Cinnamon Honey Sweet Potatoes

If you were around last year for my rant on topping sweet potatoes with marshmallows on Thanksgiving, you’d know that I absolute hate when people add unnecessary sugar to sweet potatoes. I mean, HATE it. Sweet potatoes are inherently, well, sweet and marshmallows have nothing to offer to enhance their character. I’m one of those people who’s perfectly fine roasting a foil-covered sweet potato in the oven (sans any additional ingredients) and when it’s done, ripping it open to enjoy all its juicy sweet goodness. But, sometimes you need to switch it up a little and that’s what I did last night.

By now you might be thinking to yourself “Hmm…so it’s not ok to add marshmallows or ‘sugar’ to your sweet potatoes but you can add this other stuff you’re about to mention?” And the answer is yes. Last night I topped my sweet potatoes with some cinnamon, ginger, orange juice and honey, all flavors that I thoroughly enjoy and thought would bring out a new flavor in my sweet potatoes. I fell in love with this recipe because I couldn’t have come up with a better ingredient combination myself.

Of course, it was easy too…

First, peel and chop your sweet potatoes.

Now, arrange them in a lightly greased dish.

If using fresh ginger, chop, peel and grate it so you have a teaspoonful to sprinkle over your sweet potatoes.

Sprinkle cinnamon on your sweet potatoes (I think I used it a bit too much…oops).

Next, add your honey…

…and lastly, your orange juice.

Voila! Stick them in your preheated 350-degree oven for 50-60 minutes and you’re set.

Overall, I think I added too much cinnamon and not enough honey and orange juice. I was hoping to get more of a gooey glaze at the bottom but there wasn’t enough liquid to go around. The recipe for 5 potatoes (I was only using 2) definitely didn’t have enough of each ingredient for all of those potatoes!

I’m submitting these to this month’s Potato Ho Roundup (a little event for all us potato lovers created by Cathy and Krysta). The October roundup is being hosted by….me! Tune in shortly for the roundup!

Cinnamon-Honey Sweet Potatoes

These fat-free potatoes are flavored with cinnamon, ginger, and more for a real sweet treat. I would use more honey and orange juice than stated in the recipe if you want a real glaze.


5 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tbsp. orange juice
1/4 cup honey


Preheat over to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9-inch baking dish with nonfat cooking spray. Arrange potato slices in bottom of dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon, ginger, orange juice and honey. Bake, covered, in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes until potatoes are soft and tender.

Serves 8.

More Sweet Potato Recipes:
Sweet Potato Latkes
Sweet Potato Chips
Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake

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  • noble pig

    These are awesome Hillary! Love the cinnamon.

  • Melissa

    How totally fantastic! You’re right about that combo, it just screams perfection.

    I remember that rant from last year and I was on the fence. ;)

  • Addie

    When I am wanting a filling snack, I will pop a sweet potato in the oven sans foil, break it open and load it with butter, salt and pepper. All the sweetness is right there. I always have one or tow on hand. But adding your ingredients sound enticing. What about sprinkling some pumpkin pie spice on the slices along with the orange juice? One time I made mashed sweet potatoes with butter and the pie mix. It was a hit with the family.

  • G M Goishi

    My daughter-in-law just bakes the whole sweet potatoes, do not peel (just wash and scrub). Rubs it with a little butter or extra virgin olive oil. Put in a baking dish, cover with aluminum foil and bake until done.

  • Ana

    I still love toasted marshmallows on sweet potatoes/yams. your recipe sounds delicious, but in our home MARSHMALLOWS rule. And they’re even better as left-overs!

  • Carolina

    I, too, love baked sweet potatoes, BUT I think wrapping them in foil is wrong. I bake them ‘naked’ which allows the sugars from the potatoes to brown and caramalise, and makes them sooo much better. I DO put some foil underneath, as cleaning the oven afterwards is too much work if you don’t, but wrapping them in foil allows them to ‘steam’, rather than bake, and the ‘caramel’ won’t develop. I add some butter and freshly ground black pepper, and call it a meal!!! Each year I look forward to the sweet potatoes coming to the markets.

  • carol heaston

    You all are making me very hungry. I have tried sweet potatoes all these different ways and also this way. Try a sweet potatoe baked, peeled ,add butter, pecans and poor some
    pancake syrup on it and mash together. GREAT!!

  • Chris

    While this was yummy I must say we love marshmallows on our sweet potatoes. Like the writer above, marshmallows rule in our house also.
    Regardless of what you think of them, it is a matter of personal taste.
    Of all the family and friends that like sweet potatoes they ALL love the marshmallows on top. Like eating candy.
    It is a staple dish during our special gatherings like Christmas and Thanksgiving.
    We’ll never make it any other way.

  • Kevin

    Nice way to enjoy sweet potatoes.

  • Yui

    Nice choice of seasonings. I love all the things you used for seasoning the potatoes. Can I change the orange juice into lemon? I think this can give extra sour taste to the potatoes. Thanks for the recipe. Cant wait to try tonight.
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