Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi

I can’t believe it’s already December 1st! This year has gone by faster than ever, and I feel like I say that every year. It’s just crazy. The fun thing about this holiday season is that it’s our first holiday spent in our new house! Nick is like a child in that he can’t wait to put lights up (we started last week) and buy a Christmas tree. We are actually buying our Christmas tree on Sunday, which is early because we usually buy it two weeks before Christmas. We’re just really into the holidays this year (scratch that, HE’S into the holidays, I’m just soaking in that positive energy!). I have been heating cinnamon sticks and orange peels on the stove, and we even had our chimney cleaned out so we can start doing fires some nights. Ok, I’ll admit, I’m into the holidays this year!

I already made plans with my mom to make our annual batch of chocolate waffle cones….

The Buckeyes already kicked some Michigan butt in the last scheduled game of the season…

And of course the holidays are impossible to escape when you work at one of the largest stores in town!!

And with the holidays comes cooking. Coco posted this sweet potato gnocchi a few months ago, and I finally got around to making it! This recipe was so simple. My favorite part about it was the short ingredient list;

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Serves: 4
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ pound ricotta cheese
  • 2½ cups brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  1. Cook the sweet potatoes either in the microwave or the oven (I chose the oven, 400 degrees for about 45 minutes)
  2. Mash the sweet potatoes in a medium bowl
  3. In a separate bowl, blend together the ricotta and the egg yolk
  4. Mix together the ricotta/yolk and sweet potatoes
  5. Add the flour to the above combination and form a soft dough
  6. Create your gnocchi! (** I simply broke off ~1 T pieces and formed them into gnocchi by hand. This took some time, I will warn you**)
  7. Throw the gnocchi into a large pot of boiling water, about 20 at a time (**I added a bit of EVOO to my water**)
  8. When they start to float they are finished. (** It only took about 4 minutes for mine to start floating**)
** If you are following a low FODMAPs diet, this should be fine. Sweet potatoes do contain FODMAPs but the ~1/2 cup you would get in one serving of the gnocchi shouldn't cause issues. Note that ricotta does contain a good amount of lactose, so if you're lactose-intolerant this might not be the best recipe. Lastly, Make sure you use RAO's Sensitive Formula spaghetti sauce, or one of my two homemade low FODMAPs sauce recipes (see my low FODMAPs page) to top your gnocchi.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼th of batch Calories: 350

Since I am an Italian who can’t eat garlic or onion (and thus can’t eat spaghetti sauce) I added canned stewed tomatoes (zero sodium) and parmesan cheese.

These gnocchi tasted fabulous. I plan on making these for my dad for his birthday, since he loves gnocchi. I would be really happy if he could start eating sweet potato gnocchi because at least there are some extra health benefits from the sweet potatoes and whole grain flour (beta carotene, alpha-carotene, fiber, vitamin C, more B-vitamins).



  1. says

    woo!! so glad you made it and like it! It’s really simple and it freezes well. I hope your Dad likes it too!
    yes, I can’t believe it’s dec 1st already! how 2010 went so fast? well… I guess that means it was a busy year :)
    Congrats on celebrating the Christmas at your new house! I bet it feels more home than ever! :)

  2. says

    you are right this does look simple! I’ve never made gnocchi before but I made pasta in food science class :) Plus I just said yesterday that the ricotta needs to be used up!

  3. says

    I love gnocchi! Never had it this way before though!

    We are always WAY in to the holidays this year! I don’t know what it is but the day after Thanksgiving we put all our xmas stuff up!!

  4. says

    I’ve had gnocchi a couple times before and while I liked it, I doubt I’d go out of my way to get it – not a HUGE huge fan. But it sure looks like fun to make!

  5. says

    I made this exactly except with carrots….but wow, yours are prettier (as always)…and I am wanted to FEEL my mojo rather than eat them. I buy a box of Fiber One bars every month and have them in my glove compartment, eating half at a time…I’ve always wondered what your thoughts might be about it

  6. says

    When we were kids my sis and I used to help my nonna make gnocchi on Sunday mornings about once a month while our parents were at the gym pumping iron.
    Looking back, I guess I was destined to be a weightlifting foodie!

  7. says

    this is FABULOUS! i bet they would make a delicious dish for xmas dinner too :) i’m totes gonna make them especially if they’re a hit! they’ll go great with the eggplant parm we order from this amazing place.

    i’m sorry for your garlic and onion loss :( i’ll pretend to be italian for you haha

  8. says

    I just discovered gnocci a couple of weeks ago! I love it and this recipe looks wonderful. Maybe one day I’ll get back in the kitchen and try to make it from scratch. For now, I have stocked up on the store bought gnocci. Trader Joe’s has a great frozen one.

  9. says

    I really want to like gnocchi, but it’s a texture thing for me :( I love the flavor, though! But I’ll try anything a few times before I write it off!! They do sounds really good!!

    P.S. Can Nick come put up our tree and lights? :)

  10. says

    Gina, these look AMAZING!!! I love love love gnocchi, and I’ve never made sweet potato ones before – I’m sooooo enthused!!! Thank you for the awesome recipe – I know these are going to become a favorite in our house! :-)

    Also, thank you for the blueberry beer recommendation! I’m totally psyched! New beer recommendations are always super exciting! 😉

  11. says

    I will order gnocchi every once in a blue moon at a restaurant…usually when there’s not anything vegetarian on the menu besides salad. I do love it, but it’s usually served with a questionable sauce. I love the idea of making it yourself so you can control what goes into and on top of it.

  12. says

    I love fireplaces, but we don’t have one! I hope my future house has one. Glad you are getting ready to enjoy yours! And you are so right…this year has gone by crazy fast!

    I do like gnocchi a lot! I made some a while ago with pumpkin, but I think I needed to use less whole wheat flour and potatoes instead. :)

    • says

      they liked it also said they will never buy jerard sauce again. Which means they like the taste of jerard sauce– and that is exactly what this sauce tastes like. And I LOATHE jerard sauce. So this recipe is an epic fail, personally. It would be a great recipe for people who usually purchase (and enjoy) Prego or Ragu but want to easily make their own because that is what this tastes like. =(

    • says

      Holly, I know, it’s crazy! All of a sudden I just ppoped out. I’m kind of nervous to go to the doctor today to see how much weight I have gained. Our scale broke around the time I found out I was expecting, so I have no idea how much I weigh.

  13. says

    I’m neutral when it comes to gnocchi. I don’t mind them but wouldn’t run out to get them, either.

    We’re doing our tree this weekend, too. Hubby has the outside lights up already so we can check that off the list. Now I just need to finish my Christmas shopping!!!

  14. says

    Thanks for the earlier comment on my blog! Love gnocchi, but confess that I never ate it prior to meeting Andrea. It’s one of her favorite dishes. We also put up the Christmas decorations much earlier than in previous years. Must be something extra special in the air…

  15. says

    I LOVE gnocchi, but I have only made them a few times. I don’t know why as I always order them when I see them on a menu. These are going on my “must make” list. I think they may already be on there actually as I recall seeing them on Coco’s blog, but they must have gotten buried…

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