Looking for a cookie that is sweet and healthy at the same time? Give these paleo spiced sweet potato cookies a try! They’re even a hit with non-sweet-potato-lovers!
Monday nights are my family’s weekly “pizza & a movie” night. We all cram onto the living room couch and chow down on homemade pizzas and carrot sticks while watching “Laura” (a.k.a Little House on the Prairie), or something equally family-friendly.
Inevitably, halfway through whatever we’re watching, my kids begin begging me to make them cookies to top off their ever growing appetites. And, since it’s almost bedtime, I usually try to fix a cookie that isn’t going to send them bouncing off the walls. Not that they need any help in that area…
I also aim for super easy, because ‘almost bedtime’ can usually be exchanged for ‘mommy’s brain is about to turn off.’ You moms and dads know exactly what I’m talking about!
The sweetest of potatoes.
I don’t know about your house, but over here, with 8 different people come 8 different palates, so it’s almost a given that not everyone’s going to like everything. Except pizza and chocolate chip cookies. Everyone likes those. They all love regular white potatoes, too.
But sweet potatoes? Not so much. You’d think that with the word ‘sweet’ in their name everyone would love them! And why wouldn’t they? They are, after all sweet, but they’re also loaded with nutrients! They’re packed with potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B6, and also contain antioxidants. Plus sweet potatoes are low on the glycemic index, meaning they can help balance blood sugar and reduce the risk of insulin resistance.
Now, before you foodies get your panties in a bunch, I know sweet potatoes aren’t actually potatoes. It just made a good title for this section… haha.
So back to the sweet potato cookies…
Spiced sweet potato cookies.
When it comes to these little cookies – surprise! – each and every one of my non-sweet-potato-loving kids (and hubby) gobble them up! And they even knew before hand that there were sweet potatoes in them. I guess it just goes to show you the power of putting stuff in cookies… 😉
If you’re looking for more easy, healthy cookies, here are a few of my family’s favorites.
- Dark Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies
- Molasses-Free Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies
- Chewy Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies
- Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- German Chocolate Freezer Cookies
- Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cookies
- Dark Chocolate Coconut No-Bake Cookies
- Baby Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
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Paleo Spiced Sweet Potato Cookies
Free of grain, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 1 cup mashed sweet potato
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
- 1/3 cup honey (local is best)
- 3 organic or farm-fresh eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup coconut flour*
Preheat oven to 350.
Place all ingredients in a blender, with dry ingredients on top, and puree until smooth.
Scoop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until cookies are golden-browned on top and spring back slightly when you touch them.
I use my homemade coconut flour, if you use a conventional brand you may need to play around with the measurements some.
Also, please note that these cookies are very soft! Don’t let that dissuade you from their deliciousness, though. 😉
Here are a few more delicious sweet potato recipes for you!
These look great. About how many cookies does it make?
Thanks Tara! If I remember right a batch of these is about 1 1/2 dozen cookies.
I saw these over at Fat Tuesday and I'm intrigued. I can't wait to try these! Pinned – thanks!
Thanks Olivia! I hope you like them!
Love this recipe and am saving it and sharing – pinning, twitting, and sending to google. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Tapas Tuesday Blog Hop!
Thanks Marla! 🙂
These look awesome 🙂 I've seen so many sweet potato as dessert recipes lately. I'm intrigues to try. Thanks for linking up to Tapas Tuesday!
Thanks Lydia! Glad to share. 🙂
I've used sweet potato in cakes but never cookies – what a great idea. Your Sweet Potato Cookies look delicious, Raia, and so wholesome too. Thank you for sharing them with the Hearth and Soul hop.
Glad to share! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
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Thank you Diane! 🙂
I will be making these! Thanks Raia!
I hope you like them Adrienne! 🙂
Thanks Sherry! 🙂
I made these today, they came out quite delicious, if a bit soft. Is that how yours come out? I did change up the recipe a bit, I subbed 2 overripe bananas for the honey, used 1/4 c. each butter and coconut oil and added 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
Yes, Sandy, they are a soft cookie, I'm glad you liked them. 🙂 Your substitutions sound wonderful!
Hi! Can’t wait to make these…just wondering, this may be a stupid question, but how do you cook your sweet potatoes to make the mash? Thank you!
No problem! I just bake them at 400 until they’re soft and squishy. 🙂
I love the flavor, but I was hoping for something more “cookie-like”, either chewier or slightly crunchy. Mine came out very “bready” with a texture similar to a slice of quick bread.
Sorry you didn’t enjoy them, Bill!
Have the nutritional facts? Thanks 🙂
No, I don’t. You could probably find an online calculator and plug the ingredient list in there. 🙂
Can I substitute almond flour for coconut flour?
You can definitely try. You may have to use more, since almond flour doesn’t soak up as much moisture as coconut flour.
I love these and want to make another batch today. Can I replace the honey with pure maple syrup?
I think that should work fine. 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoy them, Charlotte!
This recipe says to bake cookies 40-45 minutes, that seems like way too long. Is the timing correct?
The recipe actually says to bake for 25 minutes. Perhaps you commented on the wrong recipe? 🙂