Sweet Potato and Chocolate Bars

Sweet potato and chocolate bars recipe are perfect for the holidays | @whiteonrice

Amongst all the overflowing bins of Fall fruits and veggies, sweet potatoes hold a special place in our hearts. The variety and diversity of colors and flavors keep our Autumn menu continually interesting and keep us inspired. Loved beyond the holidays down here, the sweet potatoes were gorgeous copper prizes begging to be cooked.

For Fall and Thanksgiving dessert recipes, the classic pumpkin pie always makes a showing. But if we’re always looking for something different, that’s why we came up with the recipe a few years ago. This recipe was such a popular hit back in 2010, that we also included in our Bountiful cookbook. 

Sweet potato and chocolate bars recipe are perfect for the holidays | @whiteonrice

The craving for sweet potato still fill our lungs and led to the inspiration for this recipe.  Starting with one of my favorite bar crusts (a graham cracker crust with fresh ginger), they were next layered with a dark chocolate softened with bit of milk, then finished off with beautiful, sweet potato pie filling.  Top ’em with a dollop or two of whipped cream if you really want to go crazy!

These are the perfect sweet bite to satisfy everyone after the big savory turkey and ham feast. Enjoy and hope you all are having a blast planning this weeks Thanksgiving menu.


Sweet Potato Bars w/ Chocolate Recipe

Yield: 12 bars

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes


Crust Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (110g) graham cracker crumbs (from about 9 whole graham crackers)
  • 1/2 cup (50g) finely ground pecans or other nuts
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 1/4 cup (55g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 5 tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Layer Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup (80ml) heavy cream
  • 1/4 pound (115g) dark chocolate, cut into small pieces

Sweet Potato Filling Ingredients

  • 1 cup sweet potato puree (see note below recipe)
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup (55g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream

Optional Topping Ingredients

  • whipped cream
  • pecan halves, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Make the crust: In a bowl, combine the crust ingredients and mix thoroughly (graham cracker crumbs, ground nuts, ginger, brown sugar, salt, butter, and vanilla extract). Press the mixture into a 9-by-9-inch baking dish.
  3. Make the chocolate filling: In a saucepan, combine the cream and chocolate. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the chocolate is melted and completely combined with the cream. Pour the mixture over the crust; tilt and gently shake the pan to spread the mixture evenly. Set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes before adding the sweet potato filling.
  4. Make the sweet potato filling: In a bowl, combine the sweet potato filling ingredients and mix well (sweet potato puree, egg, salt, cinnamon clove, brown sugar, milk, and heavy cream). Gently pour the sweet potato filling over the chocolate layer.
  5. Place the baking dish on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the outer inch appears set; the center should still slightly wiggle when shaken. Set aside to cool, then refrigerate until fully chilled.
  6. Slice with a clean knife into even squares, wiping the knife clean before each cut. Serve with optional whipped cream and/or chopped nuts.

To make sweet potato puree, you can either bake skin on sweet potatoes for about 1.5 hrs (until soft) @ 375°F, then peel & press through fine mesh sieve, or you can peel, cut, and boil for @ 20-30 min or until soft then press through fine mesh sieve.  Baking is slightly more flavorful, boiling is much quicker.

Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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Recipe Note for Salt: All recipes containing salt are based on kosher or sea salt amounts, not table salt. If using table salt, reduce the amount used to taste.

{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Pandaonavespa

    Genius! I have never ever ever thought about sweet potatoes bars!!!!!! They look incredible!!


  2. lloc

    Anyone know if the chocolate for this recipe should be UNSWEETENED or not? Surprised it’s not specified, and I don’t want to mess up the recipe. Thanks!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      It is for regular dark chocolate, not unsweetened. Ingredients are listed by how we find them labeled in the stores. Rarely if ever do we see dark chocolate labeled as “sweetened”, it is a given. However if it is “unsweetened” it is always labeled that way. Our recipes follow the same suit.

  3. Beth

    So sweet! I love the pecan garnish on end like that.

    Do you know if these would freeze well?

  4. Zina

    I am trying to get into baking more and your wonderful post and mouth-watering photos just pushed me over the edge. Thank you! I will definitely be adding you to my blogroll.

  5. Zoe

    Do you know how long these will last in the fridge? I want to make them ahead for a party this weekend.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      We’ve had batches we’ve kept for a week and they were still great. After a few days the crust starts to get a little softer, but it is still delicious.

  6. promissory note

    oh awesome. sweet potato bars….unbelievable. i bet i would try it, & would love to have more such recipes from you.

  7. Maranda

    These look so good! I love sweet potatoes but would never have thought to put them in a bar…let alone with chocolate! Thanks for sharing! I’m glad your experience with Atlanta was much improved this go round.

  8. LimeCake

    wow sweet potato and chocolate. whodathunkit. this looks delicious!

  9. Soma

    I have never encountered a more unique and exquisite recipe with sweet potatoes! The only dessert with the sweet potatoes that comes to my mind instantly is a childhood memory of them boiled, rolled into balls and deep fried and then dunked in a spiced syrup :-)

  10. bunkycooks

    I am so glad you all were able to explore the DeKalb Farmers’ Market. It is definitely an adventure! Thanks for heading East for FBF and I hope you will come back again soon for some more Southern hospitality and sweet tea! Miss you guys!

  11. Colleen @ The Taste Place

    Those look positively delicious! Combines two of my favorite foods. I think I’ll definitely have to make those for some of our holiday parties this Fall and Winter.

  12. delicieux

    Wow, these look AMAZING!!! I’ve never used sweet potato in sweet dishes, but I definitely will be after seeing this post as these sweet potato bars with chocolate look SO delicious and beautiful.

    PS I love you photos, they are always so beautiful and amazing. I’m in awe.

  13. grace

    my compliments to the baker! you’ve created something really different and totally delicious!

  14. Liz @ Blog is the New Black

    What a unique idea- love it!

  15. Stella

    Hey Guys, glad you had a nice time in Atlanta. It really is a wonderful place once one knows where to go and how to get there;) I’m from Atlanta/Decatur, and my favorite thing to do when I go home is eat lunch at The Dekalb Farmer’s Market. I’ve been going there since I was the baby in my Mom’s cart (smile).
    Oh, and your sweet potato bars look wonderful-so nice!

  16. Gabriel Hummel

    Sweet potato desserts are by far some of the most underrated options in the fall.

    Pies, bars, cookies, all are heavenly and guaranteed to add to your caloric combustion for the upcoming holiday season (which is a very good thing I might add).

  17. the urban baker

    I am so making these this weekend. thanks for making me run out to get sweet potatoes!

  18. Tessa

    The moment I saw this recipe I knew I HAD to make it. Your food posts have been looking increasingly delicious lately!!

  19. Scott at Real Epicurean

    Now there’s a flavour combination you don’t see every day!

  20. Julia

    Amazing combination. 3 ingredients I LOVE!! I can’t wait to try these.

  21. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Oh my, I am going crazy for these sweet potato bars. I am way into sweet potatoes whether in sweets or savories. With chocolate, ginger, cream & graham cracker I am more than swooned. So great to read Atlanta was a great time & the FBF was a huge success.

  22. Sues

    Holy cow! These have been bookmarked and will be made ASAP! Perfect fall treat :) :)

  23. Carolyn Binder

    Sweet potatoes and chocolate? I cannot wait to try these. I have 50 pounds of sweet potatoes from my garden just begging for a little creativity! These might go on my Thanksgiving menu…

  24. The Teacher Cooks

    I have eaten sweet potatoes my entire life and never once had them with chocolate. These bars look divine!

  25. Jenna

    Yum–I’d never have thought to make sweet potatoes into a cookie. What a great idea!

  26. Beth

    What a great new way to use sweet potatoes! The graham cracker crust with fresh ginger just puts this one over the top and I can’t wait to try it. Will definitely be going on my menu for Thanksgiving this year!! It was wonderful to meet you guys this weekend. Any time you want to visit Nashville, just let me know and I’ll make sure you have a great time! 😉

  27. Tracy

    Oh my gosh, I am in LOVE with these! They’re going on my must-make list immediately!!

  28. The Blue-Eyed Bakers

    Yay for fabulous fall flavors in desserts! We adore sweet potatoes and can only imagine how delicious these gorgeous looking things are!

  29. Tickled Red

    Totally Wicked!! Sorry but it had to be said :) I know what I am making very, very soon.

  30. Amy

    These look amazing and autumnal. I will definitely be making these for my next family get-together. Thank you for sharing!

  31. Prerna@IndianSimmer

    Coming from Indian I would never think of making a sweet potato dessert let alone adding it with chocolate! Love the recipe. Gotta give it a try!
    I also went to Banh Mi the next day after FBF seminar. I wonder where you were sitting :-) Food was really great.
    It was a pleasure meeting you guys!

  32. Lora

    These look autumn wonderful.

  33. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

    Gorgeous and delicious! Love the colors here. I made vegan sweet potato bars a while back but love the idea of adding a chocolate layer.

  34. Victoria

    Ah, Honeychile,

    I may have been born and raised in NYC and live here now, but I lived in Atlanta for eight years – and when I moved away, I had a hard time driving over the South Carolina border on my journey north. For the next five years, every time I drove back down, as soon as I got to a place where the dirt was red – the color of those sweet potato bars – I breathed a sigh of relief.

    These look delicious. I guess the next time I fry up on ole chicken and make sweet tea, I’ll have these for dessert!

  35. Monica

    Oh man, if I would have known about the farmer’s market, I would have moved my flight to a later time as well. Except I would have been in trouble or trying to buy stuff and stuff in my suitcase! I’m not a sweet potato person, but I got to say these look delish – love the inspiration

  36. The Nervous Cook

    Oh, wow: I read a lot of food blogs and look at a lot of food pictures, but that lovely opening photo actually just made me go, “Ooooh,” out loud — that never happens! These sound incredible, and are just the thing for this sweet-potato kick I’m totally on right now.


    THIS is swoon-worthy and a must-make! Someday I want to sign up for one of your tours so that I can see the world thru your eyes – would be a fabulous time indeed! You guys are just the bestest evah!

  38. Liz

    What a great flavor combination!

  39. Phoo-d

    These look perfectly Southern! They would make an excellent portable alternative to pumpkin pie. I love the fall colors in your photos.

  40. Jessica @ How Sweet

    Sweet potato bars?! I have to get on this gravy train. Those look incredible.

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