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Healthy Sweet Potato Cookies

These Healthy Sweet Potato Cookies are protein-packed but don’t require protein powder! They’re gluten-free, made with real food ingredients and absolutely delicious.

*Originally posted 3/2016. Updated 9/2023*

Hi friends!

These Healthy Sweet Potato Cookies have now been a go-to of mine since 2016. I love them for a quick snack and they came in super handy during the newborn phase when I often needed to eat quickly and with one hand.

They’re very forgiving and you can easily change up the mix-ins to make them more kid-friendly or to suit your tastebuds or make them more kid-friendly.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookie

Back when I first developed this recipe, I used my recipe for Sweet Potato Banana Bites (4-ingredient mini muffins) as a starting point and made some adjustments to make them more like sweet potato oatmeal cookies!

These would make a great sweet potato breakfast cookie. They’re low in added sugar and high in protein and fiber- a great way to start your day. They’d also be great for a snack and if you throw in some chocolate chips, they could even pass as dessert to curb a sweet tooth.

Eating these for breakfast works out well for me because I can eat them quickly while I’m trying to feed 3 kids. Plus, I can make a batch on Sunday and eat them all week! Food prep for the win.

Healthy Sweet Potato Cookies

Sweet Potato Protein

If you’re looking for a protein cookie recipe, this one is great! Added bonus? You don’t need any protein powder to make these healthy protein cookies. If you’re looking for something similar that uses protein powder, check out my recipe for Sweet Potato Protein Bars!

I rarely check the nutritional info for my recipes, but these had me curious so I put the recipe into MyFitnessPal. If you make a dozen cookies, each one has 6 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of sugar. If you make them a little bigger and make 8 cookies, each one has 9 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and 7 grams of sugar. That’s pretty good in my book!

Sweet Potato Oat Cookies

Because it calls for oat flour, the original recipe is gluten-free (use certified gluten-free oats if needed). However, I’ve made this recipe many times with white whole wheat flour in place of oat flour and it works perfectly. 

Sweet Potato Cookies Mix-ins

My favorite mix-ins are pepitas (pumpkin seeds), chia seeds and dried cranberries. You could use raisins or swap chocolate chips for dried fruit. To make them free of added sugar, you could try swapping mashed banana or baby food prunes (pureed) to add some sweetness naturally. I use peanut butter but you can make them nut-free with sunflower seed butter. Just know that they will likely turn green when baked due to a reaction with the baking soda. Perfectly safe to eat!

How To Make Easy Sweet Potato Cookies

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Healthy Sweet Potato Cookies Recipe

No protein powder required for these Healthy Sweet Potato Cookies! They’re gluten-free, made with real food ingredients and packed with protein and fiber. Enjoy them for breakfast or an afternoon snack!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8-12 cookies

Ingredients

3/4 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup nut butter (i use peanut butter but almond butter or sunflower seed butter would be great)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
23 Tbsp maple syrup (depending on desired level of sweetness)
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup Craisins or raisins
1/4 cup oat flour (white whole wheat flour also works)
1 tsp baking soda

Instructions

Combine sweet potato, peanut butter and eggs in a large bowl and mix well.
Add vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and Craisins and stir to combine.
Add oat flour and baking soda and stir.
Scoop onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (8-12 cookies).
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

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These are fluffy and delicious.  I used white chia seeds, in case you noticed they’re not black in the photos.

Sweet Potato Protein Cookies FAQs

Can I use canned sweet potato puree instead of homemade in this recipe?

Yes! Canned sweet potato puree will work just fine in this recipe.

Can I replace the sweet potato for pumpkin? Can I make pumpkin cookies instead of sweet potato cookies? Can you use canned pumpkin puree?

Yes! I get this question frequently and you can definitely replace the sweet potato with pumpkin if you’d like to! I almost always have a can of pumpkin in the pantry so I do this often.

Can I freeze sweet potato cookies?

Yes, these cookies freeze well! Just let them cool completely and then wrap in plastic wrap and tranfer to a freezer-safe bag. Let them thaw on the counter when ready to eat!

Could I make these with butternut squash?

Yes, canned squash can also be substituted for the sweet potato. I’ve even tried it with homemade roasted squash that I roast and puree until smooth.

Can I make gluten-free sweet potato cookies?

These cookies are gluten-free since they use oat flour (be sure to use certified gluten-free if needed). However, you can also make them with regular wheat flour if you have that on hand and don’t need them to be gluten-free.

Can I use oat flour and skip processing the rolled oats?

Yes! If you have oat flour on hand already, feel free to use it!

Other Sweet Potato Recipes That Are Delish!

Need more ideas? Try these:

Sweet Potato Waffles

These Sweet Potato Waffles are kid-friendly and perfect for breakfast, pre-workout fuel or an afternoon snack. Add some peanut butter in the middle for a fun waffle sandwich!

Sweet Potato White Bean Bars

These Sweet Potato White Bean Bars are perfect for breakfast or snack time. They’re kid-friendly, nut-free and full of fiber! 

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Brownies

These Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Brownies are flourless, sweetened with dates and full of chocolate flavor. They taste so good you’ll never believe they’re a healthy dessert!

Sweet Potato Banana Muffins

These gluten-free Sweet Potato Banana Bites have just four main ingredients and make a great snack for both kids and adults! 

20+ Baked Sweet Potato Dessert Recipes

If you’re in the mood to bake with sweet potatoes, you’ll definitely find something that catches your eye in this round-up!

35+ Sweet Potato Dinner Recipes

Need sweet potato dinner recipes? Here are 35+ recipes by category including slow cooker, with chicken or beef, vegetarian and more!

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

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