These spiced sweet potato cookies are the perfect healthy real-food treat! They’re also easy to make and totally AIP and Paleo friendly.
It just gets me SO excited when I create a treat recipe that is also nutritious!
Obviously, I’m all about healthy eating… BUT that certainly does not mean treats are totally out of the question. It’s all about balance – right? And when your treat incorporates nutrients, like from sweet potatoes – even better!
What you need to make these sweet potato cookies
Well, obviously 😉 You’re gonna need some sweet potato.
Now you may be wondering if the sweet potato should be raw or cooked. And it is indeed raw. One cup of raw sweet potato chopped into 1 inch cubes is what you will be adding to the blender (I use the vitamix) or food processor. You may think it would be tough to purée but since you are processing with oil and applesauce, it works!
I have only tried these cookies with coconut flour. It’s possible it may work with other AIP flours but I haven’t personally tried it!
It can also be called arrowroot starch or arrowroot powder!
Coconut oil is my fave oil for paleo baking! Palm shortening would also work in this recipe.
Not only does the acidity of the applesauce help with activating the baking soda, it’s also adding fibre to these cookies! You’ll want to use unsweetened applesauce.
The baking soda gives these cookies a little lift. I did try making these without baking soda as I was out the other day – hate when that happens! Although the cookies still were tasty, the texture was just not the same. So you don’t want to skip on the baking soda!
Although the sweet potato and the applesauce add a bit of sweetness, I still add just a bit of maple syrup to round it out. You could skip the syrup if you’re really watching your sugars!
Cinnamon, Ginger, Mace, Cloves
Kind of the AIP version of pumpkin spice! Nutmeg is off limits while on the elimination stage of AIP but cinnamon, ginger, mace, and cloves are not! I promise you won’t miss the nutmeg!
All you need is a pinch 🙂
These spiced sweet potato cookies are the perfect healthy real-food treat! They're also easy to make and totally AIP and Paleo friendly.
- 1 cup raw sweet potato, chopped into 1-inch cubes
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder
- 1/4 tsp mace
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- pinch salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and purée until smooth.
- Drop by the TBS onto the prepared cookie sheet and with a spatula (or the back of a spoon) spread the cookies in a circular motion until they are approximately 2 inches wide.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
- Allow to cool.