I love fries. All kinds of fries. Curly fries, seasoned fries, sweet potato fries, pub fries; I love them all.

Okay, okay and I love dipping them in ketchup. Phew, I’m glad I got that off my chest.  🙂

What I don’t love about fries are the oils that they are fried in, most commonly being Canola oil. NO THANK YOU. I’ve been avoiding canola oil for about 5 years now for two main reasons.

#1 Canola oil is a refined oil that’s often partially hydrogenated to increase its stability, but this increases its negative health effects.

#2 Over 90 percent of canola oil is genetically modified.

There are more reasons but maybe that should be a topic for another post. This post is about Homemade Sweet Potato Fries!  Sweet potatoes are well known for being the “healthy” potato. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. And to top if off they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus. That’s a powerful punch for a potato!

Add that to the all-mighty coconut oil, some sea salt and a few spices and you’ve got yourself a winner! These fries are easy to make and absolutely delicious. They are light on the seasoning because my 3.5 and 1.5 year old eat them. If I were making them for adults only I would probably double the paprika and black pepper amounts, and maybe even toss in a tad bit more cumin.

Homemade Sweet Potato Fries

Homemade Sweet Potato Fries

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (or 3 small ones)
  • 2 tbsp of melted coconut oil (you can use olive oil but because of the heat these are baked at I prefer using coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin

Instructions

  1. Preheat your over to 450F
  2. Peel your potatoes and cut into 1/4" thin strips. I normally have to cut the potato in half and then slice into strips from there so that they are a good length.
  3. Place the potato strips, oil and all spices into a bowl and toss. Continue until your potatoes are evenly coated.
  4. Place the fries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure to spread your fries out to create a single layer. This is crucial so that they cook evenly. If you pile them up they will be mushy.
  5. Cook for 30 minutes or until the edges are turning slightly brown. Flip the flies half way through. In my old house the fries were done right at the 30 minute mark. In my new house I have to leave them in for an additional 5 or 6 minutes (older oven).
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

They are light on the seasoning because my 3.5 and 1.5 year old eat them. If I were making them for adults only I would probably double the paprika and black pepper amounts, and maybe even toss in a tad bit more cumin.

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