How to Make Crunchy Sweet Potato Croutons

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.

Crunchy sweet potato croutons spread out on a baking stone.

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.

How to Make Crunchy Sweet Potato Croutons

The roasting time can take anywhere from 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.

Little chunks of chopped up sweet potatoes in a glass bowl.

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.

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

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!

Oh and I should also 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. 😉

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Crunchy Sweet Potato Croutons


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups

Description

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


Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped sweet potatoes, about 1/4 inch
  • 2 teaspoons avocado or coconut oil
  • sea salt, to taste*

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Coat sweet potato chunks in oil and sprinkle with sea salt. 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.
  3. Serve immediately. These are meant to be made and eaten right away. You can make them in advance, but they will not stay crunchy.

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!

  • Category: Side
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 155
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 2g

Keywords: sweet potato croutons, sweet potato for salads

I’d love to see how you use your sweet potato croutons on social media. If you try the recipes, be sure to take a photo and tag me (@eatingbirdfood or #eatingbirdfood) so that I see it!

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

      Thank you! So easy simple.

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

      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. 🙂

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. Zmorix
      December 3, 2016 AT 5:54 pm

      I ran across a caesar salad recipe that mentioned sweet potato croutons instead of regular croutons. I will need to make enough to portion a salad for 35 people. I love sweet potatoes, so I am stoked to try this!! My question is…could I substitute olive oil or is the coconut still better? Is there a big cost difference or just flavor wise? Thank u from a Canadian linecook student.

    6. Marshie Boswell
      May 31, 2016 AT 4:51 pm

      Brittany this is genius!! <3 <3 <3

    7. Marye Audet-White
      May 31, 2016 AT 10:03 am

      Oh yum! These look so good, I cant wait to try them!

    8. amindfullmom
      May 31, 2016 AT 9:26 am

      I can’t wait to try this!! I top my salads with baked sweet potato fries all the time, so this is just an easier way for my fork to grab it up!!!

    9. Sarah | Well and Full
      May 30, 2016 AT 12:18 pm

      I love the idea of using sweet potatoes as croutons! So healthy and delicious!

    10. Elizabeth Martin
      May 29, 2016 AT 12:29 pm

      These look really tasty! love the “crunchiness” xD

    11. Jill
      May 29, 2016 AT 8:09 am

      Looks great! I love adding sweet potatoes to my salads!

    12. Christine @ Run Plant Based
      May 28, 2016 AT 5:09 pm

      These look wonderful and love the simple ingredient list, thanks!

    13. Marsha
      May 28, 2016 AT 10:22 am

      This totally sounds like something I would love! I usually skip croutons, but I miss them 😉 Gonna pin this one to try soon!

    14. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
      May 28, 2016 AT 9:14 am

      I have always been a fan of croutons, so this is an amazing idea. Sweet potatoes are a favorite of mine so this is a win win recipe. Thank you. xo Lauren

    15. Dani @ Dani California Cooks
      May 27, 2016 AT 8:09 pm

      I could happily have sweet potatoes for every meal. Not sure why I don’t!

    16. Andrew
      May 27, 2016 AT 11:42 am

      These look amazing! What a great idea!

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