Sweet Potatoes Roasted in Coconut Oil

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Author Notes: My all time favorite -- and, I'll insist, the best -- way to serve sweet potatoes. Gena Hamshaw

Makes 6 to 8 cups

  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Coarse sea salt or kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Optional spices (chili, cumin, cinnamon, shredded coconut, etc. -- see below for specific options)
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Toss potatoes with coconut oil, salt, and pepper to taste (I like using a large mixing bowl or a plastic ziplock bag). If you're using extra spices and seasonings, add them to the potatoes now. A few favorite combinations of mine include 1/2 teaspoon each cumin, chili powder, and a pinch of cayenne pepper; 1 teaspoon smoked paprika; 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary (or 2 teaspoons dried); or 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup, along with 1 tablespoon grated orange zest and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  3. Spread potatoes onto a large baking sheet. Roast until tender and golden, about 30 to 40 minutes, stirring once through. If you like, you could sprinkle two tablespoons of shredded coconut onto the potatoes about 12 to 15 minutes before they're cooked through. Allow potatoes to cool a little, and serve.

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6 months ago Nellie

Yum. Simple but so good!

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8 months ago Heidi

Made these for Christmas with the chile powder, cumin and cayenne pepper. Super easy and delicious!

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11 months ago hookmountaingrowers

Our personal favorite way (including a 2 year old) to have roasted sweet potatoes. A weekly staple in the house since last winter. Thank you for this!

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12 months ago NotTooSweet

Have been meaning to jump on the coconut oil train for a long time. Finally got the oil, made these sweet potatoes with a roasted chicken and all I can say is YUM! Thanks for turning me onto the wonders of coconut oil and a great new way to prepare sweet potatoes.

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over 1 year ago Dana

I make these often with a variety of spice combinations and finally made a sweet potato fan out of my hubby. Thank you!

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over 1 year ago Dawne

Delicious. Made it with the Extraordinary Marinated and Roasted Chicken. Nothing left on the plates!

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over 1 year ago Ashley Marie

Made these last night to mix in with a Moroccan Roasted Carrot/Eggplant Quinoa salad dish and they were gobbled up happily! Thanks for the recipe - delish!

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over 1 year ago EmilyC

Made these last night with a mixture of smoked paprika and berbere -- delicious!

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over 1 year ago Kara K

Yes!! I've been roasting sweet potatoes in coconut oil for years now and I agree - BEST way to enjoy them. Sweet and nutty.

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over 1 year ago Kara K

Yes!! I've been roasting sweet potatoes in coconut oil for years now and I agree - BEST way to enjoy them. Sweet and nutty.

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over 1 year ago haloo

This recipe is perfect! I just love preparing it, its pretty easy. Yet it was fun and exciting. - Scott Sohr Nashville