These spicy sweet potato cakes are a side dish to add to a variety of meals that is easy to make and a nice change from the usual choices.

Once you have made them once you can play around with them changing how much chilli powder you use to get them just how you like them. This recipe is how I like them, not too spicy but with a bit of a kick.

sweet potato cakes

How to enjoy the Spicy Sweet Potato cakes

These spicy sweet potato cakes are a perfect alternative to chips, mashed potatoes or boiled potatoes for a delicious spicy side dish.

We have enjoyed them with crustless quiche, grilled chicken and even with lasagne. They really are so versatile you can enjoy them any way you choose.

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Easy step by step instructions to make spicy sweet potato cakes

I always recommend you start by peeling your potatoes and getting all the ingredients out to be sure you have all you need.

Boil the potatoes until they are ready to be mashed.

Mash the potatoes well and add onions, seasoning, garlic and chilli powder.

Combine well to make a stiff mixture.

Mould the mixture into sweet potato cakes by making balls then gently squashing them into patties.

Fry on both sides until cooked.

The spicy sweet potato cakes are now ready to serve and enjoy.

sweet potato cakes
Sweet potato cakes

Disclaimer: Just Average Jen is not connected with any weight loss plan. Please check nutritional values and/or syns yourself as these are approximate to the best of my knowledge.

Enjoying Sweet Potatoes for weight loss

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this recipe in your allowances.

It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

Generally, you will find Sweet potatoes to be not dissimilar to white potatoes on most diets. There are a number of exclusions that may apply such as if you peel them thinly and make them into crisps.

I believe this spicy sweet potato cakes recipe is currently syn free on Slimming World. If you want to be sure please do remember to check on the Slimming World website or with your consultant.

Other healthy sweet potato recipes

If you like this recipe and would like to make more healthy sweet potato meals perfect on the Slimming World plan then these are some I think you should try.

Taco beef stuffed sweet potato

Plum, sweet potato and quinoa salad

Sweet potato and spinach quesadilla

Sweet potato veggie burgers

sweet potato cakes
Sweet potato cakes
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Healthy Lunches

If you are eating healthily then you may have difficulty in finding lunches for work. This is just one of many amazing lunch ideas I have found so do check out my other recipes for more ideas.

If you take lunch then you are so much less likely to buy food which inevitably will be less healthy. Taking a variety of food throughout the week to work keeps your lunchtimes interesting and stops you from getting bored.

Even if, like me, you work alone at home it can make such a difference having your food already prepared for you. Why not give it a go and make sure you build a variety of lunches into your weekly meal plan.

Mushroom soup
Mushroom soup

Comfort eating

It is easy when you are trying to lose weight to fall into the trap of comfort eating when you are feeling down. Finding healthier snack alternatives can help you avoid weight gain.

You do not need to just snack on fruit and vegetables to be healthy there are so many other alternatives.

If you find that you are regularly feeling down and snacking then maybe you need to address this as possible depression and consider seeing your GP. We all have struggled every now and then so it really isn’t something to be ashamed of.

Another option instead of eating at all could be to find something else to do instead of eating when you are feeling down. Give it some thought and see if you can come up with any strategies to help yourself.

low calorie chocolate bars mars, snickers and twix
low-calorie chocolate bars Mars, Snickers and Twix

More recipes you may enjoy

If you enjoy sweet potatoes then I can thoroughly recommend trying are:

Taco beef stuffed sweet potato,

Plum sweet potato and quinoa salad

Sweet potato and spinach quesadilla

Sweet potato veggie burgers

butternut squash veggie burgers
Butternut Squash veggie burgers

If you are vegetarian or want to eat more vegetarian or plant-based meals I have a full list of vegetarian and vegan recipes which are perfect on Slimming World.

If you like a good curry then check out all my curry recipes and some spice blends you can make yourself!

This is a great budget side dish to make on Slimming World, you can find lots more including summer meal plans, sausage pasta bake, spicy potatoes and BBQ side dishes!

Bruschetta pasta salad
Bruschetta pasta salad
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sweet potato cakes

Spicy Sweet Potato Patties – Slimming World Friendly Recipe

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  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Patties 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Hob
  • Diet: Low Calorie


Spicy delicious patties made from sweet potato and delicious with a quiche or just as a snack.



350 Grams Sweet Potatoes (peeled and cubed)

400 Grams Floury Potatoes (Peeled and Cubed)

1 Red Onion (peeled and finely chopped)

2 Cloves Garlic (crushed)

1 Tsp Mild Chilli Powder

Salt and Pepper to season


Place a saucepan of boiling water over medium heat and add potatoes. Boil for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl mix together the garlic, red onion, chilli powder and a good amount of salt and pepper to season.

When the potatoes are soft strain well and then add to the mixing bowl and mash well combining all ingredients as you do so.

Don’t worry if the mixture is not smooth, it is perfect to leave some small lumps of potato. I use a Masha for mine.

Spray a large frying pan, to fry in batches or two frying pans if you feel you can do them all at once, with Frylight or other low-calorie cooking spray and place over medium heat.

Form the mixture into 6-8 similar size patties and fry for 5 minutes before even attempting to turn them over. If you try to turn them too soon they could break.

Depending on patty size it should take approx 10-15 minutes in total to fry a set of patties.

I used two pans and did them all at the same time but I guess it depends on what else you are cooking.

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Hi, I’m Jen Mellor; I live in Nottingham, UK. and use my knowledge and experience in weight loss and confidence to help you become your own cheerleader and best friend. I am usually seen wearing colourful leggings and love to wear bright colours. Wear what you love, and be proud of your style and choices!

One Comment

  1. Only ever had patties from fish and chip shops in hull before. These were obviously very different and FAR healthier! Really impressed – loved the flavour 🙂

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