Slow Cooker Sweet & Savory Sweet Potatoes

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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, 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.

This slow cooker recipe for healthy savory sweet potatoes is a great way to provide a tasty dish without a lot of effort. Slow cooker foods can make your holiday meal planning a breeze!

Slow Cooker Sweet & Savory Sweet Potatoes

This sweet and savory sweet potato recipe is the healthy version of a holiday favorite.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten-Free, Holiday, Plant-Based, Slow Cooker
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Gale Compton


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil optional butter
  • 2 sweet potatoes large, peeled or scrubbed well and 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, toss to combine.
  • Cover and cook on high 2-3 hours or low 4-5 hours. We recommend using a 4-6 quart slow cooker.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.


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

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22 Comments on "Slow Cooker Sweet & Savory Sweet Potatoes"

  1. Jennifer  August 20, 2012

    I do not have coconut palm sugar. Could I use something else like truvia?

    • Skinny Ms.  August 21, 2012

      Jennifer, I would use honey if sucanat or coconut palm sugar aren't available.

  2. laura  August 20, 2012

    What is the serving size for this?

  3. Christine  October 9, 2012

    Just made these! Yummy

    • Skinny Ms.  October 10, 2012

      Thank you! These go on our Thanksgiving table every year!

  4. Tracy  October 17, 2012

    this is by far the best way i have ever cooked sweet potatos!!..amazing!

    • Skinny Ms.  October 18, 2012

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

  5. Jody  November 9, 2012

    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?

    • Skinny Ms.  November 9, 2012

      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.

  6. Jody  November 9, 2012

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

  7. Judy Lechleitner  December 1, 2012

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

  8. Jeannie  December 23, 2015

    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

    • Melissa Florero  December 23, 2015

      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.

  9. Melissa  October 9, 2016

    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.

    • Nichole  October 10, 2016

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe, Melissa! The amazing aroma is an added bonus!

  10. Rita  December 26, 2016

    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!

    • Gale Compton  December 26, 2016

      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. 🙂

  11. Eno  November 20, 2018

    This looks and sounds yummy.but I miss something..
    Does it steam in the pot with the olive oil alone? No water?

    • Gale Compton  November 20, 2018

      Eno, This recipe is amazing!!! No water needed. The oil works just fine. 🙂

  12. Michelle Boyer  September 3, 2019

    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!

    • Nichole Furlong  September 5, 2019

      We’re glad you and your husband loved the recipe, Michelle!


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