My toddler has always loved crunchy things and while I want her to explore textures, I don’t always love how much salt is added to store-bought chips. I’ve been trying for a while and I’m so happy to finally share a recipe for these delightfully crisp—and crazy easy—homemade Easy Baked Sweet Potato Chips!
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
This easy toddler recipe is one that would work well as a snack or a simple side dish. It’s literally just sweet potatoes baked low and slow. I’ve tried many other recipes and there’s usually a point at which you have to stand watch at the oven because they have to bake long enough to get crunchy, but if they turn brown at all, they get super bitter. And trust me, you don’t want bitter sweet potato chips. And they turn brown in an instant. Which brings us to how this recipe is different.
The version here, which simply involves slicing a sweet potato super thin with a mandoline and baking the slices at a low temperature, avoids bitterness (and browning) all together because the oven is cool enough to prevent that from happening. It’s such an easy way to make homemade veggie chips!
And now for some straight talk about why I left out the salt. It may seem odd to have a chip recipe without it, and generally speaking I am a big fan of properly flavoring food. But, I’ve decided that sometimes it’s okay—great, even—to break convention and just let the kids taste something in it’s pure state. I realize that might sound lofty or idealistic, but when a vegetable is turned into a super crunchy chip, the kids will eat it, salt or no salt!
(I feel similarly about sugar: If a kiddo happily eats something with very low added sugar, there’s just no reason to add more!) So while the flavor might take some getting used to for you, I bet you too will be quickly won over by the crunch factor and the clean flavor. And to be honest, neither my husband or I missed the salt at all—and my husband loves salty chips!
These baked sweet potato chips are thin—thinner than many versions of store-bought chips—so they are easy for little ones to much. That said, if you have a younger toddler who’s closer to their first birthday than their second and they have not eaten many crunchy foods, you may want to wait until they are a little older. (My daughter got a small piece of tortilla chip stuck in her throat a few months ago and while she was totally fine, it was scary for everyone and she still talks about it.) Then again, if they are comfortable with all sorts of textures, use your wise mama judgement and let them have at it.Print
You can make as many chips at a time as will fit onto the number of baking sheets that will fit into your oven. (Mine fits two baking sheets which is about what you need for 1 medium sweet potato.) The serving size entirely depends on who’s eating—and how willing they are to share!
- 1 medium sweet potato
- Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Peel the sweet potato and discard the skin.
- Use a mandoline set on the lowest or second lowest setting—or about 1/8-inch thick—to slice into thin slices. Arrange on the baking sheets close together but without overlapping.
- Bake for about 1.5-2 hours minutes, until dehydrated, curled at the edges, and they feel crispy to the touch. (Mine are usually done at 1 hour 40 minutes but it may vary depending on your slices.)
- Let cool and serve.
These are best eaten on the day they are made, though they will stay crunchy if stored in an airtight container at room temperature overnight.
Cooking time will depend on the moisture levels in your sweet potatoes so let them go a little longer if needed.
You should be able to feel them to tell when they are crispy and done.
Serve with a dip (like Cucumber Sauce) if desired.