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Vegan Sweet Potato Pancakes

Fluffy, festive sweet potato pancakes with warm cinnamon and maple flavors. This easy pancake recipe comes together in your blender and is great for holiday breakfasts.

Vegan Sweet Potato Pancakes - gluten-free pancakes made in your blender

 

Thanksgiving week! What are you guys up to? Working? Cooking? Pretending to work? Pretending to cook? Listening to Christmas music on your noise cancelling headphones? Listening to Bone Thugs N Harmony on your noise cancelling headphones?

WELL, this week I’m working until Wednesday, then heading out of town for Thanksgiving. I’m a firm believer that everyone should get that entire time frame between Thanksgiving and Christmas off work since everyone is too full of holiday cheer and rum and giggles and fudge to focus on work anyway, amIright? I’d make a good boss.

Since we all know you guys are taking a mental holiday hiatus from work, can I tempt you with a podcast? You can listen to it while you pretend to work or pretend to cook, or both. I was on the Funk’tional Nutrition Podcast with Erin and Kyle, and lemme tell you: I absolutely LOVE our conversation. We discuss everything from gut health to food prep tips to blogging to not giving a shit about social media to mispronouncing words, to fermentation and beyond! Listen to it HERE

Vegan Sweet Potato Pancakes - gluten-free pancakes made in your blender

Vegan Sweet Potato Pancakes - gluten-free pancakes made in your blender

Here’s what I’m thinking: you guys need breakfast ideas for entertaining your guests, right? I feel like these pancakes would be very suitable for the job at hand. Fluffy, vegan, flavorful, festive, fun.

You guys, these pancakes are essentially the exact same thing as the Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes I posted a few weeks back. Oof, piggy backing at its finest! What can I say, though? You can’t argue with a good flapjack, and each and every time I make these, I think to myself everyone needs them in their lives.

Full disclosure: you can make this recipe using mashed butternut squash, acorn squash, kabocha squash…basically anything that’s wintery and full of carbs can go into these pancakes.

Vegan Sweet Potato Pancakes - gluten-free pancakes made in your blender

Really, there isn’t anything magical or clever about making these pancakes. We just toss everything in the blender, blend, then flapjack it up. Remember these vegan sweet potato pancakes do require more time to cook than regular pancakes – the fact that they don’t contain eggs means the moisture (in this case: coconut milk) needs additional time to burn off so to speak so that the center is cooked through.

You can top these beauties however you’d like! I went with store-bought coconut milk yogurt, almond butter, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, and pure maple syrup.

If you’re looking for more sweet breakfast ideas to share with family this holiday season, check out my:

Stay tuned – I’ll be posting a savory breakfast recipe tomorrow! 

Dig in!

Vegan Sweet Potato Pancakes - gluten-free pancakes made in your blender

Vegan Sweet Potato Pancakes

Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 9 small pancakes
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients for the pancakes to a blender and blend until combined (note: if you don't have a blender, you can also use a hand mixer, or whisk by hand). The batter will be thick - this is normal!

  2. Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Measure a scant 1/4 cup of batter and pour onto the hot skillet. Note that the pancake batter won't spread the way regular pancake batter does, so you can use your finger or a spoon to shape it into a disc. Cook 1 to 2 minutes per side, until golden-brown and cooked through in the center. Repeat for remaining batter. Note: pancakes will be easiest to flip when they are kept small.

  3. Top pancakes with choice of topping, such as coconut milk yogurt, almond butter, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, and pure maple syrup.

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Liisa

Tuesday 23rd of March 2021

These are really good! They turned out thick and fluffy. It's so great to have such a healthy recipe that turns out so well, even without eggs, which I've only recently had to cut from my diet. I only used one Tbsp. maple syrup, since I serve it with maple syrup, and they were still great. It's a great way to use leftover sweet potato, but this morning, since I didn't have any leftover baked sweet potato, I just cut one up and boiled it and it didn't take very long. The very thick batter was a bit of work to get out of my blender, so I might try mixing it in a bowl next time. I added some pecans, just because I love them! I'm thinking of adding some orange essential oil or orange juice concentrate sometime for a twist, since I love orange with sweet potatoes.

Julia

Wednesday 24th of March 2021

Oooh, the orange essential oil sounds great! I bet orange zest would be nice too! Thanks so much for the sweet note, Liisa! xoxoxo

Liisa

Saturday 16th of January 2021

These are really moist and fluffy, very tasty! Maybe even a little too tasty--I couldn't stop eating them! Next time I'm going to try subbing part of the maple syrup with a little more coconut milk because I like to limit the amount of sweetener, especially since I put maple syrup on top. That might also help me not eat so much of the batter (no eggs, so it's ok, right?). :D It's a great way to use some leftover sweet potato. Thanks so much! I've been gluten and dairy free for a while, but cutting out eggs is new for me, so I really appreciate such a yummy recipe!

Julia

Sunday 17th of January 2021

I'm so thrilled you like them, Liisa!! Thanks for the sweet note! xoxo

Carol

Friday 4th of October 2019

Question: does the melted coconut oil go into the batter, or is it for cooking the pancakes?

Julia

Monday 7th of October 2019

Hi Carol! The melted coconut oil goes into the batter! :D Hope you enjoy!

tamra

Saturday 31st of March 2018

My son can only have almond flour.. wonder if this would work?

Julia

Sunday 1st of April 2018

Hi Tamra, I haven't had a huge amount of luck with vegan grain-free pancakes (they tend to melt/fall apart on the skillet), but that doesn't mean it's not possible. I can let you know if I test the recipe using almond flour, and in the meantime, let me know if you try it too.

Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness

Wednesday 29th of November 2017

These pancakes look absolutely delicious! I've never made sweet potato pancakes before, even though I consider myself a pancake connoisseur ;-) I'll have to try it soon. Hope that you had a great Thanksgiving!

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