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Sweet Potato Bars with Salted Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Icing

This small batch recipe is very similar to pumpkin bars but we've added a few twists. Maldon sea salt sprinkled over the frosting takes these to a whole new place. Addicting.
Course *Easy Entertaining Dishes
Keyword dessert, fall, sweet potato, frosting, salted, bars, vanilla bean, cream cheese icing, sweet potato bars, vanilla bean cream cheese icing
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 small bars
Calories 326kcal
Author Dani Meyer


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 sweet potato baked peeled and mashed
  • 1/2 cup oil I used olive
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/2-1 vanilla bean seeds scraped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • dash of salt
  • Maldon sea salt


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Beat eggs and sugar together until lightened.
    3. Add sweet potato, oil and vanilla stir until combined.
    4. Add remaining dry ingredients and stir until just combined (don't overwork).
    5. Split the batter evenly into 2 greased loaf pans.
    6. Bake for 20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
    7. Using a mixer whip cream cheese, butter, vanilla bean, and vanilla extract together until light and fluffy. Add honey to taste. Add milk.
    8. Frost bars and top with a sprinkle of salt.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 221mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g