Sweet Potato Fries with Spicy Cashew Mayo

This is one of my absolute favourite sides to make, and it’s not even for the kids (although they love them too).  They are so simple to prepare and they’ll make you go “mmm soooo good” when you eat them.  The spicy mayo is a grown-up addition.  Unless your kids like to eat fire, they’ll love to dip their fries in the regular cashew mayo instead.

I’ve always loved to eat my fries with mayo, so this recipe let’s me eat “mayo” in front of my kids with zero mommy guilt.  They eat what we eat so it forces us to come up with healthier options for old favourites, which is a very good thing.

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Sweet Potato Fries

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • approx. 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Cut sweet potatoes into large chunky french fry shapes roughly the size of your thumb.  Chop off the pointy ends to avoid the ends burning in the oven.

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Place cut fries into a large bowl and top with coconut oil and sea salt.  You do not have to melt the coconut oil first.

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Here’s the fun part: Mix the fries with your hands, making sure they are all covered in sea salt and oil, and then dump them onto a large baking sheet.

Arrange the sweet potato as shown.

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Cook at 375 F for 20 minutes, or until slightly browned on the bottom.  Flip the fries over and cook another 15 minutes until the opposite side is slightly browned.  When done, remove them from the oven and cover with tin foil until ready to enjoy.

 

Spicy Cashew Mayo:

  • 1/2 cup cashew mayo (recipe below)
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Tabasco to taste

Put ingredients in a small bowl and stir until combined.  Refrigerate if you have time to let the flavours set, and enjoy with your sweet potato fries!  You’re welcome to use whatever combination of spice you like – I’ve always loved chipotle so it’s what I tend to use in all of my recipes.

 

Cashew Mayo:

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.  Refrigerate.

If you don’t have a high-speed blender simply combine all ingredients and let sit for an hour or two before blending.

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