whole wheat chocolate chip sweet potato pancakes

Goooooooood morning!

Let me introduce my new favorite pancake. It’s thick, it’s fluffy and it’s full of everything healthy…. like chocolate chips, sweet potatoes and whole wheat flour. The original recipe hailed from one of my favorite breakfast spots in Charleston, Joseph’s. Joseph’s officially closed last June and I shed a tear both for it and these pancakes.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating there, you understand. It was such a great spot! In college, I spent many Saturday mornings there with my roommates, donning our extra large sunglasses, messy ponies and flip-flops. Those were the DAYS!

Thank goodness we can still make these pancakes and relive those days….hangover and extra large sunglasses totally optional.

Unlike many pancake recipes, there’s an absence of butter or oil in the batter. That just means you should use extra on top before drowning these bad boys in warm maple syrup. This is a perfect way to use up leftover baked sweet potatoes from the night before, and I urge you next time to even bake an extra just so you can have these pancakes! They’re extra thick, just the way I like ’em and absolutely stuffed with melting blobs of chocolate.

Because what’s breakfast if chocolate isn’t involved? I rest my case.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Pancakes

serves 3-4

Print this recipe!

adapted from The Food Network and originally, Joseph’s restaurant in Charleston, SC


1/2 large sweet potato, baked then mashed with a fork

1/2 cup white flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 cup milk

1 egg, slightly beaten

1/2 cup (heaping) dark chocolate chips

butter to grease skillet

maple syrup for serving


Grease a large skillet with butter and head over medium high heat.

Combine all ingredients, mixing JUST UNTIL COMBINED and drop by quarter cups onto hot skillet. Cook for about two minutes each side then serve with warm maple syrup.


10 minutes



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  • Kathryn
    January 30, 2012 at 3:38 am

    I love pancakes but I’ve never been able to make a nice whole wheat version so I will definitely be trying these! They look amazing.

  • Em (Wine and Butter)
    January 30, 2012 at 3:39 am

    I WANT RIGHT NOW! I havent had pancakes in forever and am currently a) freezing cold b) craving sweet potatoes c) feeling unsatisfied after a rubbish breakfast d) thinking chocolate doesnt sound half bad. The sweet potato adds such good colour too!

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
    January 30, 2012 at 3:54 am

    I never got a chance to go to Joseph’s. Was it downtown? Nevertheless, I must make these pancakes. They look incredible! You should open a Jenna’s. I’d eat there every morning. πŸ˜€

  • mary (sisters running the kitchen)
    January 30, 2012 at 4:05 am

    these look delicious! quick question, do you scoop the potatoes out of the peel or do you include the peel ?

    • jenna
      January 30, 2012 at 4:52 am

      You do not include the peel.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    January 30, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Oh these look too good for words. I’m taking your advice and cooking extra sweet potatoes this week!

  • kristen @ verbs and vignettes
    January 30, 2012 at 4:28 am

    say what? sweet potatoes in pancakes? well… i’ve never had sweet potato pie, either. but that’s an accident. i’m sure they’re delicious. and chocolate chips + pancakes is probably my favorite combination ever.

  • Amber
    January 30, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Chocolate + doughy pancakes = good. Too good.
    I baked and ate an entire pan of chocolate-chip doughy muffins last night…and followed it up with enough chocolate to last someone a month.
    And I woke up…and continued the trend.

    Clearly I’m going through a “food process”. Bum in chair + food in mouth.

  • Michelle
    January 30, 2012 at 4:46 am

    These look amazing, and I love the idea of sweet potato in pretty much anything actually. I also love that you combined all-purpose with whole wheat flour. Makes it a little easier on the system (and conscience).

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb
    January 30, 2012 at 4:52 am

    holy moly these look delicious. i will (at least try to) put sweet potatoes in ANYTHING and, needless to say, these are right up my alley. and yes, extra chocolate chips, please!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    January 30, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Oh my goodness, now THIS is how all Mondays should start!! I’m totally trying these!

  • Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau
    January 30, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Why have I never thought to add chocolate chip to sweet potato pancakes?? Everything about these looks perfect!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    January 30, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Sweet sweet potato foods make me think of Oprah since she’s all about her sweet potato pie. So, I read your “goooood morning” in an Oprah guest announcement voice.
    Oh and these pancakes sound amazing (but wouldn’t we rather hear Oprah’s voice in ancipation of a free car announcement?!)!

  • Amanda
    January 30, 2012 at 5:25 am

    I don’t know why it has never occurred to me to make sweet potato pancakes, but these sound so good!

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    January 30, 2012 at 5:45 am


    I’m not sure you could’ve smushed more things that I lOVE into one meal. Amen. Well done.

  • HRCK the Herald
    January 30, 2012 at 6:02 am

    OMG YUM. They look so FLUFFY and thick. And photographed melting chocolate has never looked so tempting.

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    January 30, 2012 at 6:05 am

    love! What a cool combo πŸ™‚

  • Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life
    January 30, 2012 at 6:25 am

    what a great start to any weekend. delish!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    January 30, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Love chocolate for breakfast!! These look fabulous Jenna!

  • Katie
    January 30, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Sweet potatoes and chocolate in my pancakes? I am so in.

  • Joy
    January 30, 2012 at 7:03 am

    These look incredible – I’m gonna sub out the egg and the chocolate (because I don’t like chocolate but I love carob) and can not wait to make these

  • Laura
    January 30, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Oh my goodness…. these look delicious!! My husband and I had your vegetable soft tacos for dinner last night (ELR makes a regular appearance in our kitchen) and they were awesome. I’ll definitely make sure ingredients for these pancakes are on my grocery list for the week!

  • Kristin @ FoodFash
    January 30, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Sneaking veggies into pancakes is one of my all time faves. Sweet potatoes make a lot more sense than some of my crazy concoctions!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    January 30, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I know it’s not the same as the real one, but I’ve had a can of sweet potato puree in my pantry forever that needs to be used up. It’s destined for these next weekend!

  • Margarita
    January 30, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Delicious! Maybe when leftovers are gone, pancakes for dinner tomorrow night.

  • Cait's Plate
    January 30, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I love the sweet potato addition…that’s some good thinking right there!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    January 30, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Jenna these look so good! I bet the sweet potatoes just keep them so moist and soft and chocolate chips, well, that always works for me!

  • deva at deva by definition
    January 30, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Chocolate chip pancakes are some of my favorites – so gooey. I like mine slathered with butter – no syrup tho, they’re perfect as-is!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    January 30, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I’ve never made my own pancakes but this might just convince me to. These look absolutely delicious!! And chocolate chip pancakes are one of my guilty pleasures–pumpkin just makes them even better!!

  • Caitlin in MD
    January 30, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Are you still doing the project with your grandmother’s recipes?

    • jenna
      January 30, 2012 at 9:18 am

      I am! I took a short break after the holidays and then everything so busy, but I look forward to starting up again in February.

      • Caitlin in MD
        January 30, 2012 at 11:32 am

        Looking forward to it πŸ™‚

  • Allie@sweetpotatobites
    January 30, 2012 at 9:12 am

    love this recipe! this looks like the perfect sunday breakfast to me. yum!

  • Deanna B.
    January 30, 2012 at 9:49 am

    My aunt used to make sweet potato casserole every Thanksgiving just to make waffles out of the leftovers. She definitely would have approved of adding chocolate chips to the batter.

  • Kelley
    January 30, 2012 at 10:41 am

    We all have/had a college hangout like you mentioned. These sound and look delicious, the perfect hangover breakfast……or lunch. πŸ™‚

  • Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy
    January 30, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I have never had sweet potato pancakes but they look delicious!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
    January 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    These look delicious! I can’t wait for the weekend to try them — we always have pancakes/waffles on the weekend πŸ™‚

  • Urban Wife
    January 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Utterly delicious! I will have to omit the chocolate chips {gasp! how dare she?!} because my darling husband will not eat pancakes with ’em. Sigh. Win some, lose some. πŸ™‚

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    January 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm


  • Living The Sweet Life
    January 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Pancakes are my favourite breakfast (or any time) meal ever! This is the perfect pancake recipe … and you’re right – – what’s breakfast, if chocolate isn’t involved πŸ˜‰ lol I love this recipe.

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles
    January 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Mmm, these sound great! And they remind me that I have a couple sweet potatoes hiding in my cupboard that need to be used up πŸ™‚

  • dana
    January 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    How many ounces/cups would you say the sweet potato is? in Australia, the sweet potatoes vary from nearly as long as your forearm to maybe the size of your palm. thank you!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    January 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Oh hello. My two favorite ingredients. Chocolate and sweet potatoes. Love this idea…looks like an ideal Sunday morning breakfast.

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    January 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    What a great use of sweet potatoes! I would love to try these, anything with chocolate chips for breakfast can’t be bad in my opinion!

    January 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    These look REALLY good. I definitely want to give these a try. Thanks for sharing.

  • Moni'sMeals
    January 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    How clever! I have made sweet potatoe pancakes before but not with whole wheat and not with chocolate chips. This is just a really special recipe indeed.

  • Laura
    January 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I’ve been dreaming about these all day! I must make them soon.

  • Sarah
    January 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    these look outrageous! i cant wait try them!!!!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    January 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Absolutely divine! Guess who’s making this in the morning???!!! Thank you!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    January 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I already had dinner but I seriously want some of these now. They are filled with some of my favorite things. So yummy!

  • Val @ EatRunAndFancyFun
    January 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Yum these look delicious I will definitely be trying this recipe out soon!!

  • elizabeth @ the kitchen counsel
    January 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    and i wish i had these for dinner tonight. definitely getting added to the rotation for the weekend.

  • Hundewanderer
    January 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Those look really, really good. I used to make chocolate, chocolate chip pancakes for the kids when they were little. The unhealthy kind – regular pancake batter with some hershey syrup and chocolate chips added. The kids loved them though. I’ll have to try your healthy version.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    January 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    This is straight up pregnant lady porn. I have to protect myself.

  • Chelsea
    January 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Can’t wait to make these!!

  • Emily
    January 30, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Looks GREAT!! Anything with sweet potato is a winner in my book!

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  • Suzy Aguiar
    January 31, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Hi there, these pancakes look and sound amazing!!! However, I was wondering if the nutritional information is readily available for them. If yes, could it be posted?? Thanks so much!! Suzy πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      January 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      I don’t calculate the nutritional information for my recipes—sorry!

  • Summer
    January 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    These look amazing! I am so excited to try them!

  • TeenyLittleSuperChef
    January 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Let me now introduce you to my favorite pancake… what a coincidence, it’s this one too! Wow, these sound so freaking delicious! THanks for the great recipe. I haven’t made it yet but I already know it’s going to be off the chain (excuse my ghetto-ness, that’s how I roll).

  • Jessica
    January 31, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Jenna- these look incredible! I’ve never found a sweet potato pancake recipe that I’ve liked, but this one looks like it might be it…how can you go wrong with chocolate chips?! πŸ˜‰ Thank you for sharing.

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    February 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    YUM! totally going to make these soon. I predict the sunglasses will be necessary….I’m thinking of them for a post Bachelorette night!! πŸ™‚
    Heidi xo

  • Jenna Leigh
    February 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I didn’t read all of the comments, so I apologize if this is a repeat question: would it be possible to throw this batter into a baking dish and make it a baked pancake type thing? I’m a busy woman and I would love to be able to whip it up, throw it in the oven and then partition it and take it to work for breakfast for a few days in a row.

  • Claire L
    February 4, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Oh my goodness, these were SO GOOD! My grandparents and I snarfed down all six large pancakes I made. They’re so chocolate chip-y and wonderful. I liked tasting the sweet potato in the background. I also added a 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, though I’m not sure it changed much. Next time I think I’ll make them entirely out of whole wheat flour and test them out on my anti-whole-wheat-flour brothers. Thanks for the amazing recipe!

  • Jess
    February 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I was wondering the same thing as Jenna! I’d love to see if these cook well in a baking dish or muffin tins so you could have this for several days without much prep. FYI, I am NOT a fan of sweet potato, BUT my sister tried this recipe and substituted blueberries for the chocolate chips and said it was fantastic, so I decided to give it a try this morning…..OMG….I think you have made me a sweet potato fan!!!! We did follow the recipe as written because….I’m a huge fan of chocolate chips πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • jenna
      February 4, 2012 at 11:29 am

      I really don’t know because I haven’t tried! Pancakes are tricky to make ahead though, so I suggest prepping all the dry ingredients together the night before and then just mixing in the wet the morning of. That way you will have fresh pancakes. You could try to make ahead though and freeze with parchment or wax paper in between then reheating in the toaster oven as an experiment!

  • Lisa @ Thai Curry in Korea
    February 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I’m really glad you don’t include calorie counts on your recipes. Something tells me that ignorance is bliss with these babies, and I love having the ability to rationalize with whole wheat flour and sweet potatoes. Can’t wait to try them!

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    I made these last weekend and they were easy and delicious! They don’t even need butter or syrup. I just picked them up and ate them. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    February 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Oh My Pancakes!!! I’m definitely making these. I had a favorite pancake place while studying abroad in Sydney called Pancakes on the Rocks and this definitely welcomed sunglasses, flip flops and the occasional stayed up all night adventure!

  • Samantha
    March 4, 2012 at 5:21 am

    I’d been planning on making these for myself for awhile, and I finally did! They were delicious. I tend to get in smoothie ruts, so this was a nice change. I also have a leftover giant pancake in the fridge for breakfast tomorrow!

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  • Jeanette @ Mary's Pastry Lab
    June 16, 2012 at 12:06 am

    looks so scrumptious!! i tried making a sweet potato pancake the other day but it turned out more like potato pancake. i used japanese sweet potato, that’s probably why. any idea what kind of sweet potato this is? love the color!

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    August 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Well Jenna, I’ve decided I need to go on a sweet potato kick after I went on a cheese binge with your cheesy stuffed shells and the summer squash and mushroom lasagna. Any recommendations on how to bake the sweet potatoes? Foil or no foil? The Googles tells me 40 minutes at 400 degrees, but there seems to be a toss up on whether to wrap or not.

    I bought some extra sweet potatoes so I can try your breakfast skillet this weekend. I just had to make brinner tonight though.

    LOVE your blog, btw. It’s really helped me go from barely being able to make box mac n cheese to, well, not a first class chef, but at least someone willing and proud to cook for others! Thanks!

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  • Lis
    February 28, 2013 at 8:38 am

    eating these pancakes as we speak. I love sweet potato and when you’re dieting, you can’t get enough chocolate! amazing recipe.

  • Lawrence
    June 11, 2013 at 12:17 am

    This is really a healthy receipe..

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    November 23, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Trying these this morning! But I think I will decline to put my head over medium-high heat…