Two ingredient sweet potato “pancakes”


I’ll admit, I was the first one to raise an eyebrow during the whole 2 ingredient banana pancake phase a few months ago.  But as it turns out, they were kinda good.

These are better in my opinion.

Sweet potatoes > Bananas

At least in terms of making pancakes.


All you need to do is cook a sweet potato to the point of it being way done.  So the flesh can be separated from the skin and scooped out easily.

You can do this in the microwave or the oven or using a combo of techniques, as long as the sweet potato guts are nice and soft.

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The ratio I used was perfect and yielded 4 medium pancakes.  I got full after 3 of them, so if you double the recipe, I think it will be good for 3 people or 2 with leftovers.

Two Ingredient Sweet Potato “Pancakes” [vegetarian, gluten free]


  • 1/2 of an extra large sweet potato, fully cooked (flesh only)
  • 3 eggs
  • [optional] pinch of salt



Combine sweet potato flesh and eggs and mix.  They don’t need to be perfectly combined.  I had small lumps of potato in my batter and it wasn’t an issue.  I used a fork but whisking it lightly is fine too (just don’t over beat the eggs).

Pour batter onto hot greased pan in desired size (I made four pancakes).  Turn pan down to low heat.

Allow to cook almost all the way on one side (so you can see the edges have cooked entirely and the middle has nearly cooked through) before flipping.


Top with Earth Balance, maple syrup, both or neither.


These are so tasty!  I was surprised at how sweet they were without anything added in the way of sweeteners, but that’s what happens with really cooked sweet potatoes.  They are basically like candy.


I think it’s safe to say leftover steamed sweet potatoes will never last long in this house!


The sweet potato I used was huge, so I think the flesh from a whole small one is basically equivalent to the half of the extra large one I used.  I’d venture to guess it was ~3/4 cup flesh, but I didn’t actually measure it.

I don’t know if canned sweet potatoes will work in the recipe, but if anyone tries it let me know.  I’d imagine another swap could be butternut squash puree, but again, I’m just guessing.

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Comments (30)

  1. Amanda

    These look great! Just fyi though, you labeled it vegan! Oops!

  2. Elise (Post author)

    Oops! Thx for catching that. Ill have to edit it to say vegetarian.

  3. Jess

    Can’t wait to make these. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Suzan

    Must try these asap! I love the simplicity of the recipe – idiot-proof, which is important to me when it comes to pancakes. Somehow, I always screw them up.

  5. Emily

    Yay! I can’t wait to try these! I don’t have any whole eggs currently so I’ll have to run to the store or attempt it with the carton of egg-substitute that’s in my fridge. We’ll see how it works out!

    Happy Easter to your and your family! <3

  6. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    These sound awesome, and I love the simplicity of the ingredients! I am a sweet potato fanatic, so I cannot wait to try these :).

  7. Courtney

    I have SO many cans of canned pumpkind left over from the fall…I wonder if these would work with that? I think I am gonna have to try it out…


  8. Hannah

    I have also been a two-ingridient pancake skeptic! Anything with sweet potatoes is awesome in my book though. Definitely will be trying these out this week. Sweet treats in the morning are the best 🙂

  9. Sally

    Had these for lunch today, they were great and so easy. I had them with sweet chili sauce and salad.

  10. Nichole // The Refined Hippie

    Never thought to put sweet taters in pancakes. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  11. teri [a foodie stays fit]

    i’ve got to try this! I’m addicted to the banana + egg ones but these sound way better. And I like to think the sweet potatoes are even better for me than bananas. 🙂

  12. Elise (Post author)

    lemme know because i have lots of cans too (hoarder alert!)

  13. Elise (Post author)

    i wont burst your bubble 🙂

  14. Courtney

    I tried these for lunch today with a little cinnamon and vanilla extract added to them, and they were AWESOME! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Courtney

    Glad to know I am not the only hoarder when it comes to seasonal foods, lol 🙂 I will try to test it out this week/weekend!


  16. Sophie

    This morning I recalled your post when I realized that I had sweet potatoes sitting on my counter… before checking your recipe, I made the pancakes but instead I used a medium sweet potato + one large egg + 1/3 c milk and a pinch of salt- amazing! Had it with some yogurt and I’m so set. Thanks!!

  17. Elise (Post author)

    yay! glad you liked it 🙂

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  20. Mimi

    Hmmmm. Do you think using white or blue potatoes might make nice savory side dishes for us GF veterans?

  21. Elise (Post author)

    i do!

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  23. JoAnna Boccard

    The sweet potato pancakes are the best! Love them. Thx.

  24. Daniel Beylerian

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I enjoy both eggs and sweet potato and look forward to combining them.

    Cheers from Canada


  25. Elise (Post author)

    enjoy d!

  26. Anna

    Love these! Have you ever tried making a two-ingredient muffin … Is it possible? I may have to try 🙂

  27. Elise (Post author)

    hmmm…sounds intriguing! i bet with a different ratio (more eggs) it could work! let me know if you try it…

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  30. Pat

    Looking forward to trying this recipe! just one thing, though, the orange ones are yams. Sweet potatoes are yellow-fleshed.

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