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A Healthy Twist on Gnocchi

Updated: Aug 30, 2018

Gnocchi has always been a family favorite. These thick, doughy potato dumplings served with a variety of sauces are a delicious Italian delicacy. We're always on the hunt to find the best gnocchi in town!

It wasn't until a few months ago that we attempted our very own home-made gnocchi. To be quite honest, our first attempt wasn't as successful as we would have liked -- the dough became increasingly sticky and hard to work with and the end result wasn't quite edible. But this didn't stop us from trying again.

One day while we were scrolling down our Facebook feed, we found a recipe video featuring sweet potatoes rather than regular potatoes as the main ingredient in gnocchi. This sounded and looked absolutely delicious, especially since both of us were kind of in a sweet potato craze.

We were super stoked to try out the recipe! I was surprised of how easy it was to follow and recreate, but also how little time it took to make. The sweet potato brought a delicate sweet and healthy twist to the recipe. Sweet potatoes are rich in fibres, vitamins, and minerals and not to mention absolutely delicious to eat. These smooth little dumplings melted into our mouths. Let's just say dinner that night was very tasty.

We remade this recipe a couple of times and loved it even more every time! We thought it would be fun to share one of our favorite recipes with all of you so scroll down for the full recipe!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi


- 2 sweet potatoes

- 300g flour (we used whole-wheat flower)

- 1 egg yolk

- Salt/pepper


1. Peel and chop your sweet potatoes into small cubes. Boil the sweet potatoes in salted water until cooked (around 20min.)

2. Remove the sweet potato from the water and mash until smooth. Add in the egg yolk and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well.

3. Add in the flower bit by bit, mixing the batter well (we recommend using your hands so you can fold the dough well). Make sure the batter does not stick to your fingers, if not, add more flour into the mixture!

4. Using your hands, pick a teaspoon worth of dough and roll it into a small ball. Make sure these balls of dough are not too large so that they cook thoroughly. Using a fork, press down on the gnocchi to create a more elongated shape.

5. Place the gnocchi into a pot of boiling water for 4-5 minutes, or until the gnocchi rise to the surface of the water.

6. When the gnocchi are cooked, drain the water and serve with your preferred sauce (we recommend a traditional tomato sauce or a butter/sage sauce!). ENJOY!

Send us pictures of your sweet potato gnocchi creations! We'd love to know what you think :)

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