I know I should eat more vegetables, but I’m often not in the mood to crunch on raw carrot sticks and greens. Thankfully, I found an easy workaround: veggie-packed Sweet Potato Fritters!
Loaded with fiber, complex carbs, healthy fats, and protein, these crispy fritters are ideal for keeping you satiated and nourished. They’re also portable, kid-friendly, and ideal for snacking, breakfast (or brunch), bowl meals, and beyond!
Plus, they’re easy to make, requiring just 10 ingredients and 30 minutes! Let us show you how it’s done.
Start by sautéing onion and shredded sweet potato in avocado or coconut oil and seasoning with salt and pepper. This adds a caramelized flavor and also softens the veggies before adding them to the quinoa and eggs.
Next, add chopped greens (we like spinach) and cook briefly until wilted.
Then add the veggie mixture to a mixing bowl along with already cooked and cooled quinoa. It’s a great way to use up leftover quinoa!
Whisked eggs are added as the binder. If vegan, a flax egg may work for binding, but the fritters will likely be more fragile.
Then gluten-free flour (we like our DIY blend) is added to absorb excess moisture and allow the fritters to crisp up nicely. Other gluten-free flours such as coconut flour or almond flour may work, but we haven’t tried them and can’t guarantee the results.
Then the dough is formed into patties and pan fried until both sides are golden brown and crispy. Swoon!
For even crispier patties, the fritters can be transferred to a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven and cooked for an additional 10-15 minutes.
We hope you LOVE these fritters! They’re:
& Easy to make!
Enjoy them warm or cold (they’re great straight from the fridge) and plain or topped with coconut yogurt, hummus, or garlic dill sauce.
They would also be delicious as a side to nearly any main, including our Lemon Baked Salmon with Garlic Dill Sauce (20 Minutes!), Chickpea Shawarma Salad, or Vegan Nicoise Salad (30 Minutes!).
More Sweet Potato Recipes
- 8-Minute Sweet Potatoes
- Fluffy Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Carrots
- Southwest Sweet Potato Black Bean Dip
- Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
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Crispy Quinoa Sweet Potato Fritters
- 2 cups cooked + cooled quinoa (How to Cook Quinoa)
- 2 cups shredded sweet potato (no need to peel)
- 2 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil, plus more for cooking
- 1/2 cup diced red or white onion (or sub shallot)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 healthy pinch each sea salt and black pepper
- 2 cups chopped greens (we prefer spinach)
- 3 medium eggs, whisked* (organic, pasture-raised when possible)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
- 1 tsp curry powder (optional)
- 1/2 cup gluten-free flour blend (if not gluten-free, sub all purpose flour // for grain-free, try arrowroot or potato starch)
FOR SERVING optional
- Sauce (such as coconut yogurt, hummus, or garlic dill sauce)
- Fresh herbs (mint, cilantro, parsley)
- If you do not already have cooked quinoa, prepare it at this time. 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa will yield ~2 cups cooked.
- Shred sweet potato using either the coarse side of a box grater or the grater attachment of a food processor.
- Heat a large pot or rimmed skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, onion, sweet potato, garlic, salt, and pepper. Sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the onion and sweet potato are tender and fragrant. Add chopped greens and stir to slightly wilt. Set aside.
- Add eggs to a medium mixing bowl and whisk until well combined. (NOTE: Depending on the size of your eggs, you may need less as some readers reported having success with 1 less egg!). Set aside.
- To a large mixing bowl add sautéed vegetables, cooked and cooled quinoa, salt, and curry powder (optional) and stir. Then add eggs and stir. Lastly, add gluten-free flour and stir until combined. You should have a slightly tacky but moldable mixture. Add more gluten-free flour as needed if too wet to handle.
- Form into thin (roughly 1/4-inch-thick) patties the size of the palm of your hand. In the meantime, heat a large rimmed skillet (we prefer cast iron).
- Once hot, add a little oil to coat the pan and enough fritters to comfortably fit without crowding. Pan fry until golden brown — ~ 4 minutes on each side.
- Optional: For even crispier fritters, continue baking in a 400 degree F (204 C) oven for 10-15 minutes.
- Serve hot with garnishes of choice, such as lemon juice, dairy-free yogurt, hummus, garlic dill sauce, or fresh herbs (all optional). Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat on the stovetop over medium heat, in a 350 degree F (176 C) oven, or in the microwave until hot. If frozen, thaw before reheating.
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