Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a simple and healthy side dish to add to any dinner. Here, sweet potatoes are oven-roasted until tender with pure maple syrup and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. This easy-to-make recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and great for meal prep too.
Sweet potatoes will always be a favourite of mine but when combined with things like cinnamon and maple and just a pinch of salt, I’d like to introduce you to my latest obsession!
Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes are the perfect kind of side dish for any dinner – simple, easy and seriously delicious!
MAKING REAL FOOD EASY AND DELICIOUS WITH MAPLE CINNAMON ROASTED SWEET POTATOES…
This side dish is completely gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and vegetarian/vegan-friendly that’s good enough for a fancy dinner party, any holiday table or just any casual dinner. These sweet potatoes are so melt-in-your-mouth, sweet and delicious that I’m sure everyone will love them.Print
Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes are simple and healthy side dish to add to any dinner. Here, sweet potatoes are oven-roasted until tender with pure maple syrup and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. This easy to make and clean eating recipe is gluten free, dairy free and great for meal prep too.
- 4 cups chopped of sweet potato, (from about 3 medium-ish sweet potatoes washed and cut into 1-inch chunks)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (or use avocado oil or liquid coconut oil)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional, but recommended)
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper (or to taste)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the sweet potato chunks, cinnamon, nutmeg (if using) salt, pepper and oil. Toss and mix well, making for each sweet potato chunk is evenly coated.
- Arrange cut sweet potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet – being sure to not crowd the pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and stir or shake the sweet potatoes to make sure they are not burning on the bottom side then continue to bake for 10-15 minutes more until very tender.
- Remove the pan from the oven and drizzle the maple syrup over the sweet potatoes and gently stir to coat. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 5 minutes or until maple syrup is warm and bubbly but not burnt.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with more salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately beside any main dish.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
HOW TO MAKE THESE SWEET POTATOES WITH MAPLE SYRUP AND CINNAMON…
Sweet potatoes turned candy, I swear!
This recipe uses the standard sweet potato cut into 1-inch chunks (or roughly bite-sized if you’re not good with numbers and measurements, like me). Try 1 medium-ish potato per person or more if you are obnoxiously hungry or just straight-up obsessed.
Some sweet potato tips and tricks:
- I leave the skins on my potatoes but you can peel your sweet ‘taders if you want. Really, it’s up to you.
- Try and cut the potatoes so all the pieces are the same size. They’ll cook more evenly so each bite is soft and tender.
The sweet potatoes are then tossed in little ground cinnamon, a hint of nutmeg (the nutmeg is optional if you don’t have it on hand or are trying to cut back on ingredients but I think the combo of cinnamon and nutmeg a sweet and warm flavour!), olive oil and salt and pepper.
And don’t forget a little bit of that S and P – this gives you that super delicious sweet and salty thing that is totally addicting!
The potatoes are then roasted until golden brown and tender perfection. Just as they are finishing up in the oven, drizzle with a little bit (I suggest about a tablespoon but feel free to use more or less to suit your tastes) of pure maple syrup and put back in the oven so that maple syrup caramelizes just a little bit making these potatoes a little sticky and a lot delicious.
Note: I only use 100% pure maple syrup in my kitchen!
I’m telling you, Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes are definitely nature’s best kind of candy!
These potatoes are best served alongside any dinner – chicken, salmon, beef… or just by themselves because I warn you, once you start you won’t be able to stop with these sweet potatoes. And I look forward to having leftovers beside my eggs for breakfast too!
MORE ABOUT THIS MAPLE GLAZED SWEET POTATOES RECIPE…
Because I think the sweet potato might be my favourite potato. And because that favourite potato is best served chopped and oven-roasted. And those potatoes are even better when tossed with cinnamon and maple syrup.
At dinnertime, I think I look forward to the side dishes almost more than the main dish… unless it’s this salmon then all bets are off.
But hear me out… The side dishes are where the veggies usually hang out the most and, in my opinion, there aren’t too many things better than well-prepared veggies.
Spoken like a real nutrition-nerd and health-nut but it’s so true.
A rule that I try to live by (well really, make dinner by) is to challenge myself to have at least 2-3 different veggies on my plate each and every dinner. When I was working with clients I would challenge them to do the same (and some of them would look at me like I’m completely crazy when I brought this up…).
Some nights this is incredibly easy and others I find myself struggling (I’m just a regular girl with a busy schedule too, what can I say?). But more veggies mean more vitamins, more minerals, more fibre and feeling fuller with fewer calories (though, really who’s counting?!).
I really, truly believe that the number one, easiest thing you can do when you’re trying to eat better and clean up your diet is to add more veggies to your plate (being really aware of the ingredient list is a super close second). Sure, it’s definitely easier said than done but my advice for making more veggies a reality for you is to: 1.) find a handful of super easy to make yet delicious veggie side dish recipes (like this Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes recipes!!) that will pair well with a variety of main dishes and make those your go-tos, 2.) keep that fridge stocked with a colourful selection of fruits and vegetables so you have easy access, and 3.) have a plan.
You have to find what works best for you, of course. And be willing to get into the kitchen and experiment with different vegetables and flavours and cooking methods to be able to find your favourites but, I promise, adding more vegetables to your plate is never a bad idea!
If you’re looking for ways to add more veggies to your plate check out this post for some tips and inspiration!
This recipe for Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes was originally published in November 2016. The blog post and photos were updated in December 2018. Thank you for supporting Always Nourished and making recipes like this one possible!