Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi (vegan, easy recipe)

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The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!

The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!

Is there anything more heavenly than enjoying some delicious Gnocchi that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside? This Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi served with flavorful roasted tomatoes and dairy-free parmesan cheese is the ultimate comfort food! I absolutely love making them for lunch or dinner or as a simple side dish. Gnocchi is also a perfect food you can make ahead and freeze in batches, so you can have homemade gnocchi any time you want!

The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal! The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!

Enjoy gnocchi as a cozy weeknight dinner or share with your family on festive days

I’ve always been a big fan of dumplings, such as Ravioli, Pierogi and Gnocchi. When I was a child my grandma made potato dumplings every Sunday for the whole family. It was kind of our family tradition and everyone was looking forward to this special day over and over again. We loved sitting together while enjoying these delicious pillowy potato dumplings. For some reason, we always made Gnocchi with regular potatoes but today I want to show you another version made of sweet potatoes instead.

How to make Sweet Potato Gnocchi from scratch

Making gnocchi with sweet potatoes is easier than you might think. First, microwave or bake a pierced sweet potato until soft. Once the sweet potato is cool enough to be handled, start making the gnocchi because the hotter potato will require less flour, making a lighter gnocchi. Peel the hot potato and mash. Add flour, nutritional yeast (optional) and a pinch of salt. Knead just until a dough forms but please do not over knead it, or the dough will get sticky and you have to add more flour. It’s just that, the more flour you have in your gnocchi, the denser. So the goal is to use as little flour as possible.

The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!
The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!
The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!
The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!

How to form Gnocchi

The Gnocchi dough made of sweet potatoes has a different texture than made of regular potatoes, so they usually don’t look that pretty and perfect. But it doesn’t matter because I think they taste even better. 😋
First of all, on a floured surface roll out the dough into logs about 2cm (3/4 inch) thick and cut them into pieces. You can either cook them this way or create the distinctive ridges. Place the gnocchi at the top of the fork tines and gently press down, rolling it across the fork with your thumb. It will be slightly curled with the indentations on the opposite side.

The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!
The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!
The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!

How to cook Gnocchi

To cook the sweet potato gnocchi, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the gnocchi. As soon as the gnocchi start floating, they are ready (usually it takes 2-3 minutes). Remove them with a slotted spoon and put them in the pan with the sauce/ pesto of your choice, or roast them crispy in vegan butter and serve with your favorite vegetables. They taste also very delicious then served with my Vegan Mac and Cheese sauce.

The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!

I hope you’ll like this Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi. They’re:

  • Vegan
  • Plant-based
  • Dairy-free
  • Eggfree
  • Healthy
  • Soft & Pillowy
  • Easy to make
  • Crispy roasted
  • Incredibly delicious!

The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!

Making Gnocchi ahead or freeze

If you‘d like to make gnocchi ahead, you can refrigerate the uncooked gnocchi in an airtight container. When ready to serve, simply boil the gnocchi according to the recipe below. Feel free to double the amount of the recipe to make more gnocchi, because they freeze very well. You can spread them in a single layer on a floured baking sheet or freezing box so they don’t stick together. Put it into the freezer for 1 hour or so. Once frozen, you can put the gnocchi into a freezer bag to save room. To cook them, just drop the frozen gnocchi directly in the boiling water without defrosting.
I hope you’ll enjoy these delicious Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi! Have fun trying! 😊

The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!

The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi (vegan, easy recipe)

The best recipe for Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with only 3 ingredients. It’s so easy to make, gluten-free and incredibly delicious! Serve them crispy pan-fried with oven roasted tomatoes for a perfect comfort meal!
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Course: Basics, Beilage, Hauptgericht, Lunch & Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Bianca Zapatka

Ingredients

Sweet Potato Gnocchi:

  • 1 large sweet potato (about 600 g)
  • 1 1/3 cup (gluten-free) flour* (170 g) (+more for dusting)
  • 2-3 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes or vegan parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter (to pan-fry)

Oven roasted tomatoes:

  • 250 g cherry tomatoes
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3-4 garlic cloves

Topping:

  • 4 tbsp pine nuts
  • fresh herbs of choice

Instructions

Sweet Potato Gnocchi:

  • Prick the sweet potato a few times with a fork and microwave until soft, for 7-10 minutes. (Optionally, bake the sweet potato in the oven for about 50-60 minutes).
  • Peel the sweet potato, scoop the flesh into a bowl and mash until smooth. Add nutritional yeast/ parmesan + salt and mix until combined. Add the flour and knead gently but don’t over knead it or the dough will get sticky. Add more flour if needed but try to add as little as possible to get fluffy and soft gnocchi.
  • Transfer the dough to a floured working surface, form it into a flat ball and cut into quarters. Take a piece and form a long rope, rolling it along your floured surface. Cut the rope into 3/4-inch (2 cm) pieces and either cook them this way or create the distinctive ridges.
  • To create the typical gnocchi ridges, place the gnocchi at the top of the fork tines and gently press down, rolling it across the fork with your thumb (see pictures in the text above).
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil, add the gnocchi, and cook until the gnocchi float to the top of the water. Drain and optionally, toss with a little olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • Now you can continue making the recipe to serve them immediately, or refrigerate the gnocchi to serve them later, or freeze them for further meals.

Pan-fried Gnocchi with roasted Tomatoes:

  • Put the tomatoes onto a baking sheet or baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle garlic cloves throughout. Season with a little salt & pepper and toss to coat. Spread out into a single layer and roast in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 15-20 minutes.
  • Toast pine nuts in a small pan without additional oil. Then set aside.
  • Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat until lightly bubbling. Add the gnocchi and roast until golden-brown and crispy on the outside. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve your crispy Gnocchi with roasted tomatoes and toasted pine nuts and sprinkle over vegan parmesan cheese and fresh chopped herbs, if you like.
  • Enjoy! 😊

Notes

  • You can use regular wheat flour or a gluten-free flour blend.
  • Water will absorb more flour, resulting in a denser gnocchi. So please do not boil the sweet potato.
  • You can find suggestions about the storage etc. in the text above.

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40 Comments

  1. Avatar 23. October 2018 / 10:59

    Your photos are so amazingly magical that makes me want to try out the recipe right now. 😍😍
    – Natalie

  2. Avatar 24. October 2018 / 2:48

    I love gnocchi so much and it’s even better when it’s homemade! And sweet potato gnocchi is amazing, I tried it with Japanese sweet potatoes in the past and it was so yummy. Will definitely try your recipe as well. 🙂

    • Bianca Zapatka 24. October 2018 / 17:56

      Hi Ela,
      So glad that you like Gnocchi too! 😊
      Thank you for your kind comment! Have fun trying the recipe.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Noreen
    25. October 2018 / 4:01

    Made this on Monday and again yesterday by request! Easy to make and absolutely delicious, I added a dash of nutmeg and served it with a fresh tomato sauce. Love that the nutritional yeast adds some extra protein for my vegan family members.

    • Bianca Zapatka 25. October 2018 / 18:23

      Hi Noreen,
      So glad that you liked it!
      Thank you so much 😊
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Konstantinos
    31. October 2018 / 14:41

    Made this recipe already 3 times! I sooo loved it! Very easy to make and absolutely delicious! Thank you so much!

    • Bianca Zapatka 2. November 2018 / 11:31

      Thank you for your feedback!
      So happy that you liked this recipe.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Majait
    3. November 2018 / 1:01

    This recipe was simple and delicious 😋 I will definitely be making this again and soon 😍😍😍

    • Bianca Zapatka 5. November 2018 / 12:49

      Thank you! So glad that you liked this recipe. 🙂
      Lots of love, Bianca

  6. Avatar 3. November 2018 / 14:47

    Love this recipe! Making gnocchi can be intimidating, but this was super easy and delicious!
    Thank you!

    • Bianca Zapatka 5. November 2018 / 12:48

      Thank you, Talia! I’m absolutely in love with Gnocchi too. So glad that you liked this recipe. 🙂
      Lots of love, Bianca

  7. Avatar 24. November 2018 / 2:15

    I made it and it was delicious, but the gnocchi started to dissolve when I boiled them, as soon as I put them in the water. Any tips for me?
    Alexandra

    • Bianca Zapatka 25. November 2018 / 10:44

      Hi Alexandra,
      So glad that you liked the gnocchi!
      It never happened to me, so I don’t know what you did wrong. Did you add vegan parmesan cheese? Maybe this would help the gnocchi to hold together.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca 😊❤️

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      Zuzanna
      7. February 2019 / 16:32

      Try using cold potatoes instead of warm ones! Works way better!

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    Aubrie
    3. December 2018 / 22:29

    Super easy to make and absolutely delicious! Definitely a new dinner staple! Thank you!

    • Bianca Zapatka 5. December 2018 / 12:42

      So glad that you liked it!
      Thank you for your feedback! 😊❤️

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    Mary
    8. December 2018 / 18:28

    The photographs showing the technique are especially good and clear, as are the instructions. I look forward to trying this, and will be checking out your other recipes as well!

    • Bianca Zapatka 9. December 2018 / 10:09

      Thank you, Mary!
      So glad to read this.
      Have fun trying my recipes 😊
      Lots of love to you!❤️

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    Piluca Martinez @killahsense
    8. January 2019 / 13:13

    OMG!! I’m so in love with this recipe! 😍 So tasty and beautiful 🤤 Actually I’m in love with all your recipes to be honest. I want to make all of them 😄 You’re an artist!!! From your recipes to your pictures!!!
    Thank you very much for sharing ❤️🥰❤️

    • Bianca Zapatka 8. January 2019 / 16:55

      So glad that you like my recipes and photos! 😊
      Thank you sooooo much!
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️❤️❤️

  11. Avatar 19. January 2019 / 13:15

    Love this recipe! Really easy to make and super tasty! 😍😋

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    Alexandra
    2. February 2019 / 13:16

    I did the gnocchis yesterday and they turned out super amazing!
    First time I’m doing gnocchis and I’ll definitely do it again 👌🏼
    Thanks for the good recipe 😊

    • Bianca Zapatka 2. February 2019 / 20:14

      So glad that you liked this Gnocchi recipe 😊
      Thank you so much!
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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    Zuzanna
    7. February 2019 / 16:31

    I tried this recipe and it turned out very good, but I have just one tip for all of you – if you wait until the sweet potatoes are cold, the gnocchi dough would be easier to cope with and gnocchi would be softer!
    According to my grandmother, you always have to use cold potatoes and it works a lot better!

    • Bianca Zapatka 7. February 2019 / 17:39

      So glad that you liked this recipe! 😊
      I‘ll try your tip next time too.
      Thank you so much! ❤️

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    Nirit Modai
    18. March 2019 / 17:33

    Hi Bianca,

    I made the sweet potato gnocchi, inspired by your recipe.
    They are sooooo good.

    Made them with some corn flour and sage.
    Served with a creamy cashew tomato sauce.
    Heaven.

    Thanks a lot for all your great Vegan recipes!!

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    Jenna
    20. March 2019 / 16:44

    Very yummy! I used a gluten free flour and they turned out good, not quite as pretty but still yummy. Definitely recommend pan searing them. The flavor and texture from roasting was perfect.

    • Bianca Zapatka 23. March 2019 / 20:28

      I LOVE roasting them! It’s so delicious. So happy you liked this recipe too 🙂 Thank you!

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    Ally
    27. March 2019 / 4:40

    Can I make this recipe with regular flour??

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    Mary
    11. April 2019 / 15:42

    I made this gnocchi yesterday. As we have no microwave we put the sweetpotato in the oven. It took longer than 60 min but that was fine. All in all it was really delicious. And I am a sucker for any type of sauce but I didnt need any.

    • Bianca Zapatka 11. April 2019 / 19:10

      So glad that you liked this recipe 🙂 The baking time varies depending on the size of your sweet potato. Thanks for your feedback <3

  18. Avatar 14. April 2019 / 21:47

    Loved the Sweet Potato Gnocchi recipe! I am an avid cook and don’t mind complex recipes, but I was pleasantly surprised at how simple this was! Very tasty. Normal gnocchi has a slightly bitter after taste, but the sweet potato made this very gentle on the palate. I will be using this recipe again. Thank you Bianca! -Francesca H 🙂 P.S. bacon adds a very flavorful touch with either fresh basil or even cilantro as a garnish.

    • Bianca Zapatka 17. April 2019 / 0:18

      Thank you! 🙂 So glad that you liked it! I absolutely agree with you. Love sweet potato gnocchi so much <3

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    Jessica
    18. April 2019 / 4:38

    This recipe was so easy and delish! Definitely making again!

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