Food and Drink

Kumara Pancake Recipe

Are you wondering what to do with left over kumara mash? Kumara is a staple in many New Zealand homes and although it doesn’t happen often, sometimes there is a bit of left-over kumara mash. Instead of making bubble and squeak the next day, try these kumara pancakes.

With no added sugar, these pancakes are light and delicious.


½ cup mashed kumara
1 cup milk
¾ tsp cinnamon
¾ tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 cup wholemeal flour (standard flour is okay too)
2 tsps baking powder
¼ tsp salt

Mix mashed kumara, milk, cinnamon, vanilla and egg together. A mixer makes this much easier (and be careful to start slowly to avoid a mixture explosion in the kitchen!)
Add the flour, baking power and salt. Use a whisk or continue slowly with the blender and stop when the mixture is just mixed.
Spoon the batter on to a hot pan and cook.

These can be served with bananas and yoghurt. Add honey or maple syrup if you’re after something a little more sweet
Don’t judge your first pancake too harshly, we all know the first pancake isn’t the prettiest but they’re still delicious!
As these don’t have added sugar they can be great for kids, you can make little pancakes to suit their smaller hands. They’re a great addition to lunch boxes too.
You may like to serve with jam and cream
As these are such a simple recipe, the grandchildren could also help mix – just watch for safety around the hot oven.
you can substitute kumara for mashed potato too.


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