Twice Baked Tropical Sweet Potato Boats with Coconut and Lime

Tropical Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Travel to the tropics with these fun, festive, and extremely delicious twice baked sweet potato boats featuring coconut and lime flavors.

Colorful sweet potatoes on a tropical theme plate with paper umbrellas.



I’ve made mashed tropical sweet potatoes before but have never added them back into their shells.

I’m not sure why it took me so long to do it, because these Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with a tropical touch are a fun way to feast your eyes, as well as your taste buds!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Tropical Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes is available at the end of this post. 


Pink petunias in the background with sweet potatoes and paper umbrellas on a tropical plate.


The simple ingredient list;

Why this recipe works;

  1. The sweetness of the sweet potato pairs wonderfully well with the coconut milk and lime zest.
  2. They’re really fun and festive.
  3. They can be made in advance and reheated as needed.
  4. They can even be frozen!
  5. They’re super easy to make!!
  6. Only FIVE ingredients (salt and pepper don’t count)


I don’t often take my food photos outside but these Twice Baked Sweet Potato Boats with a tropical touch were kind of begging me to get them outside in the sunshine where their colors could “pop” and you could view them in all their glory.

We ate these twice baked sweet potato boats last night for dinner along with some swordfish I purchased at Trader Joe’s, and although we were in still in Illinois the tropical flavor of our dinner transported us all the way to Hawaii, but without the lengthy flight, or hefty price tag!


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Twice Baked Sweet Potato Boats with Coconut and Lime

Can these be made with fewer calories?

  • If you’re interested, you can cut back on the calorie content of these Tropical Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes if you use lite coconut milk and skip the use of the butter and coconut chips.
  • I’ve used both the lite coconut milk and the regular coconut milk when I’ve made the tropical mashed sweet potatoes, and you really can’t tell any difference in taste.
  • For this particular time when I made these, I used the regular coconut milk because that’s what I had on hand in my pantry, but given the option, I probably would always prefer the lite option.

What are some of the health benefits of sweet potatoes?

  • Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin C and A. Both nutrients are extremely valuable for promoting a healthy immune system.
  • They’re antioxidant powerhouses which help protect the body’s cells against aging and disease.
  • Sweet potatoes are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is known to accelerate obesity,  type 2 diabetes,  heart disease, and cancer.
  • For additional information regarding all the wonderful health and nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes, check out this article on Health.


Outside photo of sweet potatoes on a tropical platter with paper umbrellas and a swimming pool in the background.


The easy instructions;

  • Cook 4 medium sweet potatoes until fork tender and allow to cool until they can be handled easily.
  • I cooked mine in the microwave, but you can also use the oven or grill. If using the grill, please use indirect heat.
  • Once the potatoes have cooled enough to handle, use a serrated knife to cut a top slice from each potato.
  • Use a spoon to carefully scoop out the insides of the sweet potato, but leave enough of a shell so the potatoes retain their shape.


Twice Baked Sweet Potato Boats photo tutorial

  • Place all the potato insides in a bowl.
  • Season the sweet potato with salt and pepper.
  • Add the coconut milk to the potatoes along with fresh lime zest.

How to make Twice Baked Sweet Potato Boats with a Tropical Touch

  • Mash the potatoes until they’re creamy.
  • Season the inside of the potato boats with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon the mashed sweet potato filling evenly back into the potato shells.
  • Add additional lime zest over the top of each stuffed potato.

How to make Twice Baked Sweet Potato Boats with Coconut and Lime

  • Dollop a bit of butter on top of each potato and return the potatoes to the oven to heat through.
  • Approximately 15-20 minutes at 350-degrees.
  • Once the potatoes are removed from the oven, sprinkle them with coconut chips (optional), and garnish with colorful drink umbrellas and lime wedges (if desired).
  • Serve hot.

How to make Twice Baked Sweet Potato Boats with a Tropical Touch of Coconut and Lime


Title text vertical photo collage of tropical sweet potatoes


If you’re planning on hosting a luau this summer, these Twice Baked Sweet Potato Boats with a Tropical Touch would be the perfect thing to serve alongside a nice Hawaiian Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich for the Slow Cooker from Six Sisters Stuff, and maybe The Best Ever Tropical Fruit Salad from The Slow Roasted Italian.

And for dessert, I have a few cookie ideas for you that I served our guests a few years ago when my husband and I threw our big backyard Luau.

Cinnamon Sugar Sand Dollar Cookies

Coconut Macadamia Nut Cookies

Pink Lemonade Cookies


This luau was by far one of the best parties we’d ever thrown, so it’s fun for me to relive it all again by sharing the photos. I sure hope you don’t mind. I wish you could have been there!


Luau Appetizer Table 2015


Backyard Luau 2015


Tiki Bar and Luau 2015


Backyard Luau 2015


Pig Roast Luau 2015


Backyard pig roast and luau 2015


For additional BBQ side dish recipe suggestions, here is a fantastic recipe roundup I know you’ll also really enjoy!


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title text vertical collage of sweet potato boats in a tropical setting


Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Tropical Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes. 

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

4.67 from 3 votes
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with a Tropical Touch of coconut and lime
Twice Baked Sweet Potato Boats with a Tropical Touch
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
These Twice Baked Sweet Potato Boats with a Tropical Touch are the perfect accompaniment to any pork, fish, or chicken dish. You're going to love their light coconut flavor and the mild zest of lime.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tropical sweet potatoes, twice baked sweet potatoes
Servings: 4
Calories: 185 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes cooked until fork tender and cooled slightly.
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup coconut milk not coconut water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime zest plus additional for garnish (if desired)
  • butter softened
  • ¼ cup crushed coconut chips optional
  1. Cut a slice off the top off each cooked and cooled sweet potato.
  2. Scoop out the inside of each potato leaving behind enough potato on the skins to form a sturdy "boat"
  3. Place the scooped potato into a bowl and mash with the coconut milk, salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon lime zest.
  4. Fill the potato boats with the mashed sweet potato mixture and dollop each with butter.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 15-20 minutes.

  6. Sprinkle each potato with crushed coconut chips (optional).
  7. Serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Twice Baked Sweet Potato Boats with a Tropical Touch
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 518mg15%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 18445IU369%
Vitamin C 3.4mg4%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s twice baked sweet potato recipe with a tropical twist as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!


Twice Baked Sweet Potato Boats with Coconut and Lime


Below are a few custom coffee mugs with a Hawaiian theme that I painted for a client a few years ago who owns a bakery (hence the wedding cake on the surfboard).

I don’t particularly recall why she had wanted the Hawaiian theme, but I do remember that she wanted one mug at sunset and the other one during the day. These are the completed mugs. To this day, I still think these are some of my favorite glasses I’ve ever painted.


Custom Luau Hawaiian Coffee Mugs


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  1. What a fun twist on twice baked potatoes!

  2. I just adore the tropical twist on these sweet potatoes! What fun!

  3. What a fun party! These potatoes are perfection!!

  4. What a fun idea and so perfect for a party!

  5. This look easy and healthy too. I love sweet potatoes so I am sure I would love these. Fun party!

  6. Such a fun way to serve up sweet potatoes

  7. These look so good! What a fun way to serve these!

  8. What a great idea, Renee! I adore all of these flavors and can’t wait to make sweet potatoes this way.

  9. Well don’t these look fun!

  10. 5 stars
    We love sweet potatoes and love this tropical version even more!

  11. wilhelmina

    5 stars
    Only you could make sweet potatoes so fun and delicious! Love these!

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