Sweet Potato and Apple fritters, perfect for baby led weaning, toddler snacks, lunchbox snacks or even a dinner side! Get a batch of these delicious fritters made in under 30 minutes. Freezer friendly, dairy free and with a gluten free option, they are sure to please the whole family. Super yummy, hot or cold.
Why you're going to love this recipe
Sweet potato fritters are a favourite at Kidgredients HQ. Both kids eat them, regardless of their contents, they also love these yummy chicken, haloumi and kale fritters and these zucchini, carrot and pea fritters are always a winner.
Here are the reasons why you're going to love these Sweet Potato and Apple Fritters:
- only 5 simple ingredients
- apple adds sweetness, making them irresistible
- quick and easy to make
- smooth texture that everyone loves
- freezer friendly
- dairy free
- gluten free option (and they still taste great!)
- flavour combo that kids love: simultaneously sweet and savoury
- no added salt- so baby friendly
- no need to get out the food processor or mixer
What goes into the recipe
don’t forget to scroll to the recipe card for quantities and the full method
- sweet potato- you need about 500 grams for it, unpeeled. Sweet potato is such a good source of Vitamin A, C, B6, dietary fibre, potassium, folate, niacin and calcium they also have the lowest GI of any root vegetable, so they are perfect for including in our diet. There are so many ways to use this versatile veggie, like strata bake, sweet potato fries or even sweet potato muffins!
- apples- for this recipe I've used Kanzi apples, but you could use any sweet red apple, pink lady, red gala, they will all do the trick. Grate them with the peel on after washing them.
- ground sage- so I actually make this in the spice grinder from my own sage when I've dried it, but it should be available in the spice section of the supermarket. Otherwise pop some dried sage into a spice mill. Substitutions: paprika for a bit more kick, ground cinnamon to make them sweeter.
- self raising flour- I have used self raising flour in these as it makes them lighter and fluffier. I like what it does texturally to fritters. Self raising flour is plain/ all purpose flour with the rising agent already in it. To make your own add 2 tsps of baking powder to plain flour. If you would like to make this recipe gluten free, I recommend quinoa flour and baking powder. It gives a really nice nutty flavour to these fritters, which works really well with the sweetness of the sweet potato and apple.
How to make this recipe
- Peel and dice the sweet potato, and then cook until mashable. I did this step in the microwave. (Image 1) Drain off as much liquid as you can.
- Grate the apple (I used a box grater). (Image 2)
- Mash the sweet potato. (Image 3)
- Mix in the grated apple (Image 4)
- Add the flour, egg and sage in a large bowl to the sweet potato mixture. (Image 5)
- mix until all combined. (Image 6)
- Grab tablespoonfuls and cook over medium heat with olive oil in a fry pan/ skillet. (Image 7)
- Flip when golden brown and cook until golden on the other side. (Image 8) Drain on paper towels.
Expert Tips and FAQs
The quickest way to cook the sweet potato is in the microwave, I just select "potatoes" and press go! That way they are cooked through to mashing.
In the fridge in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
Yes! These patties are best frozen on a baking tray/ baking sheet and then transferred to an airtight container when solid and will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Place parchment paper between layers so that they separate easily. You can reheat them in an oven if you want to serve them warm.
They are great for babies and toddlers just as they are, served with steamed veggies, poached chicken or even fish.
In lunchboxes they can go in the sandwich, or as a side.
They are great with a salad for a work from home lunch, or as a dinner side dish as well. They are a super versatile recipe that will really work at any time of day! If you would like a dipping sauce to go with them, they are delicious with ranch, or even yoghurt.
Often babies have sweet potatoes as one of their first mashed food. Loads of commercial baby foods include it as a main ingredient. because of it's texture and flavour, it's really appealing to babies and toddler. It's also full of good stuff, like Vitamin A, fibre and beta carotene. If you want more baby friendly sweet potato recipes, try these salmon and veggie balls, or these sweet potato and sweet corn fritters.
These are designed for babies and toddlers, so don't have any crazy amounts of spice or flavor. You can add salt, or pepper to the recipe or even half a teaspoon of garlic powder. Chili powder is great if you want extra heat, but a little goes a long way!
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Sweet Potato and Apple Fritters
- 500 grams sweet potato peeled, diced and cooked until mashable
- 2 large apples grated
- 1 egg
- 1 cup self raising flour
- ½ teaspoon ground sage
- Olive oil for frying
- Grate the apple into the mashed sweet potato.
- Add the sage, flour and egg.
- Mix to combine well.
- Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Fry tablespoonfuls of the mixture over medium- high heat until golden.
- Serve hot or cold.
Want to make these gluten free? 1 ⅓ cups quinoa flour works well with 2 tsps baking powder. Swap the ground sage for: cinnamon or paprika