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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 on parchment paper lined baking sheet with sticks of cinnamon.

My son’s favorite food when he was little was this recipe for cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes and apples.

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

This recipe works because it’s:

  • A healthy side dish in the fall and winter. Since fresh fruits are hard to come by in the cold months, this is a tasty alternative that’s still super healthy since it doesn’t call for any added sugar.
  • Simple to make. You’ll just need 4 ingredients.
  • Great for the entire family! 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.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Raw apples and sweet potatoes on a wood cutting board surrounded by bowls of ingredients.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Wash, peel, and cut 3 medium-sized sweet potatoes into even-sized cubes.

Chopped sweet potato cubes on a cutting board surrounded by knife, apples and bowls of ingredients.

Add the sweet potato cubes to a large mixing bowl and drizzle with half of the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and toss to coat.

Sweet potato cubes covered in cinnamon in mixing bowl surrounded by other ingredients.

Arrange the sweet potato cubes on a sheet tray and bake for 15-20 minutes at 425 degrees. Stir once after 10 minutes.

Roasted sweet potato cubes on a sheet pan surrounded by wood spoon and bowl of cubed apples.

While the sweet potatoes are roasting, wash and cut 2 apples into even-sized cubes.

Chopped apples on wood cutting board surrounded by knife and bowls of ingredients.

Add the cubes to the mixing bowl and drizzle with the remaining olive oil and cinnamon. Toss to coat.

Apple cubes covered in cinnamon in a mixing bowl on white table.

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.

Roasted sweet potato and apple cubes cover a metal sheet pan.

Serve warm.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

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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.

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.

I’ve made this recipe several times, but recently cooked the sweet potatoes and apples on separate baking sheets with the sweet potatoes on the bottom rack of the oven. It turned out the best I’ve ever made it. So you can try separating the two different fruits if you’re OK with washing 2 pans!

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Cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes and apples with sticks of cinnamon on parchment paper lined baking sheet.

If you’re looking for more sweet potato recipes, you’ll love these!

What To Eat with Sweet Potatoes

And if you’re looking for ideas on what to serve with these roasted sweet potatoes we have several awesome recipes.

You can enjoy these pairings for an easy weeknight dinner or potluck meal.

Try meats and mains like:

  • Steak
  • Sausage kabobs
  • Jambalaya
  • Chicken thighs

And try sides like:

  • Green beans
  • Peas
  • Corn bread
  • Skillet corn

Check out the full list of 43 ideas for what to serve with sweet potatoes.

FAQs

Wood spoon rests on pan full of sweet potatoes and apples with bowl of the same food nearby.
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.

I hope your family loves these roasted sweet potatoes and apples! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!

 

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Roasted sweet potatoes and apples on parchment paper lined baking sheet with sticks of cinnamon.

Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples

The Ashcroft Family Table
Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples is perfect for fall. You only need 4 ingredients to make this healthy and naturally sweet recipe.
4.05 from 20 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 157 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 3 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 2 apples
  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Wash, peel, and cut the sweet potatoes into even-sized cubes.
  • 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.
  • Arrange the sweet potato cubes on a sheet tray and bake for 15-20 minutes. Stir once after 10 minutes.
  • 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.
  • After the sweet potatoes have roasted for 15-20 minutes, add the apples to the pan (or place them on a smaller, separate 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.
  • Cool for 2-3 minutes, and serve.

Notes

*I’ve made this recipe several times, but recently cooked the sweet potatoes and apples on separate baking sheets with the sweet potatoes on the bottom rack of the oven. It turned out the best I’ve ever made it. So you can try separating the two different fruits if you’re OK with washing 2 pans!
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 crisper, 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

Serving: 1servingCalories: 157kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 47mgPotassium: 337mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 12050IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
Keyword oven roasted sweet potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes and apples, sweet potatoes and apples
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Recipe Rating




Judy Evers

Sunday 25th of September 2022

Add black beans and make it a meal

Angie

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

I'm confused - is this served hot or cold?

Jessica Ashcroft

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Hi Angie! This is served hot out of the oven :)

Carol

Thursday 6th of May 2021

This turned out so tasty for something so simple. I had some sweet potatoes that had seen better days and needed to be peeled; subbed a little aquafaba (chickpea liquid) for the oil. I think next time, adding some raisins or dried cranberries with the apples would be great, too.

Jessica Ashcroft

Thursday 6th of May 2021

I'm so glad you liked it Carol! Thanks for the tip with the aquafaba. I've been wanting to try that substitution for oil! And you are spot on with the cranberries! I have another recipe for Crock Pot sweet potatoes that calls for cranberries but I'm sure they would be amazing with the roasted sweet potatoes as well.

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