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29 Sweetpotato Recipes for Toddlers

These sweetpotato recipes for toddlers are so helpful in introducing new foods and flavors to little mouths.

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As the parent of a toddler, you’re probably aware that toddler likes and preferences change so rapidly.

One day they’ll eat everything you cook. The next, they aren’t interested in the food(s) they previously enjoyed.

If you’re struggling with how to get toddlers to eat veggies, these recipes will help!

That’s why finding sweetpotato recipes for kids that are colorful and fun can be helpful for introducing or even reintroducing sweetpotatoes and other foods and flavors. 

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Research shows that it can take many times to introduce the same food before a child will even try it.

I say that so you can set your expectations accordingly when serving sweet potato for toddlers.

Introducing Sweetpotatoes for Toddlers

Sweetpotatoes are naturally sweet, making them more attractive to young eaters.

They also aren’t known to be an allergenic food, so they are usually safe for introduction. But, if you have any concerns, always check with your doctor. 

teal cutting board with diced sweet potatoes

Sweetpotatoes for toddlers are a very nutrient-dense and versatile food.

We love kid friendly sweet potato recipes because you can serve them in several different ways (baked, cut in small pieces, cut in finger shapes, paired with fruit, paired with another food they like, etc.).

Serving in different ways can help toddlers become more familiar and comfortable. 

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Many of these fall into the category of sweet potato finger foods, which are great and easily held by babies and toddlers.

Manage Your Expectations

I find that not going into every meal expecting it to be a home run can be grounding.

And when I’m introducing a new food, I always pair it with something familiar and just continue to expose my daughter, even if she doesn’t touch it the first 10 times!

diced sweetpotatoes in skillet

This is a huge part of intuitive eating for kids.

But think about it this way – each time you put it on their plate, you are exposing them to a food.

I always try to pair a “new(er)” food with a familiar food when introducing foods to my toddler.

For example, if serving pasta, you could combine regular with sweet potato pasta, like in this sweet potato zoodles recipe.

toddler making baby led weaning sweet potato muffins

There are so many kid friendly sweet potato recipes out there, which is why I think introducing sweet potatoes to kids and toddlers is beneficial in so many ways. 

Sweet potato recipes for babies are also an easy way to increase exposure and get them used to the flavor. Here are several sweetpotato veggie recipes for toddlers to increase exposure!

Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, making them more attractive to young eaters. They also aren’t known to be an allergenic food, so they are usually safe for introduction. 

But, if you have any concerns, always check with your doctor. 

sweet potato wedges that are air fried

Sweet Potato Benefits for Kids

Are sweet potatoes healthy for toddlers? You bet!

A medium sweet potato contains around 100 calories, 4-5 grams of fiber, and is also high in Vitamins A and C, both of which are important for immunity.

So, rest assured, these kid friendly sweet potato recipes are providing an abundance of nutrition!

Bowl of sweet potatoes with herbs on top

Vitamin A is also involved in vision, and Vitamin C helps with skin, nail, and hair health.

Remember that the nutrition facts panel goes by adult nutrition needs, so everything will be relatively higher when you are considering a serving size for a toddler or child. 

My favorite thing about sweetpotatoes is their high amounts of antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation in the body and contribute to overall wellness.

Many antioxidants have been linked to a reduced risk of chronic disease.

Bowl of sweet potato bread batter with frozen wild blueberries | Bucket List Tummy

You know sweetpotatoes are rich in antioxidants thanks to their bright orange hues.

Usually, bright colors signal a high antioxidant content (red grapes, blueberries, tomatoes, etc).

What makes sweetpotatoes for kids even more appealing is that they come in many different colors and varieties, all with slightly differing nutrition content.

Depending on the region in which you live, you may find white, orange, purple, red or even yellow varieties. 

Overhead view of sweet potato pizza crust topped with black beans and onion | Bucket List Tummy

Better yet, many of these sweetpotato dishes for toddlers also have other fruits and veggies served alongside or with them, increasing the nutrient density even more. 

Like this sweetpotato pizza crust!

Ideas For Sweetpotatoes For Toddlers

When starting baby led weaning at 6 months, I have started with sweetpotatoes for baby led weaning for both of my children for the reasons listed above.

They also have a great texture when cooked and mashed for babies, and they can be held as a finger food.

For younger mouths, pureeing sweet potato spinach baby food is a great way to make sweetpotato for baby and expose your little one to new flavors. 

mini jars with sweet potato baby food combinations

You can even throw them in these homemade yogurt pouches, which is a great way to serve it to babies!

But, there are several other out-of-the-box ideas to incorporate sweetpotatoes for toddlers too!

When thinking about what to eat with sweetpotatoes, you can include just about anything!

Sweetpotato Snacks for Toddlers

Snacks are a great way to incorporate more sweetpotatoes and vegetables, in general. They can be as easy and fun as you make them.

Sometimes you have to get a little creative in getting kids to eat sweetpotato recipes. 

For example, consider mixing sweetpotatoes into a quickbread or muffin recipe, or microwaving it in this 2 minute sweetpotato mug cake.

Or, mashing it with onions in a ground meatball recipe. 

Another great thing about many kid friendly sweetpotato recipes is that they are freezer friendly and frozen meals for toddlers are life savers!

While I wouldn’t serve this every day, my toddlers also love this instant pot sweetpotato casserole.

While there is sugar in there, there are also oats and some fat for satiety, along with the healthy sweet potatoes!

Baby biting into turkey meatballs for baby

Swap the Traditional Recipe for a Sweetpotato Recipe

These don’t have to be bland, but instead, are fun ways to serve sweetpotato for kids.

For example, burgers and nachos. 

  • Swap out an all-beef burger or turkey burger for a sweetpotato apple turkey burger. It’s still a burger and tastes similar, but it has so much more nutrition (and color!) with the addition of sweetpotatoes.
  • Make your own nachos. Swap out salty, nutrient-void tortilla chips for sweetpotato coin shapes. Let children choose their toppings, and once you cut the vegetables, let children decorate the “sweetpotato nachos” with them. Choose different protein options (beans, chicken, beef, pulled pork) and see which they like best!
sweet potato nachos in blue serving bowl topped with avocado and sour cream |

Serve With A Safe Topping

Most kids enjoy cheese, so having that as a “safe” topping can be helpful and mesh well with other flavors and ingredients in a kid friendly sweetpotato recipe. 

Similar to these bean recipes for toddlers and lentil recipes for toddlers, make sure to include variety in what you’re serving.

In the sweetpotato nachos recipe above, the cheese melts over all of the other vegetables, and looks familiar to little minds. 

Have a Fun Dip

Lastly, I tend to have fun dips as side options, like this lemon greek yogurt dip.

Some options I use include ketchup, hummus, guacamole, salsa or even ranch dipping sauce.

These can be fun toppers and may help increase the chances of your little one trying something new, especially if they are familiar sauces to them. 

Sweet Potato Recipes for Toddlers

These sweet potato meals for toddlers will help make mealtime fun, and provide nutritious and fun kid friendly options for your picky eater.

Comment below and let me know if you have any success with these kid friendly sweetpotato recipes!

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