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Easy Baked Purple Sweet Potato Fritters

Sweet purple potatoes are balanced off with a smattering of harissa, coriander, ginger, and garlic in these easy, baked sweet potato fritters.
Tasty and nutritious, these fritters are a fun and nutritious addition to your Halloween table or your side dish rotation.

Fun Vegan purple sweet potato fritters on a silver platter

If you are looking for a tasty and unique side dish to add to your Halloween table or your side-dish rotation, these Baked Purple Sweet Potato Fritters are it!

Made with just a handful of nutritious ingredients, these little delicious baked purple sweet potato fritters are so easy to make. And, so much fun to eat – don’t you think?

These fritters are ever so slightly crispy on the outside, with a soft interior. And, they are such a delightful balance of flavors.

There’s the sweet purple potato that is balanced off with smoky harissa, warm coriander, and if you choose, spicy cayenne. Sauteed garlic, ginger, and red onion round up the flavor fiesta that make up these fritters.

These fritters are a favorite in our home as they are:
• Sweet, spicy, & savory,
• So tasty,
• Gluten-free,
• Plant-based,
• Easy to make,
• Did I mention, so tasty?
• And, made with only 8 ingredients!

Ingredients to make purple sweet potato fritters aka one-eyed purple people eater on a wooden board.

What are the ingredients needed to make these Easy Baked Purple Sweet Potato Fritters?

You need the following 9 ingredients to make these:

  1. Red onion
  2. Garlic
  3. Ginger
  4. Harissa
  5. Coriander 
  6. Cayenne (optional)
  7. Parsley
  8. Almond flour
  9. Purple sweet potato (cooked)

I have often mistaken Purple sweet potato for ube. To me, they look very similar from the outside. They are both members of the tuber family. However, they do differ in taste. Purple sweet potatoes are a bit sweet and savory all at once – which is why they are delicious in a savory mash or in these fritters just as much as they are in this pie.

On the other hand, Ube is sweet and is said to taste like a combination of vanilla and pistachio. Which is why it is often used in desserts. For my birthday this year, my daughter and I shared a slice of ube cake we got from a little bakery in New York. And that slice was so filling and delicious!

But, I digress…

Back to these fritters…

Earlier, I mentioned these fritters were easy to make. You start off by cooking your purple sweet potato. You can cook it in either of two ways:
1) boil it for 30-35 minutes {or until it is tender when prodded with a fork} and,
2) wrap it in foil and bake it at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until it is tender.
Do keep in mind that boiling and baking times will vary depending on the thickness/size of your potato.

One of the steps is Mixing all the ingredients together

After the purple sweet potato is cooked, then peel and mash it. Then it’s just a matter of sauteing some onion, ginger, and garlic together. Adding the sauteed mix to the peeled and mashed purple sweet potato along with spices and almond meal.

You can use a spoon or your fingers. When all the ingredients are mixed well, then gather up a scoop of the mixture and form it into the fritters you see here.

Well formed Sweet potato fritters before they are baked

Once the mixture is used up, you can bake the fritters or air fry them. I baked these for 30 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit which resulted in these that were slightly soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. I have also made batches that I baked longer that ended up a bit more crisper. I am including these options in the recipe card below.

A tray with harissa spiced purple sweet potato fritters .

My daughter and I enjoyed these fritters with some scrumptious pumpkin chili sauce as well as some creamed avocado.

I decided to have a bit of fun and decorate these as the one-eyed purple people eater. I did this by adding a bit of the creamed avocado to highlight the eyes. Then I added on a sliced black olive and topped it with a bit of the pumpkin chili sauce. I also cut up some avocado in the shape of a mouth and added some unsweetened coconut flakes for teeth – as you can see below.

A tray with tasty and fun Vegan one eyed purple people eater fritters.

If you are looking for a fun and healthy side dish that is sure to be a conversation starter, then do give these a try.

Please do let me know in the comments below your thoughts on this dish. If you make this, please do tag @savoryspin on Instagram to have your post shared or Pinterest to let me know.

A tray with harissa spiced purple sweet potato fritters .

Easy Baked Purple Sweet Potato Fritters

Yield: 12-13
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Sweet purple potatoes are balanced off with a smattering of harissa, coriander, ginger, and garlic in these easy, baked sweet potato fritters. Tasty and nutritious, these fritters are a fun and nutritious addition to your Halloween table or your side dish rotation.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • I red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch chunk of ginger (approx 3 tsp grated fresh ginger)
  • 2 tsp harissa
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cayenne (optional)
  • 1 boiled or baked purple sweet potato (approx. 1 & 3/4 cup purple sweet potato mashed)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. First off prepare the purple sweet potato. I placed one in a large pan, covered it with water, and set it to boil for 30 minutes. When it was tender when prodded with a fork, I took it off the stovetop.
  2. Peel off the outer flesh and mash the inside purple sweet potato in a large bowl.
  3. Peel and chop the onion, garlic, and ginger.
  4. Add the EVOO to a large pan and add in the chopped onion, ginger, and garlic. Saute for 10 minutes or until slightly browned, stirring often. Remove pan from heat.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Add the sauteed onion, ginger, and garlic into the large bowl with the mashed purple sweet potato.
  7. Add the almond flour, harissa, coriander, cayenne (optional), parsley, into the same bowl and mix well.
  8. Scoop up a handful and form into a patty. Repeat until all the mixture is used up. You should have 12-13 patties/fritters.
  9. Place these fritters on a parchment or Silpat lined baking tray.
  10. Spray fritters with cooking spray or lightly brush with some EVOO.
  11. Then bake for 30-35 minutes at 375 degrees.

    *For a crisper fritter, bake for 40-45 minutes.
    **AIR FRY OPTION: Set air fryer to 400 degrees, spray fritters with cooking spray or brush with some EVOO, and air fry fritters for 15 minutes. At 15 minutes, flip them over and air fry for 15 more minutes.

Notes

Disclaimer: do keep in mind that ovens and air fryers differ and timing will have to be adjusted to accommodate.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 51Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 114mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 1g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an approximation only. Savory Spin makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Please do consult a professional nutritionist for more accurate information. Please do keep in mind that prep times, cooking times, etc, are provided as guidelines as there are so many variables at play.

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Love sweet potatoes and love fritters. So of course you KNOW I'll love this! Really neat dish -- thanks.

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Love the dramatic colour of purple sweet potato..these fritters look too darn good to miss in life!

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I really should use purple sweet potatoes more often - what a fun idea! (First I have to find those purple sweet potatoes, though...I'm not sure if I'm seen them around here or not.) And on a side note, I should make potato fritters sometime as a way to mix up the dinner side dishes!

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