I hate dirty dishes. Tetris-like pile-ups in the sink give me major anxiety—I can’t get my dishes into the dishwasher fast enough. When I didn’t have a dishwasher, I was in the habit of washing whatever I’d used the second I was done with it. What can I say? I may be easy-going, but I’m as Type-A as they come in some respects. This is a big part of why I’m a fan of simple recipes that don’t use a lot of pans and dishes. I’ll make an exception for a special occasion, but most of the time, no thank you.

Pancakes are one of those breakfast foods that can make any day feel like a holiday or weekend. Unless you use a boxed mix or pre-mix your own dry ingredients, though, it’s just too much of a mess to want to deal with most of the time. Or maybe that’s just me? That’s why these two-ingredient sweet potato pancakes are a total life-saver.

Calling this a recipe almost feels like a cop-out. I am far from the first person to ever make this, but it’s just too good—and too easy—not to share.

sweet potato pancake ingredients

This quick and easy breakfast takes just 2 ingredients and is ready in as little as 15 minutes.


  • 1 small to medium sweet potato (or 1/2 a large)
  • 1 whole egg or 1/4 cup liquid egg whites

sweet potato pancake stepsDirections: 

  1. Prick sweet potato a few times with a fork and microwave until soft.
  2. Scoop insides out of potato and mash with egg or egg white to make a batter.
  3. Heat an oiled (or oil-spritzed) skillet over medium heat and pour batter in, forming into a pancake shape.
  4. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  5. Slide onto a plate and top with peanut butter and jelly—or whatever you want!


Are you cool with dirty dishes or do they stress you out? 

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