Here's a round-up of my best sweet potato healthy dessert recipes.
Although they originated from Central and South America, sweet potatoes are now considered a fundamental staple in many parts of the world. Sweet potatoes come in all sorts of colors, from brown, orange, purple, yellow, and red, but they all have a moist, sweetish taste, with a pleasant and aromatic smell. They're also incredibly healthy - full of fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients.
The recipes below should give you an idea of how incredibly versatile and easy it is to incorporate this super-veggie into your next baking project. Most call for mashed sweet potatoes (which means you have to cook them first). Sometimes this could be a challenge since there are some times when I’m too lazy to boil or bake them in the oven 🙂 Here's the easiest way I know how to cook sweet potatoes: microwave it on high for 6-10 minutes (depending on the size of the potato).
And without further ado...
1. Sweet Potato Mochi Donut (Baked!)
These sweet potato mochi donuts are soft, tender, and subtly sweet–it makes you wish fall was here sooner! (or wish it never went away). Prepared under 15 minutes, this sweet potato mochi donut recipe is easy, delicious, gluten-free as well as healthy. Check out the full recipe by clicking the link below:
Baked Sweet Potato Mochi DonutSee Recipe
2. Healthier Sweet Potato Mochi Ice Cream
Here’s my healthy version of mochi ice cream! You wouldn’t think sweet potato and ice cream go together until you try. The beautiful orange color of the sweet potato comes through in the dough and helps the mochi dough stay soft, sweet and chewy.
Healthier Sweet Potato Mochi Ice CreamSee Recipe
3. 3-Ingredient Sweet Potato Mochi Waffles “Moffle”
I hereby present you with the healthier, more fun version of waffles–sweet potato mochi waffles (also called moffles). You only need three ingredients, a waffle maker and five minutes of your precious time. The result? A unique and fun breakfast, a sweet treat guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s face.
And before we head on to the recipe, let me tell you these are 100% gluten free and vegan. Two words seldom seen in the same sentence with waffles. Sweet but not that much, chewy, but also crispy, fancy but also very chill. If you like mochi and/or waffles, you’ll love these.
3-Ingredient Sweet Potato Mochi Waffles “Moffle”See Recipe
4. Vegan Sweet Potato Mooncakes (Gluten-Free)
Here’s a chewy and delectable sweet potato mooncake recipe I’ve developed in my Healthier Mooncakes Experiment post. Made using almond flour, coconut flour, mashed sweet potatoes and coconut oil, these bright orange mooncakes are gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Definitely not your typical Chinese confectionaries that are made with flour and filled with egg yolks.
Vegan Sweet Potato Mooncakes (Gluten-Free)See Recipe
5. Gluten Free Sweet Potato Biscuits (Paleo, Dairy-free)
Here’s an awesome way to add some color and nutrition to your holiday table! Made using healthy, fiber-rich ingredients like almond flour, coconut flour and mashed sweet potatoes, this recipe for sweet potato drop biscuits have a surprisingly tender crumb with a slight chewy bite (There IS one secret ingredient that I think makes this extra flavorful!). It’s also really easy to make and clean as it’s prepared in one bowl.
Gluten Free Sweet Potato Biscuits (Paleo, Dairy-free)See Recipe
6. Healthy Sweet Potato Dango (a.k.a. Sweet Rice Balls)
Chewy, soft and addicting, this sweet potato “Dango” is a healthier take on traditional sweet rice balls that only use glutinous rice flour and water. Made only using 2 ingredients, this recipe can be prepared in under 30 minutes and is perfect for those on a gluten-free, vegan or nut-free diet.
Healthy Sweet Potato Dango (Sweet Rice Balls)See Recipe
7. Sweet Potato Protein Balls
This no-bake treat is full of healthy fiber and protein, and the taste-wise subtle sweetness of sweet potatoes with maple syrup is delicious. Even texture-wise, the soft sweet potatoes are mixed with coconut flavor for soft and chew texture with a hint of Nuttiness. Indeed a perfect vegan snack that is gluten-free and low in carbs.
Sweet Potato Protein BallsSee Recipe
8. Sweet Potato Granola
Today I thought I’d share with you one of my best granola recipes, one I make with the first falling leaves every time I find a big, fat, sweet potato. How to beat the root veggie’s chewy and tender texture? And that honeyed sweetness! What’s not to love?
This particular sweet potato granola makes for a satisfying quick breakfast, made with old fashioned oats, mashed sweet potatoes and pecans — you’ll also love the addition of semi-dried sweet potatoes in this recipe!
Sweet Potato GranolaSee Recipe
9. ALMOND BUTTER OATMEAL WITH SWEET POTATO & PECAN
A fine balance of warm and creamy texture with a sweet flavor, this bowl of breakfast is the ultimate treat for breakfast lovers. It’s made with a combination of sweet potatoes and pecans that’s dressed up with maple syrup to add the sweetness you crave. The sweet potatoes pair up with the sweet and crunchy pecans, and don’t forget a generous dollop of peanut butter – it’s simply scrumptious and delicious!
ALMOND BUTTER OATMEAL WITH SWEET POTATO & PECANSee Recipe
10. Sweet Potato Baked Donuts Made with Almond Flour (Paleo, Gluten-Free)
Lightly spiced and made with mouthwatering ingredients, this gluten-free dessert is everything you need to enjoy the snacking and munching time. These sweet potato donuts have a mild sweetness level and the softest texture that will tantalize your taste buds. These donuts can be glazed with some coconut oil, honey, and almond butter to make sure you get all the nutrients and get to fill your sweet tooth cravings – could there be a better combination?
Sweet Potato Baked Donuts Made with Almond Flour (Paleo, Gluten-Free)See Recipe
Bonus: Purple Sweet Potato Recipes!
11. Japanese Purple Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Chunk Cookie
Chewy, soft and fudgy, this thick chocolate chip cookie has a beautiful color that comes from mashed purple sweet potato (also called the Japanese Purple Sweet Potato). It’s also vegan, paleo and gluten free, and made with other good-for-you ingredients like almond flour, coconut flour and ground flaxseeds!
Purple Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Chunk Cookie (Vegan, Gluten-Free)See Recipe
12. No-Churn Japanese Purple Sweet Potato Nice Cream
I love classic ice cream flavors like vanilla, strawberry and chocolate, but I’m always aching for new and creative flavors like this one, the purple sweet potato ice cream! It’s sweet, it’s healthy, it’s cold and fudgy–here is one ice cream recipe that you can make any time and feel great about eating.
No Churn Purple Sweet Potato Ice CreamSee Recipe
13. Purple Sweet Potato Mochi
These purple sweet potato mochi are vegan, gluten-free and incredibly easy to make! The soft and squishy dough only requires 3 ingredients–mochiko rice flour, mashed sweet potato, and almond milk, and they’re filled with a fudgy-sweet white bean paste. Thanks to the sweet potato it’s healthy, too! See my step-by-step guide to making these deliciously purple mochis in the recipe page