‘Gateaux Patate’ à la NutriSmart

Gateaux patate‘ is the unquestionable Diwali cake here in Mauritius. It looks like a half moon and is filled with coconut and sugar. I tried reviewing mom’s recipe a bit and adapted it to make a healthier Nutrismart version. Mom was reluctant at first but was eventually happy with the end result! Sweet potato is definitely a healthy source of energy. Adding whole wheat flour boosts the fibre content and also decreases the glycemic index of the end product. Using fresh grated coconut with raisins and cardamom powder makes a perfect combo for healthier and more nutritious filling!

Whether to bake or deep fry? Well that’s a matter of choice! I know baking will take more time but if you are diabetic or suffering from cardiac problems, then it’s better to bake a few pieces or even the whole batch. I tested it and it’s awesome! As with everything else, moderation is the key. Now, mom always makes the healthy version.

Almonds have been studied extensively for their benefits on heart health and diabetes and weight management. The unique nutrient combination of almonds — plant-based protein, fibre and monounsaturated fats, plus key nutrients like vitamin E and magnesium — help make them a heart-healthy snack. Magnesium helps to fight fatigue and vitamin b6 acts as a mood lifter.


  • 500g sweet potato, boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 160g whole wheat flour
  • 200g fresh coconut, grated and roasted lightly
  • 20g dried raisins
  • 500g almonds, sliced
  • 1 tbsp cardamom powder
  • 1 – 2 tbsp raw sugar, low GI
  • Oil for frying or melted butter for baking


Mix the grated coconut with cardamom powder, raisins, almonds and sugar. Set aside.

In a large bowl, add the mashed sweet potato and the whole wheat flour. Mix well and knead the dough to form a suitable dough to roll. You will notice it will be quite sticky but don’t worry.

Roll (add dry flour to ease the process) and fill with the coconut mixture. Fold into semicircular shape and seal edges with the back of a fork.

Deep fry or bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 – 30 minutes. If you are baking them, brush each side with some melted butter.

Serve with a cup of black or green tea.

Eat Smart. Be Healthy.

Enjoy 🙂

With love,

Yovanee Veerapen

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