Whether doused generously on french toast or mixed into oatmeal, maple syrup is a staple ingredient at breakfast. Now imagine that same maple flavor, but in the form of crystalized sugar. Maple sugar is great at bringing out the sweetness in sweet potatoes.

Roasted in the oven, the sweet potatoes candy and caramelize while thyme and olive oil play as the savory counterpart duo. Wonderful chilled or warm, serve these sweet potatoes the next time you’re having pork or poultry. Leftovers can be stored for up to five days, and make a nice addition to kale salads.

Maple and Thyme Sweet Potatoes

  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
  • Total Time:45 minutes
  • Servings:2
  • Easy


  • 24 oz sweet potato
  • 8 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 2.5 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon maple sugar
Photo by Ellen Gibbs
  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 450˚F. While the oven is heating up, dice the sweet potato into large chunks and toss with fresh thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper.

    Photo by Ellen Gibbs
  • Step 2

    Sprinkle with maple sugar and toss on a baking sheet. Alternatively, lay the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet and grate a generous amount maple sugar on top.

    Photo by Ellen Gibbs
  • Step 3

    Roast for 30 minutes, toss, then roast for a remaining 10 minutes.

    Photo by Ellen Gibbs