Spice Up Your Fall Baking With These Sweet Potato Recipes

We have a confession to make—in a world where the arrival of fall means an influx of pumpkin spice-flavored everything, we have to admit that we find pumpkin to be a bit overrated. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good slice of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, but pumpkin on its own is relatively bland, relying on the spices it’s prepared with for flavor. Sweet potato, on the other hand, has a somewhat nutty, caramelly taste that works perfectly in a variety of fall-inspired recipes. Read on for a few of our favorites.

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

We’re not really sure why cinnamon rolls are considered a breakfast food when they taste much more like a dessert, but at the same time, we’re not complaining. This recipe by Grandbaby Cakes is delicious any time of day, whether in the morning paired with a cup of coffee or as an indulgent nightcap following dinner. Whenever you enjoy it, be sure to top with plenty of brown butter cream cheese.

Sweet Potato Bars

With a buttery crust, gooey sweet potato filling, and a brown sugar crumble to top it all off, this recipe by The Almond Eater is a guaranteed hit whether you serve it at home or at a holiday party. It’s made with a mix of almond and coconut flour, so it’s a great option for anyone with gluten sensitivities and can be easily made vegan with oil or plant-based butter. 

Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Pumpkin cheesecake is a classic, it’s true, but the smooth, velvety texture of sweet potatoes elevates the dessert to a whole new level of deliciousness. This version by My Baking Addiction is prepared with a buttery gingersnap crust and a dash of pumpkin pie spice to round it all out with familiar fall flavors.