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Sweet potatoes are a “smart” carbohydrate that causes a gradual increase in serotonin, and are high in Vitamin C and fiber.

Coconut Crusted Sweet Potato Bites

Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 30 mins Serves: 6


  • 3 - medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup - grated unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup - whole oats, not instant
  • 1/2 tsp - nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup - almond or soy milk
  • 1 tsp - cayenne
  • 1 - lemon
  • 2 - bay leaf
  • 5-6 whole peppercorns
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • Parchment paper


  1. 1 Peel and chop sweet potato into 1-2 inch pieces and bring to a boil in a pot of salted water, seasoned with bay and peppercorns. Cook the sweet potatoes until soft but not falling apart, about 15 minutes. Strain the potatoes, removing bay leaf and peppercorns, then mash together with salt, pepper and nutmeg, using squeezing a bit of lemon juice (1 teaspoon) into the mixture for acidity and flavour brightness. Once cooled slightly, add soy milk until creamy but not too wet. Once all lumps have been mashed, let stand at room temperature until cool enough to touch.
  2. 2 Pre-heat oven to 400F.
  3. 3 Mix coconut, oats and cayenne in a shallow bowl. Using a tablespoon, scoop sweet potato mixture into the bowl of coconut. Delicately roll each ball so they are 1-2 inches in diameter and fully covered in the mixture, and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Continue until you have used all the sweet potato, making about 12 - 15 balls. Bake for 30 minutes and serve warm.


The sweet potato will be sticky, but will roll easily once in the coconut. Work quickly to keep sweet potato from not sticking too much. Try adding a bit of flour to your hands to make rolling the dough easier.
Make Ahead:
The sweet potato mixture can be made a few hours ahead of time and refrigerated until needed.
You could use whole wheat flour in place of whole oats. Any dairy can be substituted for almond milk – 1% cow or goat milk also works well in the recipe. You can grease the pan with a bit of butter in place of parchment paper.
Special Equipment:
Parchment Paper.
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