Top Sweet Potato Pancakes With Diced Apples For A Sweet Finish

Sweet potato pancakes may be one of the most underrated weekend breakfast options out there. Unlike traditional potato pancakes, which typically require onion, eggs, flour, and oil in addition to the spuds, you can make the sweet potato version with only two ingredients: the star of the show and eggs. Plus, staying true to their name, these orange spuds have a much sweeter flavor than regular potatoes, and all those yummy sugars caramelize as you cook them. Since they can swing in both sweet and savory directions, you have access to a wider range of complementary topping options.

If you want to capitalize on all those sugary flavors in your pancakes, top them with diced apples. By doing so, you'll get a double dose of sweetness while still retaining all of the nutrients in the potatoes and the fruits, and you'll also end up with juicy bursts of tartness. The texture mashup works beautifully here, as you get the contrast of the soft, warm pancakes with crunchy bites of apple. It's true that you'll be upping the ingredient list from two to three, but the results will be worth it.

Ways to kick the diced apples up a notch

If you want to simply chop up an apple and throw the fruit on your pancake stack, you can stop there and still have a delicious topping. Select the type of apple based on the flavors you're trying to create with your breakfast. For example, Fujis and galas will build on the sweetness of the potatoes, while tart Granny Smiths and Pink Ladies will create a yummy juxtaposition for your tastebuds.

While fresh fruit is delectable enough on its own, you can also cook the fruit on the stove with butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a sweetener like honey, brown sugar, or maple syrup. If you want a thicker pancake topping, feel free to toss the diced apples in a cornstarch and water mixture before heating them. For an alternative, bake them with the same ingredients until they're golden and smell heavenly.

Of course, you don't have to stop there, especially if you're setting out to build a tasty dessert-breakfast hybrid. In addition to the apples, why not drizzle some peanut butter, cashew butter, or speculoos spread on your pancakes, or sprinkle on some toasted nuts? You could also incorporate another fresh fruit in the mix, like sliced bananas, chopped pears, or blueberries, and finish everything off with a dollop of whipped cream. However simple or rich you decide to make your stack, diced apples are a delicious starting point.