Purple Sweet Potato Energy Bites

May 10, 2022

Purple sweet potatoes give these energy bites a fun color and tons of antioxidants and fiber. We’ve kept this recipe simple (vegan and nut-free!), but feel free to jazz these up with your favorite mix-ins! Other great additions could be chopped nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, chia seeds, flax seeds, almond butter, etc. 


Makes 14




5 small to medium Local Roots purple sweet potatoes (around 2 cups, cooked)

1 cup Local Roots rolled oats

4 large dates

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. cardamom

½ cup shredded coconut flakes, unsweetened

2-4 Tbsps. water, as needed


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash the sweet potatoes and prick all over with a fork to release steam while baking. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until fork tender all the way through. Set aside to cool.

2. In a small bowl, soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes. Remove from the water and remove the pits, if your dates have them.

3. In a food processor, blitz the oats, dates, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom until just mixed.

4. When the sweet potatoes are baked and cooled, remove the skins. Discard the skins and add the sweet potatoes to the food processor.

5. Blend the sweet potatoes into the oat mixture until smooth, adding in water a tablespoonful at a time if the mixture seems dry.

6. To a small bowl, add ½ cup of shredded coconut flakes. Roll the sweet potato mixture into 1” balls, then individually roll in the shredded coconut.

7. Store in the fridge and snack whenever you need an energy boost!


This recipe was created by Local Roots contributor Irena Huang / @irena__huang

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