These Loaded Sweet Potato Fries will be a hit at any gathering! They are healthy, fresh, and delicious!
This is the type of recipe that makes you realize that healthy food isn’t about deprivation. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring, flavorless, or feel like you’re missing out. These Loaded Sweet Potato Fries will have you dreaming about them for daaaaayyyyysss.
I know loaded fries are usually loaded with things like cheese and bacon. Guess what? You can have a satisfying, delicious loaded fries recipe without all that. Really.
This might be an unpopular opinion, but sweet potato fries > regular french fries. If I go to a restaurant and sweet potato fries are an option, that’s what I’m getting. Not because I think sweet potatoes are healthier, but I’m in love with the flavor. Regular potatoes are much more bland to me, so give me sweet potato fries all day.
My sweet potato love is evidenced by more sweet potato recipes on this site than I can count. Case in point:
That’s just a small sampling and I love them all so much!
While my love of sweet potatoes runs deeper than their health benefits, they do have a great nutritional profile that’s worth mentioning!
Sweet Potato Health Benefits
- High in fiber, which is important for digestive health, can help lower cholesterol, and balance glucose levels
- They are high in inflammation-fighting antioxidants, which helps keep chronic inflammation under control
- A great source of vitamin C, which can help boost your immune system
- They are high in vitamin A, great for your eye health as well as protection against some cancers
Now that you see why I think sweet potatoes are worth consuming, let’s get to the details of this Loaded Sweet Potato Fries recipe!
Recipe Ingredients–What You Need
The spices and avocado oil are not included in the photo above.
The star of the show!
Avocado oil is an anti-inflammatory oil that withstands high heat well. You can use olive oil if you don’t have this available.
ancho chili powder
Ancho chili powder provides more heat than regular chili powder. Regular chili powder will work just fine here.
Ground cumin provides great flavor for this recipe.
We use garlic salt because fresh garlic can easily burn in this recipe. If you prefer garlic powder, simply reduce it by half and add a pinch more salt.
Salt, of course, brings all the flavors out!
A little bit of black pepper adds to the flavor profile of the loaded sweet potato fries.
cashew cheese sauce
This is the delicious cheese alternative that makes this a dairy-free appetizer.
Green onions are a flavorful topping for these fries.
It just felt right to add tomatoes to these loaded fries. I think you’ll love them.
For me, the fresh cilantro is a must. If you are one of those folks who think cilantro tastes like soap, just leave it off.
Additional topping ideas
I loved this as the recipe is written, but it’s easily customized to what YOU love the most. Try adding red onion, black beans, diced avocado, or pico de gallo. If you don’t want these to be dairy free, you can add some feta cheese, or melt some cheddar cheese on top. It won’t be as healthy if you go the crispy bacon or ground beef route. Just saying. 😉
Why do my sweet potato fries come out soggy?
The main reason for soggy fries is going to be overcrowding. Whether you’re using your oven or air fryer, if you overcrowd the fries, they will not be crispy. If you’re looking for really crispy sweet potato fries, remember, baked sweet potato fries or air fried sweet potato fries will never be as crispy as deep fried, no matter what you do!
Can I use frozen sweet potato fries for this recipe?
Yes! Just cook them according to the package directions.
Are these Loaded Sweet Potato Fries healthy?
Absolutely! This recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan, with whole food ingredients that are filled with nutrients.
If you’re looking for more tasty appetizers that are healthier options, check out my Healthy Super Bowl Recipes collection!
How to Make Healthy Loaded Sweet Potato Fries
- Start with whole sweet potatoes. Cut them evenly into fry shapes. I do this by slicing the sweet potato width-wise into rounds, and then slicing those rounds into fry shapes.
- Place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl, and top with the seasonings (chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, salt, and pepper) and avocado oil. Toss to evenly coat.
- Cook the sweet potato fries. You can use an air fryer or the oven. For the air fryer, place the sweet potato fries in a single layer or the air fryer tray (or basket if you have that kind–don’t overcrowd the sweet potatoes or they won’t get as crispy) Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees and cook for 8 minutes, turning half way through. Different air fryers may result in different cooking time, so keep an eye on yours and check for doneness as necessary.
- For the oven, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the sweet potato fries on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Cook for 25-40 minutes, until they are browned, flipping them half way through the cooking time.
- Place your cooked fries on a serving tray and sprinkle with green onions, cilantro, tomatoes, and drizzle with the cashew cheese sauce. Serve immediately!
I like to serve these on a try with a spatula for serving.
Your guests will definitely want to use a fork for these incredible Loaded Sweet Potato fries!
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