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Sweet Potato Almond Flour Cookies {vegan, oil-free}

Easy, healthy and so delicious sweet potato almond flour cookies (they taste like sweet potato pie!). They are vegan, oil-free, grain-free, and Paleo.
overhead shot of vegan sweet potato almond flour cookies atop a blue patterned napkin.

Oil-Free, Grain-Free & Vegan Sweet Potato Cookies 

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

Close-up of a sweet potato almond flour cookie with a bite taken out of it.

Highlights of Sweet Potato Almond Flour Cookies

Beyond their great flavor, these cookies are also:

  • Grain-free
  • Oil-free
  • Vegan
  • Paleo
  • Gluten-free
  • Packed with great nutrition
  • Quick & easy to make

How to Make the Cookies

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. 

The sweet potato mash can be prepared by steaming, boiling, microwaving or roasting whole sweet potatoes. All optionswork, 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.

How to Portion & Bake the Cookie 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!

Happy baking!

More Grain-Free & Vegan Almond Flour Cookies to Try

3-Ingredient Almond Flour Cookies {oil-free}

Almond Flour Graham Crackers

3-Ingredient Banana Almond Flour Cookies

4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies

3-Ingredient Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies

Pumpkin Almond Flour Cookies

3-Ingredient Fresh Apple Almond Flour Cookies

Yield: 12 cookies

Sweet Potato Almond Flour Cookies {vegan, grain-free, paleo}

Sweet Potato Almond Flour Cookies {vegan, grain-free, paleo}

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 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).
  3. 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
  4. 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.

Notes

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)

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving Calories 62Total Fat 4.6gSaturated Fat 0.3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 29.6mgCarbohydrates 5.5gFiber 1.3gSugar 2.6gProtein 2.2g

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Gina Morgan

Saturday 12th of June 2021

Can you use a non-granular sweetener like Pure Monkfruit?

Camilla

Tuesday 15th of June 2021

I think you could, Gina. You might need to add a teaspoon or two more almond flour if the cookie dough looks loose, but otherwise, should work well!

Jana

Friday 12th of February 2021

Another wonderful recipe, Camilla! I made these this morning and they were gone before lunch! I used my baking stone and they had the nicest delicate slightly crisp outside and tender inside. I'll be making these again...and again... Thank you.

Christy

Saturday 7th of November 2020

These are delicious! They’re like pumpkin spice munchkins! I made a batch yesterday and I’ve eaten all but two already! Thanks for the awesome recipe, this is definitely going to be my go-to for a sweet snack for Fall!

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Beverly Anne

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

This looks wonderful and I can't wait until I try this. I didn't know how the different methods of cooking them affected how they would turn out. I have been cooking them in my Instant Pot and they have turned out moist and tender so I can see how baking them would tend to make them dryer as you need a dryer sweet potato to work. I also rice my sweet potatoes because I cannot abide strings in my pies or simpy snacking on a sweet potato.

How much sweet potatoes do you need for this recipe? I have read everything twice and I can't find where you state that and I apologize if I overlooked that information.

Thanks for this recipe and I signed up for your emai!

Camilla

Thursday 14th of November 2019

Hi Beverly! You can definitely use sweet potatoes cooked in your instant pot, and ricing them sounds perfect,too. I give a range for adding water to the cookie dough to adjust for wetness/dryness if the potatoes— but any cooked sweet potatoes will work (and be delicious)

As for amounts: the recipe is at the end of the post. It has all of the exact amounts of ingredients listed. You can jump to the recipe from the top of the post if you do not want to scroll through the post 😊

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