Super-Easy Vegan Oven-Roasted Caramelized Sweet Potatoes

oven carmalized vegan sweet potatoes
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Sometimes the easiest things are the best, and that is definitely true for these caramelized sweet potatoes! This recipe is a healthy way to enjoy sweet potatoes, and because it’s a baked sweet potato recipe you don’t even have to babysit it! What could be easier? Of course, it’s also true that while something can be easy as pie (or easy as sweet potatoes, in this case, even easier than pie!), if you don’t know about it, it doesn’t matter how easy it is. And that’s why we have written this up for you! And check it out, if you have a Costco nearby you can get 6 1/2 pounds of organic sweet potatoes for $10!

Here are the things that you will need for this super easy, super yummy recipe: a sweet potato (or sweet potatoes, plural, if that suits your need), vegan butter or margarine, and a heavy pan that heats evenly and can go in the oven (we’ll show you what we use, below). That’s it!

A word about the pan that we use for this recipe

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We received a Le Creuset enameled cast iron oval gratin pan as a gift 43 years ago! That thing still looks like new, it’s amazing! Unfortunately, Le Creuset no longer makes this pan in cast iron, only in stoneware, which just isn’t the same at all.

This pan is 43 years old! Look how great it looks!
le creuset oval gratin dish 24 flame oranege red

However, fortunately, this pan is also awesome, and a great price, so if you don’t have a heavy, enameled cast iron pan for general use, check it out – it would work perfectly for this recipe, and so much more!

This Bruntmore enameled cast iron pan will work too!
bruntmore enameled cast iron baking pan

In terms of what vegan butter or margarine you use, that’s up to you. We usually have Earth Balance in the house, but when we want to get fancy we use Miyoko’s vegan butter. Here’s the recipe!

Super-Easy Vegan Oven-Roasted Caramelized Sweet Potatoes


1 or more sweet potatoes, cut in half lengthwise
2 Tablespoons vegan butter or margarine


Preheat oven to 350°.

Place vegan butter in a heavy-bottomed pan, and place in oven until butter is fully melted.

Remove pan from oven (be careful, it will be hot!) and place the sweet potatoes, cut side down, in the pan. The “cut side down’ is really important, because you want the natural sugars in the sweet potatoes to caramelize from the contact with the hot, buttered pan.

Return the pan to the oven and bake for 1 hour or more, until a fork inserted into the top of one of the halves goes in easily (start checking for this at about 45 minutes, as how long it will take for the potatoes to be fully cooked will depend in part on the size of the potato halves).

Serve cut side up, garnished with either a sprinkling of salt, or a sprinkling of cinnamon, if you like.

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