Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes are a delicious alternative to sweet potato casserole, without using any marshmallows! This dish is made in just 1 pot, and is naturally sweetened for a healthier holiday side dish.
Do you Have to Peel Sweet Potatoes?
No, you don’t have to peel sweet potatoes! There tends to be antioxidants in the skin, so you’ll get more nutrients when you leave the skin on.
For holiday meals, I tend to peel the sweet potatoes so they will be appealing to as many people as possible, but only you know your audience best, so you get to choose.
Can Sweet Potatoes be Prepared in Advance?
You can cut the sweet potatoes up to 2 days in advance to save yourself some time, but keep them submerged in water when you store them, so they won’t dry out in the fridge.
Glazed Sweet Potato Ingredients
This recipe couldn’t be much easier to prepare. All you need is 5 ingredients to get started!
- Sweet potatoes
- Maple syrup
- Coconut oil (or butter)
I highly recommend stirring in some crunchy pecans and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the end of the cooking cycle, but that’s totally optional. The lemon takes the flavor to the next level!
The optional pecans add a nice crunch to the dish, so it’s almost like you’re eating a sweet potato pecan pie. I hope you’ll try it!
Why You’ll Love It
This side dish is a unique one to bring to a Thanksgiving meal, and I love that you only have 1 dish to clean later!
These glazed sweet potatoes are:
- super easy to prepare
- vegan & Paleo friendly
- refined sugar-free
- made in 1 pan
- and taste unbelievably good!
I hope you’ll love them as much as my family does. Let me know if you give them a try!
Glazed Sweet Potatoes (in 1 pan!)
- Preheat the oven to 400F, and peel the sweet potatoes, if desired. Cut them into 1-inch pieces, so they will cook evenly.
- Place the potato pieces in a 9-inch x 13-inch casserole dish, or something similar in size. Add in the maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, and salt, and toss well to coat the potatoes. Place them in the oven to bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, take the potatoes out of the oven and give them a stir. Return them to the oven to bake for another 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, repeat the process, stirring every 15 minutes until the potatoes are fork-tender and the maple syrup is no longer very liquidy looking. (It will disappear even more as the potatoes cool.) This should take about 1 hour total, but yours might be done in 50-55 minutes total, so keep an eye on them towards the end of the cooking cycle.
- If you'd like to add the pecans, stir them in as soon as the potatoes come out of the oven. Add a squeeze of lemon juice over the top, and stir again, to brighten up the flavor and cut some of the sweetness. (Highly recommend the lemon juice-- not orange juice, which I also tried.)
- Serve warm, as a side dish with your favorite holiday main course. Leftover sweet potatoes can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
This recipe was original posted in November 2013 and has been updated in November 2020, to be more clear, and with an easier ingredient list and method.
Here’s the original if you need it:
- 1 pound sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of cloves
- pinch of salt
If you try this Glazed Sweet Potato recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it. And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too! We can all benefit from your experience.
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