Almond Sesame Crusted Sweet Potato Fries


There are certain foods that you simply cannot get enough of, no matter how much or how often you eat them. Chocolate, avocado, and sweet potatoes are my big three. Chocolate is the pretty obvious one because, apparently, every female is essentially addicted to the stuff. I remember one night in particular, having bought a few new bars of chocolate to sample, going just a bit overboard, to the point that I felt nauseous. There’s no way I’ll be eating any chocolate for a week,” I naively told myself. Of course, I was back for more samples the following day. Bad memory? Maybe. Or maybe I just really like chocolate.

Avocados, clearly, are also on the list. I mostly eat them smashed up in a bowl as a condiment, but they’re so easy to use in such a great variety of dishes, so I tend to stock up (more on that in another post). It’s easy to forget you’re eating avocados when they’re blended into smoothies, whipped up into dark chocolate mousse, or even added to cookie batter.


Another food I’ve been known to overdose on is sweet potatoes, though not to the point that I’ve felt sick. It’s just that I can down more sweet potatoes in one sitting than any of my friends have ever witnessed. Well actually, they are always astounded at the amount of veggies that I can load onto a dinner plate, but it’s usually the sweet potatoes that take the starring role. Sometimes, I even throw in a Japanese sweet potato to change things up. Most of the time, I simply bake the sweet potatoes whole, or chop them up and roast them if I’m short on time. Justin, however, has recently decided that he does, in fact, like sweet potatoes, despite his inability to stomach the texture for the past five years. He specifically likes sweet potato fries, and that’s where these almond sesame crusted sweet potato fries came in.

Though sweet potatoes are perfectly wonderful on their own, I like to throw a little extra texture in to keep things interesting. It’s not often that I use almond flour, but this seemed the perfect place for it, along with some sesame seeds for extra crunch, and the requisite salt, because a fry is not a fry without salt. I’ve experimented with several different spice combinations, but this is the base recipe.


Almond Sesame Crusted Sweet Potato Fries


  • 1 large sweet potato (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons almond meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large zip lock bag and shake until fries are well coated.
  3. Spread fries into an even layer on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip and bake for another 10-15 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your fries.
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Are you a sweet potato lover or hater? What about all of the other lovely root vegetables? What’s your favorite way to prepare them. I’m particularly partial to beets, as well. It’s a major plus that they dye everything around them such a lovely shade of pink.

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23 Responses to Almond Sesame Crusted Sweet Potato Fries

  1. Hannah 3 June 2013 at 20:10 #

    Holy smokes, this looks delicious!

  2. sally @ sallys baking addiction 4 June 2013 at 10:45 #

    you had me at almond sesame crusted. I love sweet potato fries!!

    • Jodye 5 June 2013 at 14:48 #

      Youre’ a girl after my own heart – sweet potatoes, banana bread, chocolate – great minds think alike when it comes to food!

  3. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run 4 June 2013 at 11:25 #

    these sound amazing… too bad i just used the last of my almond flour for some cookies. must buy more stat!

    • Jodye 5 June 2013 at 14:47 #

      Go get some more! I hope you like them!

  4. jd 4 June 2013 at 15:10 #

    These look heavenly – I love the addition of sesame seeds for that bit of added crunch! And I’m totally with you on the “foods you can’t get enough of thing.” Mine list includes sweet potatoes and avocados, too! (Oh, and pasta… I can never have enough pasta.)

    • Jodye 5 June 2013 at 14:47 #

      I’ve been adding sesame seeds to everything lately, especially toasted. They’re so good!Yes, avocado and sweet potatoes every day. My boyfriend would have pasta on his list, too. It’s hard to keep the pantry stocked!

  5. Aimee @ ShugarySweets 5 June 2013 at 06:53 #

    These sound awesome Jodye!!

    • Jodye 5 June 2013 at 14:46 #

      Thanks, Aimee. I hope you try them!

  6. Jarome 5 June 2013 at 09:36 #

    I wonder how it taste? Sweet or Salty?

    • Jodye 5 June 2013 at 14:45 #


      They’re definitely savory, but you do get that sweet and salty flavor too!

  7. Hannah 5 June 2013 at 20:14 #

    I can’t even imagine a sweet potato hater could exist! Especially if you fed them some of these fries, I’m sure they would see the error of their ways. They look incredible!

    • Jodye 18 June 2013 at 18:01 #

      My boyfriend actually was a sweet potato hater until I made him something similar to these, so it did work! I hope you try them!

  8. Vaishali 6 June 2013 at 12:53 #

    Baked sweet potato fries are my favorite way to eat these delicious veggies too, and sometimes I will bake them in the oven and then mash them up with some coconut milk and maple syrup for a delicious side dish.
    I love the idea of coating the fries with sesame seeds and almond meal. They look delicious.

    • Jodye 18 June 2013 at 18:00 #

      I’m going to have to try the mash with coconut milk and maple syrup. Sounds like dessert to me!

  9. Joanne 7 June 2013 at 07:47 #

    I can pretty much eat my weight in sweet potatoes also, so I totally understand! I definitely don’t make sweet potato fries enough though…I need to get this topping blend into my life!

    • Jodye 18 June 2013 at 18:00 #

      Yes you do, the blend is good sprinkled over all sorts of things, but sweet potatoes are definitely my top choice

  10. chow vegan 10 June 2013 at 14:51 #

    Wow, those look awesome! I’ve made just plain ol’ sweet potato fries before, now I’ll have to make them with a crust – they look so crispy! :-)

    • Jodye 18 June 2013 at 17:59 #

      My biggest qualm with sweet potato fries is that they are never crispy enough, but the sesame seeds solved that problem!

  11. Luv What You Do 12 June 2013 at 21:04 #

    I eat tons of sweet potatoes but don’t make enough fries! These look awesome!

    • Jodye 18 June 2013 at 17:58 #

      Please do try them, I’m sure you’ll be eating a lot more sweet potato fries once you do!

  12. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen 12 June 2013 at 22:35 #

    I hear you, I have a thing for both chocolate and sweet potatoes although not together!

    • Jodye 18 June 2013 at 17:58 #

      Funny enough, I’ve made chocolate sweet potato pudding before, and it worked surprisingly well!

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