Baked Sweet Potato Shapes
One of the best ways to get a young child to eat their vegetables is to transform them into something they don’t recognize. My three-year-old son refuses to eat mashed sweet potatoes. However, if I transform them into nugget shapes, he will gladly devour an entire plate! Sweet potatoes are a nutritious food for growing children (they are high in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and iron) and also have a sweet taste.
This recipe is extremely simple, and you can use the sweet potatoes to make any shape you’d like—you could use them to create letters and spell your child’s name, or even bring out your cookie cutters to create animal or seasonal sweet potato shapes!
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes
- 1 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Clean sweet potatoes and pierce with a fork. Bake until soft, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Alternatively, bring a pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, peel and chop the potatoes. Once the water boils, add to the pot and cook until soft, about 10 to 15 minutes. Mash the cooked sweet potatoes, leaving them somewhat chunky.
- While the potatoes are cooking, mix breadcrumbs, melted butter, brown sugar and salt in a bowl. Once the potatoes are cooked, lower oven heat to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Using your hands, scoop about 2 or 3 tablespoons of mashed sweet potato, and form it into a shape. You can do squares, circles and triangles (pictured) or get creative and create letters or animals or even shapes using cookie cutters.
- Drop your shape into the breadcrumb mixture, and turn it over a few times to coat the shape. Alternatively, you can just throw a ball of mashed sweet potato into the breadcrumbs first, and create the shape afterwards. Place on the baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, flip the shapes over and bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, or until crisp.