These easy sweet potato “fries” taste more like dessert to me 🙂 but they also make for a great real food, starchy side for nearly any meal.
While I often turn to non-starchy veggies as my carb sources of choice, there’s no questioning that including a bit of safe starch now and then is beneficial for workout recovery, enhancing athletic performance and even prompting your body to burn fat (for example, these would be great post-workout or enjoyed on a heavy leg day). The key is matching your intake with your goals and your unique physiology.
Nutrition and goals aside, these are delicious every time and tend to be a major crowd pleaser. Cooking the sweet potato brings really brings out its natural sweetness, which is further complemented by the amazing flavour they get by roasting in coconut oil.
Don’t just take my word for it, though – give them a try yourself! Without further ado:
- Sweet potatoes, sliced as you like (cut lengthwise for a better “fry” shape, but wedges and discs will also work)
- Extra-virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil
- Sea salt
- Set the oven to 425
- Spoon some coconut oil on a large cookie sheet (don’t be shy! it’s good for you). If the oil is solid, pop it in the oven as it heats up for a minute to melt it down
- Toss your sweet potato “fries” in the oil on the cookie sheet, coating them evenly and ensuring they’re spread out so that they’ll cook evenly
- Place them on a rack close to the bottom of the oven and allow to cook for 15 minutes
- Flip them and mix around on the sheet and return to the oven for another 15 minutes
- Depending the heat of your oven and how many sweet potatoes you’re cooking, they might be done. They should be browned and crispy on the outside, but soft all the way through on the inside.
- If they still need some more time, give them another flip and put them back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
- Once you’ve achieved the desired level of done-ness, remove from the oven, toss a final time and sprinkle generously with sea salt.
As much as I love to add flavour to my cooking with spices, I have to admit to enjoying these best straight up on their own. If you feel like getting a little more adventurous, however, here are some suggestions. During step three:
- For savoury fries – sprinkle them with a bit of garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder and black pepper
- For spicy fries – toss them in a bit of curry powder and dried chili flakes
- For sweet fries – sprinkle them with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg