This powerhouse sweet potato side dish recipe is packed with vitamins and kicked up with a savory almond butter sauce.
There's a whole lot of healthy eating going on in our house. Well, besides the darn Girl Scout cookies (curse those coconut-y Samoas!) We're always pretty healthy around here, but Steve is in ultra-focus mode, eyes pointed straight towards Boston and the marathon that is just about a month away. In the meantime, I'm imagining us balancing our camping chairs on top of snowdrifts to watch the runners go by. Let's get a move-on with the spring melt, Boston!
When Steve is in training mode, I find myself making extras of everything. Whole wheat pasta? Double that, please. Chicken recipe? Might as well just put whole pot right in front of him. "Eats like a horse" doesn't quite cover it.
Out come the whole grains - brown rice, farro, quinoa - and lean protein - chicken, pork, beans - with the veggie side dishes to round out the meal.
Sweet potatoes are nutritional power houses in the vegetable world. Vitamins B6, C and D, iron, magnesium, carotenoids...is there anything this veggie doesn't have?!
On top of all of the health benefits, sweet potatoes reign supreme in the versatility category. Highlight them in our favorite slow cooker vegetable curry, roast them with Chinese 5-spice powder or make a stuffed version with sweet potatoes and hummus.
In this recipe, I whipped up a 1-minute almond butter sauce and drizzled it over the roasted sweet potatoes. This side dish would be a great accompaniment for Grilled Pineapple Chili Pork Chops or Spice Rubbed Lime Salmon.
Other sweet potato recipes:
Cookin' Canuck's Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry with Sweet Potato & Chickpeas
Cookin' Canuck's Stuffed Sweet Potato with Spinach, Hummus & Feta
The Vintage Mixer's Sweet Potato, Mushroom & Brussels Sprout Hash with Quinoa
Baking Magique's Sweet Potato Sourdough Waffles
The Wimpy Vegetarian's Spiralized Sweet Potatoes & Apples in Browned Butter
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Almond Butter Sauce Recipe
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cut into ¾-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
- 1 tablespoon natural creamy almond butter
- 4 teaspoons warm water
- ¼ teaspoon chili garlic sauce
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking sheet.
- Roast the sweet potatoes until they are tender and starting to brown, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes.
- Transfer the sweet potatoes to a serving dish, drizzle with the sauce and cilantro. Serve.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the almond butter and warm water. Microwave for 10 seconds, then whisk in the chili garlic sauce until smooth.
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This sounds delicious!! My daughter loves sweet potato so I know she'd love this!
I LOVE that you made this recipe totally unique by adding an almond butter sauce. Its such a great way to add a punch of flavor....yum!
olivia - Primavera Kitchen
I love sweet potato, but Ive never tried it with almond sauce. It must be so delicious! Great side dish 😉
This sounds great, and I love almond butter! Where did you get the chili garlic sauce? I think my husband would enjoy this. If we try it and like it, I will reblog it at my site thewhitedish.com! I need something different than just baked sweet potatoes!
I wish my husband liked sweet potatoes. Maybe it's because I love them so much, but he always turns his nose up at them unless they are fries. It's only one of three things he doesn't care for though, the other two are Brussel sprouts and goat cheese. I could eat that whole pan of roasted sweet potatoes though, so delicious!
Colleen (Souffle Bombay)
haven't bout Samoas in years and years...b/c I'd eat every one, lol! I love sweet potatoes just about any way you want to give them to me, what a pretty and tasty dish!
I love that you changed up typical butter to top the sweet potatoes with, to this almond butter and chili garlic sauce creation. Simple but so creative!
Coleen @ The Redhead Baker
I love roasted sweet potatoes. My fiance is also training for a marathon -- I bet he would love these!
Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella)
I adore roasted sweet potatoes, and these with that sauce sound so good. Also, I am totally weak for Samoas as well. Someone hide the boxes (no, wait, don't!).
susan // the wimpy vegetarian
This sauce looks wonderful, and would be perfect with the sweet potatoes! And thanks so much for including me in your roundup!
Loving these roasted sweet potatoes and that sauce makes it all that more perfect!
Lana | Never Enough Thyme
The almond butter sauce sounds like a wonderful counterpoint to these roasted sweet potatoes. Very inventive!
Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
Let's hope this snow is melted a month from now! Haha! I guess you never know.
I love the healthy recipe today - I need more of those in my life the way I have been eating lately.
kellie | The Suburban Soapbox
I can't imagine training for a marathon....I'm having a hard enough time with an 8k. My goal is to just finish...but these sweet potatoes are pretty amazing. I love that you drizzled almond butter on top....such a treat!
I'm all about the sweet potato! Love this roasted version Dara.
Stephanie @ Back for Seconds
I love love LOVE sweet potatoes! These sound delish!
What an easy, beautiful dish. I love that almond butter sauce!
Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
The Girl Scout cookies are killer, right?! I have to not even bring them into the house to avoid eating a sleeve (or 2) in a sitting. I never would have thought about almond butter on roasted sweet potatoes, but now I'm thinking 'Well why not?!'. Love!
I love this simple dish. I can never have enough sweet potatoes. They are my all time favorite!