Sweet Potato Balls

xijvEO0ks7KucW5Dut1exvfyE6agfn1jxMm3vhWMRPk=w788-h524-noI think by now it’s pretty evident that even for someone who spends a vast majority of my time in a kitchen, I am not immune from messing up.

Last week I got this monstrous, beautiful sweet potato from Heron Bay farms at the market. Ooh I’m going to make mashed sweet potatoes! In my head I was already 10 steps ahead, patting myself on the back for my tasty dish and for being such a good roomie, making some for Heather, who’s been wanting some.

As you can probably guess, my cockiness totally killed my dish. To my mashed cauliflower I generally add a tablespoon or two of cream cheese. And I’ve done the same thing to sweet potatoes in the past. But this time I ended up with this thick mass (okay it was a ball) of sweet potato. Sure I could have added coconut milk, but that would also mean I’d have to have some on hand. Hmm…

I put in the fridge, determined to resolve the issue in the morning. What to do?

Boom, inspiration hits! I have this tendency when my market baking goes awry or if something is not pretty, I just roll it into balls. Little popable things. Why not roll the sweet potato into balls then. While I’m at it, why not let them roll around in a little coconut flour. How about pushing it further and frying it in some coconut oil?

So I did. Naturally they were tasty and probably better than the mash I was intending on making. Thank you life for once again giving me what I need and not just what I want. Universe you are so much wiser than I.

Sweet Potato Balls

  • 1 large local sweet potato
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • cinnamon
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • sea salt
  • cayenne pepper
  • local honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Let’s Make it Happen: Peel sweet potato. Cut into cubes. Scatter evenly onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, sea salt, and cayenne pepper. Drizzle wit a bit of honey. Bake @ 350 until the sweet potatoes are tender (soft). Cool for a moment. Toss in a food processor with the cream cheese. Stick the ball in the fridge. Form into bite-sized balls. Roll in coconut flour. Heat coconut oil in a skillet. Carefully place the balls into the skillets. Fry on all sides. Eat and enjoy!

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