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Sweet Potato Tots Recipe
March 7, 2015 | Home >Healthy Kids >Sweet Potato Tots Recipe

Sweet Potato Tots Recipe

Sweet Potato Tots. More vitamins than tater tots!

I can’t help but think about tater tots when I think about lunch at my elementary school.  I never ate them at home, but remembering eating them at school is so nostalgic for me.   Our Sweet Potato Tots Recipe is definitely a made-over much healthier version of a regular fried tater tot. Our tots are crunchy, slightly sweet and packed full of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Sweet Potato Tots Recipe. More vitamins than tater tots- SWEET POTATO TOTS!

Start by peeling your sweet potato.  Cut off the ends and cut it in half. Then you boil it until it is tender and you can stick a fork through to the center.  This will probably take about 10-12 minutes.  Unless your sweet potato is large……….or in my case gigantic because I sent my husband to the store with a list that said ‘large sweet potato’ and he took his shopping duty seriously.  Mine took about 16 minutes.  Let your potato cool, and then shred.  Form your sweet potato shreds into ‘tots’.  I made mine a little on the big side because I was in a hurry.  I would recommend making them smaller because they will cook faster.  It’s easy if you form them in the palm of one hand, and squish them with your thumb and pointer of the other hand.  Keep forming until they are the shape you want them in.  Once they are formed, dip in an egg wash, then in your flour/panko/cinnamon mix and place on a sprayed baking sheet.  Then spray the tops with cooking spray.  Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.

Sweet Potato Tots Recipe. More vitamins than tater tots- SWEET POTATO TOTS!

While they are baking, whip up this delicious Tangy Apricot dipping sauce.

Sweet Potato Tots Recipe. More vitamins than tater tots- SWEET POTATO TOTS!

And scarf.  Hopefully your children can have memories of these tots for years to come.

Sweet Potato Tots Recipe. More vitamins than tater tots- SWEET POTATO TOTS!

Sweet Potato Tots Recipe

Sweet Potato Tots Recipe
Serves: 4
Serving Size = 4


  • 2 medium – sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup – flour, all-purpose
  • 1/4 cup – flour, whole wheat
  • 1 cup – panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon – cinnamon
  • 1 large – egg
  • 1 – cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup – apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoon – mayonnaise, light
  • 1 tablespoon – mustard
  • 1 tablespoon – orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Boil sweet potatoes in salted water in a pot for 10-15 minutes or until you can stick a fork in the center.
  3. Drain and cool.
  4. Grate the potatoes into a bowl.
  5. Place the flours, panko and cinnamon in a bowl and stir to combine.
  6. In a small bowl, add egg and whisk.
  7. Take a small amount of the potato mixture and shape into a tot.
  8. Roll the tot in whisked egg, then the flour/panko mixture.
  9. Place onto a sprayed baking sheet and coat evenly with cooking spray.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
  11. Mix sauce ingredients together until blended; chill for an hour.
  12. Allow tots to cool before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 278 14%
  • Fat: 3 g 5%
  • Carb: 58 g 19%
  • Fiber: 3 g 12%
  • Protein: 5 g 10%
  • Sugar: 22 g
written by
Natalie Monson

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Colleen says:

As always thank you!! Love your recipes!

Ayse says:

Make your own spring rolls, watch it and also please share this video

Yum! I love this idea! I’ve been craving sweet potatoes lately 🙂

Marci says:

Can I freeze these after coating them and then cook later? Or is there another way to make these ahead?

Natalie says:

You could definitely try it, but when they thaw they might release water and make them a bit soggy. You could probably remedy this by baking longer. If you try it, let us know how they turn out!

Deena says:

Hello, I was wanting to try these for my family I was wondering if you have the nutritional facts? How long will these last

brian says:

These look great, but not very “time friendly” Plus, using two pans and a baking sheet for a side dish seems so intense!!

PS, I’m still totally trying it.

Amy says:

ha ha.. Yes, some of the best foods are not time friendly at all!

Kristina says:

I have tried this recipe twice now. The first time I forgot about my sweet potato and it we ended up having mashed sweet potatoes instead. The second time was not a train wreck and turned out pretty darn good!
I had to improvise with what I had; only one lonely end piece of bread and ground flax seeds for the panko. I also didn’t really feel like forming a bunch of tiny tater tots in my hands and used a small spring-loaded scoop. The other adjustment I made is I mixed the beaten egg into the sweet potatoes and skipped the dipping in eggs step altogether.
In the end my husband didn’t even try them (not a sweet potato fan) and my son ate about a dozen of them. Thank you for the wonderful recipe, even though I didn’t follow it 🙂

Some truly inter?sting info, well written and generally
speaking user genial.

Julie says:

You could probably just use the steam bag sweet potatoes and peel the skin off when they cool to save time and dishes!

Stephanie says:

Once they are cooked, how long can they stay in the fridge before I should throw them out?

Stephanie says:

Once they are cooked, how long do they last for in the fridge?

Laura says:

How many tots does this recipe make?

Natalie says:

I would only keep them in the fridge for a few days.

Natalie says:

About 20 small tots.

Sharon says:

This sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try it! I didn’t notice a link to the tangy apricot sauce recipe or instructions on how to make it. Can you please post it? Thanks! 🙂

Natalie Monson says:

Sorry about that! I didn’t realize it wasn’t on there – it is added now.

Sue says:

Why would they be in the fridge? None left in my house. Yum.

Erica says:

This sounds so good. I’d really like to try the sauce too. Can you post that recipe or a link? Thanks.

Natalie Monson says:

It is added to the bottom of the recipe 🙂

Vicki says:

How do we make the sauce? Is there a recipe?

Natalie Monson says:

It is added to the bottom of the recipe 🙂

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