Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown “Butter” Sage Sauce


For those of you who haven’t met my parents before, they are pretty awesome people.

They are very determined and focused and passionate about whatever they are doing. So, shockingly, that same mindset wouldn’t change even when they find out that they both have to completely alter their diet to stay healthy for years to come.

Of course my parents, the sometimes stubborn and completely committed people that they are, go into their new diets with brute force and a “let’s get this done” attitude.


Shortly into this big change, (which requires my dad going from a serious meat eater to almost full time vegetarian, and my mom going from twenty years on a vegetarian diet to a full blown meat diet, a la blood type diet anyone?) my parents decided to have a little date night.

But they were worried about eating out and messing up on their strict plans, so my cousin Jordan and I offered to cook for them.

We thought it would be fun! And it was!


We researched and researched yummy gluten free (because they were both told to lay low on the gluten) meat and veggie options.

Jordan decided to grill some fish and I decided to make sweet potato gnocchi.

Sounds good right?

Oh it was.

From the very first taste of the gnocchi I just knew it had to be on the blog.


This stuff is dynamite. So easy to make, yet so tasty.

I was a little worried about making something that seems more “adult” like than “kid” like, and we are a kid centered blog.

But then I started thinking, Viv doesn’t normally eat off the kids menu, and I didn’t either when I was her age.

Kids shouldn’t just be given the option of chicken tenders and mac and cheese all the time!

So I thought this recipe was perfect! It’s a great way to get young people involved in cooking dinner. It requires getting your hands a little messy but also takes no time to make, and it’s really tasty!


So I give you.. Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a Brown “Butter” Sage Sauce that is gluten free, dairy free, and egg free! Voila!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown "Butter" Sage Sauce
Serves: 2-4 depending on if it's a side or a main dish
  • 1 ½ cups flour (I used gluten free tapioca flour)
  • 2 medium-large sweet potatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • ½ cup Earth Balance butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup chopped sage
  • Sage for garnish
For the gnocchi
  1. Bake sweet potatoes in the oven on 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-50 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Wait until cool, then remove skin and mash in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Add the flour and mix together.
  4. Add salt and nutmeg, mix together.
  5. Add egg if you choose to do so.
  6. Roll into quarter sized balls and press down with a fork just slightly to create the signature “gnocchi” look.
  7. Bring water to a boil and add gnocchi, no more than ten at a time.
  8. Cook them for about five minutes, or until they float to the surface, and remove. Repeat until all gnocchi is cooked.
For the sauce
  1. Heat the sage over medium high heat.
  2. Add the butter and melt it down.
  3. Then add the brown sugar.
  4. Let simmer for five to ten minutes.
  5. Immediately pour onto gnocchi. Enjoy ☺


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