Hippie Stix

By Sarah S. from Oak Ridge Elementary, Oak Ridge, NC.


“Hippie Stix” are a deliciously fun and healthy treat that your mouth and body will love!  These hip “Stix” are made from sweet potatoes which are baked (not fried because that would be gross!) to reveal their natural sweetness then covered in spicy and cinnamon goodness!  Discover why sweet potatoes are ranked the number one vegetable in nutrition and learn all about cinnamon, a super food, for even more reasons to eat Hippie Stix!

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/2 cup

From Fat0%
From Saturated Fat0%
From Sugar19.4%


Ingredient 6 servings 50 servings
Fresh, pared and cut (approx 1/4" x 1/4" x 4" stick shape), raw sweet potato3 cups/1.5 pounds25 cups/12.5 pounds
No-salt seasoning (e.g. Mrs. Dash)3/4 tsp6.25 tsp
Cinnamon3/4 tsp6.25 tsp


NOTE: When preparing “Hippie Stix” in a school cafeteria, logistics may dictate procuring the sweet potatoes pre-cut. If this is the case, please ensure that the potatoes are pared and cut into a stick/ ‘fry’ shape (or experiment with other shapes such as ‘chips,’ etc.) then shipped fresh and are otherwise unprocessed. Please do not utilize frozen ‘sweet potato fries’ that have been processed with various added ingredients and/ or fried before freezing.

Begin with readied sweet potato sticks (fresh, raw sweet potatoes that have been washed, pared and cut into approximately 1/4” x 1/4” x 4”). Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange the sweet potato sticks in a single layer and so that they are not touching each other on a lined baking sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees F until tender (approximately 25 minutes), flipping after approximately 10 minutes (Note: oven temps may vary; please adjust accordingly). Remove the sweet potato sticks from oven and sprinkle with the no-salt seasoning and cinnamon. Serve warm.

*When making 50 servings the “Hippie Stix” should be batched so that they are served soon after they have been baked.