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Let’s be honest, we all LOVE french fries! We wanted to recreate a personal and family favorite, yet move away from the fried version. It took a few attempts but we finally got the perfect combination together with this Nutri-Fries recipe.

The special ingredient you might not be familiar with in this recipe is Nutritional Yeast. Often, when we share this recipe with someone trying to eat healthy, they think this yeast is the active yeast used in making bread; it’s NOT! Although it has an unappealing name and appearance, nutritional yeast flakes are great for anyones diet. It provides a wealth of vitamins and minerals while at the same time adding a unique flavor to many dishes.

Nutritional Yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty or cheesy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. In this dish, it adds more of that cheesy flavor, but not so much that it takes away from the main potato taste. You can find Nutritional Yeast at most grocery stores or click the link to find it on Amazon. Many health food stores carry it in the bulk department area.

We hope your family enjoys them as much as ours. Our kids would say the Nutri-Fries with Chicken is one of their favorite family dinners, its basically a french fry salad! Go check it out!!


Here are some tips to get the perfect Nutri-Fries.

  1. Cut all you fries the same width, this makes for even cooking. We don’t have any fancy cutters just a good knife, the key is to have a “sharp” knife to make even cuts. Here is the link to the Wusthof Classic 6″ knife we LOVE.
  2. You also may soak your fries in cold water for a 2-3 hours. This helps remove excess starch from the potatoes, making them more crispy. Just make sure to dry them completely before using them in this recipe.
  3. We don’t alway get perfect fries by just cooking them the allotted time. If your fries just aren’t crispy at the end of the cook time, simply place them under the broiler on high for a few minutes. You may turn them every few minutes. Watch them closely so they don’t burn.

5 from 3 votes


Author Nan


  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 white potatoes
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 cup Nutritional Yeast


  1. Preheat oven at 450.
  2. Cut potatoes into even thick match sticks, make sure to leave the skins on for more flavor and texture.
  3. Combine all ingredients and toss well.
  4. Place potatoes evenly spaced on cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper.  Place any extra mixture in bowl on the potatoes.
  5. Bake 25 minutes, turning once halfway through the cooking process.
  6. Broil on high for 5 minutes, if you want them more crispy.


Key to perfect Nutri-fries is a good knife

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  1. Can you leave the potatoes in cold water for a few hours, let them dry and use them another day? Do you have to cook them the same day? Thanks!

    1. They will brown, but you can leave them overnight in a bowl of ice water in your fridge and use the next day. I do that a lot of times.

  2. 5 stars
    We make this recipe at least once a week – it is so easy and so delicious! We aren’t big sweet potato fans, so we use Idaho only.

  3. 5 stars
    One of my all time favorite recipes!!!!
    I can’t seem to get them quite as crispy as I want, but it doesn’t matter because the flavor is so great.