Sweet Potato and Apple Fritters


These fritters were absolutely delicious. I didn’t think I would like them that much. And baby Alexander was into them, too!

I don’t know about you, but any chance I can use sweet potatoes, I use them. And any chance I can use apples, I use them. 

When I came across a recipe for mashed sweet potatoes and apples, I knew I had to try it. Then I remembered the two times we have given Alexander mashed potatoes…. and I remembered how messy it was…. and how he didn’t actually eat any of it and just played with it instead….

So I decided to turn that mash into fritters.

And this is the final product! 

First, grab your ingredients. If you want to JUST make the mash, then you’ll only need the ingredients that I’ve italicized. For the whole shebang, you’ll want them all! And trust me, if this is for your baby, you will want them all…

Ingredients for this: two sweet potatoes, one apple, milk, cinnamon, allspice, a pinch of salt, one egg, and some flour (Ignore the breadcrumbs in the picture and just pretend that it’s flour! I changed my mind halfway through the recipe!).


Peel and dice your potatoes and apple. Then start to boil your sweet potatoes.


Next, toss your apples into a pan with a teaspoon of cinnamon (I don’t recommend grinding up a cinnamon stick! We kept getting tiny bits of cinnamon in our bites….) and a 1/2 teaspoon of allspice. (You can add some sugar at this stage, if you want.)


I added butter to my pan because…. well, because butter is amazing. (We love THIS STUFF.)

That needs to cook on medium-low (gas mark 3) for about 15 minutes until the apples are soft enough to smush.

The apples and sweet potatoes should finish at about the same time, so toss them both into a bowl (or blender) and mash to your heart’s content.

Mash mash mash. 


And then you get some delicious Sweet Potato and Apple Mash!

This stuff is really great by itself.


Now, for the fritters….

Add 1 egg and a pinch of salt to the mixture. Now, you will add some flour. It’s hard to say how much because it will depend on (a) the size of your sweet potatoes, (b) the size of your apple, and (c) how much mash you have left after setting some aside.

You want the mixture to be very thick, to the point that it basically holds its shape. You should be able to scoop some onto a spoon without half of it rolling off the spoon.

Once you get that thick consistency, heat a teeny bit of oil in a pan. Use a spoon to scoop the mixture into the hot pan.


You see how it doesn’t flatten out? It stays in a mound shape. That’s the consistency you want!

After several minutes, these should flip over very easily. 


Some of those LOOK burned, but no. No no. They were all delicious, no matter how they looked.

After a few more minutes on that side, they are ready to eat!

Here is your printable recipe (for the fritters, not the mash):

Sweet Potato and Apple Fritters
Serves 4
A sweet handheld treat for your baby
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 2 sweet potatoes (peeled and diced)
  2. 1 apple (peeled, cored, and diced)
  3. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of allspice
  5. 1/4 cup of milk
  6. 1 egg
  7. a pinch of salt
  8. flour
  1. Boil the sweet potatoes.
  2. Meanwhile, melt some butter in a pan and toss the apples, cinnamon, and allspice in. Let that cook for 15 minutes or until the apples are soft.
  3. Mash the sweet potatoes with the apples, milk, egg, and salt.
  4. Slowly add flour until you reach a very thick consistency.
  5. Heat a bit of oil in a pan. Scoop spoonfuls of the mixture in the hot pan.
  6. Cook for several minutes, flip, and cook a few more minutes on the other side.
  1. You can modify step #3 and just add sweet potatoes, apple, and milk, and enjoy this as a mash instead of turning it into fritters. I have not frozen these, so I'm not sure how they would hold up for long-term.
Adapted from All Recipes.com
Adapted from All Recipes.com
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  • Jen Harder

    Have you ever used baby cereal instead of flour?

    • blwideas

      I have never bought baby cereal! Is it similar to flour?

  • Andrea

    Are they supposed to be wet in the middle when they’re done?

    • blwideas

      Not wet! They should be moist and not totally cake-like. Sometimes low heat for a longer cook time is the key.

      • Andrea

        Ok thanks!