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This loaded sweet potato is big on flavor and crunch. It’s a fav fall recipe for tens of thousands of whole food foodies all over the world. This baked sweet potato recipe can be found right in my Plant-Based Cleanse. This is a whole food, plant-based cleanse that helps you flush out toxins and kickstart weight loss, as well as gain glowing skin, renewed strength, and rest.

a beautifully plated loaded sweet potato

How to Make Oven-Baked Sweet Potatoes

While there are several different baked sweet potato recipes out there, using several different appliances, I love the tried and true method in the oven. This loaded baked sweet potato should be tender on the inside, yet crispy on the outside, and the oven does this job beautifully. Here’s how to get the perfect potato every time:

  1. Scrub the sweet potatoes with a brush and water.
  2. Poke the potatoes with a fork or knife multiple times to allow air into the potato while cooking.
  3. Set in the middle of the oven, straight on the rack. (I put a layer of tin foil on the bottom rack to catch the drippings).
  4. Cook at 400 degrees for 45 minutes, or until soft to the touch. Liquid should be oozing out of the holes. That’s the gooey sweet goodness that lets you know they’re ready.
open stand with fresh, whole food produce including a bin full of sweet potatoes ready to be turned into oven baked sweet potatoes

Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

This recipe looks incredibly decadent, yet really only takes 30 minutes to prepare. It’s a bit of chopping and mixing, but most of the work happens in the oven as the sweet potatoes cook. Feel free to double the recipe and reheat the potato for leftovers the next day… that’s what I always do.

Buying the perfect sweet potato

Potatoes are on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list, so I try to always buy organic. This list comes out each year, and ranks the most popular 47 fruits + veggies for pesticide contamination after the produce is washed and prepped for eating. If buying all organic produce doesn’t fit into your budget, I’d recommend at least looking for organic options (like sweet potatoes) from the Dirty Dozen list each year. This way you know the foods you’re consuming are as safe as possible.

Smaller sweet potatoes are my go-to for this baked sweet potato recipe, as they are packed with flavor. I find that larger sweet potatoes are often more bland, and I want all the flavor I can get.

Nutrient-Powered Kale Slaw Ingredients

This loaded sweet potato isn’t complete without the incredible kale slaw topping. Just look at this star-studded cast of ingredients:

  • Fresh kale: 208% of the recommended daily value of vitamin A, plus 684% of the RDV of vitamin K and 134% of the RDV of vitamin C.
  • Red cabbage: 56% of the RDV of vitamin C.
  • Carrots: full of soluble fiber, that helps lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
  • Avocado: contains more potassium than a banana. Can also be used as a stand alone topping for oven baked sweet potatoes!
  • Sunflower seeds: great source of plant protein. 1 serving contains 7 grams of protein.
  • Pepitas (pumpkin seeds): 42% of the RDV of manganese, which helps with brain function.
beautiful loaded sweet potato with kale slaw in fun a gratin bowl oven baked to perfection

More Sweet Potato Recipes

My love for sweet potatoes extends beyond this loaded baked sweet potato. Check out some of my other fav sweet potato recipes below, and let all the fall vibes flow right into your kitchen:

If you have golden potatoes on hand, try making my Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie. It’s hearty, delicious and packed with vegetables. If you can’t tell, I love comforting meals that are packed with a variety of vegetables.

If this loaded sweet potato recipe has you checking your produce drawer for ingredients, or if you have another sweet potato recipe to share, I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment so that we can keep sharing the delicious whole food love!

4.93 from 14 votes

Loaded Sweet Potato with Kale Slaw

Enjoy this Loaded Sweet Potato recipe that is filling and helps balance your blood sugar. It's also packed with vitamin A, B vitamins, potassium and fiber. They provide the perfect base for this delicious kale slaw, which is teeming with nutrients that help stimulate digestion and absorption.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 2


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  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup kale stems removed and shredded
  • 1 cup red cabbage shredded
  • 1 cup carrot grated
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp pepitas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • black pepper to taste
  • sea salt to taste
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  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until tender.
  • Meanwhile, place shredded kale, cabbage, and grated carrots in a bowl. Cover with the avocado and seeds.
  • In a separate bowl, combine oil, lemon juice, and mustard. Add to the shredded vegetables and gently toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • When sweet potatoes are finished baking, cut a slit in the top and pour the salad generously on top.



Calories: 653kcal, Carbohydrates: 70g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 40g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 24g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 231mg, Potassium: 1883mg, Fiber: 18g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 46753IU, Vitamin C: 88mg, Calcium: 186mg, Iron: 5mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was magic! I never thought I would love it as much as I did— I’m literally obsessed! I do like to chop all the veggies SUPER small so it’s more gourmet feeling, and add a little extra dijon for a creamier slaw.

  2. 5 stars
    The combo of the Dijon and the sweet potato was absolutely delicious. The serving was enormous, I couldn’t actually eat it all and was full for hours! One of my favorites that I will make over and over again after this Plant-Based Cleanse!

  3. 5 stars
    I would never have thought of this combo on my own, but it’s absolutely perfect. I was satisfied for hours!

  4. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe so very much! It’s just bursting with flavour and leaves you so satisfied without feeling too full. It will be on my repeats list!

    1. Isn’t it awesome that our cleanse recipes are this good?! You never feel deprived or hungry!!

  5. I made the Loaded Sweet Potato last night. All I can say is WOW. It was so delicious and satisfying, and not to mention easy to make.

    1. That’s awesome, Esperanza! This is one of the very first cleanse recipes I ever made and it’s still one of my faves. 🙂

    1. The kale is raw. This recipe is so delicious, you’re going to love it!!

  6. This is my favorite recipe. it is made very simple and so delicious. thanks, dear sharing this recipe.

    1. Hi Alex,

      This is one of my ALL-TIME favorite recipes. I hope you love it too. Reach back out + let me know what you thought!

    1. Hey Jen,

      First off, I love this recipe. However, I was having a really hard time getting my mother on board to even TRY this on a sweet potato, so I got rid of it and exchanged it for some baby spinach 2 cups and baby kale 2 cups and just doubled the dressing. It worked as a delicious cool dinner for three of us. As always, thank you for your support!

      1. Hi Maddy,

        YAY!! Love that you changed this recipe up for you + your family! This is one of my favorite recipes and both my parents were skeptical at first. I started by making the sweet potato and salad separately, as they’re yummy on their own…but amazing when combined!

  7. 5 stars
    OMG sooo filling!! It’s so delicious you want to eat the whole thing, but I’m never able to! Such an awesome combo of toppings too! Love!

    1. Hi Krista,

      I love this recipe. And know what’s hard to believe. This recipe is from the most restrictive week of Fresh Start: Autumn Cleanse Kit!! I still can’t get over that my body is doing some hard core cleansing with this much flavor + yumminess!

    1. Hi Hilary,

      We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

    1. Hi Alyssa,

      We hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s one of my personal favorites from our Plant-Based Cleanse Cleanse!

      Cheers 🙂

  8. This is my favorite meal! So simple, so delicious and unbelievably filling. I’m full just remembering the last time I ate it! Thank you for this!

    1. Hi Krista,

      My thoughts exactly! This is one of my favorite meals from our Plant-Based Cleanse cleanse!