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4 from 6 votes

Sweet Potato Bites

These baked sweet potato bites are topped with ricotta cheese, pecans, pomegranate, honey and fresh thyme. They're the perfect blend of sweet and savory and are a quick and easy appetizer that everyone will love!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet potato bites
Servings: 8
Calories: 86kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes look for ones that are long and narrow
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup pomegranate
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme plus more for topping
  • freshly ground pepper
  • honey for drizzling
  • avocado oil cooking spray

Instructions

  • Cut sweet potatoes into ¼-inch thick rounds. Spray rounds with cooking spray, sprinkle on a little sea salt and bake at 375°F for 35 minutes, flipping once around the 15 minute mark.
    A sheet pan with 4x7 baked sweet potato rounds spread across it.
  • While the sweet potatoes are roasting, add the pecans to a small baking sheet and place in the heated oven for about 5-10 minutes to toast. You can toast pecan halves and chop after or toast chopped pecans. If your pecans are already chopped it will take less time for them to toast. This step is optional, but recommended.
    A sheet pan scattered with pecans, ready to be roasted.
  • Meanwhile, add ricotta into a food processor with 1 Tablespoon of fresh thyme and salt. Process until blended. 
    A food processor with freshly whipped ricotta and fresh thyme.
  • Let sweet potatoes cool for a few minutes, until they aren’t too hot to handle. Top each one with a spread of whipped ricotta, chopped pecans and pomegranate. Sprinkle on fresh thyme, drizzle honey, add fresh ground pepper and serve.
    Two identical plates holding sweet potato rounds with whipped ricotta, pomegranate arils, pecans and fresh thyme sprinkled on top.

Notes

  • Ricotta cheese: Use vegan ricotta if needed.
  • Pecans: If you don't have pecans or aren't a fan feel free to swap them with another nut like walnuts or almonds. For a nut-free option, pepitas would be delicious!
  • Pomegranate: Dried cranberries would be a good substitute. Just look for ones that are low-sugar or sweetened with just fruit juice.
  • Honey: I prefer the flavor of honey for this recipe, but I'm sure it would still be delicious with a drizzle of maple syrup or agave if you need a vegan option.
  • Fresh thyme: If you don't have fresh thyme, dried thyme will work. Just whip 1 teaspoon of dried thyme with the ricotta cheese and sprinkle some more on top.

Nutrition

Serving: 3sweet potato bites | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g