Healthy Snacks: Maple-Chili Sweet Potato Spread

September 22, 2014

If I had to choose, sweet potatoes would rank high on my list of favorite foods, nestled snugly in between kale and tahini. I love sweet potatoes in many preparations: baked, steamed, sautéed, juiced…I’m convinced my beloved sweet potato can do no wrong. In this recipe, I tried to elevate this special tuber with warming spices and a touch of sweetness, pureed into a silky smooth spread.


Maple Chili Sweet Potato Spread

(Makes about 1 1/2 cups)


2 small sweet potatoes or 1 large

2 teaspoons chili powder

1-1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup



1. Steam or bake sweet potatoes until they are soft and can be easily pierced with a fork.

2. In a food processor, scoop the insides into the bowl of a food processor, along with chili powder and maple syrup to taste.

3. Process sweet potatoes until they have reached a very creamy consistency. Serve!

Despite this being a rather simple recipe, the maple chili flavors are complex and contribute a very autumnal flavor. I like to serve this dip with crackers, vegetable crudites, on collard wraps, or by the spoonful!

Do you also love sweet potatoes? What’s your favorite way to eat them?

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Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Also by Molly: Orange-Cinnamon Quinoa Porridge with Caramelized Figs




Photo: Molly Lansdowne

Contributing Editor Molly Lansdowne lives in Boston, Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys writing, practicing yoga, and traveling around New England. Follow Molly on Pinterest @bostonvegan and Instagram @molly_lansdowne.


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