Paleo Pancake Recipe – Sweet Potato Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

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You are going to love this paleo pancake recipe! 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.  

Paleo Pancake Recipe - Sweet Potato Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Paleo Pancake Recipe

Since pancake recipes generally call for flour of some sort, eating pancakes on the Paleo diet 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. I’m sharing it with permission. Keeping a Paleo cookbook on hand makes it easier to stick to the Paleo diet. Sometimes I am completely at a loss with what to make for dinner. Instead of cheating and eating something I shouldn’t, I just try a new recipe.

Paleo Pancake Recipe - Sweet Potato Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

This recipe is very quick to prepare and absolutely delicious. The key is to save some of your mashed sweet potatoes from a previous meal. Then this Paleo pancake recipe takes only about 10 minutes from start to finish.  If you have to cook the sweet potatoes first, it will take longer.  Just cook the sweet potatoes as you normally would and remove the sweet potato from the skin. You won’t use the skin in this recipe. Mash the sweet potatoes and store them in the refrigerator until you need them. 

sweet potatoes on a cutting board

What to serve with this Paleo pancake recipe

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. Just make sure that the sausages you choose don’t have ingredients that aren’t allowed on the Paleo diet. We have a local butcher that we can buy meat from. And, he doesn’t use the preservatives that are more questionable.

The original recipe calls for potato starch. If you do not want to use potato starch, you can substitute coconut flour but the pancakes will be a bit denser. Fluffy paleo pancakes can be a bit of a challenge. It’s the flour in traditional pancakes that gives pancakes a light fluffy texture. And, it’s not easy to replicate that texture when you aren’t using any flour. 

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. You’ll never be tempted because you have nothing easy to eat in the refrigerator.

Can you eat pancakes on Whole30?

So, if you’re following the Whole30 diet and not the Paleo diet, you might be wondering if you can still eat this recipe. You definitely can. Whole30 is actually a bit more lenient when it comes to what you can eat than the Paleo diet. On Whole30, you can follow this recipe, or start with this Keto friendly pancake mix. Just skip the added sweeteners when you make them. Instead, try topping your Whole30 pancakes with fresh fruit. This Strawberry paleo pancakes recipe is delicious.

Check out the paleo pancakes nutrition information in this recipe to find out if it’s a good fit for the specific diet you’re following. Sweet potatoes are higher in starch than flour is. Check out this Paleo meal plant from Green Healthy Cooking for a few more ideas if you’re not sure what to make. Remember that with any diet planning ahead is the key to being successful and not cheating. I find that I cheat most often when I haven’t planned for easy snacks and meal ideas. I hope you enjoy my easy Paleo pancakes recipe!

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Easy Paleo pancakes recipe - Sweet Potato Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Easy Paleo pancakes recipe - Sweet Potato Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

If you are looking for an easy Paleo pancake recipe everyone will love, you need to try this delicious sweet potato apple cinnamon pancake recipe today.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup cold, leftover mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 apple, peeled and grated
  • 5 tbsp potato starch or coconut flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • coconut oil or bacon fat for frying
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  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.


I hope you enjoy this easy Paleo pancakes recipe! My sweet potato apple cinnamon pancakes are a hit at my house!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 58mg Sodium: 220mg Carbohydrates: 34g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 14g Protein: 4g

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35 thoughts on “Paleo Pancake Recipe – Sweet Potato Apple Cinnamon Pancakes”

  1. 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?  
    • Hi Amanda - I used coconut flour but I adjusted it down a bit. You really need to play with the recipe ratios a bit so that it fits your preferences.

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