Preview This gooey baked cinnamon sweet potato medallions recipe will have your kids begging to eat their veggies!
Gooey marshmallows, warm cinnamon, and savory baked sweet potatoes come together in this easy veggie side dish your family will love! Pefrect for Thanksgiving dinner or to make as an easy weeknight side dish that will have your kids begging to eat their veggies!
How old were you when you started eating sweet potatoes? Did you eat them all your life? I think I was almost 20 years old before I ever tasted a sweet potato. I don’t know why we never ate them as kids but I never even tasted one until I worked in a steakhouse in college.
And wow. It’s a veggie that tastes like dessert. You can even add cinnamon, sugar, honey, or marshmallows!
Did you know they aren’t related to white potatoes? They are actually in different botanical families (source). Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and also contains healthy minerals such as iron, calcium, vitamins B & C, as well as being high in beta-carotene (a powerful antioxidant!).
Being so high in vitamins and minerals, I try to include them as part of a healthy eating plan as often as possible but how many baked sweet potatoes can a person eat?! One Thanksgiving, I wanted to switch it up and try out a Cinnamon Sweet Potato Medallions recipe. Now I am addicted. They are easy to make, healthy, and have an added trick to get the kids to eat some too!
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What can I do with a sweet potato?
Sweet Potatoes are very versatile!
You can baken them by lining a baking tray with parchment paper, then put 5 (pre-washed) sweet potatoes on the tray. I poke each one a few times with a fork and brush with olive oil before baking at 375 for about 35 minutes. Use an oven mitt to check that the sweet potatoes are soft before removing from the oven and allowing to cool. Add butter, marshmallows, brown sugar, cinnamon, or any combination of those for a delicious baked sweet potato!
You can also bake them just for mashing. I love to mash the sweet potatoes into a side dish that tastes just like pumpkin pie! This easy mashed sweet potato recipe is my family’s favorite way t0 eat sweet potatoes and the entire bowl is gone every single time! (If you have to peel them- THIS has been a total lifesaver!)
You can also bake them in slices and top with cinnamon like this:
How to make cinnamon sweet potato medallions recipe
(Note: In the past 2 years, we have moved to a more natural lifestyle. All-natural/healthier options are listed in parentheses when noted.)
Ingredients for sweet potato medallions:
Ingredient amounts will vary based on the number of sweet potatoes used!
-Cover baking pan with foil (or this unbleached, chlorine-free parchment paper) and preheat oven to 350 degrees
– Wash sweet potatoes
– Cut into quarter-inch slices and place in a single layer on a baking pan
– Once all slices are placed, spray with a light coating of cooking spray then sprinkle with ground cinnamon
– Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes
– If you are adding marshmallows- at the 20-minute cooking mark, carefully remove pan and add marshmallows to the top of sweet potato slices (the pan will be HOT so use potholders or an Ove glove).
– Cook 5 additional minutes
– Allow to cool then drizzle with honey or sugar (optional)
This sweet potato medallions recipe can be an excellent healthy side dish. It can also be a great way to get the kids to eat sweet potatoes when you melt a marshmallow on top and add a little drizzle of honey. The first time I made these, my three-year-old ate at least three servings; she kept asking for more! I love tricks that allow me to get healthy foods into their diets in a recipe that they enjoy. Win-win!
I also found a way to make my mashed sweet potatoes taste just like pumpkin pie!
- sweet potatoes
- ground cinnamon
- cooking spray
- Ingredient amounts will vary based on the amount of sweet potatoes used
- Cover baking pan with foil (the non-stick foil works best!) and preheat oven to 350
- Wash sweet potatoes
- Cut into quarter inch slices and place in a single layer on baking pan
- Once all slices are placed, spray with a light coating of cooking spray then sprinkle with ground cinnamon
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes
- If you are adding marshmallows- at the 20 minute cooking mark, carefully remove pan and add marshmallows to the top of sweet potato slices.
- Cook 5 additional minutes
- Allow to cool then drizzle with honey or sugar (optional)
I hope this sweet potato medallions recipe helps to get your kids to eat their veggies!