How to Keep Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Recipes Healthy

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Dish up this mouthwatering crowd-pleaser at your next holiday gathering!

We know that holiday meal planning can be stressful. Not only are you looking for ways to entertain and create plenty of delicious foods for large groups of people, but you also want to keep things as healthy as possible. This means canned and boxed foods are not an option, even if they are faster and more convenient. When looking for healthy holiday meals, we like to let fresh, seasonal flavors shine. That’s why we love healthy slow cooker sweet potato recipes—they’re simple, flavorful, and very cozy for the holidays. 

How to Keep Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Recipes Healthy

slow cooker sweet potato recipes healthy

Want to know how to keep your slow cooker sweet potato recipes healthy and simple? This slow cooker recipe for healthy, savory sweet potatoes is a great way to provide a tasty dish without a lot of effort or added calories. Slow cooker foods can make your holiday meal planning a breeze! 

The secret to keeping slow cooker sweet potato recipes healthy is to let the natural sweetness of the potatoes shine. There’s no need to add excessive amounts of corn syrup or brown sugar—a little sprinkle of coconut palm sugar and some spices will help bring out the sweet potatoes’ natural sweetness and enhance their subtle, cozy flavors without masking them. 

Healthy Sweet & Savory Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes Recipe

4.77 from 17 votes

Slow Cooker Sweet & Savory Sweet Potatoes

This sweet and savory sweet potato recipe is the healthy version of a holiday favorite.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 0.67 cup
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or optional butter)
  • 2 sweet potatoes large, peeled or scrubbed well with the peel on (if organic) and diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Add extra-virgin olive oil to the slow cooker and preheat to high while preparing potatoes and garlic. Add potatoes and all remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and toss to combine.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5 hours. We recommend using a 4-6 quart slow cooker.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.67cup | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 10mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10
Keywords Gluten-Free, Holiday, Plant-Based, Slow Cooker

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It’s easy to keep slow cooker sweet potato recipes healthy. When cooked, sweet potatoes are naturally sweet and creamy, which means you really don’t need to add much to make them shine. Make this cozy, healthy holiday recipe for your next gathering with friends or family—we guarantee even the pickiest eaters will love it!

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    1. Tracy, YEAH!!! My mom will love hearing your feedback. These sweet potatoes go on our table every Thanksgiving and several times throughout the year. 🙂

  1. How many servings is this recipe? Since a serving size is 2/3 cup – does this make only 4 servings? Can the recipe be doubled? If so, how long should it cook?

    1. Jody, Yes…it makes about 4. I just made this yesterday and doubled the recipe. You'll need to use a 6 quart slow cooker and the time should remain the same. I'm not exaggerating when I say, "This is my all time favorite sweet potato recipe"! It's always on our Thanksgiving menu.

  2. Thank you!! Yes, I want to make this for Thanksgiving and will need to double the recipe. Sounds so good! Thank you!

  3. I love sweet potatoes and yams. Any recipe that I can find, using either, I have to try. these were awesomely good!

  4. These look yummy, I will definitely try them. Is there another ingredient pictured in the dish that isn’t on the ingredient list? Picture looks like it has mini meatballs or some other veggie in it along with the sweet potato

    1. Jeannie, I believe that is the peel, if you choose to leave the peel on. If the potatoes are organic, and you scrub them well, the peel can be left on if desired. Otherwise, we recommend peeling the potatoes for the recipe.

  5. Wow <3 my kitchen smelt amazing whilst these were cooking. I swapped sugar for honey as it was all I had. I doubled everything except honey, I just used an extra couple of tablespoons. I also used a Caribbean curry powder which worked really well with the cinnamon. This will make a lovely side dish for my famous jerk chicken and pineapple skewers.

  6. This is my new favorite recipe this year! I can’t get enough! I even used the same spices for a vegetarian dish. I’m in love!

    1. Rita, If you were here, I’d give you a high five!!! My holiday table always includes this recipe and it’s always a big hit. The curry, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, and black pepper makes this recipe…in my opinion. I came up with this recipe several years ago after researching what spices gp best with sweet potatoes. I’m so happy you enjoyed. 🙂

  7. This dish turned out amazing! My husband was totally impressed (he is the cook) so I am very thankful. It isnt often I find dishes that knock his socks off! Very unique flavors!

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