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Sweet Potato Fritters (Latkes) For Babies & Toddlers

Sweet potato fritters for babies 8 months+ toddlers and older kids. Simple to make ahead, fried or baked – they make the perfect finger food for babies as well as for baby led weaning method.

These sweet potato fritters (people also call them latkes) are sweet and soft on the inside, and slightly crispy on the outside. The shredded sweet potatoes being as the main ingredient – form little veggie patties perfectly cooked until golden-brown.

Stacked sweet potato fritters / patties   for baby toddlers and baby led weaning.

Sweet Potato Fritters As Baby Finger Food

Sweet potatoes are one of the babies’ favorite food, they are great for babies as young as 6 months. You can make a nutritious sweet potato puree, use for baby led weaning (sweet potato wedges) or combined with other ingredients to form tasty little fritters (patties) or latkes – a great finger food for babies and toddlers as well.

Sweet potato fritters patties in baby hand, baby led weaning finger food.

Ingredients You Need

  • Sweet potatoes – peeled and shredded.
  • Egg – as a binding agent.
  • Flour – helps the fritters to hold together better.
  • Salt and spices – optional for flavor.
Ingredients needed for baby sweet potato fritters recipe.

How To Make Sweet Potato Fritters For Baby / Toddler

1. Place shredded sweet potato in a medium bowl and stir with egg, flour, garlic, onion powder and salt until just combined.

2. You can divide the mixture with a spoon in 8 parts, or use one at a time (about 1.5 tbsp) to form small patties. Shape with your hands into desired size. Keep them more flat for faster even cooking. Make sure to keep the edges round and even.

How to make and shape sweet potato fritters / latkes for baby, toddler - process shots.

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3. Heat 1/2 cup tbsp of olive oil or avocado oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. If you’re using a ceramic skillet, you can cook the fritters without oil, they won’t stick (the color will be less golden though).

4. When ready, reduce the heat to medium and pan-fry the sweet potato fritters in batches until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Let them cool on a rack before serving.

How to make and cook sweet potato fritters / latkes for baby, toddler - process shots.

Tip Perfectly Cooked Sweet Potato Latkes / Patties

Sweet potatoes have a higher sugar content when compared to regular white potatoes and they tend to burn more quickly. Keep an eye and lower the heat if the edges darken very quickly.

Make them more crispy: once the sweet potato is shredded place it in a cheese cloth and squeeze as much liquid as possible before adding the rest of ingredients.

Variations (Change The Flavor)

Mix shredded sweet potatoes with shredded white potatoes, cabbage, any squash, zucchini, carrots, beets or any other root vegetable. Combine 2 ore more ingredients as you like.

Make It Gluten Free Or Grain Free

Swap the all purpose flour with any gluten free flour (sorghum, buckwheat, rice flour works well) or grain free flour (arrowroot, cassava, tapioca, tigernut).

Golden-brown sweet potato patties, fritters, latkes in a ceramic frying pan.

How To Store (When You Make Ahead)

Store leftovers for 3-4 days covered (to seal the moisture) in the refrigerator.

Freeze up to 3 months in an airtight container.

Thaw / reheat – just pop them out of the freezer and place in a toaster.

Are These Patties Suitable For Babies / Toddlers?

These sweet potato fritters are suitable for babies who learned how to chew (aprox. 8 months and up) including baby led weaning – they are soft inside but some small bits of shreds might be a problem for some babies.

To make them healthier, remove the salt, and the oil. Use a ceramic skillet or the oven, if you want them oil free.

Toddlers and older kids can eat these sweet potato latkes without any problem, you can even try and add some other vegetables suggested above. They make such a great addition to their lunch box as finger food.

Need more finger food recipes? Check out the finger food category for more ideas!

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Sweet Potato Fritters (Latkes) Recipe For Babies & Toddlers

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Sweet potato fritters for babies 8 months+, as well as baby led weaning, toddlers and older kids -perfect as finger food. These sweet potato fritters (people also call them latkes) are sweet and soft on the inside, and slightly crispy on the outside. They can be made ahead and stored for later.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Baby Food
Servings 8 fritters
Calories 45 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium sweet potato (peeled and shredded)
  • 1 medium egg
  • pinch of onion powder (or use shredded onion)
  • pinch of garlic powder (optional)
  • pinch of salt (omit for babies younger than 9 months)
  • 1.5 tbsp flour (or use gluten free flour (see notes))
  • oil for frying

Instructions
 

  • Place shredded sweet potato in a medium bowl and stir with egg, flour, garlic, onion powder and salt until just combined.
  • You can divide the mixture with a spoon in 8 parts, or use one at a time (about 1.5 tbsp) to form small patties. Shape with your hands

Fried in a skillet

  • Heat 1/2 cup tbsp of olive oil or avocado oil in a large non-tick skillet over medium-high heat. If you're using a ceramic skillet, you can cook the fritters without oil, they won't stick (the color will be less golden though).
  • When ready reduce the heat to medium and pan-fry the sweet potato fritters in batches until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Let them cool on a rack before serving.

Baked in the oven

  • Preheat your oven to 425-450F with a cookie sheet inside (you may need to adjust the temperature during baking). Once ready to bake, take the sheet out of the oven (it should be really hot) line it with a parchment paper and quickly place all of the sweet potato latkes at once, shape and flatten with a spatula.
  • Get them in the oven and bake until they look cooked through (about 15-20 minutes). Use the broiler for a few minutes if you want a more crispy crust on top.
    Optional: spray the parchment paper with oil before placing the fritters (the oil will yield a more golden crispy color).

Notes

Variations (Change The Flavor)

Mix shredded sweet potatoes with shredded white potatoes, cabbage, any squash, zucchini, carrots, beets or any other root vegetable. Combine 2 ore more ingredients as you like.
Make the fritters more crispy: once the sweet potato is shredded place it in a cheese cloth and squeeze as much liquid as possible before adding the rest of ingredients.

Make Them Gluten Free Or Grain Free

Swap the all purpose flour with any gluten free flour (sorghumbuckwheatrice flour works well) or grain free flour (arrowrootcassava, tapioca, tigernut).

Nutrition

Serving: 1fritterCalories: 45kcalCarbohydrates: 4.8gProtein: 1.1gFat: 2.3gSodium: 39.5mgPotassium: 43.2mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0.7gVitamin A: 65.9IUVitamin C: 6.2mgCalcium: 0.6mgIron: 1.2mg
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These sweet potato fritters make the perfect finger food for babies 8 months+ (baby led weaning), toddlers and older kids. Simple to make – shredded sweet potatoes being as the main ingredient -forming sweet and soft little patties. These sweet potato latkes/fritters can be made ahead fried or baked perfect as healthy finger food for babies (blw) toddlers lunchbox. #sweetpotato #fritters #patties #babyfood #babyfingerfood #baby #toddler #kidsfood #baked #lunchbox #babyledweaning #blw #healthy

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