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Sweet Potato Balls


Sweet Potato Balls

We all love fall cooking, especially around the holidays. Most of us have our favorite fall dishes that we could as sides for almost any meals or that we make a point to put out on the holiday table. Sweet potatoes are one of those dishes.

Everyone loves sweet potatoes and let’s face it, they are pretty easy to make. While you might not ever get tired of eating sweet potatoes the traditional way, it’s still fun to find ways to switch up your favorite recipe and turn it into something tasty and unique.

These Sweet Potato Balls are a nice twist on a classic recipe. They give you all the flavor and texture you love from sweet potatoes, but more freedom for creative service and easy portioning. The cornflakes on the outer crust give them a unique, crispy bite that you will find yourself craving often.

When To Serve Sweet Potato Balls

This Sweet Potato Balls recipe is so satisfying and easy to make that you will find yourself adding this side to your weekly menu. Kids love them because they fit into the palm of their hands and can be eaten without silverware. They also love the sweet taste and crunchy texture. Adults will also appreciate that crispy crunch and the classic flavors.

They are great to serve alongside your holiday meals or any dinner. You can even toss them in your lunchbox for a delicious lunch or snack. These balls even freeze nicely so you can make them ahead of time and bake them when you are ready to eat them.

Sweet Potato Balls rolled in sugar
Sweet Potato Balls rolled in sugar are a great snack for the whole family.

Sweet Potato Ball Variations

Another reason this sweet potato balls recipe is so great is because you can add other foods to create variations of the recipe. Just use the recipe as a base and add your favorite toppings. If you want more flavor and texture, consider adding some chopped nuts. If you would prefer a more savory Sweet Potato Ball, just leave out the maple syrup and marshmallow and add chopped onions, celery, and carrots to the balls.

You can even get the whole family involved with making them. Let kids pick what they want to add to their Sweet Potato Balls and help shape them. Chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, butterscotch chips, coconut flakes, and dried fruits are some other goodies you may want to consider adding to the recipe to increase the flavor and texture of this tasty side.

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Sweet Potato Balls

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  • Author: MomsWhoThink
  • Total Time: 52 minutes


  • 1 (40 ounce) can sweet potatoes, drained very well
  • 3 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cups crushed cornflakes cereal
  • ¾ cup real maple syrup
  • 10 large marshmallows


  1. Drain sweet potatoes and put into large mixing bowl.
  2. Mash the potatoes with butter or margarine.
  3. Salt to taste.
  4. Hand pat mixture into ten 2 inch diameter balls.
  5. Roll in crushed corn flakes and put into 9×12 inch greased baking dish.
  6. Pour maple syrup evenly over all balls.
  7. Bake at 325°F (165°C) for 40 minutes.
  8. The last fifteen minutes put a marshmallow over each ball.
  • Prep Time: 12
  • Cook Time: 40
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