Twice Baked Maple-Pecan-Coconut Sweet Potatoes

by Matt on November 19, 2010

A few days ago, aka “The Middle Aged Jock” asked me to make a Thanksgiving side dish that is a “lightened up” version of something that is usually terrible for you. For the “Healthy Thanksgiving”, I was assigned sweet potatoes.

Excellent!

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Normally when I think of a twice baked potato, I think of a russet potato loaded with cheese, bacon (YUM), sour cream, and plenty of butter. Sometimes there is a sprinkle of chives to keep things green and healthy Winking smile

Honestly, I am not a huge baked potato fan. I would rather have my potato in the form of fries when they are sitting next to a big fat burger. Actually make that a cheese burger. With bacon. As long as it’s not on my potato, I am allowed to have it on my burger.

Right?

On the other hand, I LOVE baked sweet potatoes. Add some butter and cinnamon and I am set. Sweet potatoes are the best when they are prepared plain and simple. They have so much flavor on their own that they really don’t need much at all.

My goal last night was to make a twice baked potato that was not only better for your waste line, but better for taste buds as well.

This was suppose to be a “side dish”, but I think it ended up more in the dessert category. Anyways, it was delicious!

Twice Baked Maple-Pecan-Coconut Sweet Potatoes

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3-4 TBSP
  • 3-4 TBSP pure maple syrup
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • 1/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1/4 shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Prick each potato a few times with a fork. Rub with coconut oil and bake on a baking sheet for 45 minutes to an hour until soft.
  2. When cool enough to handle, cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop insides into a medium bowl. Mash with the coconut butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon.
  3. Spoon back into skins.
  4. Place stuffed potatoes back on the baking sheet; sprinkle with pecans and coconut. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.

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I think I found a new side dish for this coming Thursday Smile

What do you think mom?

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November 19, 2010 at 8:14 AM

i like the addition of coconut to this side dish. :)
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MattNo Gravatar November 19, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Coconut owns.

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November 19, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Wow -these look delicious! I must make these as a side. It would be a great alternative to the usual sweet potato casserole.

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MattNo Gravatar November 19, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Yep! I’ve actually never had sweet potato casserole, but I imagine they are similar.

Let me know if you make them!

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November 19, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Holy crap Matt — this looks so good — do you think it would work without any of the coconut ingredients? I’m not a fan of that stuff..
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MattNo Gravatar November 19, 2010 at 10:35 AM

I would recommend replacing the coconut butter with real butter and replacing the shredded coconut with a little powdered sugar or something. You can even skip it if you want, I just like the white color ;)

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November 19, 2010 at 9:12 AM

oh dear, this is going to be a very good/bad thing for me. YIKES :)

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MattNo Gravatar November 19, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Amen to that ;)

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November 19, 2010 at 10:06 AM

That looks sooo good! I don’t have coconut butter though…could it be replaced with almond butter or something else??
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MattNo Gravatar November 19, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I am sure you could use butter here. Go for it :)

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November 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM

I enjoy cooking with coconut oil; it gives the food a much better taste than olive oil and it’s healthier also. I plan on trying your sweet potato recipe on Thanksgiving. Sounds like it would be less fattening than the one I usually make, but very delicious also!
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November 19, 2010 at 10:46 AM

This looks delicious! (and vegan friendly!)

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November 19, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Looks good.
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November 19, 2010 at 12:36 PM

I am speechless, that looks so good.
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November 19, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Love the addition of walnuts – I actually have a recipe to add hazelnuts to my sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving!
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MattNo Gravatar November 19, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Pecans not walnuts ;)

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November 19, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Oh yum these look SO GOOD. My aunt makes something similar each year at Thanksgiving, just without coconut. I’m so bummed we’re not going to her house for dinner this year!!
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November 19, 2010 at 4:19 PM

These look great! I have that problem with sweet potato recipes too. I always end up turning them into dessert. Not a problem as far as I’m concerned though :)
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November 19, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Ooh! Might have to add this to my Thanksgiving menu!!
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November 19, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Be still my southern heart. This would rock on Turkey day!!
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November 19, 2010 at 8:55 PM

These look phenomenal!! I might have to try them for Thanksgiving :)
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November 20, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Oh I love coconut! Looks yummy.

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November 21, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Matt, That looks soooooo good, going to have to try it soon! And something that doesn’t need to be served only on a holiday.
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