Sweet potato blondies with swirls of gooey salted caramel are the best sweet treat for fall. This easy dessert does not last long in my house. Originally published October 2017. Last updated November 2022.
Making dessert with sweet potatoes does not get enough shine in comparison to pumpkin but it really should. My salted caramel sweet potato blondie bars recipe will convert anybody and they mama to team sweet potato with just one bite. Let's get into the delicious details!
If you like easy fall baking ideas, try these recipes, too!
What do Sweet Potato Blondies Taste Like?
You'll taste earthy sweetness from the sweet potatoes and a deep buttery richness balanced by saltiness in the caramel. Vanilla helps all the flavors really pop and you'll also pick up a touch of molasses from the brown sugar. My easy sweet potato bars have a soft, dense, and chewy texture, with a bit of stickiness from the caramel swirls.
What You'll Need for this Recipe
The ingredient list for making gooey sweet potato bars is short and simple. Here's what to add to your grocery cart.
Can I make changes to this recipe? Baking is a delicate balance and this recipe combination yields the most consistent results so I don't recommend playing with the proportions but you can add things like chocolate chips or nuts over top. Also, this recipe for sweet potato blondie bars without eggs can also be made into vegan sweet potato blondies by using plant-based butter and milk!
Tips & Tools
You'll notice that the batter for these sweet potato caramel bars is thick and a little sticky. I recommend using a silicone spatula to mix and spread the batter into a square baking pan. And line the pan with parchment paper for quick and easy clean up!
How to store salted caramel blondies? Refrigerate them in an airtight container and they'll keep for about 10 days. And they stay soft so you can enjoy the cold or at room temperature but I prefer them warm for extra gooeyness.
Serve these bars for dessert or a sweet snack. They make a great Friendsgiving idea just prepare for no leftovers and lots of requests for the recipe!
More Sweet Potato Dessert Ideas
Making egg free blondies might pique your interest in more ways to use sweet potato in baking. Here are a few more sweet potato desserts to try.
- Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie
- Sweet Potato Gingerbread Muffins
- Praline Sweet Potato Bread Pudding
- Sweet Potato Cheesecake with Spiced Crust
I hope you'll try this treat with family and friends before the fall baking season ends. And sharing is caring so be sure to pin this sweet potato caramel bars recipe for later and follow me over on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
Salted Caramel Sweet Potato Blondies Recipe
Salted Caramel Sweet Potato Blondies
For the Sweet Potato Blondie Batter
- 1 sweet potato about ½ pound
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ cup butter melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Salted Caramel
- 11 ounces caramel candies
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- Line a square baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pierce sweet potato in several places with a fork or knife. Place in oven to roast over a sheet pan for 40 minutes or until skin is wrinkled and flesh is tender. Remove sweet potato and lower oven temperature to 350 degrees.
- Allow sweet potato to cool until safe to handle (about 10 minutes) then carefully remove skin. Cut sweet potato into a few large pieces and place into blender or food processor. Pulse until a puree forms (about 30-45 seconds).
- While sweet potato is cooling, add caramel candies, 2 teaspoons sea salt, and one tablespoon milk to a nonstick saucepan and melt over medium heat. Stir together until uniform to form a salted caramel sauce, which will be very sticky (about three minutes).
- Mix together flour, ½ teaspoon sea salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- Add sweet potato puree, brown sugar, milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract to bowl. Stir until uniform and no dry pockets remain. Batter will be thick and sticky.
- Spread batter into prepared baking dish. Pour salted caramel back and forth over batter then use a butter knife to swirl the caramel throughout the batter.
- Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted between caramel swirls comes out dry (not clean). Bars will be dense and gooey. Let cool completely then cut into nine pieces.