Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

by Matt on September 4, 2010

It is no doubt that sweet potatoes are one of my all time favorite foods. One of the reasons I love them so much (besides being absolutely delicious), is that they are so versatile. They can be made savory, sweet, or even a combination of both. They can be eaten roasted, grilled, sautéed, and boiled. Let’s face it, when it comes to sweet potatoes, the possibilities are endless.

At the grocery store this week, I discovered a form of sweet potatoes that I have never tried:

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Baby sweet potatoes? Where have you been all my life? Since I was out of sweet potatoes and I needed my daily fix, I picked these up. They literally screamed “ROAST ME” the whole way home.

And roast them I did…

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Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons
  • 1-2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup (honey would be good too)
  • 1 pound of baby sweet potatoes, halved or cubed (you can use normal sweet potatoes and it will work fine)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400*.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with the coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
  3. Layer them on a well oiled roasting pan and transfer to the oven.
  4. After 20 minutes, toss the sweet potatoes.
  5. After another 20 minutes, remove potatoes from the oven, sprinkle with more cinnamon, and serve hot.

While my little babies were roasting, the apartment smelled like a little place called heaven. I knew that my taste buds were in for a real treat when they came out of the oven.

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I think these would actually make a great breakfast side dish. While I love savory breakfasts, I usually opt for something sweet in the morning. There is nothing wrong with starting the day off with a little sugar right?

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When it comes to sweet potatoes, do you prefer sweet or savory?

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September 4, 2010 at 9:08 AM

I can’t choose! I love sweet (roasted with cinnamon and coconut butter) and savory (baked with garlic & chili powders and topped with guacamole).

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MattNo Gravatar September 4, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Hmmm guac and sweet potatoes? Gonna have to give that a shot!

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September 4, 2010 at 12:18 PM

I’ve been away from internet for a few days and am just now catching up! WOW @ your day from hell… when it rains, it pours! I just had a hunger attack looking at your veggie goat cheese quesadillas. And chocolate-banana smoothie. Annnnd sweet potatoes. And I loved your post on recovery… that’s one of the elements of running I have yet to nail down. The new layout/makeover looks fantastic!

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MattNo Gravatar September 4, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Thanks to all of the above! Were you on vacation?

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September 4, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Baby sweet potatoes=genius! I need to find some!
I love sweet potatoes any way, but I think I like them best with cinnamon and a blob of sunflower butter:)

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MattNo Gravatar September 4, 2010 at 4:33 PM

I found them at Publix! I like them with cashew butter ;)

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September 4, 2010 at 2:32 PM

The new layout looks great! So do the sweet potatoes…one of my favorite foods!

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MattNo Gravatar September 4, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Thanks :)

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September 4, 2010 at 3:09 PM

I love sweet potatoes and these look amazing!

I like the new blog layout!

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September 4, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Oh wow – great new layout!! Looks great! Aren’t sweet potatoes the BEST evah! I like them any which way…usually with ketchup and spices ;) . Sophisticated tastes I have don’t I lol ? :)

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MattNo Gravatar September 4, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Nothing wrong with ketchup and spices! One of my favorite combos ;)

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September 4, 2010 at 4:19 PM

I definitely like them sweet. Preferrably in fry form. :-)

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MattNo Gravatar September 4, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Fry form is the best ;)

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September 4, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Love the new layout! Looks great!
I prefer sweet, sweet potatoes. :)

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MattNo Gravatar September 4, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Haha…

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September 4, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Yum, thanks for sharing the recipe! I just might give this a try! Looks really good, can almost smell it!

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September 4, 2010 at 4:38 PM

They’re so cute! I’m a sweet potato girl :)

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MattNo Gravatar September 4, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Haha they are cute? I would rather you say that to me than my sweet potatoes ;)

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September 5, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Do the baby ones taste different? I like them sweet and savory- sweet: cinnamon, peanut butter, or cream cheese and candied pecans (if you haven’t tried that one, try it!) Or savory: Cheddar and black beans.

And that run was so far…wow!

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MattNo Gravatar September 5, 2010 at 4:48 PM

I think they tasted the same. According to Michelle, they are just “cuter”. Haha.

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