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Twice Baked Maple-Pecan-Coconut Sweet Potatoes

Posted Nov 19 2010 9:00am

A few days ago, Greta 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 Fitblogger “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!

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3-4 TBSP coconut butter
  • 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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