Cinnamon & Sugar Skillet Sweet Potatoes

I truly love this recipe! And it gets even better as leftovers! I thought of this recipe after I made my Thanksgiving Brown Butter & Herb Skillet Potatoes but wanted to make a sweet potato version that reminded me of a sweet potato casserole. Except I don’t really like sweet potato casserole. I think it’s too sweet and it’s usually loaded with marshmallows which grosses me out. BUT you could totally add marshmallows if you prefer! Anywho, I loved this recipe and want to make 100 more versions! But I thought this would be the perfect version just in time for the holidays!

I also gave this recipe to a friend early since she was having a holiday party and asked for it and after she made it, she texted me and said, “You’re going to give this recipe away for free!??!” She loved it. And that gives me the warm and fuzzies! I loved this recipe but it’s always so damn cool to hear when others love it, too!

I officially bought the ONE gift that I needed to buy for Christmas. We said no gifts this year but we are doing one white elephant gift exchange. I can’t say what it is just in case one of my family members reads this post, but I think it’s a solid gift. Other than that, I haven’t bought any other gifts and I definitely don’t want any gifts myself. What I do want to do is find a charity that I love and want to be a part of. Whenever I watch a show and someone mentions a charity they are part of or support, I always wonder how they came across that charity and know it’s a good one. I remember mentioning the Humane Society a while back and people bit my head off about supporting that charity because I guess they don’t really give all their money to their charities? But is that true? And how am I suppose to know that when it’s such a well publicized company? So my question is, how do you find a charity that you can trust and know that ALL your money you give is going to a good cause?

Sorry, I know that got deep there. It’s the holidays, OK!?

I gotta get going!! I’m finishing up some new recipes today, taking some outfit photos, and getting some newsletter exclusive content ready to go for all you wonderful people! Making sure that you still have all sorts of fun stuff on the website AND have some special content just for you newsletter subscribers, even through the holidays! Let’s go crush this Tuesday!

PaleOMG Cinnamon & Sugar Skillet Sweet Potatoes


sweet potatoes

  • Yield: 5-6 1x



For the sweet potatoes

  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 67 medium sweet potatoes or yams)
  • 5 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 heaping tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon

For the toppings

  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter or ghee, melted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon coconut sugar or maple sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • flaky salt, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Thinly slice sweet potatoes using a mandolin slicer or food processor with the slicing attachment. Arrange sweet potatoes in any formation in a 10″ cast iron skillet.
  2. Place a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add butter and maple syrup and once it melts, add rosemary, salt and cinnamon and let come together for 2 minutes until rosemary is fragrant. Remove from heat and pour butter mixture over the sweet potatoes, using a brush to get in the crevices of all the potatoes.
  3. Place in oven to bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  4. Once the sweet potatoes have cooked, remove them from the oven and turn the oven up to 400 degrees. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the toppings until combine. Pour the nut mixture along the outside of the dish on top of the sweet potatoes then place back in the oven to bake for 15 more minutes.
  5. Let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving!

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38 thoughts on “Cinnamon & Sugar Skillet Sweet Potatoes”

  1. Hi Julie!

    In regards to the charity comment – – I used to work for an organization out of Boston called SheGives. It’s basically a group of women who got together because they had the SAME questions you do (where does all the money go?) and started this group to slate the best charities and provide women who want to give all the information they need. They then pool their money and make hefty donations to these charities they research.

    You can read more about it here:

    The charities are mostly in the Boston area, but maybe this will be a little bit informational for you in your quest for the most well-thought charities to give to.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Hi Julie!

    Thanks for the recipe, I am super pumped to make it for the upcoming holidays! In regards to the charity, I found that while I want to support some of the larger charities for causes that are meaningful to me. I have decided to choose charities in my local area, Iowa. For example, I volunteer and donate to Patriots for Pets (PFP). PFP is a non-kill dog shelter that will rescue dogs from high-kill shelters in TX and OK and re-home them here in the Midwest. It is actually how I found my puppers-she came up with a group of 101 other dogs to be re-homed! I have found that supporting the closer-to-home charities have led me to glean a more in-depth understanding of the organization and where my contribution is being utilized. In addition, with a little digging, I have found local branches of the national charities I am interested in and I was able to chat with them to find out how my contribution will be given back and used. I am not sure if that helped or if it was more of a ramble but basically the crux of what I was getting at is to try looking closer to home for local chapters of charities you are interested in.

    One last thing, I am not sure if you are familiar with Love Your Melon ( but their mission and accomplishments are something to look at. I think it is impressive what these students from The University of St. Thomas have accomplished. If anything, the beanies are super cozy and nice to wear while out for a walk with the puppers.

    Thanks for all your posts and suggestions, keep up the kick ass work!

  3. I have been waiting not so patiently for this recipe ever since you posted a picture on instagram!! Thank you so much, gonna make this to go with a recipe from your new cookbook tonight…you are the BOMB!!

  4. Hi Juli! Long-time/lifetime supporter of all things PaleOMG. For charities! If animals are your interest, check out rescue organizations in your area. The smaller ones are usually the ones who need the most support. When I first moved to NYC, I ended up just googling dog rescues, and became a dog foster mom for awhile. It was the best. Bet you could even find a Frenchie rescue organization somewhere close by. It’ll make it easier to see where your money’s going.

    Hope that helps!

    1. i love that idea, i’m definitely gonna do that. i’m all about the animals before people (i know how bad that sounds) but they are just so damn innocent!

      1. LOL girl. Always animals before humans. I feel you 10000% on that. No shame.

        Also. Because I’m *so busy* at work, I did some googling for you (because I was curious, too!) and here are some frenchie links to get you started. Not all are directly in CO, but they’re specific to the smaller bully-breeds. I actually raised and trained my old roommate’s deaf frenchie puppy a few years ago. She is such an idiot and so f’ing cute. Obsessed.

  5. Hey Juli!
    First off this recipe looks amazing. I’m definitely going to try to convince my mom to let me make this for Xmas dinner.
    Secondly, in regards to charities and finding one you can trust. For me, it was sort of easy, because I found a good cause through my church. My church partners with a school in Kenya called Grace Community Education Center. I actually went there this past year to hang out with the kids and help out where needed. I know you said (well your dad said) that your gym is really your church, but maybe you know others who do attend a church that supports a cause. That could be one way to go about finding one. Best of luck!
    Or, I just had a thought, you could support one of the many charities that there are often CrossFit Comps for, since you are a coach that would sort of be fitting.

  6. My husband and I always donate to the local humane society from their supplies wishlist. It takes away any concern that your money isn’t directly benefiting the animals. This year we donated nyla bones, paper towels, bath towels, peanut butter, and ziploc baggies.

  7. Yum yum yum! I cannot wait to try this! Like you I love sweet potatoes, but sweet potato casserole is WAY too sweet and totally not a fan of marshmallows. Thanks for another great recipe! 🙂

  8. Hey Juli!

    I am a big fan of your recipes, blog and podcast!

    You can check out if you want to learn more about a specific charity before donating.
    They share the organization’s Form 990 that will tell you a lot about the Charity, how much they pay their officers and directors, and how the money that you donate is being spent.

    Thank you for all that you do!

  9. This looks amazing! Going to make it tomorrow!

    Look for small local charities. I volunteer at a food pantry with a community garden, and no one in our organization gets a paycheck. We have some operating costs like insurance and rent, but everything else goes for food and supplies. Many small charities run like that. Good luck finding one!

  10. Making this for Christmas for sure! My mom and I love sweet potato casserole but I eat paleo now and she has joined me because she refuses to have to go on medicine at 60. I’m all about supporting her!

    In regards to charities, most are very open about their finances on their websites or if you contact them. If they aren’t, that’s a bad sign. Also, you can use to research local and national groups.

    I volunteer and fundraise for an amazing group where my father received cancer treatment before he passed away. I also work with Lungevitiy and the American Cancer Society. No organization is perfect, but most try very hard to funnel as much money as possible to their efforts.

    Good luck finding one!

  11. As far as donating to a charity goes, the best thing to do is to walk into a charity’s office in your neighborhood and donate directly to them. If you donate to, let’s say Special Olympics, only a small portion will come back to your local Special Olympics group and then you end up on their mailing list and you get shit in the mail every single month asking for more money.

    If you want to support an animal shelter, a lot of times they are looking for specific items like dog food and paper towels. You know that stuff is going to stay right there at that shelter. And then you can say “hi” to all the animals when you’re there. 🙂

  12. Hey Juli! I just wanted to say that this recipe looks so good and I can’t wait to try it 🙂 Also about finding charities that are good ones… what I like to do is go volunteer for the charity (if it is possible) and then you get to see the work that the people do and the difference they make! I volunteered for S.I.R.E. last summer which is an organization that treats special needs kids and adults through hippotherapy. It really touched my heart to see the people grow and become stronger. Maybe volunteering your time would be a cool thing if you’re unsure about the financial side of things. But that’s so cool that your looking to give to charity! I think that’s something more people should be conscientious of in this holiday season.

  13. This is my new go-to sweet potato recipe. Soooooo easy & delicious! Made it yesterday for Christmas dinner and everyone loved it. Eating leftover cold for breakfast right now 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  14. This recipe made 3 Paleomg dishes at my Christmas Eve meal. It was amazing! The other 2 were the white potato version and Brussel sprout gratin. Thank you so much for all you give us for free Juli! Your recipes warm my tummy and your writing is always so fun to read. I must meet you next time you come to Atlanta!

  15. Juli,

    Thanks for creating such an awesome recipe! I made it for my families Christmas dinner and everyone was HUGE fan, so you’re recipe has now been shared with many more.

  16. A-MAZ-ZING!! We just had this for Easter. We did an all Paleo Easter dinner, and it was so great that my whole extended family was on board with us. I picked out recipes and sent them to those bringing dishes, and they showed up perfect! My mom made this one, and she actually cooked it completely the night before, then 15 mins before we ate, we put the topping on, and re-heated it. It worked out so well. And it’s just beautiful! I also made your rainbow carrots, and those were a huge hit! Thank you!!

  17. I don’t like traditional sweet potato casserole either BUT this recipe is going on my turkey day table this year! CAN’T wait.

  18. I absolutely love your brown butter herb skillet potatoes and am going to make this recipe here for Thanksgiving. We are doing a nut-free menu for one of our guests. Should I just omit the nut garnish, or do you think there is something else I could use in it’s place? I’m trying to think of something, but completely blanking… Thank you so much for all of your fabulous recipes!

  19. So freaking good! This dish is simple to make and something I’ll be proud to bring to Thanksgiving. Loved the nut topping!

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