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Recipe: Sweet Potato French Fries

Published August 26, 2011 8:24 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Last week I posted my own recipe for "Classic French Fries". They are a slightly healthier baked version of the traditional deep fried fry, using just olive oil, salt and pepper with some additional flavor tips for making them extra delicious! That recipe and the one I am going to share today have both become favorites at my house!

Of course, who doesn't love a well-made french fry? They really have become a staple in America's kitchens and restaurants, and even picky eaters tend to enjoy the salty crispy crunch of a good ol' fashioned fry! So, if your child is one of those choosy eaters and you would like to vary the flavors as well as the nutrients that your little one is getting, this recipe is a perfect pick!

Sweet Potato French Fries


  • Sweet potatoes
  • Light canola oil
  • Sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Clean and cut your sweet potatoes into french fry shapes, leaving the skin on
  3. Place all the cut, uncooked fries into a bowl and coat with 2-3 tablespoons of light canola oil, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Season with sea salt
  5. Spread out evenly on a greased baking sheet (use more of the light canola oil) and cook for approximately 20 minutes total. Make sure you flip the fries once or twice so that they cook and get crispy evenly.

Tips: Try seasoning these fries with cinnamon and a teaspoon of vanilla extract, which will make these potatoes into a delightfully sweet but still healthy treat! The sea salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract medley create a flavor explosion when you bite in! Keeps everyone coming back for more!

Mixing Tips: Have your picky eater help you mix the cut fries in the oil, line the fries up on the baking tray and shake on the sea salt! These are easy and safe ways to get picky eaters involved in the kitchen!

Dipping Tips: Many children love to dip their foods, which is also a wonderful way to expand their acceptance of a variety of foods. After your sweet potato French fries are cooked, try dipping them in some warmed maple syrup for some added yum!



Hi Stefanie,

Great seeing you still at some great blogging!  Is the little one in the high chair your child?  I am still working in an aquatic setting and on my way to SoCal to try out a traveler's SNF position just for 13 weeks of fun!  And to scout out some aquatic settings and opportunities!

Keep up the good work.  Also remember that juices can be used in smoothies for those that are lactose intolerant or prefer to avoid dairy...

I love your work and enthusiasm!


Susan B. Nachimson, SLP August 27, 2011 11:42 AM
Garberville CA

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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