Sweet potato chocolate chip pancakes

These hearty oat based pancakes are the perfect balance of healthy and decadent with both sweet potatoes and chocolate chips!

Lazy Sunday mornings are probably my favorite time of the entire week; sleeping in until at least 9am (ok, more like 10), moseying downstairs in pajamas, getting the pot of coffee brewing, starting on a breakfast that weekdays don’t afford the time for and hopping under a blanket on the couch after breakfast to sip coffee and read/peruse social media/play words with friends. I am not that person that wakes up early to cram more hours into their weekend day to enjoy. I can’t even pretend to understand those people and their crazy early morning antics. 6am wakeups on a weekend are just wrong. Very, very wrong. Even Ginger gets it and doesn’t get up until she hears us moving around on a weekend morning.

Sweet potato oat chocolate chip pancakes | runningtothekitchen.com

So this is all well and good except for the fact that in 3 weeks we’ll be moving in with the epitome of “morning people”: my parents. They are those crazies habitually up before the sun and with 3 dogs that follow suit. On an average of 4 or 5 times a week, there will be multiple text messages on my phone from my mom before I even wake up. And now I’m about to be 2 bedrooms away from her instead of a 30 minute drive which means one thing:

chocolate chip pancakes

no more lazy Sunday mornings for awhile.

I do have one thing in my back pocket though, bribery with sweet potato chocolate chip pancakes. I’m thinking she might just let me sleep in if I play that card.

Serves 2     adjust servings

Sweet potato chocolate chip pancakes

Cook Time 10 min Prep Time
Preparation 5 min Cook Time
Total Time 15 mins Total Time

These hearty oat based pancakes are the perfect balance of healthy and decadent with both sweet potatoes and chocolate chips!


  • 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce (I used homemade applesauce that was sweetened, if using unsweetened, you might want to increase the brown sugar amount)
  • 1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour (<-- absolutely love this flour!)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Combine all the wet ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients except the chocolate chips in a large bowl.
  3. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips. The batter will be a little thick and might need some "help" pouring.
  5. Grease a griddle pan over medium heat and pour the batter to form a pancakes about 5 inches in diameter.
  6. Cook for about 2 minutes and then flip and cook about 1 minute on the other side.

Recipe Notes

*you could substitute pumpkin puree for the sweet potato in this recipe just cut back the milk to 1/2 cup.



  1. Ari @ Ari's Menu

    I am sweet potato obsessed, and the chocolate chips are just the icing on the cake! Also, that King Arthur white whole wheat flour is my very favorite too–so great in all baked goods and pancakes!

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  10. Laura

    i think i need a little help.
    These are delicious, but my cooking of them is an issue – they are staying raw in the middle, and burning slightly on the outside. Ive tried turning up and down the heat, still takes a really long time to cook, and when i try to flip them they are mushing up and smearing across the pan.
    I’m sure its me, a novice, impatient cook. I may also have put in slightly too much coconut oil – 1 1/2 T.
    Thank you!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      A couple things… First, follow the recipe as written and use 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil, not more. Also, make sure the pan is preheated well and greased well. The temperature should be about medium, not too hot, not too cold but it must be preheated well when you first put the batter on. Since the batter is thick, make sure you’re spreading it with a spoon or spatula into an even pancake shape and not leaving it too thick. Let them cook thoroughly on one side before flipping.

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