How to Make Crunchy Sweet Potato Croutons

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Roasted sweet potato croutons are crunchy, sweet and easy to make. They’re the perfect healthy topping for salads and soup!

As a self-proclaimed salad expert, I have a laundry list of salad toppings that I use on the regular. Avocado, chopped apples and roasted nuts are up at the top, but I think my absolute favorite topping is sweet potato. I used to be all about chopping up baked sweet potatoes for salad and I’ve made a sweet potato tuna salad, but today I want to share a new method I’ve been using to make crunchy little sweet potato croutons.

A sheet pan of sweet potato croutons, a serving spoon is resting on the sheet pan with some croutons on it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • You only need 3 ingredients! That’s it!
  • They come together in 25 minutes! Throw them in the oven while you prep the rest of your salad.
  • They’re super addicting. No really, I should mention that they are crazy addictive. If you start munching on a few while prepping your salad you may find that you don’t have any left when it’s time to eat. Just a warning. 😉

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • sweet potato – you need about 2 cups chopped. I like to chop mine very small so they roast and crisp up. Try to make the pieces uniform so they cook the same!
  • avocado oil – you can also use coconut oil or olive oil!
  • sea salt – to taste. You can also add pepper if you like a little kick.

How to Make Sweet Potato Croutons

So these sweet potato croutons aren’t anything too complicated or special. They’re literally just sweet potato chunks that are chopped small so that they cook quickly and get a little crunchy.

If you haven’t already, start by preheating your oven to 450ºF and then prep and chop your sweet potatoes into cubes. Toss the cubes with avocado oil and salt and then spread on a baking sheet lined in parchment paper.

Roast at 450ºF for 15-25 minutes. Depending on how large your chunks are, how many sweet potatoes you have on the baking sheet, how much moisture is in the sweet potato itself and how crunchy you want the sweet potatoes to get. I’m all about the crunch factor and I don’t mind having a few brunt pieces so I roast mine a little longer.

That’s it! When they’re roasted to your liking, they’re ready to use!

A close up of sweet potato croutons on a baking sheet.

Tips & Variations

The recipe for these little guys is really easy, but I do have a few pointers for ya:

  1. Keep the sweet potato chunks small and uniform in size, about 1/4 inch.
  2. Make sure to space the sweet potato chunks out on the baking sheet. If they’re too crowded they will steam and never get crunchy.
  3. I tested multiple batches and the parchment lined baking sheet yielded the crispiest croutons. You can use a baking stone as well, but the sweet potatoes didn’t get AS crunchy with this method.
  4. You can stick with just salt, or add whatever spices you like for extra flavor. I like adding pepper, cumin, cinnamon or maple syrup!
A serving bowl of superfood salad topped with salmon filet.

How to Serve

Once the sweet potatoes are roasted you can add them to just about anything your little heart desires. Salad, soup, an omelette, savory oats… seriously, sweet potatoes go with everything. They are especially good on salads though!

Some recipes you should try them on?

Storing Sweet Potato Croutons

These are meant to be made and eaten right away. You can make them in advance, but they will not stay crunchy.

If storing any leftovers, keep them in an air-tight container in the fridge. I would probably just eat them cold, but you can try reheating in the oven at 350ºF for 10 or so minutes.

Be sure to check out all of the salad recipes and sweet potato recipes on EBF!

Crunchy Sweet Potato Croutons

5 from 4 votes
Roasted sweet potato croutons are crunchy, sweet and easy to make. They're the perfect healthy topping for salads and soup!
A sheet pan of sweet potato croutons, a serving spoon is resting on the sheet pan with some croutons on it.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped sweet potatoes, about ¼ inch
  • 2 teaspoons avocado or coconut oil
  • sea salt, to taste*

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Coat sweet potato chunks in oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
    Chopped sweet potato in a bowl tossed with salt and olive oil.
  • Spread over a parchment lined baking sheet or baking stone and roast for 20 minutes, or until sweet potato chunks are brown on the edges and have a little crunch on the outside. Stir/toss potato chunks once mid-way through baking.
    Sweet potato chunks spread across a baking sheet lined in parchment paper.
  • Serve immediately. These are meant to be made and eaten right away. You can make them in advance, but they will not stay crunchy.
    Freshly roasted sweet potato croutons on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Notes

*Feel free to keep the seasoning simple with sea salt or add whatever spices you like for extra flavor. I like adding cumin, cinnamon, maple syrup!

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 cup Calories: 78kcal Carbohydrates: 13g Protein: 1g Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Sodium: 332mg Potassium: 224mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet potato croutons, sweet potato for salads

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    20 comments
    1. Kelly K
      May 3, 2022 AT 7:51 pm

      5 stars
      Excellent!! This will be a salad staple in our house. So much better than the bread croutons!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 4, 2022 AT 7:51 am

        Woo! Love to hear that, Kelly. Thank you for leaving a review, I really appreciate it!

    2. Anandhi Mani
      May 2, 2019 AT 10:11 am

      Thank you! So easy simple.

    3. Wendy
      July 13, 2018 AT 7:13 am

      5 stars
      These are soooo good!!! I will on occasion sprinkle smoked paprika on the potatoes, with the salt, and they come out with a slight bbq flavor! so yummy! thank you for sharing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 13, 2018 AT 10:29 am

        Oh! I love that idea. I’m going to try that next time I make these. 🙂

    4. Lynn Puckett
      February 2, 2018 AT 10:43 am

      It looks like the potatoes aren’t peeled first. Am I seeing that correctly in the picture?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 2, 2018 AT 2:31 pm

        That is correct! No need to worry about peeling them.

    5. Nancy
      May 26, 2017 AT 8:26 am

      I grate sweet potatoes and cook them in the microwave like making potato chips. It makes smaller crunchies.

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