Growing up if we were eating sweet potatoes, it was a holiday, and they were covered with butter, brown sugar, and melted marshmallows…. were they good- yes, but I’m giving my family a different take on them, a healthier take that is… check out these Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Fries with Spiced Maple Mustard!
When we eat sweet potatoes we usually eat them roasted, baked or made into french fries. The roasted sweet potatoes are one of my favorite ways of eating them, but totally not the kid’s favorite. Let’s be honest, not everyone is going to like their sweet potatoes roasted with garlic, red bell pepper, and fresh thyme and rosemary. I promise somehow it comes together for a lot of yummyness!
Aubrey picks at a baked sweet potato…….but these…..let me just say when you have a big family like me, it feels like such a win when they all like a healthy dish…… these were definitely a win! All 4 kids loved them!
I even got comments like OMG these are so good! Of course, I thought so, but it’s nice to hear it from them, and sure beats the winning or plea of desperation when I’m making something they don’t like……
Could these really be considered healthy food? Absolutely, and here’s why.
- Sweet potatoes are very high in Vitamin A (which is beneficial in maintaining a healthy immune system.
- Aid in weight loss because they are nutrient-dense and full of fiber which can help keep you full for longer.
- High in potassium and Vitamin C.
- Baking sweet potatoes are healthier than boiling because it increases the bio-availability of the beta carotene which can help fight free radicals.
- Great for skin and eye health.
Sweet potatoes are a super healthy option, and these fries are absolutely delish!
For other delicious sides try this Anti-inflammatory Cauliflower!
Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Fries with Spiced Maple Mustard
- 2 large or 3 smaller sweet potatoes
- 2 Tbsp melted refined coconut oil
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Parsley for garnish optional
Maple honey mustard
- 1/4 cup plain mustard
- 1/2- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp paprika
- Couple dashes of cayenne
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. I love this parchment paper
- Cut sweet potatoes in half, then lay the cut side down and cut into slices, then slices into french fries (like pictured above).
- Place cut fries into a mixing bowl.
- Add coconut oil (melt first if needeand syrup and stir to coat.
- Mix in spices, and stir.
- Spread evenly onto a cookie sheet, and bake at 400 for about 35-45 minutes (turning fries once or twice during the baking process.
- Garnish with chopped parsley. (optional)
Maple Honey Mustard
- Whisk maple syrup into the mustard a 1/2 Tbsp at a time tasting as you add to achieve your desired sweetness.
- Whisk in spices.
- Top with paprika. (optional)
- Serve with fries!