|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 4g||5%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 28g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||16%|
|Total Sugars 9g|
|Vitamin C 27mg||133%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
If you crave the crisp, saltiness of French fries, this easy vegan sweet potato fries recipe provides a healthy-ish—or at least healthier— and low-fat substitute that will satisfy your craving. Baked sweet potato fries are lower in fat than their deep-fried counterpart, plus they're loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients like carotenoids (vitamin A), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), alpha-lipoic acid, and selenium. Discerning foodies may even notice this recipe popping up on dinner menus in trendy gastropubs.
For a twist on the ordinary—and when you don't feel like toting your family to an expensive restaurant— try this quick-to-prepare vegan and gluten-free recipe (and make sure to forego prepared seasoning salts). Or, work this dish into your next barbeque menu, whether you're pleasing guests with food restrictions or trying to pull a fast one on your kids. Either way, you won't have leftovers. Promise.
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat oven to 400 F. Wash and peel sweet potatoes, taking care to cut out brown spots and eyes. Cut potatoes lengthwise into wedges or sticks.
Place cut sweet potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Toss to combine.
Combine cumin, paprika, and salt in a small bowl and mix together.
Sprinkle mixture onto cut sweet potatoes. Gently toss to incorporate until potatoes are evenly coated with both oil and spices. Adjust seasoning, as necessary.
Spray a baking sheet with coconut or vegetable oil spray. Alternately, use a silicone baking mat or wax paper to cover sheet.
Place coated sweet potatoes onto sheet in a single layer.
Bake in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until done. Toss once or twice, turning pan as needed, to make sure fries bake evenly.
Serve fries plain, with ketchup, barbecue sauce, or ranch dressing.
- When selecting your sweet potatoes, make sure to pick potatoes that are pale in color and free of mold, green spots, or bruises.
- Some cooks prefer to leave the sweet potato skins on in order to gain the full nutritional value of the vegetable. However, depending on the potato, skins may be tough to chew.
- Make sure to bring your oven up to full temperature before baking the sweet potatoes fries. Placing them in prematurely will cause uneven cooking and possibility burn or ruin your side dish.
- You can also sub yams for sweet potatoes in this recipe for a slightly sweeter taste.