Healthy Sweet potato and cheddar pancakes

A delicious, high protein, gluten free savoury pancake recipe! Chock full of hidden vegetables, this wholesome meal is low in calories but not low in flavours! 

Healthy Sweet Potato and Cheddar Pancakes- High in protein, #glutenfree #lowcalorie and perfect for any meal! Super simple and high on taste!

Wassup Wontons? …Why did I make it a goal to start each post with something different. I’m one week in and already at wits end. So be it.

The last few weeks I’ve posted a Lamington pancake recipe and an Anzac biscuit pancake recipe. Two Aussie classics made into pancake form. To change up for the sweet recipe train, I’m moving to a more savoury route with today’s recipe.

 Healthy Sweet Potato and Cheddar Pancakes- High in protein, #glutenfree #lowcalorie and perfect for any meal! Super simple and high on taste!

Five. Five is the magic pancake number. Five what you must be asking yourself. Well, as with the other two recipes, this recipe took me five tries to perfect. I’m taking a leaf from my self proclaimed bestie, Davida. One of her goals was to post easier recipes and I’m trying to do the same too. Whilst coconut flour, peanut flour and a variety of seeds and nuts are great, not everyone has them on hand. I’m hoping to limit down the ingredient list and ensure the majority (if not all) are basic staples or have easy substitutions!

Today’s recipe is dedicated to Alexis and Meghan– When I think of sweet potatoes I think of the former, and cheese- the latter. These pancakes are chock full of various textures, thanks to the mixture of shredded cauliflower, sweet potato chunks and the melted cheese. The spinach adds an extra punch of nutrients and some colour! Once they are cooked, you’re welcome to go the Mexican route and top with a sour cream and salsa mixture or simply dip them in hot sauce. The best part? These taste just as amazing plain. Thank you to our Friday hosts- Laura and Kierston. Be sure to stop by the former for some mind boggling perfection and the latter…for some mind boggling perfection.

PS- I think I’m enjoying the ride on the savoury pancake train…A teaser for next week- Melted goats cheese pancakes with a twist. 

Sweet potato and cheddar pancakes 

Healthy Sweet Potato and Cheddar Pancakes

A delicious, high protein, gluten free savoury pancake recipe! Chock full of hidden vegetables, this wholesome meal is low in calories but not low in flavours!
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Servings: 2
Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 1 cup gluten free oat flour wholewheat and plain will also work
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 egg or 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup loosely baby spinach chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup cubed sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup grated cauliflower
  • 1/2-3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Oil/cooking spray
  • Sriracha/hot sauce/tabasco to serve
  • Greek yogurt/sour cream to serve
  • Salsa to serve


  • In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, milk and egg (or egg whites) and stir until just combined.
  • Add the baby spinach, cubed sweet potato, grated cauliflower, shredded cheese and spices and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Coat a frying pan with cooking spray/oil and allow to heat on low until hot. Once hot, add batter 1/4 cup at a time and cover. Once bubbles start to form, flip and cook for a further 2 minutes, or until golden on the outside. Repeat the process until all the batter is cooked.
  • Serve pancakes simply with hot sauce/greek yogurt/hot sauce or simply eat as it is!


Note- I tried this recipe out with several cheeses and found full fat cheddar to work best- the taste was not overpowering (like parmesan was) but mellow (unlike mozzarella). These pancakes also keep really well- I ate leftovers the next day cold simply topped with some cream cheese and hot sauce!
Healthy Sweet Potato and Cheddar Pancakes- High in protein, #glutenfree #lowcalorie and perfect for any meal! Super simple and high on taste!

Hope you all have a great start to your weekend- Don’t forget to pop by Sunday for another edition of Spill it, Sundays- and feel free to join in!

Have you ever had a savoury pancake before?

Are you a fan of goat’s cheese or other soft cheeses?

Do you enjoy spice? If so, favourite brand of hot sauce? I need to broaden my repertoire… 

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122 thoughts on “Healthy Sweet potato and cheddar pancakes

  1. Well despite you getting discouraged by your openings, I am having a hoot reading them 😉 Next thing I know you will be calling us tater tots… or better yet, “spuds.” Lol. Like buds, but with potatoes? Hahaha.

    While I don’t mind the coconut flour-filled, more complicated recipes, I can definitely appreciate simpler ones too!

    I just made some gluten-free pancakes out of mashed white potatoes last week that were quite delicious. I can only imagine that these sweet potato ones are even better! I know they are savory, but honestly if I didn’t top them with sour cream or something similar, I would be inclined to still douse them in maple syrup. Sweet and savory! The buzzword combo of the century.

    I don’t really like cheese period, except for on pizza kind of, but even then the bubbly crust is my favorite part. I’ve never tried goat’s cheese but I would love to sometime!

    Never used hot sauce before. Eeep, don’t hit me! It’s just before I was never that interested and didn’t really know anything about it. And now I’m not sure it would be the best for my tummy. I think the most popular hot sauce here is Sriracha or Tabasco maybe?

    1. I always use the word spuds here instead of potatoes!

      I too love coconut flour pancakes, but sometimes without coconut flour is a-ok too! Syrup on top would be great- sweet and savoury is always the perfect combo!

  2. Frothing at the mouth over the melted goat’s cheese coming next week! 😛

    I admit that sometimes long recipes lists can make me pass on a dish, because I either won’t have something, or think it will take too much effort. Was it coincidental that I got given one of those ‘4 Ingredients’ recipes books a few Christmas’ ago? 😉

    Highly doubt that I’d be able to make these and leave them for cold left overs, which as you have proven, is the best way to eat just about any meal. They look waaay too appealing and menacing at the same time. (If pancakes could have attitudes, these would be like the gangsters in West Side Story). Honestly, I don’t know why I insisted on reheating my lunches at work for so long 😛

      1. Went out for breakfast with Mum at my favorite cafe and went against tradition of muesli – had eggs, spinach, pesto and goats cheese. DIES. SO freaking good. Move over feta, there is a new sheriff in town 😛

  3. I’ve never had savory pancakes but I appreciate the idea behind it. You get your veggies and it’s a one piece pancake. So I guess it’s very covenient to take to work for lunch.Euphemistically spreaking I am not a fan of cauliflower. Do you think brokkoli works as well in the recipe? My favorite cheeses are young gouda and mozzarella. I do not appreciate the taste of goat cheese – I think it tastes like licking off a goat or a goat’s shed.
    BUT I LOVE SPICES!!! I love hot spicy food especially. But I am not sure that I could give you some inspiration as my favorites at the moment are the Nando’s piri-piri sauces. As I made it through the wild herbs blend within days I opened the hot sauce yesterday. Too good! Have you ever dipped pear into it? That’s my favorite!

    1. Not a fan of cauliflower? Oh no! Haha! Of course this will work with broccoli- instead of grating it try chopping in small pieces. You don’t even need to add it!

      LOL…..How dare you insult goats cheese. But as young gouda is amazing, you’re forgiven!

      Truth- Nandos restaurants have this new XXXHOT sauce…I’m tempted to steal a bottle! I’ll have to try dipping fruit in it!

  4. I can not believe I never had savory pancakes. Who am I??
    This will be pinned for sure! I am such an untypical Swiss, cause I dislike soft cheese. I really love me the spicy hard ones (don’t….) like gruyere etc. It’s a different story when we get to melted cheese. Raclette is my official affair.
    Does ketchup count as spice? Our hot sauces in the shelves are disgusting.

  5. Arman – your pancakes look so light and fluffy – inspite of their veggie and cheese overload!
    The closest I have come to savory pancakes has been veggie omelettes with flour in them…I used to love goat cheese, feta, and muenster but alas, the love is totally unrequited….they don’t love me back and do mean things to my body when I do consume a small quantity! GAH!
    I do love spicy foods – I choose plain ol chili powder and/or chili flakes in and on my food, and every now and then – wasabi!

    1. Ohh no I keep forgetting that you and cheese are not the best of friends- Maybe with nutritional yeast? Otherwise, simply omit BUT not the sour cream and salsa! Even guac…. 😉

      YES. I go through chilli powder and flakes like water. I even think I’ve desensitised myself to it!

  6. Oooohh! I have never had a savory pancake, but that looks and sounds good! I will have to give it a try and see how it works out! Does it taste kind of like an omelet, or like a pancake? I am curious to try! I love love LOVE my sweet pancakes, but these are so good for you, and I am up for trying new things, I am thinking now is the time! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Tina- thanks so much for stopping by! They definitely taste like a pancake and not ‘eggy’ at all if it makes sense!

      I too love sweet pancakes but for some strange reason the savoury tooth is rampant these weeks and this man needs his pancakes! 🙂

  7. lol…wontons, too cute!

    I’ve never given savory pancakes a try, I keep seeing recipes pop up and I do find them intriguing. But I mean since I am a self-proclaimed cheese addict, I’m sure I would love them. I would probably top mine with a nice slab of brie….yum!

  8. GAH STUPID THING DELeTED MY COMMENT! Love when that happens. Not. Anyways what i was saying is that I adore savory pancakes, I am so much more of a savory person than a sweet person lately (blame that Whole 30 thing) so these look amazing. And reading the first comment, I kind of want to try a potato base pancake like that.

    1. YES! Several of my mates who were self proclaimed sweet tooths are the polar opposites after going paleo!

      My mum has this potato like pancake recipe which is grain free- I’ll grab the recipe off her but its some form of ground meat, mashed potatoes and some spices!

  9. I’ve been seeing savory pancake recipes a lot more lately. Probably because I’ve been reading more international blogs. These look great! I’m a HUGE fan of any cheese and goat is my favorite! I am a huge spicy lover. I’ll have to try these out Arman!

  10. I am thoroughly impressed. By try #3, I give up haha. I am trying to switch up my breakfasts to include some veggies and that definitely means more savory items. I have made sweet potato pancakes in the past but I love the idea of adding spinach and cauliflower to them… cheese, I’ll take a pass. Have a wonderful weekend friend! Speak to you when I’m back.

  11. I think savory pancakes are such a great idea! They’re definitely something I don’t often think to make. I mean these could really be eaten anytime of day – not just for breakfast. That’s what I love about them! Deeeelicious!

    I used to not be a fan of goat cheese, but now I love it! It’s so good with scrambled eggs. Have you ever tried it that way before?

    Justin and I love Frank’s hot sauce. A little goes a long way.

    1. Thanks, Holly- Pancakes- sweet OR savory are an anytime food item!

      YES- I love making scrambled egg wraps with goats cheese or feta- they melt perfectly! Franks is like water to me….I could drink it!

  12. I’ve definitely never had a savoury pancake, but I love pancakes so…I assume this would work well 😉 and YES to soft cheeses! Goat chevre and brie are two of my favourites.

    And I currently have 6 different kinds of hot sauce in my fridge so…yes to hot 😉 ,y favourite one in there is a habanero mango. So good.

  13. I love anything with cheese. Any kind of cheese… goat cheese, brie, sharp cheddar, gouda, feta… GIVE IT TO MEEEEE. The only way to make cheese better is by mixing it with carbs. The only way to make that better is by putting it into pancake form so I can eat it for breakfast.

  14. OMG Lamingtons!! I know this comment would be better suited for that post but oh well. I’ll always associate Lamingtons with my Aussie boyfriend who brought them over right before I left, those and Roses chocolates. I miss Aussie snacks!

  15. I’ve made savory zucchini pancakes before. And you’re right, they taste great all on their own.

    And I feel you on the multiple “different” ingredients. Sometimes I come up with wacky combo but never blog about them because I figure not everyone has some random sauce laying around!

    Have a great weekend, A!

  16. OK, I admit I’ve never had a savory pancake before. BUT I have sweet potatoes before every long run, so I think I should try this soon as my sweet potato pre-long-run meal … yum! Also, 1 tsp of cayenne is a lot!! I think my wimpy self will cut it to 1/2 tsp.

  17. So I’m kind of on a pancake kick right now, and not ashamed to admit that I’ve had them for dinner 3 nights this week — I’m making up for lost time. They’ve always been on the sweet variety, though, so the idea of savoury pancakes is absolutely genius. And cheese — omg cheese. I adore soft cheeses, but any cheese is good cheese. Except blue cheese — I won’t touch that. Oh, and I won’t touch hot sauce either. I’m a complete wimp when it comes to hot or spicy foods. I can barely even handle mild salsa…

  18. I’ve never had a savory pancake before, so I really can’t imagine how this tastes! Is the texture the same as a regular pancake? The closest savory thing to a pancake that I can imagine is a biscuit (the American kind, not the British kind), but those are obviously a lot thicker than pancakes. Very interesting! I find pancakes to be dry without the syrup…was that the case here, where you feel like you’d NEED Greek yogurt or hot sauce? So fascinating haha

    1. Amy, it definitely is the texture of a regular pancake, but with cheese. Because of the combination of cheese, eggs and grated cauliflower, they are actually really moist and not dry- but definitely add greek yogurt/sour cream/salsa…hot sauce is a given!

  19. Some of my favorite things in one food! And I love that all these ingredients are accessible at any grocery store, not just Whole Foods.
    Goat cheese is my jammmm. I need to get some more sometime soon. But really, any cheese is my jam.
    Fun fact: Although it’s not real cheese, I used to eat those nasty American singles for breakfast. My two reactions to that today are: 1-EW. 2-I like cheese a lot.

    1. Hahaha- I’m so jealous you guys have whole foods/TJs/etc!

      As much as I LOVE cheese, guess what. Vegemite released vegemite cheese by Kraft Singles….I must admit, they are quite tasty. That is the only exception. Just like Paramore sang it.

  20. So I thought both the other pancake recipes sounded good, but this one has moved to the top and I haven’t even made it yet. The ingredient list includes lots of my favorites and kind of reminds me of Hannah’s egg and vegetable muffins I made last weekend. I wonder if this would work as a baked pancake? I’m not usually the best at making pancakes.

    1. Thanks, Nicole! I think they would definitely work baked, but you’d probably need to add 1/4-1/2 tsp of baking powder to it! Although the key to perfect pancakes is cooking in low low heat and covered! 😉

  21. I think that, even though you said these are savory, they would taste great with syrup! Call me crazy but some veggies cooked taste great with syrup and also… cheddar does too. I know, I’m nutty. And addicted to sugar but idk whatever. I really like goat cheese. I didn’t know I was a fan until this summer when I had it in a watermelon and arugula salad. It was out of this world.

    1. Definitely not crazy, adding syrup would be great- I love sweet and savoury.

      Hold up….vegetables with SYRUP? DO TELL!

      My mum makes the BEST salad similar to that- sub feta for goat and its bomb dot com.

  22. i’m holding out for next week! i love goat cheese. Plus I have a feeling this would take me 10x to get in right. It would probably turn into a savory scramble knowing my pancake skills.

  23. Since I’m kind of a disaster in the kitchen, I’m forever grateful to you and Davida for the easier recipe trend 🙂 These sound soooo good. Sadly I’m supposed to limit my sweet potato consumption… Maybe I can play with it and try regular potatoes? And goat cheese next week? I can’t wait, goat cheese is heaven.

  24. Well I just feel totally honored that you think of me whenever you think of cheese. How lovely and appropriate and of course full fat cheddar works best. Full fat cheese in general works best. Even back in my “diet” days, I never messed with that low fat crap.
    I cannot wait to make these. 🙂 You just made my night!!

    1. You said it- when it comes to Cheese these days, I don’t even LOOK at the reduced fat ones (ironically, they just released this Kraft 80% reduced fat cheddar which they are promoting as the best tasting, cheddar out there. I tried a sample at the supermarket. It did not taste like Cheddar- it tasted like LIES).

      I’m actually really embracing all these ‘saturated’ fats lately and loving it- cream cheese, ricotta, even cottage cheese! If only we got the full fat greek yogurt too. I’ll have to settle with 2% chobani. Hope you do try it out- don’t be shy about increasing the cheese portion 😉

      1. It tasted like LIES. I love that line.

        They’ve actually come out with lots of new information on saturated fat and some of the studies are suggesting it’s not the devil people originally thought. It might have gotten a bad wrao; kinda like egg yolks. 🙂

  25. Omg, omg, OHHHHHHMYGAAAAAAAAAWD! You had me at sweet potato and cheddar…I didn’t even need to read further…but then you went and put them in PANCAKES!?! I dub thee my Pancake Prince! Hell, at the rate you’re going, you’ll be taking over the throne before long anyway! Haha! It’s been forever since I’ve made savory pancakes…I used to have quite a knack for it, but then I don’t know…I kinda forgot. And well, I tried making some pancakes a couple of weekends ago…I think I’ve lost some of my mojo…they were horrible dry little flat things and the last one I flipped totally turned to garbage…and yes, I ate them anyway…and sulked the whole time! Maybe I should boost my ego and make these? Yes, I very much need them in my life! Yes yes yes….need to buy some cheeeeeeeedar! On the list! 😀

    1. Pancake prince? Never. YOU are the breakfast AND pancake Queen so I can be the pauper or something.

      You need to just follow one of YOUR recipes…to a T. The one’s I’ve made of yours have all been amazing. No false recipe advertising there.

  26. I made these for breakfast this morning and they were really good! I used goat cheese instead of cheddar only because that was all I had. Of course my baby girl loved it since she seems to be a fan of your recipes! She ate half of it herself!

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