Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes


So. It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and the only “what to do with leftover” ideas you can find online involve turkey sandwiches. If you’re looking for vegan leftover ideas, then this post is for you. Today in my New Veganism column over at Food52, I share an easy, delicious, and plant-based leftover idea: sweet potato chickpea cakes, made with leftover mashed sweet potatoes. As I mention in the column, these are perfect with a topping of leftover cranberry sauce. If you want to get creative, you can stuff them into warm pita and top them with leftover greens (anything you’ve got), cranberry sauce, and a drizzle of my turmeric tahini dressing. Yum. Sort of a holiday-themed twist on falafel and pita, right?

Since sweet potato mash is the star of the dish, I had to share one of my go-to recipes, too: coconut mashed sweet potatoes. You can make vegan sweet potato mash with Earth Balance, of course–and it’s wonderful–but in this recipe, full fat coconut milk provides all of the creaminess. A touch of ginger is an optional, but delightful, enhancement.


Head on over to Food52 to get the potato cake + sweet potato mash recipes today. And, while you’re at it, don’t forget that I’m giving away two gorgeous salad bowls from Food52 Provisions.

salad bowls 4

Can’t wait to pick a lucky winner!

Happy Friday, friends. See you on Sunday for Weekend Reading.


All images (c) James Ransom for Food52.

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Categories: Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegan Basics
Method: Oven
Ingredients: Chickpeas, Sweet Potato
Dietary Preferences: Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan
Recipe Features: Meal Prep

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  1. Looks delicious! Do you think almond flour or ground oats would work? I want to make it GF and I never buy GF bread. Thanks.

    • Thanks, Bitt!

      I’m not 100% sure how oat flour or oats would work, but I think the best thing would actually be oats that you’ve pulsed in a food processor till they’re coarsely ground — that’s most similar to bread crumb texture. Try it! I hope it’s a success 🙂


  2. Sweet potatoes are my favorite root vegetable, so I might just give this recipe a good try … thanks!