls.

Buttermilk sweet potato pancakes are delicious and get great reviews.

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 cup mashed sweet potatoes

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup nut pieces, pecans or walnuts (optional)

Oil or butter for grill or frying pan

Mix together butter, brown sugar and egg with mixer. Add sweet potatoes and vanilla extract, continue mixing. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl and add to creamed mixture along with buttermilk. Fold in nuts. Melt about 2 tablespoons butter or use 2 tablespoons of oil and cook pancakes 2 to 3 minutes on each side on hot griddle or in skillet. Makes about 10 pancakes. Enjoy!

Note: I cook a medium sized sweet potato in the microwave peel and mash to use in this recipe. You could use canned sweet potatoes, too.

Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes

 

Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pancakes

Judy Yeager
These pancakes are always a hit. They have wonderful reviews and are easy to make! The flavor is amazing. You will make these time and time again.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 10 pancakes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup nut pieces pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • Oil or butter for grill or frying pan

Instructions
 

  • Mix together butter, brown sugar and egg with mixer. Add sweet potatoes and vanilla extract, continue mixing. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl and add to creamed mixture along with buttermilk. Fold in nuts.
  • Melt about 2 tablespoons butter or use 2 tablespoons of oil and cook pancakes 2 to 3 minutes on each side on hot griddle or in skillet. Makes about 10 pancakes.

Notes

I cook a medium sized sweet potato in the microwave peel and mash to use in this recipe. You could use canned sweet potatoes, too.
Keyword Sweet Potato Pancakes
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32 Comments

  1. I made this morning for my sister’s birthday breakfast. Only addition was a 1/8-1/4 tsp. Almond extract and because I measured the flour in grams I had to add more milk. The flavor was spectacular. This recipe is a keeper.5 stars

  2. I cannot have buttermilk or any other milk from an animal. Can I use Coconut milk or another substitute to make them. Do not like evaporated milk at all.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have only made the recipe the way it is written so I can’t advise. Good Luck!

  3. I’ve just made these and they had a really beautiful flavour.
    I put 2T coconut sugar. I was wondering if I could add a bit more flour as they were slightly gooey on the inside or is that how they are supposed to be?
    Looking forward to making these again and perfect for my little.

  4. Can I make these without the sweet potatoes? Or do you have another recipe?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      No, I wouldn’t leave out the sweet potatoes in this recipe. We have numerous pancake recipes on this site. Please use the search box and search “pancakes.”

  5. I just made these & they have a great flavor, my question or tip seeking is: the batter is super thick so I cooked them on med/med low heat & it seemed to take quite a long time to cook, but while a beautiful golden brown on the outside, the inside still seemed to be a bit to mushy-any suggestions?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I always flatten the pancake with a spatula when I turn it after cooking on the first side. This helps because the batter thins.

  6. I made these for “breakfast for dinner” with frozen sweet potatoes I had in the freezer….. my kiddos are OBSESSED with them. I made some frozen berry syrup to go on top…. so so good. Thank you!!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      So glad this was such a hit! We love these pancakes too 🙂

  7. Melissa J Hatanaka says:

    Love, love love! I had Sweet Potato pancakes while visiting Eggs Up in Pawley’s Island, SC. Always wanted to re-create them. This comes close (and is healthier). I reduced the brown sugar to 2 T and needed more buttermilk to get them pancake consistency.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      So glad they were a hit! We love these delicious pancakes too!

  8. Wow are these ever good..!
    You’ve ruined me for eating regular pancakes.
    Husband bought another yam…guess what’s for breakfast tomorrow?!?!!
    Thank you! 5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      So glad you enjoy these! We love them too!

  9. Looks yummy! Can’t wait to try! Can I freeze these?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I’ve never tried it, but you probably could!

  10. This recipe is AMAZING!!!!!!! My pancakes came out so sweet and delicious… I am definitely going to use this again. I didn’t have buttermilk so I mixed together 1/4c milk (I used almond milk) and 3/4c plain yogurt (I used Greek) for it. Turned out perfect!!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Wonderful! I’m so glad you enjoyed these pancakes! We love these too! Have a wonderful week 🙂

  11. Tried them this morning with baby food and I cut the buttermilk back to 3/4cup. Worked great!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      That’s wonderful!! So glad it worked!

  12. SpinninJenny says:

    I came up with a similar recipe on my own, but I add a packet of cooked oatmeal in my batter. My family loves them and can polish off a stack in no time. If I have leftover batter, I just fry it, cool it and freeze on parchment lined baking sheets. Once frozen, they can be stored in a plastic zipper bag until needed. I take out what I need and microwave them for a few seconds and they’re just as good as when I first fried them!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Sounds delicious!!

  13. Holy buckets these pancakes were AMAZING!!!!!!!! I may or may not have polished off a whole batch…5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them!! Thank you so much for letting me know. We love them too 🙂

  14. Do you think this recipe would work with sweet potato baby food puree or would it be too runny? I cannot wait to try this recipe!

    Also, have you tried a pancake with sweet potato and banana together?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I think you could do that Karen but I have not tried them with baby food. Yes, I think I have tried the sweet potato and bananas.

  15. Crystal Jones says:

    These were amazing! My three kids and husband loved them. My husband dosen’t try new things and don’t like sweet potato but he tried and liked these. That’s saying alot! Great recipe. Thank you so much.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You’re very welcome! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  16. I looked for a sweet potato pancake recipe on the fly this morning to make for my boyfriend and these were delicious! They were so fluffy and full of the flavors of fall!5 stars

  17. thebetterbaker11 says:

    I’m not a pancake lover, but I know I would scarf up a pile of these babies. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

  18. marshatjones2014 says:

    These look so yummy, I’ll have to try the recipe. I love all your southern simple recipes and I’ve tried several and shared them with my readers. Thanks for sharing. Mjonesstyle.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you Marsha. So happy you enjoy the recipes and you will love these pancakes.