19 Must-Try Sweet Potato Recipes

Cooler weather officially brings with it the season of the sweet potato!

Love it or hate it (though if you’re reading this article, I hope you’re the former), you can find this orange root veggie in a wide variety of dishes we associate with the colder seasons of the year: baked, mashed, hashed, candied, grilled, baked into a pie, and so much more.

Sweet potatoes contain a vast amount of nutrients and vitamins. But are you stuck on how to prepare these beneficial tubers? Check out these creative ideas! Get the recipes now: https://foodal.com/knowledge/paleo/must-try-sweet-potato-recipes/

If you’ve bought a few of these tubers this year, and you find yourself staring at them each time you pass by your produce basket – completely clueless about a new way to tackle them – then we’ve got the perfect corral of recipes for you.

Are you an ardent lover of this tasty type of produce? Read on, and you’ll find some fresh new ways to love it even more.

So you've been told that you should eat more sweet potato as they are chalk full of vitamins and nutrients. But the only way that you've ever had them has been either in a pie or swimming in a sea of marshmallow goo. So how do you fix them? Read these 19 different recipes for some creative ideas!

Hate it? Well, you might be surprised by just how much you’ll actually enjoy eating it in many of these unconventional recipes, some of which have sweet potato very expertly and subtly sneaked in.

Whether you’re a friend or foe of this wonderful vegetable, there’s something for everyone in the following recipes.

A Flavorful Breakfast

1. Sweet Potato Waffles?

Can you add sweet potatoes to your waffle mix? 

The good news: yes you can!

Close up and oblique view of a stack of two sweet potato waffles on a teal ceramic plate.
Photo credit: Raquel Smith © Foodal / Ask the Experts, LLC.

Raquel Smith’s tasty recipe incorporates either sweet potato puree OR pumpkin puree into the batter! And since these delightful root-crops are so high in sugar, you need only to add a little bit to make them plenty sweet (or add maple syrup for a more natural sweetener). This recipe is spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, making it the perfect autumn breakfast.

Raquel’s version is vegan and is made with almond milk but that can be substituted with regular almond milk if you are of the more omnivore persuasion.

Get the recipe now!

2. Muffins with Blueberries

Like ’em baked? Try this instead: scrumptious baked goods for breakfast!

Sweet potatoes are a delicious veggie that truly stands apart from the crowd of other root crops in its field. With a flavor that's savory, buttery, and sweet all in one, you'd be surprised at the many foods and dishes that widely welcome it's taste: from ice cream and brownies, all the way to pancakes and smoothies! Don't believe it? Explore these recipes for yourself and give them a try: https://foodal.com/knowledge/paleo/19-must-try-sweet-potato-recipes/
Photo credit: Vegan Heaven.

This muffin recipe brings out the best in this beloved veggie’s flavorful potential. Smooth and savory, the addition of bountiful blueberries finishes it all off with an accent that’s perfectly sweet.

Last but not least: did we mention that this recipe is completely vegan, and wonderfully guilt-free?

Get the recipe from Sina at Vegan Heaven.

3. Sweet Potato Hash with Fresh Herbs, Peppers and Onions

To continue on the sweet-potato-for-breakfast kick, here’s a little something that capitalizes on this veggie’s savory side.

Sweet Potato Hash with Fresh Herbs, Peppers and Onions | Foodal.com

Slice and dice those roots, toss them with white onions, green onions, bell-peppers, fresh rosemary. If you’re vegan, you can stop there. For ominivores, you can take it to the next level by topping it all off with an egg: it’s that simple.

But don’t take my word for it. Check out the recipe for yourself, and give it a try for a new spin on a classic American breakfast.

Get the goods here on Foodal.

4. Pancakes with Peanut Butter Maple Syrup

Get your sweet potato and pancake fixes at the same time!

If you've been stuck in the mindset of thinking sweet potatoes are only good for pies, baked dishes, or veggie roasts - think again! These 19 delectable recipes from awesome blogs all around the 'net will change your mind, and even give you some ideas for new inspirations: including brownies, pancakes, and more. Check them out!: https://foodal.com/knowledge/paleo/19-must-try-sweet-potato-recipes/
Photo credit: Fooduzzi.

The brilliant thing about this recipe: it’s not just about putting healthy veggies in pancakes. It’s also a vegan and gluten-free wonder, making it more appealing for those who want to skip out on excessive simple carbs in the morning.

Top it with whatever you like, but the recipe for this treasure comes with the best topping of all: peanut butter maple syrup.

Ever tried it? This is not something you should miss out on!

Get the recipe straight from Alexa Peduzzi at Fooduzzi.

5. Hash Brown Egg Nests

This recipe will soon become a favorite creation for both kids and adults on weekend mornings at a kitchen table near you.

Sweet potatoes are delicious: there's no way around it. But some folks out there might still need more convincing! Are you one of them? If so, take a look at our 19 sweet potato recipes, curated from top-notch blogs around the web. You may just find something in there you'd be excited to try, and be converted to sweet potato fandom forever: https://foodal.com/knowledge/paleo/19-must-try-sweet-potato-recipes/
Photo credit: Real Food Whole Life.

Our featured ingredient is absolutely perfect when it’s made into crispy, crunchy hash browns. And even children and older folks who are usually repelled by the orange veggie will set their aversions aside to enjoy such an adorable, tasty breakfast.

How do you make those hash browns into perfect cups?

Get the recipe from Robyn Downs at Real Food Whole Life to find out.

Light Lunches and Simple Sides

6. Grilled with Cherry Salsa

Keep things simple with this grilled version. Nothing fancy is required to make this food irresistible.

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cherry Salsa
Photo credit: The First Mess.

Except, of course, the wonderful cherry salsa recipe that goes with it! Super easy to prepare, you also have the option of transforming this grilled wedge variation into a quinoa salad form, if you desire.

Simply chop up your steamed and grilled veg, and combine with the cherry salsa and fully cooked quinoa. You’ll find more detailed directions via the link below.

Laura Wright from The First Mess gives us this recipe.

7. Twice Baked Pudding

If you’re a lover of the classic mashed dish, you should give this twice-baked version a try.

Are you a lover of sweet potatoes, but want a few more options beyond the typical baked, pie, or candied traditional dishes? Look no more! Find your inspirations for something completely new with this seasonal veggie, from the classic pie to new variations like muffins, cake, and even more: https://foodal.com/knowledge/paleo/19-must-try-sweet-potato-recipes/
Photo credit: Nutrition.

Using a thin-skinned variety, the addition of eggs makes this more of a pudding than a mash, turning the mixture to a fluffy golden brown once baked. This would be the perfect side dish for a Turkey Day (especially a Southern Thanksgiving) or Christmas dinner, but really, there’s no wrong time to make it.

Marissa Moore from Nutrition contributes this special treat.

8. Spiralized Sweet Potato Noodles with Roasted Red Peppers and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This recipe by Kendall Vanderslice is one of those delicious dishes that can serve well as either a side or as a healthy main course.

Vertical image of sweet potato noodles with peppers, sun dried tomatoes, sage leaves, and cheese on a blue-lined white plate, and a bowl of grated cheese on the side on a wooden cutting board.
Photos by Nikki Cervone, © Foodal / Ask the Experts, LLC.

A spiralizer is used to cut the noodles into shape and then traditional pasta toppings rounds out the flavors.  Add some flavorful roasted red peppers and garlic, a handful of sun-dried tomatoes, a little olive oil, fresh sage, and some shaved fresh Parmesan and you’d be hard pressed to realize you aren’t eating real pasta!

It’s still pretty healthy. But so delicious at the same time!

Get this tasty pasta-like recipe now!

9. Candied with Pecan Oat Crust

Getting back to basics, you can’t beat the classic candied dish everyone craves, come fall and winter.

Sweet potatoes are truly a one-of-a-kind type of veggie. And as unique as they are in their flavors and dishes, there are some pretty amazing modern inspirations that include this produce that could also very well surprise you! Explore 19 fantastic recipes from the best blogs around the 'net, right here at Foodal: https://foodal.com/knowledge/paleo/19-must-try-sweet-potato-recipes/
Photo credit: Dinner, Then Dessert.

This recipe is unique with its addition of pecans and oats, lending the traditional dish an earthier feel. It still includes a hefty helping of brown sugar, however – you can’t skip that, or it won’t be candied!

Additions of herbs and spices (like ginger) accent the dish.

Check it out from Sabrina at Dinner, Then Dessert.

10. Potato Salad with Bacon

Next comes a nice selection for all you meat lovers out there.

Crispy bacon is absolutely irresistible in combination with the soft creaminess of this baked starchy veggie, especially in salad form.

Have you ever fully explored the potential of the sweet potato? After reading our article chock-full of 19 fabulous recipes - some familiar, and some excitingly original - you'll be fully equipped to tackle this tasty produce, whether for holiday meal creations or anytime!: https://foodal.com/knowledge/paleo/19-must-try-sweet-potato-recipes/
Photo credit: Well Plated.

Onions, celery hearts, and a dash of vinegar go a long way to form a delicious creation of melded flavors that will make your taste buds sing!

It also packs some heat to it, with the addition of jalapeños and mustard. Give it a try!

Find it at Well Plated, via Erin Clarke.

11. Black Bean Quinoa Bowls

For a simple, quick meal or side dish, make this tasty bowl with black beans and quinoa.

If you've always thought of sweet potatoes as being a very limited vegetable - only found in root roasts, pies, and candied dishes with marshmallows - check out this recipe, and you'll be in for a real treat. We've gathered 19 bonafide recipes from amazing food blogs around the web, and they'll make you not only hungry for sweet potatoes, but some new inspiring recipe ideas to enjoy them in as well! Check them out: https://foodal.com/knowledge/paleo/19-must-try-sweet-potato-recipes/
Photo credit: Simply Caribbean.

Roast up those roots, cook your grains, and toss in those legumes – and voila. You’ve got yourself a balanced snack, or even a small lunch that will keep you just as fueled up as if you had eaten animal proteins and simple carbs (more so, in fact, since the dietary fiber will help to slow down that sugar absorption, keep satiety levels high, and curb those cravings)!

The recipe also comes with a delicious chadon beni cream sauce topping, complete with yogurt, lime, and chadobeni leaves, a unique Caribbean herb – though both the sauce and the whole dish are still mouth-meltingly perfect if you don’t have that herb on hand.

Try substituting with cilantro in a pinch.

Get the recipe now, from Deborah at Simply Caribbean.

12. Baked with Almond Butter Drizzle

Let’s not forget an enduring classic: the baked version of this fall root veggie.

A new twist on an old favorite is made all the more achingly good with the addition of velvety-smooth almond butter.

It's the savory-sweet orange tuber we all crave come fall and winter: the sweet potato! Looking for some new inspirations, dishes, and appetizingly original ways to use it? Our list of the best 19 recipes from awesome food blogs around the web will guarantee to keep you busy, and to satisfy your hankering for this root veggie: https://foodal.com/knowledge/paleo/19-must-try-sweet-potato-recipes/
Photo credit: 24 Carrot Life.

You wouldn’t think this tantalizing peanut butter alternative would pair so perfectly with this tuber – but oh, it certainly does!

Sprinkle minced almonds on it too if you like, as shown in the picture.

Or, if you’re on a nut-free diet, try substituting sun butter and toasted sunflower seeds.

Get it hot and fresh from Katie Oberwager at 24 Carrot Life.

Delicious Dinner

13. Pizza Crust

Sometimes, it can be a bit more fun (or more of a challenge) to sneak your favorite foods into things, rather than leaving them out in the open.

Especially when hungry little ones and other picky eaters are sitting around your table.

This pizza crust recipe is the perfect example. You still get that crunchy and satisfying crust, but with a healthy twist from this secret addition.

Some veggies are so versatile, you can put them in just about anything. Take the sweet potato, for example! This article will give you 19 recipes to try - some unconventional, some classic - and you'll discover the true extent of what this tasty seasonal produce is capable of: https://foodal.com/knowledge/paleo/19-must-try-sweet-potato-recipes/
Photo credit: Blissful Basil.

It’s also vegan and gluten free, so you can satisfy those with allergies, intolerances, and special dietary needs.

Got kids (or a partner) who hate the orange tuber you so happen to love? Sneak it into your Friday night homemade pizza, and everyone wins!

Get the recipe by Ashley Melillo from Blissful Basil.

14. Coconut Patties

Another among our cherished greats, Nina-Kristin Isensee shares this dressed-up vegetarian patty recipe, with just a touch of the exotic.

Three Veggie Burger Patties | Foodal.com
Photo by Nina-Kristin Isensee.

If you’ve ever wanted the ultimate tasty but filling meatless entree, these coconut patties will be up your alley. A touch of lemon or lime brightens up their flavors, as they perfectly compliment Thai dishes, Indian main courses, or even work as Mediterranean falafel alternatives and more!

A delicious favorite from Foodal.

Delectable Desserts

15. Cranberry Crumb Cake

Is it time to start thinking about dessert? I think so.

You wouldn’t think that cake could be completely lightened up with the presence of this produce, but it really can!

Cranberry Sweet Potato Cake
Photo credit: Barbara Bakes.

The addition of tasty warming spices, pumpkin spice, and a touch of tartness from dried cranberries makes this dessert truly delectable – even for the veggie haters out there.

Serve it after a meal, with a cup of coffee in the afternoon, or even for brunch.

Learn how to bake your own at home from Barbara Schieving at Barbara Bakes.

16. Nutty Cookies

No matter how you cut it, this bright tuber is a healthy food. It’s amazing that it’s naturally sweet, too – so why not put that to use with a healthy treat recipe?

Regardless of whether you love or hate sweet potatoes, we've got 19 recipes here with something for everyone! Featuring some classics that boast the vegetable's savory flavors alongside unique creations that sneak the produce in to enhance other parts of your palate - either way, give these recipes a try, and you'll never look at the sweet potato the same way again: https://foodal.com/knowledge/paleo/19-must-try-sweet-potato-recipes/
Photo credit: Healthy Helper.

This superfood cookie creation is the perfect choice. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and chock-full of healthy omega-3s to boot.

It’s also made with walnut meal and nut butter, though you can use almond varieties to the same end.

Directions for making Kaila Proulx’s healthy treat can be found at the Healthy Helper blog.

17. Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream

What treat could possibly be a better pair with the smooth creaminess of the sweet potato?

Nothing beats ice cream. And if you’re a fan of the pumpkin version, you’re gong to love this.

Ice cream? Smoothies? Brownies? That's right, you can enjoy the sweet potato in just about anything, and this article will prove it! Explore 19 recipes right here at Foodal, including some classics alongside mouth-watering originals: https://foodal.com/knowledge/paleo/19-must-try-sweet-potato-recipes/
Photo credit: Vegan 8.

Even better, this vegetable joins forces with peanut butter here: an undiscovered match made in heaven.

Imagine it with hot fudge, caramel sauce, or vanilla sauce, and your post-dinner plans are made complete.

Oh yeah –  it’s also low-fat, dairy free, and vegan! And it comes together with just five ingredients.

Eat it up from Brandi Doming at Vegan 8.

18. Vegan Brownies (Yes… Brownies!)

I know for sure that some of us (and that includes myself) will try anything to get a healthier angle on dessert.

So when you stumble onto a brownie recipe like this one – and see healthy ingredients like oats and almonds with only a small helping of added sugar – you’ll know exactly how elated I feel!

Do you love sweet potatoes? Or is baby food the first thing that pops up in your head, every time you think of them? Get acquainted with these 19 carefully curated recipes from beloved food blogs around the web, and we're sure you'll change your mind!: https://foodal.com/knowledge/paleo/19-must-try-sweet-potato-recipes/
Photo credit: Simply Vegan Blog.

At first you might think: “Vegetables? In brownies?”

Sure, it sounds like the fastest way to completely ruin dessert. But give this one a chance, and you’ll find that it’ll do exactly the opposite.

Plus: you’ll manage to fit in a sneaky helping of veggies along the way.

This recipe is completely plant-based and vegan, making it the perfect go-to when you ache for sweet chocolate – but only want half the remorse that comes from spoiling yourself.

And who would have known that pureed sweet potatoes are a killer secret to the moistest, most mouth-melting brownie you’ve ever savored, without the regrets?

Enjoy it at home, with directions straight from Alberto and Iosune at Simply Vegan Blog.

19. Did Someone Say Pie?

To truly dive into all the dimensions of this tasty tuber, you just can’t skip out on the classic pie – like this tasty offering from our very own Felicia Lim.

Step aside, pumpkin- it's time for sweet potato pie! We share the recipe for this delicious dessert: https://foodal.com/recipes/desserts/sweet-potato-pie/
Photo by Felicia Lim.

This recipe’s rich, creamy filling and homemade pie crust combine with the powers of nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla to create a down-home dessert – one that perfectly captures that balance of sweet and savory we know so well, and look forward to when the holidays roll around each year.

We share the recipe on Foodal.

A Sweet Ending

So tell me: is your mouth watering? Do you think you might be a newly-converted fanatic for this fantastic veggie now?

Here’s to hoping some of these ideas change your mind from hater to lover. You might be surprised!

Or were you already a lover before, but find your appreciation (and your appetite) growing for sweet potatoes even more than you thought was possible?

Needless to say, you’ve got plenty of choices, and you won’t be getting bored anytime soon!

Now, it’s your turn. Were there any recipes we missed? Do you have special sweet potato stories and preparations to share?

Give these suggestions a try, and surprise us! Let us know all about your ideas in the comments section below.

Sweet potato pie photo by Felicia Lim, sweet potato coconut patty photo by Nina-Kristin Isensee, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. All other photography in this article is owned and copyrighted by their respective owners as identified. Used with permission by Ask the Experts, LLC. All rights reserved by all parties. Link contributions by Nan Schiller and Allison Sidhu. Additional writing and editing contributed by Allison Sidhu.

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So you've been told that you should eat more sweet potato as they are chalk full of vitamins and nutrients. But the only way that you've ever had them has been either in a pie or swimming in a sea of marshmallow goo. So how do you fix them? Read these 19 different recipes for some creative ideas!

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