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Sweet Potato Toast Air Fryer

Air fryer sweet potato toast is so easy to make and the perfect base for breakfast, lunch or dinner ingredient! Sweet potato toast in the air fryer is easy, inexpensive and a great alternative to gluten free toast. You can make sweet potato toast sweet or savory and because the only ingredient is sweet potatoes, this is vegan, plant based, gluten free, dairy free, paleo and Whole30 friendly!

Air fryer basket with 3 slices of sweet potato toast.

Why you will love this recipe

  • Easy to make – making sweet potato toast in the air fryer is so simple! Simply slice the sweet potato and add it to the air fryer – no need to use the toaster 2-3 times and pray the sweet potato doesn’t get stuck. Using the air fryer to make sweet potato toast is so easy and quick!
  • Inexpensive – compared with other gluten free breads on the market, you can’t get a better deal than using sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes are often about $1 a pound and you can get 4-5 slices of toast from each large sweet potato! Use air fryer sweet potato toast in place of anywhere you would use bread!
  • Versatile – you can take sweet potato toast any way you want – make it sweet or savory based on the toppings you choose!
  • Delicious simple ingredients– the natural sweetness from the sweet potatoes is the perfect base for almost any sandwich or toast toppings you can think of! Typically gluten free bread have even more ingredients than regular bread and have many gums and other additives that typically make them highly processed, very expensive and often times they don’t have great texture or taste.
  • Quick – Making sweet potato toast in the air fryer ensures you have a base for your favorite open face sandwich in under 20 minutes! Using the oven to make sweet potato toast can take 30 minutes or more and using the toaster can take up to 10 minutes depending on your toaster and how many times the potatoes get stuck in there! Want it even faster? Make a large batch early in the week then pop it in the air fryer to reheat in just minutes!
Two large sweet potatoes on a marble countertop.
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Ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes – all you need for this recipe are sweet potatoes. Since you are using the sweet potato to replace bread, I like to buy large, thick sweet potatoes so they can get sliced into large slices that would resemble bread.

How to make sweet potato toast in the air fryer

Check out the step by step story on how to make air fryer sweet potato toast.

Start by slicing the sweet potatoes – first slice off the ends so that you have a flat bottom you can rest the potato on. Then using a very sharp knife slowly cut the potato into ¼ – ½ inch slices. If you take your time you can easily cut the potato slices into the same thickness from top to bottom.

Steps on how to slice a sweet potato into toast.

Once you have your slices of sweet potato, place them in the air fryer basket. My air fryer will allow me to put 3 large slices at a time (try to not let the sweet potato slices overlap too much or they will not cook properly).

Turn the air fryer on 360F for 16 minutes. Pause the air fryer half way through and flip the sweet potato slices.

Three sweet potato slices in an air fryer.

If you need to make a second batch, the air fryer will be preheated so you will only need to cook the sweet potato slices 14-15 minutes for the next batch.

Serve with your favorite toppings.

Top tips

  • A really sharp knife is needed to cut large sweet potatoes. Cut the bottom off the potato so you have a sturdy base when cutting the slices. Go slow when you are cutting to help ensure you get even slices.
  • When cooking the sweet potato slices in the air fryer, be sure to not overcrowd the basket. The potato slices can slightly overlap but should mostly lie flat in the air fryer basket. Many models of air fryers will require you to cook multiple batches if you have a large sweet potato.
  • If you are making batches of sweet potato toast in the air fryer, know that the second batch will not require as much time to cook since the air fryer will be preheated. You likely only need 14-15 minutes for the subsequent batches once the air fryer is preheated.
  • You can use the oven, air fryer or even a toaster to make sweet potato toast. See the notes below on how to make sweet potato toast in the oven and in the toaster.
  • Use whatever your favorite sweet potato or yam variety for this recipe. I love using Japanese sweet potatoes (the flesh is white) so they look just like toast.
  • Air fryer cooking times may need to be adjusted based on your air fryer since they all have slightly different motors and sizes. Because of this you may want to keep an eye on your sweet potato toast in the air fryer during the last 3-4 minutes of cooking the first time you make this to ensure it doesn’t burn.
Hand holding sweet potato toast with avocado smashed on top.

Topping ideas

  • Avocado toast
  • Hummus and raw or roasted vegetables
  • Avocado, fried egg, pickled onions with a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning
  • Open face tuna sandwich
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Almond butter, berries and drizzle of honey
  • Open face egg salad sandwich
  • Open face chicken salad sandwich
  • Almond butter, banana slices and sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Cream cheese (dairy free if needed), smoked salmon, cucumber slices and thinly sliced red onion
  • Pesto, scrambled eggs and sliced tomato
  • Chimichurri sauce, black beans and avocado
  • Coconut whipped cream, toasted coconut flakes and chocolate chips
  • Tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni or your favorite pizza toppings (optional), then heated in the air fryer for 3-4 minutes at 350F for a fun twist on pizza

Common questions

How to make sweet potato toast in the toaster

Put the slices of sweet potato in the toaster and toast (light to medium toasting) for 3-4 cycles. Be careful when removing the sweet potato slices from the toaster as they are fragile and delicate.

Note: Using the toaster can be time consuming, which is why I love using the air fryer instead.

How to make sweet potato toast in the oven

Preheat the oven to 450F. Once oven is preheated, place sweet potato slices on a baking sheet (lined with parchment for easy clean up) and bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, take out of the oven and flip the sweet potato slices. Return to the oven for 10-15 more minutes.

Sweet potato toast on grey plate with three different toppings, strawberries, veggies and hummus, avocado.

What are the best sweet potatoes for making sweet potato toast?

It is best to use large (tall and thick) potatoes so that you can get a few large slices of toast from each sweet potato. The thicker the potato, the wider the toast and the taller the potato, the longer the toast. If I had to choose, I would choose thick sweet potatoes over long sweet potatoes so that the topping will be easy to fit on once toasted.

You can use traditional orange sweet potatoes, yams or other sweet potatoes (purple or Japanese which are purple on the outside and white on the inside).

Can you freeze sweet potato toast?

Yes you can freeze sweet potato toast to use later. Cook the sweet potatoes then let them cool completely. Once cooled, transfer the sweet potato toast to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let freeze overnight. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer safe bag or container for up to 2 months with parchment paper between the slices (to ensure they don’t stick together).

How to cook frozen sweet potato toast

The day you are ready to eat them, cook the frozen sweet potato toast in the air fryer at 375F for 15 minutes, flipping after 10 minutes in the air fryer.

Is sweet potato toast healthy?

Sweet potato toast is made from just one ingredient, sweet potatoes. Its less processed than many other gluten free bread options and it’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

To me this makes sweet potato toast a healthy option for sure. Depending on how you choose to top your sweet potato toast could impact how healthy it is.

Hand holding air fryer sweet potato toast.

Storing leftovers

Fridge: Store leftover sweet potato toast in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the air fryer 3-4 minutes at 375F or in a hot skillet for 2-3 minutes per side.

Freezer: Freeze leftover sweet potato toast on a flat surface (baking sheet lined with parchment paper) until frozen. Can be frozen up to 2 months. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer safe bag or container with parchment paper between the slices (to ensure they don’t stick together). Reheat in the air fryer 375F for 15 minutes.

Substitutions

Sweet Potato – you can also make toast with large Idaho potatoes; however you will need to soak the potato slices in cold water for 10-15 minutes before drying them and cooking them in the air fryer. I recommend spraying Idaho potatoes with avocado oil or olive oil spray to ensure they get crispy.  Tip: Soaking the potatoes in cold water helps to remove the excess starch so they will get extra crispy in the air fryer – this step is not needed for sweet potatoes!

Avocado sweet potato toast and veggies and hummus sweet potato toast on plate.

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Sweet potato toast in air fryer basket, avocado in background.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Toast

$1.50 Recipe/$0.75 Serving
Sweet potato toast in the air fryer is quick, easy and so versatile! Add you favorite toppings for breakfast, lunch or dinner! This healthy recipe is a great alternative to gluten free bread and so budget friendly! Just 1 ingredient and 16 minutes!
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Course: Breakfast, dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer sweet potato toast, sweet potato toast air fryer
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 16 mins
Total Time: 18 mins
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato - $1.50

Instructions

  • Start by slicing the sweet potatoes – first slice off the ends so that you have a flat bottom you can rest the potato on. Then using a very sharp knife slowly cut the potato into ¼ – ½ inch slices. If you take your time you can easily cut the potato slices into the same thickness from top to bottom.
  • Place the sweet potato slices in the air fryer, but don't overcrowd the basket. The sweet potato slices can slightly overlap but should not be resting on each other. You may need to break this into batches depending on the size of your basket.
  • Turn the air fryer on 360F for 16 minutes. Pause the air fryer half way through and flip the sweet potato slices.
  • Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Notes

Top tips
  • A really sharp knife is needed to cut large sweet potatoes. Cut the bottom off the potato so you have a sturdy base when cutting the slices. Go slow when you are cutting to help ensure you get even slices.
  • When cooking the sweet potato slices in the air fryer, be sure to not overcrowd the basket. The potato slices can slightly overlap but should mostly lie flat in the air fryer basket. Many models of air fryers will require you to cook multiple batches if you have a large sweet potato.
  • If you are making batches of sweet potato toast in the air fryer, know that the second batch will not require as much time to cook since the air fryer will be preheated. You likely only need 14-15 minutes for the subsequent batches once the air fryer is preheated.
  • You can use the oven, air fryer or even a toaster to make sweet potato toast. See the notes below on how to make sweet potato toast in the oven and in the toaster.
  • Use whatever your favorite sweet potato or yam variety for this recipe. I love using Japanese sweet potatoes (the flesh is white) so they look just like toast.
  • Air fryer cooking times may need to be adjusted based on your air fryer since they all have slightly different motors and sizes. Because of this you may want to keep an eye on your sweet potato toast in the air fryer during the last 3-4 minutes of cooking the first time you make this to ensure it doesn’t burn.
How to make sweet potato toast in the toaster
Put the slices of sweet potato in the toaster and toast (light to medium toasting) for 3-4 cycles. Be careful when removing the sweet potato slices from the toaster as they are fragile and delicate.
How to make sweet potato toast in the oven
Preheat the oven to 450F. Once oven is preheated, place sweet potato slices on a baking sheet (lined with parchment for easy clean up) and bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, take out of the oven and flip the sweet potato slices. Return to the oven for 10-15 more minutes.
How to freeze sweet potato toast?
Cook the sweet potatoes then let them cool completely. Once cooled, transfer the sweet potato toast to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let freeze overnight. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer safe bag or container for up to 2 months with parchment paper between the slices (to ensure they don’t stick together).
How to cook frozen sweet potato toast
The day you are ready to eat them, cook the frozen sweet potato toast in the air fryer at 375F for 15 minutes, flipping after 10 minutes in the air fryer.
Storing leftovers
Fridge: Store leftover sweet potato toast in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the air fryer 3-4 minutes at 375F or in a hot skillet for 2-3 minutes per side.
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
146
Fat
 
1
g
Carbohydrates
 
34
g
Fiber
 
5
g
Sugar
 
7
g
Protein
 
3
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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