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Air Fryer Sweet Potato and Oats Smiley

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Air Fryer Sweet Potato and Oats Smiley are a healthy and quick after-school snack, finger food, or an addictive appetizer for all ages. These Baked Potato and Oats patties are crisp on the outside with a melt-in-the-mouth and soft texture inside.

Baked Sweet Potato and Oats patties arranged on a black cheese board with some lettuce in the background and served with some ketchup and cream cheese.

Patty or Burger Bun

Easy to make these vegan smileys or tikki or patties can be used as a patty for a burger bun or crumble and add them in a wrap, to make a filling meal. They can simply be enjoyed as is with a cuppa or with some chutney or tomato ketchup on the side. 

This has been now one of my go-to snacks for my son and me. When I made it first I used my leftover boiled potatoes and sweet potatoes. I was doubtful my son would eat it. But to my surprise, he loved them and asked me to make them again. So now this is the new snack on the list. I even make a few extra and store them in the freezer. When needed I just air fry them and a healthy snack is ready.

I am not calling this an Instant snack as a little prep work is required. As in you would need some boiled/baked/roasted sweet potatoes or potatoes in hand. But I would say if you have leftovers they are a great fit in this recipe. So when you have leftover sweet potatoes, and you do not know how to use them, this is one of the healthiest recipes to try.

Baked Sweet Potato and Oats Patty baked in an Air Fryer.
Baked Sweet Potato and Oats Patty baked in an Air Fryer.

Ingredients used in the Air fryer Baked Sweet Potato and Oats Smiley

The first main ingredient used is Sweet Potatoes. One can use white potatoes too or a combination of white and sweet potatoes. One needs to boil/bake/roast the potatoes. If you want to check how to bake sweet potatoes in an air fryer check out this post of mine.

The second main ingredient used is Oats. Oats are added for binding and as a source of protein. If you are using porridge oats or oatmeal or oat flour they can be added as is. If you are using steel cut or old-fashioned, slightly crush them in a blender.

The next few ingredients are flavorings and spices. I have added coriander, fresh ginger, green chili, garam masala, and salt. Skip the green chili for toddlers and babies and if your child does not like it.

One can add cumin powder, smoked paprika, garlic granules, ginger powder, red chili powder, and fresh garlic.

Baked Sweet Potato and Oats patties arranged on a black cheese board with some lettuce in the background and served with some ketchup and cream cheese. One half of the patties is dipped in cream cheese.

Process of making Air fryer baked Sweet Potato and Oats Smiley

The first step in the recipe is baking/boiling or roasting the sweet potatoes. One can boil them in an Instant pot, pressure cooker, or open pot. Baking or roasting can be done in an Air-Fryer or an oven.

The next step is to combine all the ingredients and shape them. One can shape them as normal patties or make smileys from them. Kids love shapes in food and they would love to eat them. 

Shaping into a smiley face is easy. We do not need any special equipment for that. Check out my video on how to do the same here. 

The close-up texture of half patties dipped in cream cheese. In the background, are more smileys arranged on a black cheese board with some lettuce in the background.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato and Oats Smile

Air Frying or Baking in an oven or Shallow Fry in a pan

One can air fry these patties or bake them in an oven or shallow fry them. Refer recipe card for air frying or baking. For shallow frying, simply add some oil to a pan and shallow fry on both sides.

Can this be frozen?

Yes, the smiley can be frozen. I always make a big batch and store it in the freezer. When required just air fry or bake them.

Dietary recommendations

This Air Fryer Sweet Potato and Oats Smiley are Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Nut-Free. Do check sources and use gluten-free and organic oats for 100 percent gluten-free products. Do check the ingredient list of Garam masala for any intolerance.

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Baked Sweet Potato and Oats patties arranged on a black cheese board with some lettuce in the background and served with some ketchup and cream cheese.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato and Oats Smiley

Air Fryer Sweet Potato and Oats Smiley are a healthy and quick after-school snack, finger food, or an addictive appetizer for all ages.
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Course: Appetizer, Snacks
Keyword: After school Snacks, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Toddler Food, Vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Refrigerating Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 14 Smileys
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cup 400 grams of Boiled Sweet potato (Can be replaced with potatoes or a mix of potatoes and sweet potatoes.)
  • ½ Cup 75 grams grated carrot
  • 1-1.5 cup 125-175 grams Oats – coarsely grind
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated or ginger paste
  • ½ cup chopped coriander
  • 1-2 Chopped green chili Optional
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala Optional
  • Salt
  • Oil – only for brushing the smiles and the air fryer basket

Instructions

Prep work

  • Boil/Bake/Broil the sweet potatoes.
    1.5 cup 400 grams of Boiled Sweet potato
  • Grind the oats roughly if you are using steel-cut oats or old-fashioned oats.
    1-1.5 cup 125-175 grams Oats – coarsely grind

Making of the Sweet Potato and Oats Smiley/tikki/patties

  • Once the sweet potatoes cool down, grate or mash them in a large bowl.
    1.5 cup 400 grams of Boiled Sweet potato
  • Add grated carrot, ground oats, ginger, coriander, green chili, garam masala powder, and salt.
    ½ Cup 75 grams grated carrot, 1-1.5 cup 125-175 grams Oats – coarsely grind, 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated or ginger paste, ½ cup chopped coriander, 1-2 Chopped green chili, 1 teaspoon Garam Masala, Salt
    Ingredients added to the bowl.
  • First, add 1 cup of oats.
  • If the mixture is on the wet side add more oats.
  • Add green chili and red chili powder if using.
  • Mix everything.
    The mixture is ready to be shaped into a patty.
  • Take around 2 tablespoons of mixture into your hand.
  • Shape them round or as desired.
    Shaping the sweet potato and oats mixture into a patty.
  • Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes. Optional Step, But I recommend doing it.
    The mixture is shaped into a patty and kept on a grey plate.

Shaping smiley faces – Optional (Check my video on how to shape them)

  • Using a straw or a clean back side of a pen or pencil, make holes to shape the eyes.
    Adding eyes to the smiley using a spoon.
  • Use a small teaspoon to shape the face.
    Adding a face to the smiley using a spoon.

Baking of Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potato and Oats Smiley

  • Preheat the air-fryer to 180 Deg C / 356 Deg F. In my air fryer, it takes 4 mins.
  • Lightly brush or spray the air fryer basket.
    Oil – only for brushing the smiles and the air fryer basket
  • Arrange the smileys in the air fryer.
    Potato and Oats Smiley ready to be baked in an air fryer.
  • Lightly brush them with oil.
  • Bake them in a preheated air-fryer at 180 Deg C / 356 Deg F for 10 mins.
  • Flip and bake again for 5 mins.
  • Flip and check if they are done, if not bake again in intervals of 1-2 minutes until they are golden brown on both sides.
    Baked Sweet Potato and Oats Patty baked in an Air Fryer.
  • Serve with some tomato ketchup or Mayo or enjoy as is.

Baking in an oven

  • Preheat the oven to 180 Deg C / 356 Deg F.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper or brush or spray the tray with oil.
  • Arrange the smileys on the tray
  • Lightly brush the top with oil.
  • Bake them in an oven at 180 Deg C / 356 Deg F for 10 mins.
  • Flip and bake again for 10 mins.
  • Check if they are done, if not bake them in intervals of 2-3 minutes and check.
  • They are done when they are golden brown on both sides.

Notes

  • 1 Cup = 235 ml, 1 tbsp= 15 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml
  • Baking time may vary depending on your air fryer basket size.
  • If you make them thin, they would bake fast.
 
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    Sneha Datar

    Friday 31st of March 2023

    An addictive snack made with leftover potatoes.. yum!

    Kalyani

    Monday 27th of March 2023

    OMG ! even as an adult, I can't stop smiling at these nutrition -packed smileys. I love such veggie loaded snacks for after school snack. u can bet I am going to surely try this Renu !

    Renu Agrawal Dongre

    Monday 27th of March 2023

    I hope you like it. Thank You

    Wendy

    Sunday 26th of March 2023

    This is a wonderful way to repurpose those leftover potatoes and so much fun to eat.

    Renu Agrawal Dongre

    Monday 27th of March 2023

    Yes, Thank You