Paleo Pancake Recipe – Sweet Potato Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

The one thing that I miss most on the Paleo diet is baked goods. Of course, that’s sort of the problem. My diet was so high in that sort of food that it was making me feel sick. I have been searching for a Paleo pancake recipe to enjoy for breakfast.  Since pancake recipes generally call for flour of some sort, this has been a bit of a challenge.  When I received Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts on the Go for review, I immediately noticed the Paleo pancake recipe they have using sweet potatoes. Since I’m a huge fan of sweet potatoes, I knew I had to try it.

Paleo Pancake Recipe - Sweet Potato Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Paleo Pancake Recipe

This recipe is very quick to prepare and absolutely delicious. They key is to save some of your mashed sweet potatoes from a previous meal. Then this Paleo pancake recipe takes only about 10 minutes start to finish.  If you have to cook the sweet potatoes first, it will take longer.  This recipe is sweet enough that you will not need to add any maple syrup or honey to it when serving. The center is soft and gooey like pie filling so they make a good Paleo dessert as well. This recipe makes 4 large pancakes so if you are cooking for your whole family, you can double the recipe.  Serve sausages with the pancakes for added protein.

4.9 from 15 reviews
Sweet Potato Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Paleo
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup cold, leftover mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp potato starch or coconut flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • coconut oil or bacon fat for frying
  1. Combine all ingredients and make four cakes out of the mixture.
  2. Fry in coconut oil or bacon fat in a skillet over medium heat until a brown crust is formed (about 5 minutes).
  3. Flip and flatten a bit with the back of your spatula.
  4. Cook for another 3 to 5 minutes and remove from heat.

The original recipe calls for potato starch. If you do not wish to use potato starch, you can substitute coconut flour but the pancakes will be a bit more dense.

Paleo Pancake Recipe - Sweet Potato Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Paleo Pancake Recipe - Sweet Potato Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

This Paleo pancake recipe is definitely one of the best breakfast recipes I have tried so far.  I love that it’s something I can eat at home or wrap up and take with me if I have errands to run first thing the morning.  Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts on the Go is the solution to gluten free eating all day long with delicious, easy and portable primal meals.

Have you tried a Paleo pancake recipe you love?


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  1. Those look magnificent! Sounds like a unique mix of flavors but I am sure it is pretty tasty!! 

  2. Oh those look amazing, I love that they remind me of the potato pancakes my Daddy used to make me… 

  3. What a fantastic recipe! I’m such a fan of sweet potatoes that it’s as if this recipe was created just for me! 🙂

  4. Matthew's Mom says:

    This is one way to get my son out of bed in the morning — a good recipe that smells delicious!

  5. I know I would like this, but I could never get my husband to try it. He hates sweet potatoes.

  6. I had something similar to this at an event once and thought they were really good. Now I can make them at home!

  7. Yum!  Two of my favorite items in one breakfast treat? I must try this! 

  8. Looks good and the best part: easy to make!! I am bookmarking it for later. I think my kid would like this. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I love sweet potatoes. Never would have considered using coconut flour in them! Yummy!

  10. Here is another recipe I’m going to print off and try. I love the idea of combining sweet potatoes and apples. Yum!

  11. This is the second awesome sweet potato recipe I have come across today – one sweet and now savory. I need to run to the store for some sweet potatoes now!

  12. Wow! This sounds amazing… what a creative idea.  My hubby and I are strongly considering trying the Paleo diet or something like it.  I’ll definitely have to give these a try.. we will definitely sorely miss our carbs.. hoping this will help!

  13. Those look and sounds so good! That’s a really intriguing flavor combo for sure!!

  14. That looks so good and HEALTHY!

  15. This sounds so delicious, and I bet it smells heavenly when it’s cooking!

  16. Yum! I have a bunch of pumpkin I need to use and these would be a treat the entire family could enjoy. 

  17. Those sweet potato pancakes look really good no matter what diet you are on. 

  18. I saw this on Facebook and it looked so good.  I bet it smells wonderful!  Thanks for sharing.

  19. These would make a great paleo pancake dinner too!!!!! ESP w sausage

  20. That’s a great combo too!! I don’t eat Paleo, but I’m totally trying it!

  21. I would love to make these and see if my kids would like them.

  22. Ellen, These truly look delicious!  

  23. This looks so awesome…I love the apple/sweet potato combo! will have to try this weekend 🙂


  24. I’ve never tried apple/sweet pot. pancakes! Love that they are paleo! Thanks for sharing.

  25. I seriously drool every time I see these!

  26. Finding sweets for my anti-Paleo family is a hard one! I’m going to throw this in my Ziplist and my Key Ingredient account (once I figure out all the ins and outs).

  27. Thanks! Breakfast is a tough one for me because I don’t like eggs. These pancake look like a great option for me!

  28. tina reynolds says:

    These look so good I have never tired it before

  29. I was really looking forward to trying this recipe. I tried it this morning and was disappointed. I followed the recipe exactly as it said, and the pancakes came out very dry, crumbly, and they needed to be sweeter. 

    • Sorry to hear. I’m not sure why it would have turned out that way. I’ve been doing the Paleo diet for a while so natural sweetness from the apples and sweet potatoes is more than enough. If you aren’t following Paleo, you may be used to sweeter foods.

  30. Ok, I just whipped this up and it is super duper thick like mud. I added another egg and still, mud. I added some water now too and another piece of apple. Is this actually a picture of the mix you made? I will not use 5 TBLSP of coconut flour next time. Maybe like 1. I am so hopeful these taste good 🙁 

    • Hi Jennifer – Yes, those are definitely a picture of the ones I made. Not sure why you would have such different results. They are supposed to be thick not thin like a typical pancake.

  31. I’d like to try these, but I’m confused about the option of potato starch OR coconut flour. Those 2 ingredients are 2 completely different beasts, potato starch having more moisture and coconut flour being so thirsty, you often use it at such a lower ratio compared to other flours.   If one were to use coconut flour, you’d have to up the liquids quite a bit to counteract how “thirsty” it can be, so I don’t see how this can be an even substitute. Which did you use in your recipe?  


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