Rosemary Sweet Potatoes with Orange (Healthy and Sugar Free)

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I love sweet potatoes and don’t know many people that don’t. However, many sweet potato recipes are laden with butter, sugar and lots of fat…and all that’s not good for our bodies. So I set out to create a tastier, healthier sweet potato recipe that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating. Flavors like rosemary and orange blend together perfectly in these rosemary sweet potatoes. The flavors are further complimented by the sweet and tart of sweetened and dried cranberries.

You can have these rosemary sweet potatoes any time of the year. Although most people enjoy making this recipe for Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In fact, I can always tell when Thanksgiving is coming around because there’s an uptick of traffic to this post. If you want a delicious change this upcoming holiday try these sweet potatoes as a side and see what you think!

Are you looking for more Thanksgiving and holiday recipes? Try this homemade cranberry sauce. You’ll also be a fan of my recipe for roasted brussels sprouts, mini vegan pumpkin pie and spiced butternut squash bisque. 

Give these healthy recipes for your next holiday or celebratory occasion a try!

Gluten free and vegan recipe for orange rosemary sweet potatoes. So tasty that you'll want to make these sweet potatoes again and again. A great sweet potato recipe for a healthy Thanksgiving.

Yield: 6-8

Orange-Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

Orange-Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

Sweet cranberries, rosemary and spice come together in a side dish that is a tasty winner

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 5 sweet (medium) potatoes
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 2-4 sprigs fresh rosemary (stems removed)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 sea salt
  • *1tbsp (salt-free) melted butter (equally divided)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • * Dairy free version: Can be substituted for coconut oil or olive oil.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Put cranberries in orange juice and let soak for 30 minutes
  3. Peel and cut potatoes into bite-sized pieces
  4. To a large bowl, add cranberry-orange juice mixture along with maple syrup, sea salt, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and  rosemary and mix well 
  5. Add olive oil and toss to coat potatoes
  6. Grease a 9x12 pan with half the melted butter. Reserve other half. 
  7. Pour reaming butter over the sweet potatoes before placing in oven.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until fork tender-making sure to stir potatoes half-way through cooking.
  9. Garnish with fresh orange and rosemary as desired. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 0Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

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Original November 2, 2013.

Updated 11/14/2018 & 10/14/2020

  • Comments ( 14 )

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    Wow! These sweet potatoes look soooo yummy. I don’t like the traditional sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving. Much prefer something like this. I will definitely put the recipe in my “to try” file. Thanks for sharing.

  • avatar

    I am so glad that you stopped by Nancy. You will really enjoy these. Let me know if they make it onto your Thanksgiving menu.

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    Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

    Yum! These look so tasty! I love the sweet potato and orange combo! Stopping by from Moonlight and Mason Jars!

    • avatar

      The flavors really do compliment each other well. A little bit of tart and sweet.

  • avatar
    Anna Hettick

    These look delish!! Definitely going to try these!! 🙂

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    Deanna Michaels (@DeannaMichaels)

    I love sweet potatoes and these look incredible! Thanks for sharing!

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    Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife}

    YUM! Those look delish!!

    • avatar

      They really are. I hope you get to try it.

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    Natasha In Oz

    So glad I popped by to say g’day via Foodie Friday-this recipe looks amazing! YUM!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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    Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog

    I’m with you. I’m not looking for sickening sweet sweet potato recipes. This one is perfect . I love fresh rosemary and the orange and cinnamon. found you on Rattlebridge Farm blog hop;.

  • avatar

    These look yummy and sweet potatoes are my absolute fav! Can’t wait to try!

  • avatar

    Oh Emerald…These are going to make it on your family’s favorite list too!

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