Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipe

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes are everything you love about Thanksgiving but in a simpler, easier-to-make form. These tasty spuds get the same touch of maple syrup and a little pumpkin spice that makes them perfect for holiday sides or as an anytime dinner!

Sweet potatoes are a great side dish for any occasion, but they really come into their own when served alongside other Thanksgiving favorites like turkey and dressing. This recipe will make your guests want to steal them from you before dinner’s ready!

roasted sweet potatoes with maple syrup

This roasted sweet potato recipe has all the flavor you’re craving a holiday side dish.

The holidays are right around the corner! It’s time to get your Thanksgiving menu planned and organized.

serving of roasted sweet potatoes and toasted pecans

What You’ll Love About This Recipe

This is a healthy holiday sweet potato recipe made with holiday spices and a touch of monk fruit maple syrup.

  • Super Easy: Roasted sweet potatoes are incredibly easy to make.
  • Savory-Sweet: A touch of pumpkin spice and rosemary give these sweet potatoes an unbeatable flavor combination. Crunchy toasted pecans top this recipe off!
  • Healthy: These sweet potatoes are sweetened with just a hint of maple syrup. Skip the sugar-laden sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows.
healthy roasted sweet potatoes for thanksgiving

Ingredients You’ll Need

ingredients for roasted sweet potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes: You’ll want 3 to 4 sweet potatoes for this recipe. I usually buy one sweet potato for every two guests.
  • Maple Syrup: You can use real grade A maple syrup or Lakanto’s sugar-free maple syrup.
  • Pumpkin Spice: You can use any brand you like or make you own with my Homemade Pumpkin Pie Seasoning Recipe.
  • Pecans: Nuts are optional in this recipe. I like the texture that toasted pecans give this recipe.
  • Fresh rosemary: Fresh rosemary gives this recipe a lovely savory flavor.
roasted sweet potatoes with pumpkin spice and roasemary

Homemade Pumpkin Spice

I make my own Pumpkin Pie Spice. It’s easy and tastes way better than store-bought.

You’ll need…

  • 7 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons of ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of ground nutmeg
pumpkin pie spice in a spice jar

How to make roasted sweet potatoes

  1. Peel and Slice: Peel and slice the sweet potatoes. You can also make this recipe with diced sweet potatoes. Add them to a large bowl.
  2. Season: Season the potatoes with the Pumpkin Spice blend, the rosemary, and a little salt. Then add the maple syrup and toss well.
  3. Assemble:
  4. Roast: Add a little coconut oil to the potatoes and toss well. Roast until the potatoes are tender and golden brown.
Sliced sweet potatoes, roasted with pumpkin pie spice and rosemary, topped with roasted pecans

FAQs and Expert Tips

Can you make sweet potatoes the day before Thanksgiving?

Yes, these roasted sweet potatoes can be made ahead and then reheated on Thanksgiving day.

How to reheat roasted sweet potatoes?

Preheat the oven to 375℉. Cover the baking dish with foil and put them into the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

More Holiday Side Dish Recipes

When you are planning a Holiday menu, side dishes are supporting cast. And many times Thanksgiving side dishes are what you remember most.

We always remember the classics like Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Sausage and Apple Stuffing, and Cranberry Sauce.

It’s never a bad idea to introduce new favorites like a Crisp Fall Harvest Salad or Dumpling Noodles.

Hungry for Holiday Desserts

Holiday dessert recipes are what make Thanksgiving even more memorable.

Thanksgiving pies are always a perfect fit for the holiday table. Whip up a classic Pumpkin Pie or Sweet Pecan Pie.

Sometimes bringing a new classic to the table is a refreshing change. Try a new Thanksgiving dessert this year like Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. Or serve a big plate of Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting or Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

easy holiday roasted sweet potatoes

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Mildly sweet and spicy roasted sweet potatoes with maple syrup and pecans. This is a healthy version of holiday sweet potatoes. This roasted sweet potato recipe is perfect for the holidays but you don't wait for a holiday to make them. This healthy side dish is good enough to eat all year round.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 202 kcal



  • 4 lbs garnet yams, approximately 3 to 4, peeled and sliced. [Note 1]
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, or Lakanto maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely minced
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups pecan, whole or coarsely chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 425 ℉.
  • Peel and dice the sweet potatoes.
  • Toss with oil, maple syrup, rosemary, pumpkin pie spice, salt and pecans.
  • Place the sweet potatoes and nuts on a baking sheet or in a roasting pan. Cover with foil and roast for 10 minutes at 425℉.
  • Reduce the temperature to 350℉ and then cook until the potatoes are tender. Approximately 20-30 more minutes. Oven cooking times may vary. 
  • Remove the foil and let the sweet potatoes turn a golden brown in the oven.

Laura’s Tips + Notes

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
Makes about half of a cup. 
  • 7 Tbsp of cinnamon
  • 5 Tbsp of ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp of ground cloves
  • 2 Tbsp of ground nutmeg
  1. You can also make this recipe with diced sweet potatoes. 


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Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 333mgFiber: 5gSugar: 12gCalcium: 66mgIron: 1.2mg
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