These baked sweet potato dessert recipes are perfect for any occasion! Learn how to bake a sweet potato and make a dessert everyone will love!
*Originally published 11/2021. Updated 10/2022*
If you’ve been around awhile, you know I have a baked sweet potato recipe or two! I bake a sweet potato (or several) pretty much every week when I food prep and while I sometimes use them in Sweet Potato Dinner Recipes, I most frequently bake with them. Baked sweet potatoes are the perfect addition to muffins and bars, brownies and cakes!
But before we talk about the recipes, we need to talk about preparation.
How to bake a sweet potato
There is a baked sweet potato recipe for pretty much any small kitchen appliance you might have. When I need one quickly, I use the microwave. If I’m cooking several, I typically use the instant pot or air fryer. Here are several options:
- Baked Sweet Potato In Microwave – stab multiple times with a knife and microwave 5-6 minutes
- Baked Sweet Potato Recipe in Oven: just place on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F until soft enough to pierce easily with a knife – 45 min or so.
- Instant Pot Sweet Potato Recipe
- Baked Sweet Potato in Air Fryer
- Crockpot Sweet Potato Recipe
Any of these methods will cook the sweet potatoes and make them soft enough for baking.
Healthy desserts with sweet potato
When I first shared this roundup there was a lot of interest in desserts with sweet potatoes so I’ve updated the roundup to give you even more ideas. However, I’m also sharing some of my favorite muffins and bar recipes at the end because they are recipes I make weekly that my kids love for pretty much any meal of the day!
Sweet Potato Dessert Recipes:
Here are some desserts with sweet potato that you’ll absolutely fall in love with – everything from chocolate cake to cookies to cinnamon rolls!
30-Minute Healthy Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake
You’d never guess this rich chocolate cake is made with both sweet potatoes and avocado!
Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcakes
Classic sweet potato casserole is transformed into a hand-held dessert that can be served beyond Thanksgiving.
Sweet Potato Cake
Like carrot cake, but with a sweet potato twist! Plus you’ll love the bourbon salted caramel frosting!
Sweet Potato Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
These soft and fluffy cookies are perfectly spiced and topped with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls
Add sweet potato to the dough, fill the middle with cinnamon and sugar and top it off with a brown butter cream cheese glaze!
Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Desserts
If you’re looking to bake with sweet potatoes but try something a little bit healthier, try one of these healthy baked sweet potato dessert recipes:
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!
Dessert Baked Sweet Potato
Which toppings will you add to your sweet potato to turn them into dessert? Think coconut, almond butter, dark chocolate and more!
Maple-Pecan Cranberry Sweet Potato Crisp
The perfect mix of apples, cranberries and sweet potatoes with a maple pecan topping!
Purple Sweet Potato Dessert Recipes
Have you ever seen purple sweet potatoes in your grocery store? Next time grab a few to make one of these stunning dessert! Some of these are baked in the oven and others turn baked sweet potato into a no-bake dessert you’ll love!
Purple Sweet Potato Pie
A classic sweet potato pie made with purple sweet potatoes for a beautiful color!
Purple Sweet Potato Pie Bars
Vibrant purple vegan pie filling and an almond flour crust make these irresistible!
Purple Sweet Potato Ice Cream
The perfect combination of purple sweet potato, maple syrup and almond milk!
Purple Sweet Potato Pudding
All you need are 4 ingredients to make this pudding with a little bit of ginger in every bite!
Vegan Sweet Potato Dessert Recipes
For those looking for vegan desserts, here are several options! Several of them are gluten-free as well.
Gluten-Free Vegan Sweet Potato Blondies
If you’re not a fan of traditional chocolate brownies, try these sweet potato blondies!
Sweet Potato Pie Bars
Only 9 ingredients required for a delicious healthy dessert with sweet potato!
Vegan Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake
Both the rich chocolate cake AND the frosting are made with sweet potato!
Sweet Potato Muffins and Bars Recipes
As I mentioned above, while sweet potatoes are great for dessert, they’re also great for baking and I use them weekly in the baked goods I make for myself and my kids. Here are a few of my favorites:
Healthy Sweet Potato Cookies
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!
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!
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!
Cranberry Sweet Potato Muffins
This recipe for Cranberry Sweet Potato Muffins makes a great breakfast or grab-and-go snack. Use fresh or dried cranberries or swap chocolate chips
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Yum! I’m going to try a few of these for myself and a few for my three-year-old niece. She’s usually more interested in exploring rather than eating, but I have a feeling she’ll love the pb&j bites. Thanks for sharing all of these recipes!