Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake Recipe (Paleo)

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Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake is one of my favorite fall-inspired side dishes.

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Nothing says autumn like sweet potatoes and apples. They’re two quintessential favorites of the season, and both are incredibly versatile.

I decided to chop both and bake them in the oven together to let the flavors marry, and the result was so good.

How to Make Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake

Basically, the apples and sweet potatoes roast while in the oven, and the edges get lightly browned. The caramelized edges are sweet and have a depth that’s hard to get from other methods, and the flavors concentrate.

Cranberries, notorious for their tart, almost bitter flavor, combine perfectly with the sweet apples and sweet potatoes. Bringing cinnamon to the party adds subtle, spicy warmth.

I don’t use dried, sweetened cranberries. They are usually loaded with sugar and tossed in canola oil (yuck).

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Why I Use Fresh Cranberries

But since fresh cranberries aren’t available year-round, I usually stock up with several bags of fresh cranberry in the fall and freeze them.

That way, I can pop a handful into anything I’m cooking, no matter what time of year it is. Cranberries are packed with Vitamin C and loaded with fiber and antioxidants, so they’re a potent little powerhouse of nutrition.

This Recipe is a Great Source of Post-Workout Carbs

If you’re tired of plain, baked sweet potatoes as your go-to post-workout carb source, try this Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake instead. Want to learn more about why carbs (and protein) are important to eat after your hard exercise session? Click here to read an article I wrote about the topic.

The long and short of it is eating carbs post-workout replenishes fuel (glycogen) in your muscle tissue, helping you recover more efficiently.

Starchy carbohydrates like sweet potato, white potato, plantains, and hard squash – plus some non-starchy fruits like banana and pineapple – are rich sources of muscle-replenishing glucose.

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Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Fruit, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 289 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

This Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake has all the best tastes of autumn in one convenient dish. It's paleo and gluten-free!

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Ingredients

  • 6 small sweet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 apples diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries*
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon or Primal Palate Apple Pie Spice
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease the inside of a large baking dish with coconut oil or ghee.

  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and apples. Chop into uniform pieces, ~1/2″ dice.
  3. Place half the chopped sweet potato/apple into the dish. Sprinkle with ¼ cup cranberries, half the cinnamon, and a pinch of sea salt.
  4. Repeat with remaining sweet potato, apple, cranberry, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Dot the top with small pieces of ghee or coconut oil.
  6. Bake covered for ~1 hour or until the potato and apple have softened.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 108mg 5%
Potassium 765mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 18g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 554.3%
Vitamin C 12.8%
Calcium 7.7%
Iron 7.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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