Sweet Potatoes with Coconut, Pomegranate and Lime

Recipe makes 4 servings.
Approximate Cook Time: 50 minutes
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3 medium sweet potato(es)
1/2 cup(s) coconut milk, full fat
1/4 cup(s) coconut, unsweetened shredded, toasted
1 medium pomegranate(s), seeded
1 teaspoon(s) sea salt, (optional)
2 tablespoon(s) cilantro, fresh, chopped
1 medium lime(s), cut into wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Cut off ends of sweet potatoes. Using a heavy fork, prick 20 times around the surface of each potato.
  3. Arrange on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until tender (about 45 minutes).
  4. Let cool slightly, then mash sweet potatoes with a fork.
  5. Stir in coconut milk, coconut flakes and pomegranate seeds.? Season with sea salt if desired.
  6. Garnish with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.


  1. Regina

    Of course when I need a pomegrante – there were not any in the store.
    However, I finely chopped up some strawberries to replace the pomegrante. We all enjoyed the sweet potatoes!!!

  2. Bobby Rogers

    I am assuming the toasted coconut just gets mixed in with the sweet potato? It calls for it in the ingredients, but says nothing in the directions!!

    • Neely

      Yes, the coconut gets mixed in with all the other ingredients. Thanks for catching that – I corrected the recipe. Enjoy!

  3. KSchmitt

    I really liked having a crunch in these sweet potatoes (the pomegranate seeds), but the best part was the lime. I’ll be making this again!

  4. Renee

    So leave the skins on the sweet potatoes when they are mashed?

    • Neely

      Renee – It’s up to you, but this recipe does include the skins.

  5. desiree

    Made this tonight as a pre-holiday presentation for my Paleo Challenge group. Loved the crunchy, smooth combo with sweet coconut against the tangy lime. A BIG HIT! Thanks so much for this inspiring dish.

  6. Craig Shook

    Aren’t sweet potatoes not allowed on the Paleo Diet?

  7. chris

    Just fork the sweet potatoes top and bottom 2-3 times, bake them 5 mins on full power in a microwave and then flip and do 5 more mins. Much easier and faster than the oven.

  8. Eileen @ Phoenix Helix

    I know you have way more to do than time to do it, yet I have a request anyway! I just started a weekly Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable through my blog, and I would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m trying to expand resources for the AIP community. When you’re on the autoimmune protocol, good recipes are hard to find! Here’s the link: http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/11/20/paleo-aip-recipe-roundtable-4/

  9. Sandra

    Can you use something different than the canned coconut milk?

    • Neely

      Sandra – I don’t know what else you’d use…

  10. Marysa D

    Can’t find pomergranate :( what should I use?

    • Neely

      Marysa – If you can’t find pomegranate, just use any other kind of fruit you’d like :)

  11. Kim Z

    This might be my favorite recipe so far. It is so confusing to the taste buds…so unique! With the red pomegranates and the green cilantro, it would make a very festive Christmas dish.

    • Karen

      Kim Z, that is a great idea. So glad you are enjoying the recipes.

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