Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake

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Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake |

Tired of plain, baked yams as your go-to PWO carb supplement? This is a nice change of pace with a bit of a Thanksgiving twist. So easy.

I don’t use dried, sweetened cranberries, especially Ocean Spray or the like. They are usually loaded with sugar and tossed in canola oil (yuck). The apple and sweet potato will more than offset the tartness of the berries. I usually stock up with several bags of fresh cranberry this time of year and freeze them for convenient addition to any dish throughout the year.

Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake |

Ingredients for Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake

  • 6 small sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 apples, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries*
  • 2 Tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • A pinch of sea salt

Directions for Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (~190°C). Grease the inside of a large baking dish with coconut oil or ghee.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and apples. Chop into uniform pieces, ~1/2″ dice.
  3. Place half the chopped sweet potato/apple into the dish. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cranberries, half the cinnamon, and a pinch of sea salt.
  4. Repeat with remaining sweet potato, apple, cranberry, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Dot the top with small pieces of ghee or coconut oil.
  6. Bake covered  for ~1 hour or until the potato and apple have softened.

What do you think about the combination of apple and sweet potato?

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50 thoughts on “Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake

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  2. Kim

    Home alone this week, this will last a couple of meals, with some form of pork I am thinking! Yum!
    Don’t think I have ever seen fresh cranberries, so will try with a few organic dried ones I have.

    1. Steph Post author

      The organic dried ones would work but I think I’d sprinkle them on toward the end so they don’t burn :)

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  8. Jules


    I’ve been making a variation (add brussle sprouts, pear, and butternut squash) of this to go with dinner using whole cranberries and love it. Will definitely be trying this one for PWO. Thanks!

  9. Jess

    This is one of my first things to try cooking paleo and as I pulled it out of the oven my mouth was watering! It smells so good! Thanks for the simple instructions and good ideas.

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  11. Cristen

    SO good. Not a lot of work, very tasty AND I can (safely) eat it in the car post WOD on my way to work. So good! thanks!

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  13. Sarah Gardner

    Sorry if this is a stupid question (that’s never a good disclaimer, is it), but do you cover the dish with aluminum foil? I’m new to the world of cooking, as you can tell! LOL

    1. Steph Post author

      Hi Sarah…sorry it took me a while to reply, but yes, I cover it either with a glass lid or if you don’t have one for that dish, some foil.

  14. marla

    YUMMY- loved the Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake, however, could not find fresh or frozen cranberries in Florida in March…..So 30 mins into the cooking, I added a bag of frozen cherries- a bit of zing, but honestly a little too mushy….next year I will put away a few bags of cranberries in my freezer! thanks!

  15. Shannon

    Oooohhh….I was JUST thinking I need a new breakfast recipe. Thinking I may caramelize a couple of sliced sweet onions first and then mix them into the recipe prior to baking….and then top each serving with drippy eggs as a breakfast meal! Maybe with some chopped bacon sprinkled on top?

    Clearly I need to eat! LOL!

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  17. Kim S

    This has been one of my go to recipes since discovering it this past fall when I need to use up sweet potatoes (after buying too many at one time!). If you’re not watching sugar intake, sprinkling a pinch of coconut palm sugar between the layers and on top brings this dish a maple-y touch of sweetness that compliments it wonderfully. Yum.

  18. Azure

    I see you are using the white corning wear dish, any thoughts on using the ceramic covered metal over glass for baking?

    1. Steph Post author

      Hi there…if you’re referring to something like Le Creuset (porcelain over cast iron), I think it’s wonderful for baking. I haven’t been able to purchase any for myself yet, but I know many people who have it and love it :)

  19. Erin

    Thanks for the great recipe! It sounded so good for breakfast, so I included a pound of pork breakfast sausage in the baked dish, then served with runny eggs on top! I ate it for breakfast every day this week! It was phenomenal!

    1. Steph Post author

      Hi Laura! I’d recommend something like granny smith or Pink Lady. Something that has a more firm flesh will work best :)

    2. Laura

      Tat was supposed to be Steph, not Stephen. Stupid iPad was on auto-correct and I didn’t see it till afterwards. Sorry.

    1. Steph Post author

      Hi Leni,

      As a side dish, about 4-5. It sort of depends on how big your sweet potatoes are but I always have leftovers!

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