Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Pecans

November 14, 2012

These healthy mashed sweet potatoes with orange and cinnamon are super easy to make and absolutely delicious.

I was inspired by Bryant Terry’s Thanksgiving menu in the holiday issue of the Vegetarian Times to add some maple pecans to these mashed potatoes. The results were spectacular, and I had to share the recipe with you.

I modified a mashed sweet potato recipe from my mother-in-law that contained cream, butter, and sugar. I find roasted sweet potatoes to be so naturally rich and sweet, you don’t really need to do too much to achieve a decadent, rich, flavor. So, I’ve kept the base of mashed sweet potatoes really simple, and the maple pecan add an earthy, smokey sweetness.

If you want to serve these mashed sweet potatoes without the pecans to create a more simple nut-free side dish that is even healthier, add more orange juice, cinnamon, maple syrup, and salt to taste. You could also add in a pinch of nutmeg and ground ginger.

Either way, these healthy mashed sweet potatoes are dressed to impress.


Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Pecans

These healthy mashed sweet potatoes with maple pecans are fantastic for the holidays!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8
Author Tess Masters



  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). 
  2. Scrub the sweet potatoes, prick them a few times with a fork, wrap individually in aluminium foil, and bake for about 1 hour, until cooked through
  3. Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, and remove the skins. 
  4. Transfer the peeled potatoes to the bowl of your stand mixer, add the orange juice, maple syrup, salt, and pepper, and with the paddle attachment, mix on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy. 
  5. Roughly chop the candied maple pecans, and stir through the potatoes reserving some to garnish the dish before serving.  

Recipe Notes

Maple Candied Pecans recipe

Photo by Trent Lanz and styling by Alicia Buszczak


Comments 9

  1. I was fortunate to taste these at the Pre-Thanksgiving soiree and they were divine. With the a few of the right flavors added, the sweet potato remains the star of the dish! Marshmallows … you are not welcome here!!! ; – )))

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