Brûléed Sweet Potato Dessert (vegan, gluten free)



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Make the best Bruleed Sweet Potato for a sweet but healthy dessert. This is a two-ingredient recipe that just needs a scoop of vanilla ice cream to complete!
bruleed sweet potato with ice cream
This sweet potato dessert was inspired by a video I saw on TikTok and I thought it was genius. And it couldn’t be easier. All it is is  a roasted Japanese sweet potato with a burnt sugar topping, served with vanilla ice cream. You get a naturally sweet and cake-like potato with a crunchy and sweet crust and rich, creamy vanilla ice cream to complete the dish.

What Kind of Sweet Potato is Best?

If you can find them, grab Japanese sweet potatoes for this recipe. Japanese sweet potatoes have a natural sweetness to them. Andwhen roasted whole, they almost develop a caramel-like flavour. Plus, they have a soft, fluffy cake-like texture.

Tips for Roasting Sweet Potatoes for Dessert

To roast your sweet potatoes, simply throw them in the oven until they’re soft to the touch and the flesh is easy to scoop. The bigger the potato, the longer cooking time you’ll need.
When they’re nice and soft all the way through, let the potatoes cool. Then slice them in half lengthwise and dip the exposed interior into granulated sugar. Finally, to get the bruleed finish, use a blowtorch until the sugar is caramelized.
adding sugar to a cut roasted sweet potato

Can I Make Bruleed Sweet Potato without a Blowtorch?

Yes! Instead of blowtorching, you can broil the sugar-coated sweet potato cut side up in the oven until the sugar caramelizes. Or sear the potatoes in a pan with sugar and coconut oil. Place them cut side down until a crust forms on the potato. The third way to make bruleed sweet potatoes is to make your own caramel sauce. Then drizzle it on top and let that harden.
But one note: Torches are affordable and easy to use so I would recommend investing in one for best results!

Can I Use a Sugar Substitute?

To get the perfect caramel crust, you can’t use maple syrup, honey, or another liquid sweetener as a substitute for granulated sugar on the sweet potatoes. Please be sure to use plain, granulated sugar. I have tried with coconut sugar and it burns quickly before really caramelizing. You can experiment but you mahy end up wasting your potato if you do!
bruleed sweet potato on a plate

Serving Suggestions

To serve your bruleed sweet potato dessert, add a scoop of vanilla dairy-free ice cream for a match made in heaven. Be sure to crack into the potato and get some ice cream in each bite!

Make-Ahead Sweet Potato Dessert

To save time, you can roast the potatoes in advance. But be sure to brulee the sweet potatoes them right before you’re ready to enjoy. And if you refrigerate the sweet potatoes, let them come to room temperature before bruleeing.
bruleed sweet potato

More Vegan Dessert Recipes

If you make this recipe for Bruleed Sweet Potatoes, be sure to let me know what you think with a comment below!

Brûléed Sweet Potato Dessert (vegan, gluten free)

5 from 5 votes


  • 1 medium Japanese sweet potato
  • organic cane sugar
  • dairy-free vanilla ice cream to serve with, optional


  • Preheat your oven to 375F and prepare your sweet potato by scrubbing the skin, rinsing off any dirt and patting completely dry with a kitchen towel or paper towel.
  • Using a fork, poke holes all over the skin and then place the potato on a lined baking tray. If you'd like, you can wrap the potato in foil but I typically skip this and bake it as is.
  • Bake in the oven for about 1 hour, or until you can feel the inside of the potato is soft to the touch. Let cool for 15 minutes before handling then slice in half, lengthwise.
  • Next, pour a few tablespoons of organic cane sugar onto a plate. Place each half of the potato into the sugar, open face down and make sure the surface is coated in the sugar. Transfer the sugared potato halves onto a heat safe surface, like a baking tray and then using a blowtorch, torch until the sugars start to brown and caramelize.
  • Let the potatoes cool completely so the caramel hardens. To serve, enjoy as is, or with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream.


You can find affordable blowtorches (priced at roughly $15) on Amazon and they're a great tool to have in the kitchen! Here is a smaller option and one that attaches directly to butane gas cartridges.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Remy Park

Hi there, I’m Remy! Welcome to Veggiekins Blog, home to nourishing vegan + gluten-free recipes and tips to live your best balanced and holistic life. I’m a human on a mission to empower you to be well and be kind to your mind, body and soul with the healing power of plants.

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  1. Love Japanese sweet potato so knew immediately I needed to try this brulee version! The crispy topping paired nicely with the roasted sweetness and elevated an already delicious (and healthy) treat! Be sure to set the potato half level to avoid melted sugar from dripping off to ensure a thicker and crunchy brulee topping! #KinCookingClub

    5 stars

  2. I love everything about this recipe! It could not be any more simple, which I really appreciate since I don't have a lot of time to cook. I paired it with vanilla vegan ice cream and pear compote. It was such a cozy dessert! I never realized you could brûlée without a blowtorch, so thanks for the tip, Remy!

    5 stars

  3. I love everything about this recipe! It could not be any more simple, which I really appreciate since I don't have a lot of time to cook. I paired it with vanilla vegan ice cream and pear compote. It was such a cozy dessert! I never realized you could brûlée without a blowtorch, so thanks for the tip, Remy! #KinCookingClub

    5 stars

      1. I used 20th century pears from Tottori Prefecture, and they were delicious! They're super juicy, so the compote was extra flavorful, but I'm sure it would be delicious with any variety of pear ^^ (Sorry if my comment posted multiple times!))

        5 stars

  4. #KinCookingClub I love how simple, quick, and easy this recipe is! I had no idea you could brûlée without a blowtorch until reading this blog. I paired my brûléed sweet potato with vegan vanilla ice cream and pear compote, and it was so warm and comforting. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

    5 stars