I once thought tater tots were silly. But then I invented an easy way to make them super-healthy. Oh my! These crispy bites are flavorful, addictive, and made with all unrefined ingredients! Just grate raw sweet potatoes, mix the ingredients, roll into balls, and bake them. Baking is much healthier, and tastes equally delicious as frying. Tater tots were developed by Ore-Ida to use up leftover broken French fries. A brilliant plan! Their ingredient list below will give you a small hint of my trepidation when I was asked to invent a healthy tater tot. Eeek! However this Paleo version contains none of those refined ingredients. The recipe also works beautifully with raw riced cauliflower. These healthy sweet potato tots taste absolutely amazing dipped in Honey Lemon Ginger Sauce – my Paleo recipe for that will be posted soon. Yield: 24 tots.
Uh oh – here’s the ingredient list for tater tots. The Ore–Ida brand was acquired by Heinz in 1965.
- 3/4 cup grated raw sweet potato
- 3 teaspoons dry onion flakes (Find them in the bulk section of most healthy groceries.)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup arrowroot powder (This mimics the fine corn flour in the original recipe. I'm curious to try coconut flour or almond meal, but fear the tots will fall apart. If you try it, let me know how it works!)
- 3 tablespoons fresh herbs, chopped (basil, tarragon, chives, etc.)
- 1/4 teaspoon unprocessed salt
- Plenty black pepper
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes (for rolling)
- Coconut oil, if frying
- In a large mixing bowl, add grated sweet potato, onion flakes, melted coconut oil, arrowroot powder, chopped herbs, salt, and pepper. Mix them together until they form a doughy mixture.
- Roll a bit of dough in your hands into a ball about 3/4-inches in diameter.
- Put 1/2 cup shredded coconut on a flat plate. Roll each ball in the shredded coconut so that it becomes a cylinder shape. Then tap the two ends of the cylinder into the coconut so it's flat. Now it's a tater tot!
- You can fry these babies in coconut oil until golden brown.
- Or for a healthier tot, bake on a parchment covered baking sheet about 15 minutes at 400 degrees, until golden brown. Enjoy with your favorite sauce.
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