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Sweet Potato & Oats Cutlets – Healthy and Tasty Evening Snack

Sweet Potato & Oats Cutlets – Healthy and Tasty Evening Snack

Looking for a healthy, protein-rich, high-fiber evening snack recipe?

Or are you looking for a no-cheese, non-fried party snack recipe?

Or do you just want to include oats and some extra veggies in your diet?

Whatever your reason, you have to try this crispy, healthy, and tasty sweet potato and oats cutlet (sweet potato patties) recipe. These are not just delicious but also non-greasy and light too. Instead of deep frying, I shallow-fried these cutlets using very little oil.

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The sweet potatoes in Germany are so delicious. They are very sweet and pulpy, and when baked they taste so good. I keep trying different recipes to include this gem of a vegetable in our diet. Recently, I thought to try cutlets (or patties) using sweet potatoes because we always make potato cutlets, and switching potatoes with sweet potatoes seemed delicious in my mind.

Honestly, I was a little skeptical too because we do not eat sweet cutlets. And I added sweet potatoes along with carrots. And their sweetness level increases after getting baked. I added some extra vegetables to these cutlets in order to enhance their flavors even more. Believe me, when I say this, these cutlets were a bomb. They were so tasty even without any seasoning ingredients. Yes! It is just the flavors of vegetables that made these cutlets irresistible. I even made these cutlets for my parents and they also liked them a lot. I made a big batch of these cutlets and froze them so that they could be ready anytime for our everyday evening chai. Do try and just like me – make a big batch. You will need it. 🙂

What is a cutlet?

Cutlets are fried patties that are made of potatoes, different vegetables, or meat. Different spices and herbs are also added to enhance the flavors of cutlets. The ingredients are mashed together and shaped into a firm patty. The patties are then deep-fried, shallow-fried, or baked in an oven. These are also known as fritters, pakoras (pakoda), patty, or kebab.

What are the benefits of sweet potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet and can be considered a superfood. This cutlet recipe is a great way to include this gem of a vegetable in our regular diet. The diet of Okinawans, historically one of the longest-living populations, was centered around sweet potatoes. They are protective against cancer, have the greatest nutritional benefits, rich in antioxidants, and are a good source of vitamins, potassium, and proteins.

The darker-colored sweet potatoes have more anti-oxidants. That means the brighter orange flesh of sweet potatoes is more nutritious and the purple one is even better than that.

(source: nutritionfacts.org)

What is the best way to cook sweet potatoes?

The best way to cook sweet potatoes is by boiling them. The anti-oxidant power of sweet potatoes is most retained by boiling them instead of steaming, roasting, or baking them. Boiling causes less blood sugar rise compared to baking or roasting. Baking even reduces its nutritional value.

Also, to get the most nutrients, do not peel sweet potatoes. The peels have nearly 10 times more antioxidant power than the flesh. Sweet potatoes are so healthy and nutritious that whichever way makes you eat them more, eat that way. The only exception is deep-frying them.

(source: nutritionfacts.org)

What are the benefits of oats?

Oats and their constituents possess varied drug-like activities like lowering blood cholesterol and blood sugar, boosting our immune system, anti-cancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, useful in controlling childhood asthma, body weight & BMI, and improving liver function, etc.

Oats come in various forms – steel-cut, rolled, instant, flour, whole grain, etc. You can use it in any form but every form works differently in our body despite the fact that each kind is the same ingredient – Oats. In my opinion, the least processed ones are the best for our bodies. But every form has its own benefits and uses. For example, for this cutlets recipe, I can only use instant oats and not the rest of the forms.

Can we bake these sweet potato and oats cutlets?

Yes. Of course! Instead of pan-frying, you can even bake these cutlets or make them in the air fryer. The texture would be different and baked cutlets may feel slightly dry. To bake, preheat your oven or microwave to 200°C and then bake until golden brown. It may take 12 to 15 minutes.

Is this recipe Vegan?

Yes. All the ingredients used in this recipe and plant-based and vegan. You can try other vegan recipes from the website like Avocado Hummus Sandwich, Protein-Rich Gond ke Ladoo (Indian Energy Balls), and Spinach Pesto.

How to store sweet potato and oats cutlets?

You can make the cutlet mixture and store it in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. If the vegetables release any moisture, simply add some bread crumbs to make firm patties.

You can also make small patties and put them in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. They develop more flavor the next day. To cook, take them out and shallow-fry in a pan.

Can we freeze sweet potato and oats cutlets?

Yes. Of course! I do it all the time. I always make a big batch of the cutlets, shape them as needed, and then put them in the freezer on a plate. Once frozen, I transfer them to a zip-lock bag. You can freeze them for about a month (or more).

To cook, take them out of the freezer and let them rest for a few minutes. Then shallow-fry. There is no need to thaw.

Preparation Photos – for your reference

Sweet Potato Cutlets
Sweet Potato Cutlets

More Oats Recipes – just as good

  1. Mix-Veg Oats Appe (savory mini pancakes)
  2. High Fibre Oats Energy Bars
  3. Instant Oats Idli
  4. Banana Walnut Muffins
  5. Thumbprint Cookies

More Party Snacks Recipes

  1. Non-Fried & Crispy Chickpea Falafel
  2. Mix-Veg Quinoa Cutlets
  3. Non-Fried Cheese Chutney Bomb
  4. Broccoli & Zucchini Fritters (Eggless)
  5. Non-Fried & Crispy Moong Dal Falafel

Now grab all the ingredients because you are ready to make this quick and easy evening snack – sweet potato and oats cutlets – at home. I am sure you and your family will enjoy it and make it again and again. Homemade snacks are always tastier and contain the best quality ingredients. You can enjoy it for a healthy and tasty evening snack and serve it at your house parties too. Everyone is going to love it.

If you try this recipe and like it too, please share the photo of your creation on Instagram and tag us @thefearlesscooking. We just love to see your recreation of our recipes.

Happy Cooking 🙂

Love from us

Richa

Sweet Potato & Oats Cutlets – Healthy and Tasty Evening Snack

Crispy. Tasty. Irresistible.

Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. The diet of Okinawans, historically one of the longest-living populations, was centered around sweet potatoes. Interesting!

This cutlet recipe is a great way to include this gem of a vegetable in our regular diet. Try it.

10

Servings

15 min

Prep Time

45 min

Cook Time

1 hr

Total Time

Courses


Ingredients

Vegetables & Herbs

Seasoning

Other

Steps

Bake Vegetables
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C, top-bottom setting.
  2. Peel sweet potatoes and carrots. Roughly cut them into 2-inch pieces. 
  3. Place them on a lined baking tray and season with some salt. 
  4. Bake for around 30-35 minutes or until cooked and well roasted.
  5. Once done, remove from the oven and mash them well using a fork or a potato masher. Let it cool.
Prepare Mixture
  1. In a large bowl, add mashed sweet potato and carrots, all the other vegetables, seasonings, flax seeds, and instant oats.
  2. Mix and combine everything well preferably with the hands.
  3. Shape the mixture into patties and check if you can make a firm patty. If not, add bread crumbs as needed to make a firm dough. Combine well.
  4. You can even add more oats.
  5. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Cover and let it rest for around 15 minutes.
Shape Cutlets
  1. Method 1 - Apply some oil on your palms and take a small amount of the mixture. Roll the mixture between your palms and press it gently into a patty shape. Repeat. 
  2. You will get around 25-30 medium sized cutlets.
  3. Method 2 - Lightly dust a surface with some flour. Take a generous amount of the mixture and roll it on the surface using your fingers (approx. 1/2 inch thickness). Use a cookie cutter to cut the cutlets into your desired shape. 
  4. This method is faster than the other one and you get the same size of cutlets.
Pan-Frying Cutlets
  1. Heat 2 to 3 Tbsp of oil in a pan. 
  2. Place a few cutlets and cook on medium flame until golden brown. Flip and cook from the other side too. 
  3. Do not over-crowd the pan.
  4. Once cooked and crispy, remove them on a plate lined with tissue paper. This will absorb excess oil. 
  5. Serve hot with your choice of sauce. It tastes best with a hot cup of chai or coffee. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Add any vegetables of your choice. No need to cook them as they are finely chopped and get cooked while frying. 
  2. Excess bread crumbs will make the mixture dry and develop cracks while shaping. If they are less, you won't get a firm patty. 
  3. Resting ensures better flavour and it gives enough time to the oats and bread crumbs to absorb any excess moisture.
  4. Instead of baking, you can even steam or boil the sweet potatoes. You will need more bread crumbs or oats in that case to make a firm patty.
  5. This recipe will make around 25 to 30 pieces of medium-sized cutlets that can easily serve 10 to 12 people.

FAQs

What is a cutlet?
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Cutlets are fried patties that are made of potatoes, different vegetables, or meat. Different spices and herbs are also added to enhance the flavors of cutlets. The ingredients are mashed together and shaped into a firm patty. The patties are then deep-fried, shallow-fried, or baked in an oven. These are also known as fritters, pakoras (pakoda), patty, or kebab.


What are the benefits of sweet potatoes?
+
Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet and can be considered a superfood. This cutlet recipe is a great way to include this gem of a vegetable in our regular diet. The diet of Okinawans, historically one of the longest-living populations, was centered around sweet potatoes. They are protective against cancer, have the greatest nutritional benefits, rich in antioxidants, and are a good source of vitamins, potassium, and proteins. The darker-colored sweet potatoes have more anti-oxidants. That means the brighter orange flesh of sweet potatoes is more nutritious and the purple one is even better than that. (source: nutritionfacts.org)

What is the best way to cook sweet potatoes?
+
The best way to cook sweet potatoes is by boiling them. The anti-oxidant power of sweet potatoes is most retained by boiling them instead of steaming, roasting, or baking them. Boiling causes less blood sugar rise compared to baking or roasting. Baking even reduces its nutritional value. Also, to get the most nutrients, do not peel sweet potatoes. The peels have nearly 10 times more antioxidant power than the flesh. Sweet potatoes are so healthy and nutritious that whichever way makes you eat them more, eat that way. The only exception is deep-frying them. (source: nutritionfacts.org)

What are the benefits of oats?
+
Oats and their constituents possess varied drug-like activities like lowering blood cholesterol and blood sugar, boosting our immune system, anti-cancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, useful in controlling childhood asthma, body weight & BMI, and improving liver function, etc. Oats come in various forms – steel-cut, rolled, instant, flour, whole grain, etc. You can use it in any form but every form works differently in our body despite the fact that each kind is the same ingredient – Oats. In my opinion, the least processed ones are the best for our bodies. But every form has its own benefits and uses. For example, for this cutlets recipe, I can only use instant oats and not the rest of the forms.

Can we freeze sweet potato and oats cutlets?
+
Yes. Of course! I do it all the time. I always make a big batch of the cutlets, shape them as needed, and then put them in the freezer on a plate. Once frozen, I transfer them to a zip-lock bag. You can freeze them for about a month (or more). To cook, take them out of the freezer and let them rest for a few minutes. Then shallow-fry. There is no need to thaw.

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