It has been a long while since I have posted a recipe using sweet potatoes, which is ridiculous given that I eat sweet potatoes all the time!
Really and truly, sweet potatoes are a staple in my shopping cart. All year round. If I am baking something at high heat, I typically add a few (whole) sweet potatoes to roast alongside. A roasted sweet potato, plain or with assorted toppings, is my anytime power meal or snack.
Scoop out the sweet potato and you also have the makings of a seriously delicious and addictive cookie, too. Specifically, my Sweet Potato Almond Flour Cookies.
Beyond their great flavor, these cookies are also:
- Packed with great nutrition
- Quick & easy to make
To make them, you will need little more than the following: cooked and mashed sweet potato, almond flour (or meal), a smidge of sweetener, a sprinkle of spices, and a splash of vanilla.
You will also need a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, about 3 tablespoons water, and (optional, but recommended) salt.
You can steam, boil, microwave or roast the sweet potatoes to create your mash. All will work, but there are some differences:
Roasting the sweet potatoes whole produce the sweetest, most flavorful mash. It is all about the caramelization and concentration flavors as the potatoes roast. Microwaving (whole) runs a close second for flavor. You will likely need less water and may want to add less sweetener.
Steamed and boiled sweet potatoes will be starchier than roasted sweet potatoes. You will likely want to add all 1 and 1/2 tablespoons sweetener and the full 3 tablespoons water.
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until blended into a stiff, yet moist dough.
Portion the dough into 12 equal scoops or balls and place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
I used a small cookie scoop to make my cookies. If you are portioning the dough and rolling into balls, gently press (slightly) into the cookie sheet to flatten the bottoms (the cookies do not spread).
For added flavor and color, you can follow my lead and sprinkle the tops with a bit of cinnamon sugar (I actually used pumpkin pie spice mixed with coconut sugar).
Bake the cookies for 17 to 20 minutes until they are golden brown at the edges and feel just set at the centers. The cookies will continue to firm up as they cool, so allow them to cool completley on the baking sheet before moving them.
I know you will love these as much as I do–they taste like sweet potato pie!
Easy, healthy and so delicious sweet potato cookies, made with almond flour (they taste like sweet potato pie!). They are grain-free, oil-free, vegan and Paleo.
- 1 cup (112 g) blanched almond flour or almond meal
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional/adjustable)
- 1/3 cup (75 mL) finely mashed cooked sweet potato
- 3 tablespoons water, divided
- Optional: cinnamon sugar
- Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small to medium bowl, stir together the almond flour, coconut sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and optional salt. Add the sweet potato and HALF of the water, stirring until completely blended. If dough is still dry, add more of the water (up to the full 3 tablespoons).
- Using a small cookie scoop drop dough into 12 mounds, or roll into 12 balls. Place on prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. If desired, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
- Bake in the preheated oven for 17 to 20 minutes until golden brown at edges and centers of cookies feel firm to the touch. Transfer baking sheet to cooling rack and cool completely before removing cookies.
Storage: Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 days, or the freezer for up to 3 months.
Sweet Potato Tips: Sweet potatoes vary in their moisture and starch content (even more so depending on how the sweet potatoes are cooked). Be sure to add no more than half the amount of water at a time until a cohesive, but still stiff dough, is achieved.
Sweetener Options: An equal amount of the granulated sweetener of your choice can be used in place of the coconut sugar. An equal amount of liquid sweetener (e.g., maple syrup) can also be used (decrease water by 1 to 2 teaspoons)
- Category: Cookies, Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 62
- Sugar: 2.6 g
- Sodium: 29.6 mg
- Fat: 4.6 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 5.5 g
- Fiber: 1.3 g
- Protein: 2.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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