I LOOOOOOVE sweet potato fries! I love dipping them in garlic aioli, chipotle mayo, or all by themselves! They are the perfect side to almost any meal and, if cooked in healthy oil, are super healthy for you!
Although I can’t remember the first time I had them, my most vivid memory was when I was a sophomore at Ithaca College. If you are by any chance familiar with Ithaca, NY you will know where I’m going with this. Settled amidst boulders and gorges, this small little hippy town is a hotspot for health food and local agriculture.
Therefore, as you can guess, the college cafeterias (yes, there were actually three) did surprisingly offer some healthy dining options. It was halfway through my sophomore year in college that I decided to eat vegan. (You can read more here.) That was when I really made friends with those sweet fries.
I would eat them with almost every meal. They were SO GOOD! I couldn’t seem to get enough of them! At the time it didn’t occur to me that they were not fried in the healthiest oils. Fast forward a few years and here I am, in love with coconut oil.
Naturally, that is the oil I have chosen for this recipe. I find that the sightly sweet flavor works great with sweet potatoes. For a savory element, I add a few cloves of fresh chopped garlic which toasts up nicely alongside the baked fries. Upon serving, we love to dip these fries into garlic or chipotle mayo. Check out my easy recipe HERE!
Ok….enough about why I like them…..
Just go make them. You won’t regret it. 🙂