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 sugar and lots of fat…and all that’s not good for our bodies. So I set out to create these rosemary sweet potatoes with orange.

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It’s a 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 trade out our typical sweet potato recipe and try sweet potatoes instead.

Tips for Making Rosemary Sweet Potatoes with Orange

To make the best orange rosemary sweet potatoes, you’re going to start out with some sweet potatoes. Wash them and dry them thoroughly before peeling. One you peel the sweet potatoes it’s very important that you don’t wet them again.

Next cut the sweet potatoes in 1 inch pieces. This part is important to get all those tasty pieces to cook evenly.

In addition, to get the best sweet potatoes for this delicious side dish, it’s super important that you don’t crowd the pan. Use two low lying aluminum sheet pans if you need too so that the potatoes are evenly spaced.

Crowding the pan will cause more steaming versus roasting and you don’t want that.

Soaking the cranberries in orange juice for at least 30 minutes first will lesson the chances that you get too many burnt cranberries. Don’t skip that part. Soaking the cranberries will also give you lots of flavor.

Another tip, for the absolute best orange rosemary sweet potatoes is to use fresh rosemary. The fragrant oils smell amazing, trust me on this. Go the extra mile and use the fresh stuff.

Is this a vegan recipe?

I’m not vegan or vegetarian but, for all my vegan friends out there, you can make this recipe dairy free by omitting the butter and using unrefined coconut oil instead. I’ve tried making the recipe both ways and they are equally tasty.

Other things to note

This recipe is a huge crowd pleaser. I’ve brought it to pot lucks and parties with no problem. Once I even brought these sweet potatoes to a breakfast gathering and it was delicious for breakfast too. We paired it with eggs and bacon and it was a hit!

These sweet potatoes also make a great tasty swap for breakfast potatoes.

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, baked cinnamon apples and spiced butternut squash bisque. 

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

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 ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 sprigs (2 tbsp) fresh rosemary - stems removed
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • *2 tbsp (salt-free) melted butter (equally divided)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 400 ° F.
  2. Put cranberries in orange juice and let soak for 30 minutes
  3. Peel and cut potatoes into bite-sized 1 inch pieces
  4. Toss with olive oil in large bowl.
  5. Add cranberry-orange juice and mix well.
  6. Pour in maple syrup, sea salt, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and  rosemary and combine well.
  7. Toss to coat evenly coat potatoes.
  8. Grease a large sheet pan with half the melted butter. Reserve other half. (note: You may have to split the potatoes into two different batches to cook evenly).
  9. Pour remaining butter over the sweet potatoes before placing in oven.
  10. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until fork tender-making sure to stir potatoes half-way through cooking.
  11. Garnish with fresh orange and rosemary as desired. 


* Dairy free version: Butter can be substituted for coconut oil or olive oil.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 305Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 10mgSodium 91mgCarbohydrates 48gFiber 6gSugar 29gProtein 2g
Orange rosemary sweet potatoes made sweet and savory with juicy cranberries, sweet orange and fragrant rosemary.

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Original November 2, 2013.

Updated 11/14/2018 & 10/14/2020 11/8/23

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  • Comments ( 14 )

  • avatar

    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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