A perfect appetizer for your New Years Eve bash (or the next game day), these vegan loaded sweet potato skins are packed with cashew cheese, beans, tomato & green onion. 

A perfect appetizer for your New Years Eve bash (or the next game day), these vegan loaded sweet potato skins are packed with cashew cheese, beans, tomato and green onion. | @The Foodie Dietitian

Am I the only one that thinks New Years Eve is over-hyped? Living in a big city like Boston, ads for NYE parties that come along with a hefty price tag.are constantly thrown in my face. Why pay $300 for a night with mediocre food and a 30-minute line to get a drink at the bar? I don’t get it. Maybe it’s my age talking, but this year, I’d much rather sit down with Steve and close friends and have a relaxing night with good homemade food and drink. And a champagne toast at midnight, obvi.

Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

When thinking of an appetizer that would be as colorful as NYE is, I thought of my most popular recipe of 2014, the loaded vegan sweet potato with green goddess dressing. Inspired by the loaded sweet potato, I thought why not make some sweet potato skins?

Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

When I was younger and ate meat, I remember really enjoying potato skins (with bacon). And once I went veg, I couldn’t find vegetarian potato skins on menus for the life of me. I rarely eat white potatoes these days so I figured I would make my own veg-friendly sweet potato skins, fit for any party, from a NYE bash to a Super Bowl Sunday party!

Vegan Sweet Potato Skins

I found these super easy to make and was excited to use cashew cheese in this recipe as it’s a delicious natural vegan alternative for cheese. Making cashew cheese is as easy as saying 1-2-3-food-processor! Seriously, you throw all your ingredients into the food processor, and you’re done!

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Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

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  • Yield: Serves 10 1x


For the cashew cheese:

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/8 cup white miso paste
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt

For the sweet potato:

  • 5 small sweet potatoes
  • 3/4 cup cashew cheese
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, minced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup black beans, rinsed
  • Optional: vegan sour cream


For the cashew cheese:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until combined and smooth texture. Add more water as necessary to achieve desired consistency.

For the sweet potatoes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until fork tender.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Using a knife, cut sweet potatoes lengthwise into two equal halves. Scoop out flesh, leaving a thin layer of sweet potato intact.
  5. Transfer sweet potato flesh to a medium mixing bowl and mash with cashew cheese until combined and smooth consistency.
  6. Scoop sweet potato/cashew cheese mixture back into the sweet potato skins. Bake again at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until skins are crispy and mixture is hot.
  7. Remove skins from oven and top with beans, tomatoes, jalapeño, and green onions.
  8. Optional: Serve with vegan sour cream for dipping or dolloping.

Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato SkinsCheesy mashed sweet potato goodness with a crispy, crunchy exterior. What more can you ask for? A dollop of vegan sour cream went a long way on these bad boys too.

Vegan Sweet Potato Skins Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato

For more NYE appetizer and cocktail ideas, don’t miss my round-up of 31 festive NYE recipes!  

Happy (almost) New Year!

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  1. Rachel @ Delicious Balance

    I definitely see these in my future…I love your recipes!

  2. This looks too good!!! I will definitely be giving that cashew cream a try!!

  3. Helen

    Hello! Im excited to try these this evening. I was wondering can you omit the nutritional yeast from the recipe? What does it do? Unfortunately I do not have any in the pantry!

    • Hi Helen! The nutritional yeast helps add a cheesy flavor to the potato skins so I wouldn’t recommend omitting it unless you’re okay with dulling down the flavor a bit.

  4. Wow these look terrific! Sweet potatoes make their appearance daily in my diet! What a fun and new way to try them! Love that they are healthy, yet look super flavorful! 🙂

  5. These look amazing! I needed more recipes on my list to try nutritional yeast!

  6. These look so pretty and festive! Pinning now. Happy New Year Kara 🙂

  7. Those pictures are so vibrant, I’m about to eat my computer! My husband and I are going out for a veryyyy late dinner at a fancy restaurant the city- I’m totally with you on skipping the expensive open bar and crowds!

  8. Um, I’m totally making these! (but will probably use dairy cheese—please don’t hate) 🙂

  9. Um, I’ll just eat that whole entire pan myself 😉 Yum!

  10. These look awesome Kara! I loved potato skins, and sweet potato skins are even better. I’m with you, NYE is for the youngsters, and I mean newly 21 year olds. Alex is only 22 and she’s over going out on NYE. Have a Happy and Healthy 2015!

  11. These look really tasty! I love sweet potatoes, what a great way to enjoy them!