Maple-Pecan Sweet Potato Mash

Maple-Pecan Sweet Potato Mash Photo: Quentin Bacon


  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, baked


1. Preheat oven to 300°.

2. Place the pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until pecans are fragrant and begin to darken. Remove from oven, and set aside.

3. In a small saucepan, combine maple syrup, orange zest, cinnamon stick, and ground cloves. Bring to a gentle simmer. Remove from heat, and let stand about 5 minutes.

4. Gently scoop out insides of the baked sweet potatoes, and place in a heatproof bowl. Using a potato masher or large fork, mash until there are no lumps left. Heat in microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes.

5. Remove the cinnamon stick from the warmed syrup, and discard. Pour the syrup over the mashed sweet potatoes, and top with the toasted pecans. Serve immediately.

    Prep: 5 minutes; Cook: 15 minutes. This is a fantastic way to use leftover sweet potatoes. Don't have any extras? Bake some sweet potatoes in a 450° oven for 30-35 minutes, until fork tender.
  • Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 211
Fat per serving: 6g
Saturated fat per serving: 1g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 3g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 2g
Protein per serving: 3g
Carbohydrate per serving: 40g
Fiber per serving: 4g
Cholesterol per serving: 0.0mg
Iron per serving: 1mg
Sodium per serving: 35mg
Calcium per serving: 61mg