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Quick-cooking, easy to store, and oh-so-delicious, the humble sweet potato is a nutritionally rich, colorful, extremely handy vegetable to keep around. Baked, roasted, steamed, boiled, stuffed, or pureed, sweet potato boasts a velvety texture and earthy-sweet flavor that’s great in both sweet and savory dishes. To showcase their tasty versatility we’ve put together a collection of vegan sweet potato recipes. Bonus: All recipes are free from oil, meat, dairy, and heavily processed ingredients!

Sweet Potato Shawarma

In this Turkish-inspired vegan shawarma, a robust spice blend made with everyday spices transforms roasted sweet potato and cauliflower into a melt-in-your-mouth experience. Serve with quinoa, lettuce, cucumber, red onion, and tahini dressing. Shares a commenter, “This is my new favorite meal. Fantastic flavors!”

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Quinoa-Chickpea-Sweet Potato Bowls with Peanut Sauce

For an evening weeknight meal that’s equal parts delicious and easy-to-make, these hearty grain bowls are a winner. Earthy red quinoa, chewy chickpeas, tender sweet potato, and wilted greens are transformed into something special with a dollop of lime- and ginger-infused peanut sauce.

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Barbecue Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Smoky Jackfruit

In this comforting family-friendly meal, baked sweet potatoes are topped with a smoky jackfruit and lentil tomato mix. Top with quick-pickled red onion for extra flavor and crunch.

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Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Cilantro-Orange Crema

Looking for a new “wow this is good” kind of meal? These baked enchiladas filled with white beans and mashed sweet potatoes are perfectly paired with a tangy tomato sauce and an orange-infused cashew-based crema. As one reviewer puts it: “OMG my husband and I love this dish. It has such great flavors.”

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Roasted Vegetable Breakfast Hash

Loaded to the gunnels with veggies such as sweet potato, red potato, onion, parsnip, beets, carrot, and Brussels sprouts, this veggie-strong hash is a great way to start the day. The key to this recipe is to coat the veggies in a creamy sweet and sour mustard sauce before cooking and again just before serving. Don’t you love it when things are simple!

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Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

No eggs required in this vegan twist on a classic Southern dessert; instead, the luxurious sweet potato filling is thickened with flaxseed. Warming spices give rich flavor, applesauce cuts the sweetness of the sweet potato perfectly, and a no-fuss, three-ingredient oat crust is so good you’ll want to repurpose it for other pies.

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Microwave Sweet Potato and Kale Chili

Need a hearty meal in a hurry? This 20-minute microwave chili features tender cubes of sweet potato, earthy chopped kale, and silky white beans for added heft. Convenient seasonings such as pico de gallo, chili powder, and garlic powder boost the flavor with minimum effort. This is perfect for dorm room or hotel cooking. Note: The recipe calls for cooked brown rice, so be sure to have that on hand.

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Sweet Potato and Shiitake Mushroom Dumplings

In this special-occasion appetizer, tender dumplings are filled with velvety sweet potato, earthy mushrooms, and ginger-garlic seasonings. Once filled, the dumplings only take a couple of minutes to cook in boiling water. Serve with a sesame-soy dipping sauce.

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Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Soup

The sweet and creamy tones of sweet potato are perfectly paired with mild-flavored cauliflower and onion in this hearty soup. Coat the veggies in a curry powder paste before roasting; then add them to a savory broth. The flavor is incredible! 

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Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding with Pecan Crumble

Naturally sweetened with dates, maple syrup, and sweet potato, this gooey chocolatey pudding, topped with a nifty fall-spiced nut crumb, has restaurant-quality written all over it.

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Sweet Potato Spoon Pudding

Fluffy and sweet, this gorgeous sweet potato pudding bursts with fall flavor while a hint of apple adds subtle fruity notes. The secret to the light and airy texture is whipped aquafaba. For special occasions, top with candied nuts or fresh cranberry relish.

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Sweet Potato Bread

Fragrant with fall spices and packed with tangy dried fruit, this moist sweet potato loaf is a keeper. Flaxseed is used as a binder; sweet potato, applesauce, and cane sugar lend sweetness; and raw pepitas add an appealing crunch. “I plan on eating it for breakfast, as well as dessert,” shares one reader.

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Vegan Sweet Potato Gratin

This deliciously creamy multi-color medley of sweet potatoes is the perfect side dish for a chilly night. The cheesy cashew-based sauce is infused with warming spices and fresh sage to perfectly compliment the earthy sweetness of this edible mosaic. 

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Polenta and Sweet Potato Mash with Mushroom Sauce

You’ll relish every bite of this sweet potato and polenta mash topped with a veggie sauce, loaded with whole cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach. Note: This recipe uses tube polenta, which is a great way to cut down preparation time.

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Sweet Potato Butter

Sick of the same old toast-toppers? You’ll love this cinnamon- and nutmeg-infused sweet potato butter. Spread it on bread, or for an extra sweet potato hit, try it on Sweet Potato Bread or Single-Rise Sweet Potato Rolls.

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“Stuffinged” Sweet Potatoes

These baked sweet potatoes are hearty and impressive enough to take center-table on any holiday spread.

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Packed with sweet potato, rice, spinach, salsa, and beans, these vegan quesadillas are far tastier than the traditional cheese-laden version.

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Rainbow Sweet Potato Hash

Whip up this easy and tasty recipe for a weekend brunch! Multi-color sweet potatoes are mixed with crunchy bell pepper, sweet onion, and earthy kale to create a good-for-you medley that’s topped with a silky smooth avocado crema.

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Spiced Sweet Potato Tacos

The tender flesh of steamed sweet potato makes a great taco filling. Beans and corn add heft for an easy weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy.

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Sweet Potato, Pear, and Blueberry Flatbreads

In this luscious vegan flatbread pizza, mashed sweet potato is spread over a Homemade Oil-Free Pizza Dough and topped with grilled pear, fresh blueberries, and toasted walnuts.

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Sweet Potato Hummus

Made with sweet potato instead of chickpeas, this light, golden hummus tastes amazing with whole grain crackers, with veggie sticks, or in sandwiches and salads.

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Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potato, and Balsamic Pizza

This sweet potato and roasted vegetable pizza, drizzled with balsamic glaze, is sure to get your tastebuds tingling.

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Sweet Potato Bisque

Almond milk keeps this simple sweet potato soup creamy, cinnamon and nutmeg add delicious fall flavors, and orange zest and juice adds a citrusy zing.

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Sweet Potato Soup with Cannellini Beans and Rainbow Chard

Ready in as few as 20 minutes, this veggie soup is packed with satisfying goodness. If you don’t have rainbow chard use green chard, kale, or spinach.

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Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Dried Cranberries

In this robust green salad, the soft texture of sweet potato perfectly complements the curly grassiness of kale. Dried cranberries pack a fruity punch, cashews add crunch, and a smokey tahini dressing ties it all together.

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Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms

As if baked mushrooms weren’t delicious enough: Add a melt-in-your-mouth filling of chickpea, spinach, and sweet potato for a heavenly appetizer or main dish.

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Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

In this family-friendly mac and cheese, creamy sweet potato plus garlic and nutritional yeast make for scrumptious cheesy flavors.

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Sweet Potato Lasagna

With layers of tomato sauce, sweet potato filling, cashew cheese, and lasagna noodles, it’s not hard to see why this vegan lasagna is a fan favorite.

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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

A curried pea-chickpea filling takes baked sweet potatoes to the next level. Serve with tofu Sour Cream and a green salad.

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Herbed Mushroom Stuffing

Fresh herbs, plenty of mushrooms, and a creamy-cheesy cashew dressing make this sweet potato casserole a delicious main course.

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Single-Rise Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls

Sweet potato keeps these whole grain dinner rolls moist and adds golden color. Even better, they’re ready in 90 minutes, and that includes an hour of rising time.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

These lightly spiced sweet potato wedges are great as a snack or served with your favorite plant-based burger and ketchup.

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Sweet Potato Chili with Kale

In this tasty chili, sweet potato with kale and kidney beans gives a satisfying earthiness, while orange juice adds citrusy overtones.

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Baked Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Chickpea Chili

Using pantry staples such as canned chickpeas and frozen corn, these rustic stuffed sweet potatoes are an ideal fallback meal for when you’re running low on fresh supplies.

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Lentil, Chard & Sweet Potato Curry

This satisfying sweet potato stew is made even heartier with the addition of yellow lentils. Lime juice, Swiss chard, and vegan yogurt make it a comforting and well-balanced curry.

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Smoky Chili with Sweet Potatoes

Liquid smoke (yes, it’s a thing!) adds a divine grilled flavor to this bean and sweet potato chili.

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Sweet Potato Bruschetta with Avocado-Tomato Topping

Is there nothing sweet potato can’t do! For these bread-less bruschetta, thin slices of sweet potato are baked then topped with avocado, fresh basil, and tomato.

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Tricolor Sweet Potato Kugel

This plant-based take on a traditional Jewish dish uses three different varieties of sweet potato to give a striated effect. Serve with Tofu Sour Cream. (The recipe also works well with one type of sweet potato.)

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Rainbow Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

Brighten up your morning meal with this colorful sweet potato breakfast bowl topped with banana, pumpkin seeds, and berries.

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Hidden Berry Dessert Squares

For these gorgeous squares, a light sweet potato filling houses fresh berries. A date-sweetened crumble is used for the base as well as the topping.

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Sweet Potato Bites

These simple four-ingredient treats from The Blue Zones Kitchen were inspired by New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner’s adventure in Okinawa, where locals have a diet rich in sweet potato and live to be some of the oldest people in the world.

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Mini Peach Tarts

The velvety texture of sweet potato combined with fresh peaches is a match made in heaven in these scrumptious tarts.

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This article was originally published on Oct. 26, 2020, and has been updated. 

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Gayle Borst5 months ago
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What a bunch of awesome-sounding recipes! Can’t wait to try many of them! Thank you!!!

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.

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