Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Vegan sweet potato pancakes with cranberry sauce

Vegan sweet potato pancakes with cranberry sauce

I really don’t use sweet potato as much as I should. It’s a pretty awesome root, as I’ve said previously, being one of the only vegetables that actually tastes like a dessert and goes super well with chocolate. What more could you want from a food?

So when Thanksgiving rolls around, you bet I’m all over those mashed sweet potatoes. A bit of coconut oil, a bit of brown sugar, and BOOM hallelujah you’ve got probably the greatest side dish ever. What can I say? I’m easy to please.

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"What're you saying? We could've skipped all this shit and just made some fucking potatoes?!" source

In the past, my family has usually gone for the traditional sweet potato casserole. You know (if you’re ‘Murican like me)—loads of butter ‘n’ sugar ‘n’ MOTHERFUCKING MARSHMALLOWS FOR DINNER what is this sorcery! Enough to make six-year-old me or ten-year-old me or thirteen-year-old me squeal with joy. But not this time.

(Partly because vegan, partly because my health nut aunt would probably have a fit if she detected a marshmallow in her house.)

And—happy happy joy joy—there are leftovers! What to do with these leftovers? Besides eat them like a normal person of course!

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Geez, I don't know. source

Put them in pancakes! Of course! You may recall these fabulous butternut squash pancakes I made a few posts ago oh fuck has it really been that long:

butternut squash pancakes
The beginning of November? You're joking.

Sweet potato, you see, is somewhat similar to butternut squash, so I figured it wouldn’t matter if I substituted the squash with some of the leftovers. And then topped the whole thing with some cranberry sauce. Because that makes it seasonal! And I guess in this post I just love! exclamation! points!

vegan sweet potato pancakes with cranberry sauce
Please excuse my terrible five-in-the-morning photography!

As luck would have it, my intuition turned out to be—as always—flawless, with a side of delicious. This recipe is calling all sweet potato pie lovers, or sweet potato lovers, or just lovers in general, not to mention people like me who prefer their turkey with a side of cranberry sauce, skip the turkey. Fluffy pancake aficionados and Thanksgiving devotees, join in on the party while we’re at it.

You may notice I do not include a cranberry sauce recipe of my own. That is because I just follow the instructions on the bag of cranberries. If you are not a plebe and you do not get the kind of cranberries with recipes on the bag, then feel free to search the almighty Google, or Bing, or *gasp* Duck Duck Go for any cranberry mushes that suit your interest. The cranberry sauce is non-optional. NON-OPTIONAL, do you hear me?!

vegan sweet potato pancakes with cranberry sauce
Oh yes, we do.

Here’s the recipe.


Vegan sweet potato pancakes with cranberry sauce

Adapted from these pancakes


260 grams • white whole wheat flour • 2 cups

12 grams • ground flaxseed • 1 tablespoon

3 grams • salt • ½ teaspoon

9 grams • baking powder • 2 teaspoons

4 grams • baking soda • 1 teaspoon

2 grams • cinnamon • 1 teaspoon

1 gram • nutmeg • ½ teaspoon

1 gram • cloves • ½ teaspoon

230 grams • mashed sweet potatoes • 1 cup

30 grams • dark brown sugar • 2 tablespoons

16 grams • tahini • 1 tablespoon

400 grams • nondairy milk • 1 2/3 cups

8 grams • apple cider vinegar • 2 teaspoon

27 grams • olive oil • 2 tablespoons

4 grams • vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon

Cranberry sauce, for serving


In a large bowl, whisk together white whole wheat flour, flaxseed, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Combine remaining ingredients in a blender; pour wet ingredients into dry and fold until thoroughly combined.

Fry pancakes on medium-high heat until golden brown on each side. Top with cranberry sauce. Nosh.


vegan sweet potato pancakes with cranberry sauce
Why is this photo so gloomy? I have no idea.

As you may be aware, I do not have a very high level of mastery regarding my family’s token DSLR camera, which I have been using for a while now after realizing that hey! we actually have one of those things and I might as well use it! The auto-adjust settings (or whatever) have done wonders for the finished photos, but I’m afraid my brain has not been part of that equation. I point; I shoot; I hope for the best. Especially at 5 o’clock in the morning, which yes coffee and the promise of pancakes is enough to get me up that early.

So...anyone got some, you know, tips on that? In the meantime, I’ll be a-Googlin’.

Finally: for your convenience, two other sweet potato desserts you might *cough* make this holiday season.

sweet potato chocolate cake
Back when my cakes weren't very pretty-like...

chocolate sweet potato cookies
See that stack? That's artsy shit right there.

Sweet potato thumbprint cookies with cheesecake filling and chocolate drizzle, which are not as complicated as they seem. Perfect for a cookie swap party, eh?


  1. I have all the recipes necessary to make this *feels the urge* They look fantastic June :D
    I tried to roast some chestnuts the other day, but was soon reminded how bloody hard they are to peel, and I though then, that perhaps only 'Muricans know how to do that best as well... Do you have to be/hire a 'Murican to get this done? I ended up with seven chestnuts, perfectly peeled and probably 50 less so *sigh*!
    Anywhoooo, hope you have a wonderful day :D x

    1. Hmmm. I've never peeled chestnuts, so I have no idea how that would look. Good on you for doing it yourself, I would probably just buy pre-peeled and roasted nuts :D

  2. wow i never would have thought of making pancakes with sweet potatoe-yum!!

  3. I've never had sweet potato pancakes before, but sounds like I need to try them!

  4. That sounds fantastic! I adore braised sweet potatoes, but this looks like a brilliant use of any leftovers! Love the bright colours too!

    1. Thanks! Naturally vibrant colors are one of my favorite parts of baking. :)

  5. I haven't made pancakes in AGES! These look so good!

    1. You should totally try them, they're awesome :)

  6. Dude. I think I've just clicked on every single one of your pancake recipes and.....I'm in love. With you, your blog, everything. I want to eat ALL THE THINGS YOU MAKE!!!!

    1. Aw thanks so much, that made my day :) Hope you do try the pancake recipes! Pancakes are my jam, can't get enough of them.