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45 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes (Gluten Free)


We love to incorporate sweet potatoes into meals and recipes of all types. A nutrient-rich vegetable (that’s technically a starch), sweet potatoes have a mildly sweet flavor and creamy texture that works great in a variety of breakfasts, lunches, and dinner recipes. To make mealtimes easy, we’ve gathered up 45 of our best sweet potato recipes to help you utilize sweet potatoes in a variety of ways. Select some favorites from this collection for simple meals made with whole food ingredients that you can feel good about eating and serving. 

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Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes for Every Occasion

Contrary to popular belief, sweet potatoes can be used for so much more than just a side of fries. Don’t get us wrong, we love a serving of sweet potato wedges, especially when they’re paired with a Burger Bowl with Special Sauce. However, sweet potatoes also taste great when incorporated into complete dishes and they can be paired with a variety of proteins, vegetables, and spices for complete meals you’ll find yourself making all year long. So, the next time you’re in need of a nutrient-rich dinner or a side dish the whole family will love, reach for one of these healthy sweet potato recipes. Also, don’t forget to bookmark this page so it’s easy to find a sweet potato recipe when you want it.

Nutrition Spotlight: Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are most commonly recognized for their orange appearance. However, there are hundreds of varieties grown throughout the world in many different hues such as white, yellow, a reddish-purple color, and deep purple. In addition to being delicious, sweet potatoes are also full of health benefits. For instance, sweet potatoes are:

  • A good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber
  • An excellent source of beta-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A)
  • Rich in immune-boosting vitamin C
  • A great way to consume more potassium, a mineral that helps blunt the impact of high-sodium diets and plays a role in reducing the risk of heart disease

More About Sweet Potato Nutrition Benefits

Check out this collection of healthful sweet potato recipes so you can include this nutritious veggie in a variety of delicious ways.

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes will soon become your go-to way to cook this vibrant good-for-you root vegetable. Get ready for perfectly cooked, readily mashable sweet potatoes every time, right out of our Instant Pot!

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Vegan | Paleo

Baked sweet potatoes on stone plate with forkful lifting from one sweet potato

Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes

We’ll show you how to make soft, fluffy, perfect baked sweet potatoes with just 3 ingredients. Ready in under an hour, their vibrant color and bold flavor will be a welcome addition to all your favorite meals. 

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Vegan | Paleo

Roasted sweet potato wedges in parchment lined pan with bbq sauce on side.

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with BBQ Sauce

Spice up this classic side dish when you pair it with our naturally sweetened homemade BBQ sauce. Roasted until tender, these sweet potato wedges are nutrient-rich, perfectly dunkable, and great for serving with all your favorite meals. 

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Vegan

Overhead view maple mashed sweet potatoes in stone bowl, topped with pecans.

Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Creamy maple mashed sweet potatoes make a simple and delicious side dish for any night of the week or special holiday meal. You can speed up the prep of this dish by baking the sweet potatoes in the microwave.

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Vegan | Paleo

Close up view sweet potato casserole with pecans in white casserole dish

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

This delicious casserole is made with no added sugar, is Whole30-friendly and topped with a sweet-and-savory combo of toasted nuts and crisp bacon. Take your Thanksgiving (or any dinner) menu to the next level with this family-friendly casserole.

Gluten-Free | Dairy-Free | Vegan | Paleo

Two hands lifting up white casserole dish filled with sweet potato 'unstuffing'

Sweet Potato “Unstuffing”

This bread-free “Unstuffing” is a crowd-pleasing side dish or a tasty addition to your weeknight menu. It has the flavors of stuffing, just without the bread or breadcrumbs. This plant-based stuffing is loaded with a variety of veggies and flavor boosts from dried cherries, apples, pecans, and fresh herbs. 

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Vegan | Paleo

Cinnamon sweet potato apple bake in white casserole dish

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Apple Bake

Featuring thin slices of apples and sweet potatoes, this dish can be prepped and in the oven in less than 10 minutes. Makes a healthy side dish recipe or addition to a holiday menu.

Gluten-Free | Dairy-Free | Vegan | Paleo

Overhead view white bowl filled with hamburger soup

Crockpot Hamburger Soup Recipe

This soup delivers nourishment and great taste in every bite. Combine a variety of delicious veggies with ground beef, fire-roasted tomatoes, broth, and perfect seasonings for a healthy comfort soup that has been loved by thousands. 

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

White bowl filled with chipotle turkey sweet potato chili

Chipotle Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

This is our go-to chili recipe for game day meals, weeknight dinners, and freezer-friendly meal prep. Made with lean ground turkey, chunky sweet potatoes, and no beans, its smoky flavor is enjoyed by kids and adults alike. 

Whole30 | Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Stone bowl with serving of chunky beef chili with sweet potatoes and jalapeño slices.

Slow Cooker Chunky Beef Chili with Sweet Potatoes

This chunky slow cooker chili proves that healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated or boring! Bean-free and adjustable, it’s a kid-friendly recipe you’re going to want to make in bulk. 

Whole30 | Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Overhead view blue bowl filled with sweet potato chili, topped with diced avocado and jalapeño slices

Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili

More than your average chili recipe, this is one of our all-time favorite meals. Bursting with vegetables and high in protein, it’s made without any added sugar, beans, or legumes for a versatile recipe that suits a variety of dietary needs. 

Whole30 | Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo 

Close up overhead view chicken sweet potato curry topped with cilantro and lime wedges.

Instant Pot Chicken Sweet Potato Curry

This chicken sweet potato curry tastes like warm heaven in a bowl. Even better, it’s ready in less than 30 minutes! Made with a kick of heat, a hint of sweetness, and a rich sauce, it will be love at first bite. 

Egg-Free | Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

White bowl with serving of slow cooker sweet potato chicken curry topped with cashews

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Curry

It’s not a mystery why this sweet potato chicken curry is loved by so many. Sweet potato, tender chunks of chicken, red pepper, and green beans are slow-cooked and infused with an Indian-inspired spice blend for a chicken dinner that’s anything but bland or boring. 

Egg-Free | Gluten-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Overhead view three baked sweet potatoes stuffed with slow cooker buffalo chicken drizzled with ranch.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken (or Instant Pot)

Here is a hearty and healthy, Whole30-friendly, slow cooker buffalo chicken that’s shredded and stuffed inside of a perfectly baked or grill sweet potato. A recipe for all you buffalo chicken fans.

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Overhead view serving of sheet pan mini meatloaf with roasted sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts on stone plate.

Sheet Pan Mini Meatloaf with Vegetables

Need something hearty and filling for dinner tonight? Try this full sheet pan dinner featuring mini meatloaves, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts! It’s like a Sunday dinner, only much simpler and with far fewer dishes to wash.

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Side view slow cooker chicken sloppy joe in sweet potato bun

Slow Cooker Chicken Sloppy Joe Sliders

A traditional comfort food with a unique but oh-so-delicious twist. These shredded chicken sloppy joe sliders are a winner for the entire family. Served between two sweet potato rounds, it makes for one delicious and hearty meal. Lighten it up by serving the chicken in a lettuce wrap, over a bed of greens, or whatever way you please.

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Two sloppy joes in roasted sweet potato buns on dark grey plate

Stovetop Sloppy Joes

Turn regular sloppy joes in a highly nutritious meal by turning them into sliders made from thin sweet potato “buns”. This recipe makes a big batch of sloppy joe filling, so they’re great for parties, leftovers, or freezing for future meals.

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Close up side view buffalo chicken sliders in roasted sweet potato buns on tray

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Buffalo wings meets sweet potato fries in these delicious sliders that feature sweet potato slabs for the bun. Serve this healthy sweet potato recipe with sliced onions, tomato, leaf lettuce and avocado for a nutritious and different meal.

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Baked sweet potato stuffed with taco meat topped with jalapeño slices, diced avocado and cherry tomatoes on white plate

Taco-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

What’s better than tacos? Taco-stuffed sweet potatoes, of course! Load up fluffy baked sweet potatoes with taco meat and all your favorite fixin’s, and dig in to your new favorite dish. 

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Side view BBQ Meatloaf Muffin topped with sweet potato topping on white plate with roasted broccoli

BBQ Meatloaf Muffins with Sweet Potato Topping

A dessert-inspired dinner, these BBQ meatloaf muffins are topped off with fluffy frosting-inspired whipped sweet potatoes for an adorable savory dinner that’s almost too cute to eat. 

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Overhead view shepherd's pie in cast iron skillet topped with mashed sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Comfort food at its finest, we love to prepare this shepherd’s pie ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator or freeze it for later. Made with hidden veggies, ground beef or lamb, and a dreamy whipped sweet potato topping, it’s hearty, healthy, and incredibly satisfying. 

Egg-Free | Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Overhead view baked salmon filets with seasoning on parchment lined baking sheet with sweet potato rounds.

Sheet Pan Baked Salmon with Vegetables

We keep this recipe in our arsenal for those nights when we’re short on time and need a balanced meal in a pinch. Made with omega-packed salmon, sweet potatoes, and fresh veggies, this salmon sheet pan dinner comes together in under an hour without skimping on nutrients or flavor. 

Egg-Free | Gluten-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

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Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

These sweet potato nachos are our better-for-you take on everyone’s favorite restaurant food. Made from the comfort of your own home, they transform the classic appetizer into a complete meal for an easy, no-stress option full of protein and nutrients. 

Egg-Free | Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Grain-Free

Overhead view serving of one-dish chicken sweet potato bake with broccoli on white plate topped with parmesan cheese

One-Dish Chicken Sweet Potato Bake with Broccoli

Is there anything better than a one-dish recipe? Not only are they quick to make, but they’re also quicker to clean up, and this longtime favorite is no exception. It features a variety of tastes and textures for an easy recipe that’s simple and delicious. Leftovers taste great, too! 

Whole30 | Gluten-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Grey plate with serving of chicken bacon ranch sweet potato bake

Chicken Bacon Ranch Sweet Potato Bake

This chicken bacon ranch sweet potato bake is on frequent rotation in our meal prep line-up. Made with just 7 ingredients, it’s mouthwateringly delicious and picky-eater approved for a meal the whole family will agree on. 

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Grain-Free Dairy-Free | Paleo

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BBQ Ranch Turkey Veggie Skillet

Healthy, wholesome and veggie-loaded, this skillet dinner is a perfect “clean-out the fridge” kind of a recipe. A great healthy sweet potato recipe that can help you bust out of a weeknight dinner rut.

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Three cauliflower sweet potato tacos in taco holder topped with avocado and dressing.

Cauliflower Sweet Potato Tacos

Meatless Monday meets Taco Tuesday with this vegan recipe. Vibrant and flavorful, they’re great any day of the week and are so tasty picky eaters won’t even mind that they’re eating their veggies. 

Egg-Free | Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Vegan

Overhead view cast iron skillet filled with Tex-Mex Sweet Potato Hash, topped with fried egg, avocado slices, and jalepeño slices.

Tex-Mex Sweet Potato Hash

Tex-Mex Sweet Potato Hash
An easy way to use up leftovers, we love to serve this hash as a filling breakfast or crowd-pleasing weeknight dinner option. It’s so tasty your family won’t even realize they’re eating their veggies. 

Egg-Free | Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Kale and sweet potato sauté in a stone bowl topped with fried egg and hot sauce.

Kale and Sweet Potato Sauté

The fastest way to cook sweet potatoes, this vibrant recipe makes for an awesome side dish that doubles as a complete meal when you add your favorite protein. 

Gluten-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Vegan | Paleo

Brussels sprouts sweet potato sausage hash in cast iron skillet

Brussels Sprouts Sweet Potato Sausage Hash

A hearty dish with high-quality protein, plenty of fiber, a full serving of veggies, and tons of flavor, this colorful hash has everything you need in a meal. Even better, it requires just 10 minutes of prep time and cooks in a single skillet! 

Egg-Free | Gluten-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Chicken and apple sausage sweet potato hash on white shallow bowl topped with fried egg

Chicken and Apple Sausage Sweet Potato Hash

Sausage, bacon, and sweet potatoes … oh my! This sweet and savory hash has it all and then some. Loaded with veggies, it’s delicious when served on its own but also tastes great topped with a fried egg. No matter how you enjoy it, you really can’t go wrong. 

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Sweet potato hash with bacon served on white plate topped with fried egg

Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon

This recipe is a favorite among our team, and we know you’re going to love it, too. We combined fresh veggies, sweet potatoes, and bacon in a simple, one-pan dish you can have on the table in just 30 minutes. 

Egg-Free | Gluten-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Overhead view warm chipotle lime sweet potato salad in stone bowl with silver spoon

Warm Chipotle Lime Sweet Potato Salad

Not your average potato salad, this zesty recipe is the perfect addition to any plate. Great to enjoy all year round, it’s warm, filling, and easy to make in bulk and enjoy hot or cold. 

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Roasted Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad served over leaf lettuce in stone bowl

Roasted Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad

If you’re looking for something new, this is the recipe for you! We transformed traditional potato salad into a flavor-loaded, nutrient-rich meal with a twist. Featuring tender sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower, and creamy mayo dressing, it’s sure to be a hit. 

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple and Bacon

Take your side dish game up a notch with these roasted sweet potatoes. Lightly sweet and with just the right amount of salt, they’re ultra comforting, and leftovers taste even better the next day. 

Egg-Free | Gluten-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

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Sweet Potato Chicken Sausage Egg Bake

We love a good egg bake, and this recipe always hits the spot. Made with healthy fats, quality protein, and fiber, it’s super versatile and has everything you need. Serve it on its own or with your favorite sides. 

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Serving of sweet potato turkey sausage egg bake on white plate with grapes

Sweet Potato Turkey Sausage Egg Bake

A weekend meal prep staple, this egg bake is our busy morning breakfast go-to. Not only is it made with less than 10 ingredients, but it’s quick to prepare and stores well to enjoy throughout the week. Serve it as it is for a filling, well-rounded meal. Or, add a few slices of avocado on top. 

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Several chicken supreme sweet potato pizza bites on wooden cutting board

Chicken Supreme Sweet Potato Pizza Bites

Give pizza night a new meaning with these bite-sized pizza bites. Inspired by frozen varieties, this wholesome meal is easy to make and fun to eat. Even better, it’s kid-approved and great for feeding a crowd. 

Egg-Free | Gluten-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

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Baked Sweet Potato Toast

An easy way to sneak more veggies into your day, these sweet potato toasts are sliced thinly, baked until tender, and toasted until golden for a satisfying bread replacement. Add your favorite sweet or savory toppings, and you’ve got yourself a well-balanced breakfast. 

Gluten-Free | Grain-Free | Vegetarian | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Tall stack of fluffy sweet potato pancakes on white plate topped with butter slices and pecans.

Fluffy Sweet Potato Pancakes

You can never go wrong with a big, fluffy stack of pancakes! Especially when they’re made with less than 10 ingredients and infused with warm spices. Finish them off with all your favorite toppings for a satisfying recipe you can enjoy for breakfast, brunch, or brinner. 

Gluten-Free | Vegetarian

Savory sweet potato bacon waffles on plate topped with fried egg and avocado slices.

Savory Sweet Potato Bacon Waffles

If you’ve never had savory waffles, prepare to be amazed! Made with simple, whole food ingredients, they’re crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and irresistibly delicious. Load them up with fried eggs, avocado slices, or whatever your heart desires for a meal that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized. 

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Close up view sweet potato banana nut muffin topped with walnuts

Sweet Potato Banana Nut Muffins

The best way to use up leftover sweet potatoes and those spotty bananas you have sitting on the counter, these muffins are infused with warm spices, sweet flavors, and a crunchy texture. Mix and match all your favorite add-ins for healthy breakfasts or snacks the whole family will look forward to eating. 

Gluten-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Stack of sweet potato buttermilk biscuits on dark counter

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Biscuits

Fluffy and sweet, these homemade buttermilk biscuits are great for dipping, dunking, and smearing with butter. Pair them with soups, stews, chilis, and casseroles, and don’t forget to save leftovers for breakfast the next day! 

Egg-Free | Gluten-Free | Vegetarian

Sweet potato avocado brownies bites topped with mini chocolate chips on tray, one bite cut in half to show inside texture.

Grain-free Sweet Potato Avocado Brownie Bites

Brownies that are good for you? Yes, please! Chocolate-loaded and cake-like in texture, these bite-sized treats are so decadent you’d never guess they’re made with avocados and sweet potatoes. Need we say more? 

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Vegetarian | Dairy-Free | Paleo

Three grain-free sweet potato brownie squares topped with walnuts stacked up on each other.

Grain-free Sweet Potato Brownies

The sweet potato puree in these grain-free brownies gives these them an amazing fudge-like texture along with a natural sweetness, a nutritious boost of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Perfect for when you what you need when you want a little something sweet.

Gluten-Free | Nut-Free | Dairy-Free | Vegan | Paleo

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Our Favorite Sheet Pan Set

We all love our set of NordicWare aluminum sheet pans for making sheet pan recipes like this one, as well as baked goods. NordicWare is 100% made in USA in Minneapolis, Minnesota (we love that, being from the Midwest ourselves) and because they’re sturdy (foods don’t burn easily on them) and made from pure, uncoated natural aluminum (aka, easy to clean!)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a sweet potato the healthiest potato?

All types of potatoes are full of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber, and one is not healthier than another. For example, sweet potatoes do contain higher levels of vitamin A than other varieties. Meanwhile, regular white potatoes contain more potassium than sweet potatoes. As a result, both can be consumed as a healthy component of a well-rounded diet. We wrote more about the unique health benefits of sweet potatoes in this post.

Do sweet potatoes spike blood sugar? 

Sweet potatoes are high in carbohydrates, meaning they can elevate blood sugar levels. To reduce their impact, opt for boiling or steaming them, and be sure to consume their fiber-rich skin. Paring carbohydrate-rich foods like sweet potatoes with protein and fat helps moderate the normal post-meal rise in blood sugar. 

Is it better to leave the skin on sweet potatoes? 

If you’re looking to get the most out of the nutritional value of sweet potatoes, we recommend eating the skin. They’re rich in fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants and can help keep you full and improve gut health.


How to Store Sweet Potato Recipes

We provide specific storage instructions for each recipe in their dedicated posts. However, in general, cooked sweet potatoes can be cooled and transferred to an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or in the freezer for several months.

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Our Favorite Glass Storage Containers

Keep leftovers in these easy-to-use airtight glass containers for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

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How to Reheat

Most leftover sweet potato recipes can be thawed in the fridge overnight and warmed in the microwave, oven, or on the stovetop when you’re ready to eat. Or, if you’re reheating a crockpot recipe, just place it back in the crockpot on high until it’s heated through. 

When to Serve Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

As you can see, there’s no right or wrong time to serve healthy sweet potato recipes. We love to make them ahead of time to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…sometimes on repeat!

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