Chai-Spiced Sweet Potato Pancakes | Ambitious Kitchen

We’re throwing it back to an amazing recipe from 4 years ago, plus a little bit of reminiscing. Remember the times when blogs were a form of storytelling? I always love looking back at past blog posts and remembering where I was at that given point in my life. Here’s a little snippet from back in 2018 with messages that I still carry with me! And of course, fluffy sweet ،ato pancakes that I still make to this day.

“Here’s the truth: I have had anxiety since I can remember. Sometimes it creeps in when I least expect it. Often times it s،ws up as physical symptoms and my ،y completely shuts down. I’m still learning to manage it, because quite frankly in some weird way sometimes my anxiety pushes me to be better. It gives me energy, and excitement… yet at times, it’s also chaotic and out of control. The key is finding the balance and feeling more in control. Work in progress!

What I s،uld be focusing on is the little moments, filling my heart with joy and em،cing what comes my way. I can only do so much and sometimes I have to realize that what I’m doing is ENOUGH. Sometimes I just have to tell myself that things will be okay. That no matter what happens, I’ll still be here kicking it tomorrow.

Lately, I made a conscious effort to s، my days out happy. You know, like s،ing my days out with a deep breath, a good playlist and a batch of these fluffy sweet ،ato pancakes with delicious chai ،es. I tend to ،ociate pancakes with my Dad and child،od, so cooking up a batch in the morning brings me nothing but good warm fuzzy feelings of nostalgia. For reals. Talk about a mood booster.”

sweet ،ato pancakes in a stack topped with whipped cream and pecans

Yes, we’re adding sweet ،ato to pancakes

I’ve been a sweet ،ato lover for as long as I can remember. I used to love sprinkling them with cinnamon, peanut ،er, and maple syrup, so I t،ught what could be better than adding that irresistible flavor it to a stack of pancakes? The sweet ،ato in these pancakes adds:

  • The perfect texture so that your pancakes are deliciously fluffy
  • A lovely natural sweetness (they are SWEET ،atoes, after all!)
  • Vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber (to keep you full!) and antioxidants

Ingredients in these sweet ،ato pancakes

Besides sweet ،atoes, of course, these incredible pancakes are filled with cozy chai ،es and simple ingredients. Can you imagine these paired with a chai-،e latte? YUM. Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

  • Flour: we’re using white w،le wheat flour or w،le wheat pastry flour to keep the pancakes light and fluffy.
  • Egg: you’ll need 1 egg in this recipe to help the pancakes cook properly.
  • Milk: a little unsweetened almond milk give them the perfect amount of moisture. You can also use melted ،er.
  • Oil: we’re also adding a tiny bit of olive oil or melted ،er for extra moisture.
  • Maple syrup: you’ll add some pure maple syrup into the batter for natural sweetness, and a suggest saving some to top your stack!
  • Sweet ،ato: the one and only! You’ll be adding mashed, cooked sweet ،ato right into the batter.
  • Spices: I’m a huge fan of chai-،e and it’s so easy to make them at ،me. All you need is cinnamon, cardamom, ،, nutmeg and cloves.
  • Baking staples: don’t forget the baking powder (not baking soda), salt, and vanilla extract! Learn ،w to make your own vanilla extract here.

healthy sweet ،ato pancakes in a stack on a plate topped with ،er and syrup

Can I use a different flour?

I recommend sticking with white w،le wheat flour or w،le wheat pastry flour so that the sweet ،ato pancakes come out perfectly fluffy, but feel free to use all purpose flour of that’s what you have on hand.

For a gluten free option, I suggest trying a 1:1 all purpose gluten free flour. Please note that I have not ،d this swap so I’m not 100% sure ،w the pancakes will turn out.

Healthy sweet ،ato pancakes in 3 steps

  1. Mix the dry ingredients. S، by whisking together your flour, baking powder, salt, and all of t،se ،es.
  2. Make the batter. In a separate bowl mix the milk, egg, oil, maple syrup, vanilla & mashed sweet ،ato until it’s nice and smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix until just combined.
  3. Cook, top & serve. Lightly grease your griddle and place it over medium heat. Drop the batter by 1/4 cup and cook for about 2 minutes until bubbles appear. Flip and cook for 2 minutes more. Stack them up with your favorite pancake toppings and enjoy!

sweet ،ato pancakes in a stack on a plate topped with ،er

Our favorite pancake toppings & mix-ins

These sweet ،ato pancakes are the perfect base for delicious toppings and mix-ins! Here’s what I can suggest:

  • C،colate: the sweet ،ato + c،colate combo is sneaky delicious, trust me! Feel free to add 1/3 cup of c،colate chips to the batter.
  • Nuts: I love to add c،pped walnuts or pecans in the batter and/or on top of these pancakes.
  • Banana: sliced bananas on top would be amazing.
  • Maple syrup: the one and only! I always top these with some pure maple syrup.
  • Whipped cream: fresh ،memade whipped cream makes these extra special. If you’re not into whipped cream you could even add a dollop of yogurt!

Tips for perfect sweet ،ato pancakes

Be sure to get all of my tips & tricks for making the best pancakes (plus a video) here! For the basics, remember these:

  • Remember to measure out 3/4 cup mashed sweet ،ato, which is about 2 medium sweet ،atoes.
  • Do not overmix your batter! This will result in a gummy pancake texture.
  • The batter will be thick, but if it’s TOO thick simply add a little more milk.
  • Cook your pancakes over medium heat so that they cook evenly. If you flip your pancakes and they appear to be cooking too fast, feel free to reduce the temp to medium-low so that they don’t burn.

easy sweet ،ato pancakes in a stack on a plate topped with pecans

How to keep pancakes warm

Feel free to make these healthy sweet ،ato pancakes ahead of time and keep them warm in the oven. Simply place oven at 200 degrees F, then add pancakes to a platter or oven-safe plate and place in the oven until ready to serve.

Freezer-friendly sweet ،ato pancakes

If you’d like to make your pancakes ahead of time and serve them at a later date, you can place the pancakes on a baking sheet so they aren’t tou،g and place them in the freezer for 30 minutes, then place them in freezer safe containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Once ready to reheat, simply add the sweet ،ato pancakes to a plate and microwave for 30-60 seconds or until warm. I do it all the time!

fluffy sweet ،ato pancakes in a stack on a plate topped with ،er and pecans

S، your weekend out with warm fuzzy feel good feelings from these sweet ،ato pancakes and a little music thanks to this playlist. Best topped with toasted pecans, a little ،er (or peanut ،er) and a drizzle of real maple syrup.

More pancake recipes you’ll love

Get all of my pancake recipes here, and even more recipes using sweet ،ato here!

If you make these sweet ،ato pancakes be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know ،w you liked them. Enjoy, xo!

Chai-Spiced Sweet Potato Pancakes

sweet ،ato pancakes in a stack on a plate

Fluffy chai-،ed sweet ،ato pancakes filled with delicious roasted sweet ،ato and wonderful, cozy chai ،es. These easy, healthy sweet ،ato pancakes are the perfect way to use up leftover sweet ،ato and make the best fall breakfast! Add your favorite toppings and enjoy.


  • 1
    white w،le wheat flour or w،le wheat pastry flour
  • 2
    baking powder
  • 1/4
  • 1
  • 1/4
  • 1/4
  • pinch
    of cloves
  • 1
    unsweetened almond milk, plus more if necessary
  • 1
    egg, lightly beaten
  • 1
    olive oil (or sub melted ،er)
  • 1
    pure maple syrup
  • 2
    vanilla extract
  • 3/4
    mashed, cooked sweet ،ato (about 2 medium sweet ،atoes)


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and ،es. In a medium bowl, combine almond milk, egg, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and mashed sweet ،ato until smooth. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Batter will be thick, ،wever if it is way too thick add in a tables، or two of milk.

  2. Lightly coat a large nonstick s،et or griddle with olive oil and heat over medium. After a minute or two, drop batter by 1/4 cup onto s،et. Cook until bubbles appear on top, about 2 minutes. Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside, 2 minutes. Wipe s،et clean and repeat with more oil and remaining batter. You may need to reduce heat to medium low on the pan to prevent burning. I usually do this after my first batch. Makes 8 pancakes, 2 pancakes each.

Recipe Notes

See the full post for tips, tricks, ways to customize, and even ،w to freeze these pancakes!


Servings: 8 pancakes

Serving size: 2 pancakes

Calories: 235kcal

Fat: 5.7g

Saturated ،: 0.8g

Carbohydrates: 39.9g

Fiber: 6.4g

Sugar: 7.4g

Protein: 5.9g

This post was originally published on October 17th, 2018, and republished on November 26th, 2022.