Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Do you need to have dinner on the table in about 30 minutes, yet you still have no idea what your side dish is going to be? Well, if you have sweet potatoes on-hand, and happen to have date syrup in the pantry, then chances are good you have everything you need to make this sweet, savory, and satisfying oven-roasted sweet potato recipe.

Chef and recipe developer Miriam Hahn of You Care Self Care is the brains behind this dish, which will yield the perfect starchy side dish for a casual weekday dinner. Sweetened and seasoned, then topped with freshly chopped parsley, these roasted sweet potatoes not only satisfy the taste buds, they even look great before they're enjoyed.

As for how to enjoy them? Hahn says, "I like these with all types of things. They are great to put in a buddha bowl, have alongside eggs or tofu for breakfast, have as a side dish with a sandwich, or with something grilled. And I have mixed them with black beans for a quick salad." 

Gather your ingredients for oven roasted sweet potatoes

To make these delightful roasted sweet potatoes, you'll need just a few ingredients that balance the sweet and savory. First, of course, you'll need sweet potatoes. Also requisite are date syrup, olive or avocado oil, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, salt, and optionally (but highly recommended) freshly chopped parsley.

"The secret ingredient in this recipe is the date syrup," says Hahn. "It actually caramelizes them a bit and offers a hint of vanilla along with the sweet flavor. They are a great combo of savory and sweet, and honestly super delicious!"

Prep your sweet potatoes and turn on the oven

To start things off, preheat the oven to 400 F. As it warms, peel the potatoes and cut them into ½-inch cubes. Put these cubes in a large bowl.

Next, add the date syrup, oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt to the bowl and stir everything well to get the sweet potato cubes coated evenly.

Bake the potatoes, then add the parsley

Evenly spread out the coated sweet potato cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them for 20 minutes. Hahn says: "The only thing to watch out for is timing in the oven depending on how big you cut the sweet potatoes. If you prefer larger chunks, you will most likely have to go 30 minutes. Best to set a timer halfway and see how they are doing and rotate the pan if your oven tends to have more force at the back end. If you like them crispy, you can broil them the last 3 minutes or so, but they will cook fast, so don't leave the kitchen!"

Once baked, transfer the cooked cubes to a serving bowl, top them with the chopped parsley (if desired) and serve and enjoy.

The health benefits of sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are quite a healthy food — you probably know that offhand, but do you know the details? According to Healthline, they are an excellent source of vitamin A, they are high in vitamin C, manganese, and they're a good source of potassium and vitamin B6. They're also high in antioxidants and fiber, very low in fat, and they're good for everything from your eyes to your gut health to your immune system. And they taste good ... especially cooked like this!

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe
5 from 30 ratings
When you're looking for an easy and healthy side dish, it's hard to go wrong with this sweet and savory recipe for oven roasted sweet potatoes.
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roasted sweet potatoes in bowl
Total time: 30 minutes
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons date syrup
  • 2 tablespoons olive or avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Optional Ingredients
  • fresh parsley, as garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into half-inch cubes and put them in a large bowl.
  3. Add the date syrup, oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt to the bowl, then stir.
  4. Spread the potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them for 20 minutes.
  5. Top with chopped parsley, if desired, and serve hot.
Calories per Serving 181
Total Fat 7.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.8 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 28.7 g
Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
Total Sugars 12.3 g
Sodium 200.8 mg
Protein 1.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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