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Sweet Potato Tots

Sweet potato tots are the best healthy side dish or snack! You are going to love how simple these sweet potato tater tots are to make!

You only need 4 ingredients and about 35 minutes to make these from start to finish. These kid friendly baked sweet potato tots are naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo, Whole30 and easy to make!

Hand holding sweet potato tot that has been dipped in ketchup

Why you will love this recipe

  • Fun make and eat! Making baked sweet potatoes like this makes them crispy on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside! The perfect side dish to burgers, sandwiches, or bbq shredded chicken!
  • Tots are the best way to get kids to eat foods they may not otherwise love! Dip them in ketchup or homemade ranch! You will love that these are full of healthy ingredients, a great source of fiber and are baked not fried!
  • Make large batches and freeze them for later! No need to buy them from the store anymore!
  • Great for parties or game day snacks, everyday snacking or a healthy weeknight meal! These tots can also get dressed up with added spices or sauces to dip them in.
Sweet potato tots lined up on a silver baking sheet after baking.
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Ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes – you can use orange or white sweet potatoes (Japanese).
  • Ground flax – this helps to bind the sweet potatoes
  • Almond Flour – this helps to absorb extra moisture and keep the tots crispy
  • Salt – because all good savory dishes need some salt!

How to make sweet potato tots

  1. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Cut the sweet potatoes in half and then down into 1/2 inch half-moons and add to a glass container.
  2. Microwave on high for 5 minutes (or place in a steamer basket on the stove and steam for 5 minutes). While the sweet potatoes are cooking in the microwave, preheat the oven to 425F.
  3. Once softened, carefully add the sweet potato rounds to the food processor (you will need to do this in batches).Pulse on high until the sweet potatoes resemble rice (takes about 30 seconds).
    Remove the sweet potato rice from the food processor and add it to a large bowl. Repeat with the rest of the sweet potatoes
  4. Add ground flax, almond meal and salt to the sweet potato rice. Mix well and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes.

    Steps 1-4 on how to make sweet potato tots.
  5. Place parchment paper down on an extra-large baking sheet (or 2 baking sheets). Spray with non-stick spray (I love avocado oil).
  6. Form the tots one by one by taking about 1-1 ½ tablespoons of mixture in your non-dominant hand. Use the thumb of your dominant hand to press down into the mixture while you make a claw with your non-dominant hand around the mixture. Press down firmly creating a long log. Keep the claw action going with your non-dominant hand and use your thumb and pointer finger to press the mixture down forming a tot.

    How to form sweet potato tots
  7. Repeat this process until you have about 32 tots.
  8. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Carefully remove them and flip the tots to the other side. Bake an additional 10 minutes.   
Before and after baking sweet potato tots on baking sheet.

Make homemade sweet potato tots in the air fryer

Air fryer sweet potato tots are simple to make.

  • Follow steps 1-7 above.
  • Spray the air fryer with non-stick spray
  • Cook in the air fryer at 375 for 12 minutes.

Other seasonings for the tots

  • Everything bagel: Add 1 tablespoon of everything bagel seasoning
  • Mexican:  Add 1 teaspoon of chili powder, ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • BBQ: Add 1 teaspoon paprika, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon of ground mustard
  • Sweet: Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar
  • Savory: Add 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary, ¼ teaspoon dried sage
  • Curry: Add 1 teaspoon of curry powder

Tips for the best texture

Many of the recipes I’ve read require you to first mash the sweet potatoes and form them into tots. I did not love that approach. Instead, this recipe first calls for you to slightly soften the sweet potatoes in the microwave (or in a steamer basket on the stove).

Once slightly softened, pulse the sweet potatoes in a food processor to a texture that resembles sweet potato rice.

By only softening the sweet potato slightly, the sweet potato keeps a good texture, especially when baking!

Tips on forming the tots

Having slightly wet, clean hands is best to form the tots. If you find the mixture is sticking to your hands (especially after assembling a few), you may want to run your hands under warm water and just shake them off in the sink, don’t dry them completely.

Use pressure when forming the tots. Pressing down with your thumb and slightly rolling the tots in your non-dominant hand to get a very compact log before pressing down between your finger and your thumb.

Dipping sauce for healthy tater tots

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What to serve with sweet potato tots

Tray filled with sweet potato tots and ramekin of ketchup.

FAQs

What if you don’t have a food processor

If you do not have a food processor, you will want to hand grate the sweet potatoes after softening them in the microwave. You will notice that the outside of the potato is softer than the center, and that is ok. Once you mix everything together, you will still get a great texture.

How to store sweet potato tots

Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can also store in the freezer.

How to freeze

Yes! It’s best to cook the sweet potato tater tots, allow them to cool and then store them in the freezer. To ensure the tots don’t stick together, first freeze the tots on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Once frozen, add to a freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 2 months.

How to reheat after freezing

  • Oven: Preheat the oven to 400Fand bake for 15-17 minutes until hot.
  • Airfryer: Bake at 375F for 10 minutes until hot.

Note: if already defrosted they will need even less time in the oven or air fryer.

Reheating from the fridge

  • Oven: 350F for 7-10 minutes
  • Microwave: about 1 minute on high
  • Air fryer: 350F for 5 minutes.

Substitutions

Almond flour: You can also use ground cashew flour, ground sunflower seeds, or oat flour in place of the almond flour.

Sweet potatoes: You can try this recipe with butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes for similar results

Hand grabbing sweet potato tot from a grey baking sheet.
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Sweet potato tots in rows on a grey baking sheet

Sweet Potato Tots

Sweet potato tots are the perfect healthy side dish or party food! This super simple recipe only has 4 ingredients and is the perfect comfort food! Naturally vegan, gluten free, paleo, and Whole30 friendly, these tater tots will disappear quickly, so be sure to make extra!
4.5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet potato tots, vegan sweet potato tots, whole30 sweet potato tots
Prep Time: 7 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 42 mins
Servings: 4

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F
  • Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Cut the sweet potatoes in half and then down into 1/2 inch half-moons and add to a microwave safe container or steamer basket on the stove.
  • Microwave the potatoes on high for 5 minutes or steam for 5 minutes on the stove in a covered steamer basket over simmering water.
  • Add the sweet potato rounds to the food processor (about 1/2 of the sweet potatoes). Pulse on high until the sweet potatoes resemble rice (about 30 seconds)
  • Remove the sweet potato rice and put it in a large bowl for mixing. Pulse the rest of the sweet potato rounds in the food processor.
  • Add the ground flax, almond meal and salt to the sweet potato rice.
  • Mix the sweet potatoes, ground flax, almond meal and salt together well. Let sit for 2-3 minutes to let the flax start to bind the sweet potatoes.
  • Add parchment paper to a rimmed cookie sheet. Spray with nonstick spray (avocado oil or olive oil)
  • Add about 1-1 1/2 tablespoons of mixture to your non-dominant hand. Press the mixture together in your hand to form a cylinder shape while pressing down on the top and the bottom with the pointer finger and thumb of your dominant hand.
  • Repeat until you have about 32 tots.
  • Once all the tater tots have been formed, place in oven for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, take the tots out of the oven and flip them to the other side. Bake 10 more minutes.

Notes

Air Fryer Directions:
You can also make these sweet potato tater tots in the air fryer. Instead of putting them in the oven, put about 1/2 of the tots in the air fryer and bake at 375F for 12 minutes. 
Can you freeze for later?
Yes! Allow the tots to cool from cooking then freeze the tots on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Once frozen, add to a freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 2 months.
How to reheat after freezing:
  • Oven: Preheat the oven to 400F and bake for 15-17 minutes until hot.
  • Airfryer: Bake at 375F for 10 minutes until hot.
Note: if already defrosted they will need even less time in the oven or air fryer.
Reheating from the fridge:
  • Oven: 350F for 7-10 minutes
  • Microwave: about 1 minute on high
  • Air fryer: 350F for 5 minutes.
Other seasonings mix in to make different kinds flavors:
  • Everything bagel: Add 1 tablespoon of everything bagel seasoning
  • Mexican:  Add 1 teaspoon of chili powder, ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • BBQ: Add 1 teaspoon paprika, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon of ground mustard
  • Sweet: Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar
  • Savory: Add 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary, ¼ teaspoon dried sage
  • Curry: Add 1 teaspoon of curry powder
Substitutions:
  • Almond flour: You can also use ground cashew flour, ground sunflower seeds, or oat flour in place of the almond flour.
  • Sweet potatoes: You can try this recipe with butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes for similar results
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
263
Fat
 
6
g
Carbohydrates
 
49
g
Fiber
 
9
g
Sugar
 
10
g
Protein
 
6
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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Wendy

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Oh my, these look/sound soooo yummo! Do you think a ricer would work for the cooked sweet potato break-down instead of a food processor? Have all the ingredients and MUST try!

Samantha Rowland

Monday 11th of October 2021

I think you could use a hand grater (that you would typically grate cheese on). A ricer may work depending on how soft you can get the potatoes in the microwave.

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

Monday 13th of July 2015

O my goodness!!!! And they have protein!! You're the bomb ;)

Sam

Monday 13th of July 2015

xoxo you are too kind!

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

Tuesday 23rd of June 2015

Ooh, these sound delicious! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we love partying with you! Hope to see you next Friday. :)

~Lorelai Life With Lorelai

Tara Siudy (Little. Miss Dexterous)

Sunday 21st of June 2015

These look so good!!! I love sweet potatoes! I can't wait to try! Pinning and sharing!

Maria Magdalena

Sunday 21st of June 2015

Delicious. Thank you for linking your recipe to Creative K Kid's Tasty Tuesdays' party. I have pinned your post to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest board