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Simple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples

These simple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples are the perfect fall side dish. You only need 4 ingredients to make this healthy and naturally sweet recipe.

Roasted sweet potatoes and apples in a white bowl.

My son’s favorite food is cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes and apples.

Or as he liked to call it “sweet ah-tatos.”

Since fresh fruits are hard to come by in the fall and winter, this is a tasty alternative that’s still super healthy since it doesn’t call for any added sugar.

I came up with this side dish on a whim, and now it’s one of my family’s favorites; it’s even perfect for babies since the pieces are soft and bite-sized!

I guarantee it will become one of your family’s fall favorites too.

FAQs

Do you have to peel sweet potatoes?

I prefer my sweet potatoes peeled, but it’s not necessary.

Sweet potato skins are safe to eat raw or cooked and are high in nutrients. Just be sure to wash them really well to remove any dirt, debris or pesticides.

You may even want to invest in a good vegetable brush if you cook with vegetables often.

Is it better to roast or boil sweet potatoes?

Roasting sweet potatoes enhances their natural sweetness and transforms them into perfect tender-crisp bites. For recipes intended for sweetness, a roasted sweet potato is your best bet.

These cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes are meant to be a tasty side dish or treat, but are still very healthy considering no added sugar and minimal ingredients.

However, If you intend to eat sweet potatoes strictly for their nutrient value, the best method of cooking is actually steaming. Keep them in their skins and place them in a steamer basket for 20-30 minutes.

How long are roasted sweet potatoes good for?

These roasted sweet potatoes and apples should last 3-5 days. 

Store them in a shallow, air-tight container in the refrigerator and reheat them in the microwave or sauté pan.

This dish is so good, I doubt you’ll have any leftovers to store!

What foods pair well with sweet potatoes?

I love to serve roasted sweet potatoes and apples with jambalaya and cornbread.

Sweet potatoes also pair well with meats like pork, ham, poultry, or steak.

You could even put this recipe on top of my Pumpkin Pancakes with Pancake Mix with some maple syrup and have a delicious fall breakfast.

How to make Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples -Step by Step

Raw aplles and sweet potatoes on a cutting board.

PREHEAT oven to 400º.

WASH, PEEL AND CUT 3 medium-sized sweet potatoes into even-sized cubes.

Chopped sweet potatoes on a cutting board.

ADD the sweet potato cubes to a large mixing bowl and DRIZZLE with 1/2 of the 1/4 cup of olive oil. SPRINKLE with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and toss to coat.

Cinnamon sweet potatoes in a mixing bowl.

ARRANGE the sweet potato cubes on a sheet tray and BAKE for 15-20 minutes at 400º. Stir once after 10 minutes.

Roasted sweet potatoes on a pan.

While the sweet potatoes are roasting, WASH AND CUT 2 apples into even-sized cubes.

Chopped apples on a cutting board.

ADD the cubes to the mixing bowl and DRIZZLE with the remaining olive oil and cinnamon. Toss to coat.

Cinnamon apples in a mixing bowl.

After the sweet potatoes have roasted for 20 minutes, ADD the apples to the pan, making sure to keep the pieces in a single layer. Return to the oven and BAKE for another 15-20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes.

Roasted sweet potatoes and apples on a sheet pan.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Sweet potatoes are really tough to cut, so make sure you have some high-quality sharp knives.

But if you’re having a difficult time slicing through the potatoes, I like to peel them, poke them a few times with a fork, and add them to a microwave-safe dish with a little water in the bottom. I’ll cook them for 3 minutes on high and let them cool before slicing them.

Cooking the sweet potatoes in the microwave for a few minutes softens them up so they are much easier to cut through.

The easiest way to cut the apples is to use a metal apple cutter and then cube the slices.

Oven roasted sweet potatoes on a sheet pan.

I usually use Gala or Fuji apples in this recipe, but feel free to use your favorite!

The roasting time will vary with the number of sweet potatoes and apples you use as well as your oven, so be sure to check how soft the pieces are when you stir them and adjust the amount of time in the oven if necessary.

If you like your apples more crisp, you will want to add them to the pan after 20 minutes. If you want them to be soft like the sweet potatoes, you’ll need to add them after 15 minutes.

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Sweet potatoes and apples ready to serve.

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Oven roasted sweet potatoes on a sheet pan.

Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples is perfect for fall. You only need 4 ingredients to make this healthy and naturally sweet recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 2 apples
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash, peel, and cut the sweet potatoes into even-sized cubes.
  3. Add the sweet potato cubes to a large mixing bowl and drizzle with 1/2 of the olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and toss to coat.
  4. Arrange the sweet potato cubes on a sheet tray and bake for 15-20 minutes. Stir once after 10 minutes.
  5. While the sweet potatoes are roasting, wash and cut the apples into even-sized cubes. Add the cubes to the mixing bowl and drizzle with the remaining olive oil and cinnamon. Toss to coat.
  6. After the sweet potatoes have roasted for 15-20 minutes, add the apples to the pan, making sure to keep the pieces in a single layer. Return to the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes.

Notes

The roasting time may vary with the number of sweet potatoes and apples you use as well as your oven, so be sure to check how soft the pieces are when you stir them and adjust the amount of time in the oven if necessary.

If you like your apples more crisp, you will want to add them to the pan after 20 minutes. If you want them to be soft like the sweet potatoes, you'll need to add them after 15 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g
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