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Baked Sweet Potato Recipe and Nutrition Facts

Updated on October 5, 2012
Baked sweet potato topped with brown sugar and cinnamon mixture, ready to eat
Baked sweet potato topped with brown sugar and cinnamon mixture, ready to eat | Source

The sweet potato is becoming very popular in North America. In the not-so-distant past it was usually reserved for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but people are now finding ways to use this versatile vegetable every day. Sweet potatoes can be used for main courses as casseroles, they can be used as a side dish or they can even be used in dessert such as cake.

I recently started eating sweet potatoes because I was getting tired of having regular potatoes almost every day. While I love regular potatoes, I decided I needed more variety in my diet. I browsed the Internet looking for recipes. I decided to start simply with just baking a sweet potato and found a few that suggested using brown sugar and cinnamon on top. Everyone has their own tastes and I slightly adapted the recipes I found to suit my own preferences.

Sweet Potatoes vs Yams

To most of the world, yams and sweet potatoes are completely different vegetables; they even grow differently. However, some sweet potatoes are mistakenly called yams in North America. These are actually related to the sweet potato and are not true yams. So basically, what many of us know as yam fries are actually sweet potato fries. Are you confused yet?

For the purpose of this article I will be calling them by their correct name, sweet potatoes.

Where do they Come From?

While sweet potatoes are believed to have originated in Central or South America, the majority are now grown in China.

However, most of the sweet potatoes used in the United States are grown here; North Carolina grows almost 40% of the United States crop.

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Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

I have made this recipe several times and it always turns out great. Baked sweet potatoes make a great side dish and go with any type of food.


  • 1 sweet potato, medium size
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 35 min
Yields: 1 baked yam
Raw sweet potato
Raw sweet potato | Source

Prepare the Sweet Potato

Warm up the oven to 400F. Choose a reasonable sized sweet potato, wash it thoroughly and dry completely with a towel. Pierce the sweet potato with a fork in a couple of places to let the juices out while cooking.

When the oven is hot enough place the sweet potato in the oven. Make sure you put it on a cookie sheet or a piece of aluminum foil since the sweet potato will leak. You don't want to have to clean your oven after making this tasty treat.

Cinnamon and brown sugar mixture
Cinnamon and brown sugar mixture | Source

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Mixture

Meanwhile, mix the cinnamon and brown sugar together in a small bowl; make sure you mix it well as you don't want to have spots on the cooked sweet potato that are too sweet or too cinnamony. The brown sugar I use is a combination of brown sugar and Splenda; it is less fattening and just as tasty.

Baked Sweet Potato

After an hour, check to see if the sweet potato is ready; if a fork goes through it easily it is ready.

Remove the sweet potato from the oven and slice it in half vertically. Top it with the butter or margarine; add salt if you desire but it's not really necessary.

Sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar on top of the sweet potato. Eat and enjoy!

The last time I made this baked sweet potato recipe I made it my meal. It is quite filling and satisfies several daily nutritional needs.

Selected Nutrition Facts of Sweet Potatoes

Calories per 100 g
Dietary Fiber
3.0 g
20.1 g
4.2 g
0.1 g
1.6 g
337 mg
30 mg
25 mg

China is the World's Major Producer of Sweet Potatoes


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  • Uninvited Writer profile imageAUTHOR

    Susan Keeping 

    6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    It could definitely work in a microwave.

    I had this tonight for dinner :)

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    Audrey Selig 

    6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    We love sweet potatoes and don't eat enough of them. We buy them and forget to use them. Anyway, it sounds easy, and the directions you gave are easy to follow. Would this work in the microwave for a quick meal? Thanks for comments on traffic today and use of third person. Good luck with your writing, and may you have lots of traffic. Eat those sweet potatoes.

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    Jools Hogg 

    6 years ago from North-East UK

    We are just getting into sweet potatoes lately as a change to normal spuds. I don't think I would have thought about a sweet topping like this but you've got me intrigued enough to try it.

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    Frieda Babbley 

    6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

    I love sweet potatoes. This is almost exactly how I make mine. I don't add the cinnamon. I should probably try that though, cinnamon is great for the circulation and all kinds of other things. And no, salt really isn't necessary, I agree. Don't think I've ever added salt. Fabulous hub!

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    Nell Rose 

    6 years ago from England

    Hi, I am actually going down the town now and buying one, I have never ever tried a sweet potato! How narrow is that? lol! and I like to experiment, so thanks for the great idea, cheers nell

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    6 years ago from Canada

    Sweet potatoes rock! (and, yes, yams do too!) The best part, if (and that is a BIG IF) there are any leftovers, you can mash them and have mashed sweet potatoes the next day. Its fabulous with the brown sugar and cinnamon. :) Thanks for highlighting the sweet potato!

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    Stephanie Hicks 

    6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Susan - love this recipe and all the information on the sweet potato. Alas, I am the only one in my family that enjoys sweet potatoes. But I'm still going to try this baked sweet potato recipe. Rated up! Good luck in the contest, Steph

  • LetitiaFT profile image


    6 years ago from Paris via California

    How simple! That's how I like recipes! Must try this. Thanks.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I like sweet potatoes and actually served the for dinner tonight. I haven't tried the brown sugar and cinnamon, but it sure sounds good. I always us a little butter. Thanks for the new recipe.

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    6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Thanks for the poutine reference. Never heard of that (not enough Canadian culture has come my way!), although there is a rich tradition here in the US of "cheesy" fries, but without the gravy.

    Yam or sweet potato, the cooking is the same, although I do mine in the microwave. I, also, find that one potato makes a satisfying meal, but the potato is sweet enough for me just the way it is...maybe just a bit of butter. :)

  • Uninvited Writer profile imageAUTHOR

    Susan Keeping 

    6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    I don't find them too sweet at all.

    And, denisemai... I don't do poutine but I'm sure someone has made it with sweet potatoes :)

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    6 years ago from Malaysia

    I love baked sweet potatoes but have not tried it with cinnamon. They are already sweet and with your added brown sugar, would it be too sweet? (The variety that we have here are naturally sweet) Will have to give it a try.

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    Denise Mai 

    6 years ago from Idaho

    I just googled it and I'm thinking I've probably never eaten a real yam way up here in north Idaho. It's tropical? Are the ones in cans actually yams? Do you put gravy and cheese on your yam fries like you do the regular fries? That was something I found unusual about Canada!

  • Uninvited Writer profile imageAUTHOR

    Susan Keeping 

    6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    I was confused too about yams vs sweet potatoes. Many restaurants around here have yam fries...but they are actually sweet potato :)

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    Susan Zutautas 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    This recipe sounds good. I think I need a change at Thanksgiving or Christmas too, so this year I'll try Baked yams.

  • Uninvited Writer profile imageAUTHOR

    Susan Keeping 

    6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    No, the yam has the white flesh and the sweet potato is orange.

  • denisemai profile image

    Denise Mai 

    6 years ago from Idaho

    I've never heard of yam fries. Doesn't the sweet potato have white flesh while the yam has orange flesh? Maybe that's just how they are labled here in Idaho. Very interesting hub. I didn't know there was protein in sweet potatoes. Now, however, I have a hankering for some sweet potatoes and it's still only breakfast time!

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    shea duane 

    6 years ago from new jersey

    I love sweet potatoes, but no one else in my family does. I'll try this recipe to see if I can encourage them, but so far I have failed. thanks.

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    James Paterson 

    6 years ago from Scotland

    looks tasty UW, thanks for sharing these mouthwatering treats.....jimmy


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