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Mashed Coconut Sweet Potatoes

Posted Nov 20 2012 11:00pm

Mashed Coconut Sweet Potatoes

Sides/Snacks November 20, 2012

Hello everyone! Happy Thanksgiving Eve!


Today’s recipe is one that I never actually had at family gatherings, although I realize now why it’s so popular!

Growing up, my mom, dad, brother, and I used to troop over to my uncle’s house where there would be an incredible spread of the usual turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, but my uncle was also a fan of making his infamous pineapple lasagna and plenty of other desserts. It was a gorge-fest!

I only recently discovered my love for sweet potatoes. When I was younger, the idea of a sweet potato was quite distasteful, but I think my palate has matured. :-) This recipe yields a creamy, lightly sweetened bowl of nutrient-dense potatoes that are complimented by the melty goodness of the coconut butter and the natural sugar from the oranges….a great twist on a traditional recipe!


4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, washed, cubed

4 T. buttermilk (see below for directions on how to make your own)**

2 t. fresh ginger, grated

3 T. orange juice, preferably fresh

2 t. orange zest, grated

1 t. salt

2-4 T. coconut butter, warmed slightly (regular butter could be used as well)

1/4 t. nutmeg, freshly grated

**To make your own buttermilk, add 3/4 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a measuring cup. Then add enough almond milk to equal 1/4 cup. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then use as directed.

Steam the potatoes in a vegetable steamer for about 8-10 minutes until easily pierced by a fork. Add them  to a large bowl along with the buttermilk, ginger, orange juice, orange zest, salt, and nutmeg. Mash everything together with a potato masher (no masher here so I used a whisk :-[). Top with the coconut butter (I use the higher amount, but if you’re watching calories and fat, the lesser amount still yields a delicious result), and dig in!

Some other Thanksgiving recipes you might like to try:

Carrot Nog

Vegan Green Bean Casserole with Homemade French Fried Onions

Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken (for a small Thanksgiving or if you just don’t care for turkey!)

…and for dessert….

5-Ingredient Pumpkin Fudge

130 Calorie Pumpkin Panna Cotta

Slow Cooker Blueberry Apple Crisp

What is your favorite Turkey Day memory?

I hope everyone has a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for everyone who reads my little blog. :-)

Shared with: Real Food Wednesday , Whole Foods Wednesday , Healthy 2day

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Spicy Black Bean Hummus WIAW and Smoky Sweet Potato Fries 3 Ingredient Apple Juice Chicken

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