Spinach Sweet Potato Tater Tots (Toddler Approved!)
- October 9, 2019
- Last Updated: November 14, 2022
- 26 Comments
These Spinach Sweet Potato Tater Tots are a fun way to offer nutrient dense toddler vegetable recipes to your little ones. Packed with iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and carbohydrates, this veggie tots recipe is great for meal prep and the side to any meal.
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I feel fortunate that my children enjoy fruits and vegetables – more tips on how to get toddlers to eat vegetables!
Obviously, we go through stages and they change their minds from time to time (kids love one thing one day and hate it the next), but overall, both girls are pretty good at eating a variety of foods.
From these sweet potato tater tots to sweet potato zucchini muffins, there are lots of fun recipes that include veggies that don’t taste like veggies and can get nutrition into your little people!
Ingredients for Sweet Potato Tater Tots
To make these easy, baked sweet potato tater tots, you need:
- sweet potatoes
- shredded cheese of choice
- spices – I used Italian seasoning, sea salt and garlic powder
How To Make Healthy Veggie Sweet Potato Tots
First, you’ll cook your sweet potatoes. I love to microwave mine, because it takes 6-8 minutes.
If you have an instant pot, it takes 14-18 minutes. Or, of course, you can bake them but that’s the longest time method.
Then while the sweet potatoes are cooling, you’ll shred your spinach. I love to use a mini food processor for this.
Then, you’ll remove the skin from the cooled sweet potatoes and mix the mash with the shredded spinach. If you’re wondering how to hide veggies in foods for toddlers, this is an easy way to do it with spinach.
But, a different perspective is to perhaps show them the ingredients ahead of time or have them help you mix it!
Sweet potato spinach baby food is another great option for this mixture.
Then, you’ll add the breading mixture in with the sweet potatoes and spinach.
Form into small tater tot shapes and put in the oven. This is among the best healthy recipes for toddlers.
How Long Do Veggie Tater Tots Take?
Not long! You can have these healthy sweet potato tater tots on the table in under 45 minutes, and even quicker if you do some prep ahead of time.
Veggie tots make for a perfect meal prep side, too (more easy meal prep recipes here).
Best of all, make a bunch and then freeze them for easy freezable toddler meals.
We love to serve these sweet potato tots with ketchup, guacamole or hummus depending on my mood or what Camryn is currently eating for the week 🙂
Another easy sweet potato recipe for your toddlers are these air fried sweet potato wedges. Easy and wide enough for babies to hold!
How to Get Toddler to Eat Vegetables
Here are some of my top tips for getting your toddler to eat more vegetables, like these veggie tater tots.
I don’t think there’s any one secret here. Every child is different, obviously.
But I DO think that how we approach fruits and vegetables makes a big difference in our kids’ attitudes.
For example, if you’re not someone who eats many fruits and vegetables yourself, it’s not likely that your child will just go ahead and enjoy broccoli, asparagus or berries on their first attempt.
We all want more toddler vegetable recipes that our kids will actually eat. But as a parent, you need to model them yourself. Show that you enjoy eating them.
- Keep serving them – Brainstorm a bunch of healthy meal ideas for toddlers and try a few new ones each week. Then try the same ingredient in a different recipe. The Cleveland Clinic states that children may need to try a new food 10 or more times before they accept it.
- Have them available – This goes back to the prep you can do ahead of time! Try some of these baby muffin recipes, there are several ideas for veggie muffins for toddlers and healthy food ideas for kids. There are even some spinach recipes for toddlers.
- Incorporate them into foods you already eat – For example, these spinach waffles work great as baby waffles and you don’t even taste the spinach. Or, popsicles are always a favorite and these pineapple coconut popsicles are great for babies and toddlers! Just omit the honey if serving to babies under 1.
- Let them choose how much to eat – I know we’re tempted to say “One more bite!” but we have to let them learn to trust their instincts. This sets the foundation for a positive, happy relationship with food where there is no force feeding.
Children learn to eat based on their hunger and fullness cues, which I think are far more important than temporary stages where they won’t eat certain vegetables.
Yes! Make sure to let them cool completely. I like to then store them in a stasher bag or tupperware freezer-safe container. To reheat, put them back in the oven until they reach desired crispness.
You can store them in the fridge for up to 4 days. They may lose a little crispness when reheating, so make sure your oven stays warm before putting them in, or add a little broil on at the end!
Yes, you can leave out the spinach. You don’t really taste it, and it gives these sweet potato tater tots a nice nutrition boost! But, just omit if you prefer to leave it out.
Spinach Sweet Potato Tater Tots
These Spinach Sweet Potato Tots are a fun way to offer nutrient dense toddler vegetable recipes to your little ones. Packed with iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and carbohydrates, this veggie tots recipe is great for meal prep and the side to any meal.
- 2 cups sweet potatoes (about 2 medium), mashed
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- 1 T Italian seasoning
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 375.
- While oven is preheating, microwave sweet potatoes for 5-6 minutes, or until softened. Let them cool.
- Add spinach to blender or food processor and process until it has a shredded texture.
- Once sweet potatoes have cooled, separate filling from skin. Discard skin or save it for future use. Mix sweet potato filling with shredded spinach.
- Prepare breading by mixing breadcrumbs, egg, shredded cheese and spices.
- Add breading mixture to sweet potato mixture. Shape batter into tater tot shapes (I made 30-35 tots) and spread over baking sheet with parchment paper, spacing about
½-1 inch apart.
- Bake for 28-30 minutes or until slightly browned on the edges.
- Serve with ketchup, guacamole or hummus.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 693mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g
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Made these and they are delicious but mine never turn out brown like the picture more green from the spinach am I doing something wrong ?
can you use something in place of eggs? i know my daughter would love these, but she’s allergic to eggs!
Making these now 🙂 Can you freeze after baking them?
Yes, that shouldn’t be a problem! I hope you like them 🙂
Great recipe! I used oats (grind into fine powder) instead of bread crumbs (as I never have bread crumbs in my pantry) and lightly fried them as patties instead of baking as tots. Tastes great. Only wondering if the batter will stay in the fridge for a couple of days?
Thank you for sharing your substitution, Smita. I’m so happy you like it! I think the batter should be fine in the fridge for a day or two, but I wouldn’t go over two days. Please do share if you try it because I didn’t test it.
Can you make ahead and freeze?
Hi Monique, I think you should be able to but I have not tested! If you have your tater tots shaped, I’d place them in a plastic bag in the freezer. Let them thaw in the fridge overnight before you’re ready to cook them.
Difficult to read lime green type that is used.
Hi PJ – thanks for the feedback. I changed the hyperlink text to orange within the post – hopefully that would help.
I LOVE TOTS! Homemade is ever better! And these look amazing. Cannot wait to try. 🙂
Hope you enjoy them!
These look so delicious and fun to make with little ones. Saving this one for a game-day snack.
What a great recipe! I’ve been looking for some things to make for the babies and this looks like a great option.
Yum! These look so delicious! A perfect, healthy food for toddlers. My big kids would love these too 🙂
Yes, they are great for all ages.
This is such a fun toddler friendly recipe! Tots are always a good idea
I have always thought it was so interesting that when my kids help me make the food, they are 100% more likely to try it and like it. haha. Funny how that works! This is a great kid-friendly recipe here!
It’s such a fun thing – and it makes such a big difference!
Well count me in for those! Spinach and sweet potatoes = yum!
This sounds like a great idea to get veggies into anyone’s diet, no just toddlers! It’s crazy to think kids need to have a food 10+ times before they like it.
Do you think these would still stick together if the cheese is omitted?
Yes, I think they should because the sweet potatoes are sticky, plus you have the egg as a binder! Let me know if they do.