How To Make Sweet Potato Toast


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Sweet potato toast is a delicious way to switch up your breakfast routine. Just slice a sweet potato, bake it in the oven, and top it with fresh ingredients. It’s as easy as that!

Sweet potato toast on a baking sheet.

If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you know that sweet potato is a staple ingredient in my house. From appetizers to dinner recipes, this spud is such a fun and versatile ingredient to cook with. But when it comes to breakfast, I’m always searching for new ways to incorporate them into my meals.

I’ve turned sweet potato into hash browns, spiralized egg nests, and whipped up a skillet breakfast hash. I’ve also baked sweet potato and roasted sweet potato. So here’s what’s next on the menu- sweet potato toast!

This is the perfect gluten-free, veggie-forward alternative to using bread, especially for recipes such as the much loved “avocado toast.”

Sweet Potato Toast Recipe Video

Want to see exactly how I make sweet potato toast, step-by-step? Give the video below a watch!

What Type Of Sweet Potato To Use

With the many sweet potato types out there, it can get confusing. But here’s a few things to look out for when choosing the right spud for your toast:

  • Choose the orange and red skinned potatoes. These are known as the “moist varieties” and tend to be sweeter, creamier, and less starchy.
  • Don’t be confused with yams. Sometimes the red and orange skinned potatoes can be labeled as yams. While yams can certainly be used, they a bit more starchy and dry.
  • Look for smooth skins and no soft spots. Take a closer look and make sure there are no discolorations and that the potato is nice and firm.

Sweet potato toast cut lengthwise on a baking sheet.

Which Way To Cut Sweet Potato Toast

You’ll notice from the photos that I show two ways to cut sweet potato toast – lengthwise or into smaller rounds. Lengthwise provides for longer, more toast-like pieces but it can be more difficult to cut.

Cutting the sweet potato into rounds is easier with either a knife or mandoline. Both are great options, it’s really up to you!

Sweet potato toast cut into rounds.

How To Make Sweet Potato Toast

In just a few easy steps, you’ll have sweet potato toast you can use on the spot or store for your meal prep.

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice the potato lengthwise into even slices (approximately 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick) using a knife or mandoline. Then place them onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until slightly toasted. Thicker slices may require a bit more time.
  4. Place your toppings on and you’re done!

If you try to cook the raw sweet potato slices in your toaster it will take 5-8 “pushes” of the lever to get them cooked through. Which means it can actually take longer than cooking in the oven, so I don’t recommend it. It’s much more efficient and easier to use the oven.

*Note: you can lightly oil the sweet potato toast before baking, if you’d like. I used to oil them (and I show it on the video), but lately I’ve opted for not oiling the sweet potato and it’s just as delicious. It’s up to you.

How to Store Sweet Potato Toast

If you’re prepping this recipe ahead of time, you can store the sweet potato toast in your fridge for up to 5 days. Just let the pieces cool completely and stack them in a storage container, with parchment paper in between.

Once you’re ready to eat, you can re-heat these slices by popping them into your toaster or toaster oven. You can also microwave them for 20-45 seconds to warm up.

Baked sweet potato toast on baking sheets.

What to Make With It

Just like any open faced sandwich recipe, the topping options are endless! Here’s a few sweet and savory ideas to get you started.

And for a few more tasty ideas, make sure to watch my first Meal Prep video!

Sweet potato toast on a baking sheet.

How To Make Sweet Potato Toast

4.87 from 15 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


Sweet potato toast is a healthy, gluten-free alternative to bread! Learn how to make delicious sweet and savory sweet potato toast recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!



  • 1 sweet potato, cut into slices
  • (optional) olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Slice the sweet potato into even slices, approximately 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick, using a sharp knife or mandoline.
    Slicing sweet potato into thin toast pieces.
  • (Optional) Lightly oil both sides of the sweet potato slices, then place them on a baking sheet.
    Lightly oiling sweet potato toast before baking.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until cooked through and slightly toasted. Thicker slices may require more time to cook.
  • To meal prep and save the cooked sweet potato, let it cool completely. Then, place it in a storage container.
    Placing cooked sweet potato toast into a storage container.

Lisa's Tips

  • The nutrition information is based on the average size of a sweet potato, so this can vary between potato sizes. One serving is one slice cut lengthwise.
  • My favorite baking sheets are these heavy duty baking sheets that don't warp or bend in the oven.


Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3689IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make sweet potato toast, Sweet Potato Toast, Sweet Potato Toast Recipe
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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    1. True yams actually have white flesh with rough brown skin. Sweet potatoes come in a variety of colors, with one being reddish-orange skin and orange flesh.

  1. Love ❤️ this option to have my breakfast egg, ham & avocado on top. Very tasty!! Less calories than a slice of bread!!5 stars

  2. One of my all-time favs! The only problem I have is that they don’t last!!! They are so tasty that my hubby and I eat them almost in 1 day :)
    I love them “solo” but with avocado and arugula, they also taste FANTASTIC!!!

    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  3. I made this last Sunday and so glad I did! Went the no-oil route. Reheated them in the microwave, spread them with mashed avocado, and topped them with some baby spinach. Pretty much thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Will be making this routinely now and it’s so easy!5 stars

  4. Made these yesterday and they turned out excellent. Did not use any oil. I had to bake mine for 1 hour. Put a bit of peanut butter on them and topped them with mixed fresh berries and hemp seeds. These are such a good replacement for toast. Will be making them again but making a savory toast this time. Thanks for such a great recipe.5 stars

  5. I’ll be doing a cleanse from my dr next month eliminating dairy gluten and sugars the first step. So I’ve been looking at utube and saw YOU! Great ideas all look good and healthy.
    Thanks for your site and knowledge!

  6. So good! I just made these and had some with goats cheese and some with natural peanut butter. Scrumptious and wholesome.5 stars

    1. You can store the sweet potato toast in your fridge for up to 5 days. Just let the pieces cool completely and stack them in a storage container, with parchment paper in between.

  7. I was expecting them to be crispy like toast, however, it didn’t happen, plus some of them got burnt on on the edges or some in the middle. I guess it was where more oil was placed on them. I wanted to eat avocado toast but maybe it won’t matter if they are soft. Looks good in the photo though.

    1. Unfortunately, sweet potato toast will never get crispy (as mentioned above) due to the moisture content in the sweet potato. But hopefully you still found it tasty!

      1. Actually, if you air-fry the already-cooked sweet potato slices, they will get crispy. I like to brush mine with a bit of ghee before air frying.

    1. Since these are thicker slices, it’s going to be a bit difficult to get them super crisp. But if you have an air fryer, you can achieve crispiness!

  8. Tastes ok but doesn’t look anything like the one you made, I used a mandolin and others I cut thickly and had the oven temp and time same, but was just really soft and probably will collapse in a toaster3 stars

    1. Hi Sumaira – if the sweet potato toast is that soft, it sounds like your oven may cook a bit hot and they might have gotten a little overcooked. But yes, they are naturally soft due to the moisture in the sweet potato.

  9. So, does this contain 22,000 calories? from what I found 1Kcal = 1,000 calories? Am I missing something?

  10. This looks great!  I’m wondering if you peel your sweet potato first before slicing?  5 stars

  11. Sweet potato toast is the BEST!! We make this all the time since you first showed it in your meal prep video. I never liked sweet potatoes before, but I LOVE the toast version of them. We make them all the time because it is so quick and healthy, yet also hearty and filling to add to a meal. Of everything we’ve made on Downshiftology, this is our most repeated recipe of them all. Thanks for such a great idea, it has become a staple in our house!5 stars

  12. What a fun and really creative way to work in more healthy veggies! Great little tips on how to choose the right sweet potato and cut it … but what I really loved were the recipe ideas for what to do with those sweet potatoes once they’re cooked. Healthier Eggs Benedict?? Oh my goodness – yes, please! And I think the idea of using almond butter and sliced bananas perfectly plays off the sweeter flavor profile of the potatoes. Love these ideas!5 stars