Sweet Potato Candy (Real Healthy Candy Corn)

Healthy recipe for Sweet Potato Candy

Here’s a delightfully rich and creamy treat that will cure your sweet tooth without refined cane sugar.

An RHR blog reader, Micaela, wrote me an email asking for a healthy recipe that would cure her craving for candy corn. This was a tough one! As a former candy corn lover, I knew from firsthand how tasty and addicting those sweet little kernels can be.

And I also knew that the flavor I was trying to wholesomely reproduce was…corn syrup. Gulp!

I didn’t want to end up with a super sweet, high-calorie treat that simply replaced the refined sugar with a more wholesome sweetener. No, I saw a treat developing that had more to it nutritionally.

Enter the sweet potato.

With the addition of cooked sweet potato, this wholesome candy (and yes, make no mistake, it IS candy) provides usable, complex carbohydrates as well as the cure for your candy corn craving.

Make the candies into pinwheels, or channel your inner candy corn with little kernel shapes. It’s delish either way!

Sweet Potato Candy (Real Healthy Candy Corn)
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
5.0 from 1 reviews

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Serves 50

Candy Ingredients
Filling Ingredients

  1. To cook the sweet potato: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Poke the sweet potato(es) all over with a fork. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Flip over and bake for another 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing the skins and measuring out 1 ½ cups.
  2. Combine the remaining candy ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Knead the mixture until smooth.
  3. Sprinkle a clean cutting board or counter with arrowroot starch. Use a rolling pin to flatten the sweet potato dough into a large rectangle.
  4. In a small bowl combine the almond butter, maple syrup and salt. Spread the filling over the dough. Sprinkle with the coconut. Roll the dough up, like a jelly roll. Place in the fridge for an hour.
  5. Slice the dough into pinwheels and serve.

Serving size: 1 candy     Calories: 51     Fat: 1     Carbohydrates: 10     Sugar: 2     Sodium: 9     Fiber: 1     Protein: 1    


To turn this sweet dough into Real Healthy Candy Corns, simply shape the dough into little triangles and skip the filling step. Enjoy!


Recipe for candy corn without cane sugar

Try this: shape your Sweet Potato Candy into little kernels like candy corn.



  • reese March 10, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    dangerously delicious!

    • Diana March 10, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      Glad you like it, Reese 🙂

  • Lisa October 14, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Hello! I’ve made something similar and it tasted very starchy from the raw arrowroot. What’s the secret?


    • Diana October 14, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Lisa,
      Have you tried this recipe? There is a bit of arrowroot flavor but it’s still quite delicious. Let me know what you think when you try it! 🙂

      • Lisa October 15, 2014 at 3:07 pm

        Thanks for the reply! I haven’t tried it — I just wouldn’t want to have to toss it (not saying your recipe is bad, but just given my past experiences)!

        But if you say it is indiscernible, then I trust you. Thank you again.

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