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Crispy Sweet Potatoes with Orange Rosemary Syrup

I have always loved indugent food. But even though I am not one to gain weight easily, I still know that I have to take care of my body and try keep it as healthy as I can but still keep the flavor. As I always say, healthy does not have to be boring, right? :)) One way of keeping it flavorful but still very healthy is to substitute something which is not too great with something that has equivalent qualities but overall better for your body.

On the day I made these,  I wanted something sweet but still keep it healthy so sweet potatoes were obviously the go to :D. With this recipe, I decided to think outside the box and explore more with substitutes that are often overlooked. Are you ready? Lets make magic!

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5  half an inch  thick inch sweet potato slices, cooked

1 weetabix biscuit, crushed

1 egg

1 teaspoon of fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped

2 large oranges, juiced

2 tablespoons of honey


In a sauce pan, place your freshly squeezed orange juice, honey and rosemary. Let this simmer on medium low heat for about 10-20 minutes. It will change consistency from being runny to being thick like honey.

mix the honey, rosemary and fresh orange juice and allow it to simmer until it has thickened_how to make sweet potatoes

when your orange syrup is done, it should have the same consistency as honey_how to make orange

For syrups, I usually use sugar, but for a healthier substitute, I chose honey. Honey not only adds the sweet element to the syrup but is rich in anti oxidants, it is anti bacterial, anti fungal and ability to prevent certain types of cancer. These are qualities you cannot get in your regular sugar. You can get the sweetness through honey and a whole other extra benefits :)).

As the syrup is going, get working on your sweet potatoes.

Beat your egg in a bowl and set it aside. In another bowl, crush your weetabix biscuit until the particles are very fine and set them aside too. Why did I choose weetabix crumbs for my coating over regular breadcrumbs?

using weetabix instead of breadcrumbs makes the crispy  sweet potatoes alot more healthy_best kenyan food

Weetabix are packed with  iron which make sure you are at your peak. Compared to breadcrumbs, they also have much higher fiber content which helps in digestion and keeps things moving in your alimentary canal (cant remember the last time I used ‘alimentary canal’ in my writing :D) It is also low in sugar, which in this recipe we are also trying to keep out. That for me is a huge plus!

Take your sweet potato, dip it in the egg, the toss it in the weetabix crumbs until fully coated.

to coat your sweet potatoes, dip them in the egg, then dredge them in the weetabix crumbs then set aside. The egg acts as

Shallow fry in some oil until crispy. The point is to flash fry  so that very little oil is soaked up and the coating stays super crispy.

After they are done, drain them on a paper towel and plate them. Check whether your sauce has thickened and when it has, drizzle it over the coated sweet potatoes. So delicious! so easy! And still wholesome.

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I especially loved how the rosemary flavor balanced out the sweetness of the honey and complimented the flavor of the sweet potato and that of the orange. You can also make this sauce with fresh sage in place of rosemary and lemons in place of oranges. Next time, I will use lemons just for extra zing :)). This sauce is very rich and a little goes a long way. The weetabix breadcrumbs not only made the perfect crispy coating to a soft interior, but are the perfect healthy substitute to ordinary breadcrumbs.

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In the event you have some syrup left after eating the crispy sweet potatoes, you can keep it and use it on your toast and on your pancakes like we did here. Do you have some weetabix, ngwaci, and oranges lying around? Give them the #KK treatment. And remember, healthy does not have to be boring :)).

Thank me later.

To great food!

– K


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  1. African Kaya-Wangeci

    This looks too amazing

    Food lovers >>>>

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You bet it was!!! Hope you try it out too :))

  2. Grace

    Woman you are heaven sent…… The level of creativity you have cannot be put into words

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You know I even surprised myself with this one. I was seriously just winging it and it came out so great. Makes me imagine how much more marvelous God’s creative power is, yea? If such a small thing can make me so surprised, how much more can God do? LOL! Anyway, hope you try this and enjoy it as well :))

  3. Lydiah

    OMG Kaluhi am always looking forward to your recipes

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Hope you try this and enjoy it too :))

  4. Ruth

    I can’t wait to try this soon. Thanks for sharing this post!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You will enjoy it!! When you do try it out, take some pics and tag me on social media :)) I’d love to see :))

  5. Dina

    This sweet potato recipe is exactly what it appears to be, easy,basic and tasty.I’ll surely make it again.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Easy can be tasty too! :))) Hope you enjoy it just as much next time you try it out :))

  6. ndemi

    I officially drop my bread every morning,i just got a worthwhile substitute

    • kaluhiskitchen

      The days of mkate kila asubuhi are looong behind us! Time for some fun substitutes such as this recipe :))

  7. Serah

    Gooooooood 🙂

    • kaluhiskitchen


    • Serah

      I tried this. It was yummy. I’ll definitely be eating more of this.

      • kaluhiskitchen


  8. adashofpepper

    Wow these look yummy. Will definitely try this

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Must try for sure!!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Must try for errbady!

  9. Meshack O.Onyango


    • kaluhiskitchen

      Yup Yup!

  10. Daisy

    Will have to try this out. And officially i will use honey in all my syrups…. And weetabix as crumbs

    • kaluhiskitchen

      It is legit the best breadcrumb substitute there is!

  11. priyasanthamohan

    Priya @asmallbite
    Wow! wonderful blog and amazing clicks…

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you!

  12. Barry Gatuguti

    Just stumbled onto this. Kaluhi your doing an incredible job with this blog, im a giy who’s never been gifted with kitchen hands but your recipes are so simple to follow look delicious and the best part is its beautifully Kenyan. Your recipes consider the ordinary kenyan coz I can find the ingredients in the kawaida supermarket. Also; not to get too nerdy, the blog interface is classy, smooth, user friendly and good looking. Now im pilling the compliments abit heavy now so imma stop. Keep the kitchen revolution going. Love your stuff 🙂
    Barry Gatuguti

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Karibu sana to the KK family!!!!! Yes, my blog is indeed for the ordinary Kenyan! I would be failing if you guys could not be able to try out my recipes. I want to change the look of my blog in the near future, but i am still glad you like it as it is now :)))

      Thank you so so much!

  13. Serah

    Thanks again for the recipes. I made a KK lunch for my kids today. They loved it and I loved you. Yes, I have ngwachi, honey, oranges, wheetabix . Can’t wait for tomorrow to make a KK breakfast for my family.

  14. Mercy

    The recipe is so so mouth watering.Its a must try.

    • kaluhiskitchen


  15. Sonn

    Tried this today and it was yuuummy 😋

    • Kaluhi

      Glad you loved it!!

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