Sometimes all you need to bring a meal to the next level is something with a pop of color and profound flavor. Enter: simple roasted sweet potatoes! Here’s how to make the best roasted sweet potatoes—as baked sweet potato slices or cubes!
If you’re not usually keen on these sweet spuds, you may find yourself coming around to these bright slices of deliciousness (as a few of our sweet potato-hesitant recipe testers can attest!). Perfect for meal prep, you’ll never have a boring rice bowl or salad ever again!
Also, there’s no reason to wait for fall to roll around before enjoying these sweet potatoes! They’re great all year round and might even become your new favorite meal complement!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe for Baked Sweet Potato Slices & Cubes
We could easily be here all day listing off the reasons why these roasted sweet potatoes could quickly become a top culinary staple in your life but we’ll keep it short and cut right to the good stuff:
Sweet and Simple – This recipe only requires six ingredients that you very likely already have on hand, including the sweet potatoes. No need to make an elaborate trip to the grocery store for some awesomely sweet spuds!
Meal Prep Perfection – If you’re a meal prep purveyor, then you’ll absolutely love how easy it is to prep a huge batch of these baked sweet potato slices in the oven for enjoyment throughout the week or month.
No Lack of Nutrition – Sweet potatoes are packed with some serious nutrients, including high doses of vitamins A and C, loads of fiber, and hefty amounts of manganese and potassium.
Key Ingredients for Simple Roasted Sweet Potato Slices & Cubes
You just need a few simple ingredients to bring these roasted sweet potatoes to life, most of which you very likely already have in your kitchen pantry.
Salt and Spices – Salt, pepper, and cinnamon are the only spices you’ll need for this sweet potato recipe! These three different spices join forces to create potatoes that are salty and sweet with just a tad of spice.
Maple Syrup – Maple syrup and sweet potatoes are a match made in fall food heaven! The robustness of the sweet syrup helps to bring out the full potential of the sweet potatoes and you only need a little bit unless you’re going for more of a dessert-type roasted sweet potato.
Coconut Oil – If you’re not keen on the flavor of coconut oil, worry not! This recipe calls for refined coconut oil which has a totally neutral flavor. You could use a different oil such as avocado oil if you wish, though we’d recommend going with coconut oil if you can.
Sweet Potatoes – The star of the show! You could use any variation of sweet potato that you’d like such as a purple, white, orange or red sweet potatoes! While roasted white sweet potatoes may not look as pretty as the other colors, we guarantee they’ll still be delicious. Our only recommendation is to refrain from using regular potatoes for this recipe!
How to Serve Up Your Oven Baked Sweet Potatoes
Here’s the truly fun part! These sweet potatoes are an absolutely amazing addition to a variety of dishes and since they keep so well, you can plan to eat them with a variety of different dishes throughout the week—unless of course they all get eaten up immediately! Here are just a few ideas on how to enjoy your roasted sweet potatoes:
Spruce Up Your Salads – If you’re finding your salads are lacking, trust that adding some delicious roasted sweet potatoes will perk them right up. Want a sweeter salad? Add foods such as roasted beets or apples to a bed of greens! You can also make a delicious salad with more savory ingredients such as avocado, cucumber, tomatoes, tofu, and lettuce.
Sweet Potato Soup for the Soul – While these roasted sweet potatoes are absolutely amazing in their roasted form, they would also taste incredible blended into a soup! Just throw them into a blender or food processor with a little broth before transferring into a pot and adjust the spice levels as-needed!
Taco and Sandwich Ready – Prepare for the most epic tacos and sandwiches of your life with these roasted sweet potatoes. You can’t go wrong with some avocado, sautéed mushrooms, and tofu in your sweet potato tacos or sandwiches.
Ready to learn how to make the most perfect roasted sweet potatoes? These based sweet potato slices and cubes are perfect for brightening up a variety of different meals throughout the week. Throw them atop a sandwich with some grilled tofu and avocado, add them to a rice and chickpea bowl, or blend into a delicious fall soup!
1lb2 medium-sized sweet potatoes, chopped into ½ inch thick chunks
2tablespoonsof refined coconut oil
1teaspoonsof maple syrup, I use Grade A Dark
¼teaspoonof ground cinnamon
⅛teaspoonof black pepper
Preheat oven to 425º F (218º C).
In a large bowl, combine coconut oil, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, and black pepper. You may need to melt your coconut if it's solid!
Put chopped or sliced sweet potatoes into a large bowl and toss around until well-coated with mixture.
Transfer coated sweet potatoes onto a baking sheet and spread out evenly.
Put potatoes into the oven for 30-35 minutes, turning over at the halfway mark with tongs or a spatula.
Once the potatoes are finished, remove from the oven, allow to cool, and enjoy!
For smaller parts at the ends of the sweet potato, feel free to not chop the pieces in half at all if they seem like they may burn too easily.
I use a stainless steel baking sheet without parchment paper. You’re welcome to use parchment paper if you’d like but I’ve never used it while roasting these sweet potatoes.
If you don’t have refined coconut oil on-hand, you could try this recipe with either sunflower or avocado oil instead but I have only made these potatoes using coconut oil! Olive oil could also potentially work but it could affect the flavor of the sweet potatoes since olive oil is not a neutral cooking oil. Virgin coconut oil is not recommended due to its lower smoking point of 350º F (177º C).
Feel free to increase or decrease the amount of spices to your liking as these potatoes are lightly spiced! I would not recommend decreasing the amount of oil or maple syrup used though you’re welcome to increase as you’d like!
While this recipe is very straightforward, we understand that you may still have some questions about baking roasted sweet potatoes!
How should I store these baked sweet potato slices?
Great question! You can either store these sweet potatoes in the refrigerator or freeze them. They’ll last about five days in the fridge or up to a year in the freezer if kept in an airtight container or resealable bag. If freezing, just allow them to cool completely after cooking and when ready to enjoy again, defrost for about 30 minutes at room temperature or pop in the microwave for a minute.
How long does it take for roasted sweet potatoes to go bad?
Roasted sweet potatoes will begin growing bacteria after about two hours if left at room temperature.
Can I double the recipe?
You surely can! We’d just recommend using a second baking sheet so the sweet potatoes have enough space. Just repeat the same exact instructions for the second sheet of sweet potatoes.
Can I use agave instead of maple syrup?
You could use agave instead of maple syrup if you’d rather use what you have on-hand or just prefer agave. We’d just recommend using a darker type that will more closely taste like maple syrup.
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Vegan sweet potato slices recipe and article by Amanda Meth. Vegan food photography by JJ Steele. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which supports our work at World of Vegan.
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