Baked Candied Sweet Potatoes

By Rena |

These Candied sweet potatoes make for the perfect side dish this holiday season. Easy to make healthy side dish recipe that’s so flavorful and needs just 15 minutes of prep time.

top view sweet potato slices in a white dish roasted

A simple, satisfying, and delicious side of this recipe to add to your dinner table this holiday season. These maple and pecan roasted sweet potatoes need just about 15 minutes of prep time and are then tossed in the oven and roasted to perfection. You will not go wrong if you plan to serve these baked candied sweet potatoes we promise. These maple roasted sweet potatoes are so delicious and would pair well with pretty much anything you serve them with plus they are vegan-friendly. Impress your guests with this classic holiday side dish and we promise this recipe we promise it will be a winner.

Why this maple roasted potato recipe will be a winner

  • Simple and easy: Making these candied baked sweet potatoes is going to be very easy to put together and let it bake in the oven until it caramelizes.
  • Can be prepped ahead: You can easily cut up the potatoes, place then in a container of water and store in the fridge to save on time the day of.
  • Super delicious: These candied sweet potatoes are so tastying they will be the highlight of the dinner feast.
close up sliced candied and roasted sweet potatoes

INgredients, notes, and substitutes

  • Sweet potatoes: peeled and thinly sliced. thicker slices may need a few more minutes to cook through. use any sweet potato of choice.
  • juice: either orange or pineapple juice will work. adds in a unique flavor. this ingredient can be skipped. do not use water instead.
  • maple syrup: to keep this vegan-friendly use maple syrup or brown sugar. Otherwise honey will work too.
  • coconut oil: if you dont have any coconut oil, use any other neutral tasting oil. you may use melted butter.
  • spices: we love using cinnamon and nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste. if you like to meausre, use about 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp of pepper
  • pecans: toasted pecans makes for a great addition to this side dish. You may swap with walnuts.
  • Add more toppings: you may add other toppings like a variety of nuts, some chopped dates or figs, or even baby marshmallows. you would need to add these ingredients before you place the potatoes back into the oven to bake for the last 10 minutes.
view from top of candied potatoes in a white dish

Instructions on how to make these Easy candied Sweet potatoes

  • Get the oven ready: Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease a medium oven-safe dish with coconut oil.
  • Add sliced potatoes into a dish: Place the sweet potatoes in the prepared dish and season with salt and pepper.
  • Make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk the fresh juice, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Add the maple syrup sauce on potatoes: Pour the maple mixture over the sweet potatoes and toss to coat.
  • Bake: Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 45-50 minutes, gently tossing into the potatoes halfway.
  • Mix the potatoes: Once the time is up, the potatoes should be fork-tender. Remove and gently toss with the pecans.
  • Bake again uncovered: Return to the oven and bake uncovered for 8-10 more minutes, or until slightly caramelized on top.
  • Serve: Once they are caramelized and checked for doneness, remove from oven and serve.
maple syrup mix with spices being poured over sliced sweet potatoes in a white dish before baking

frequently asked questions

How do you fix runny candied yams or potatoes?

If your candied sweet potatoes/yams come out a bit watery but the yams are done, you may thicken up the sauce by adding a bit of cornstarch. To do so, mix 2 tsp of cornstarch with about 1 tbsp of cold water and add them to the glaze/sweet potatoes. Just mix everything together and let it cook for another 3-5 minutes to thicken up.

What meat goes with candied sweet potatoes or yam?

Candied yams or sweet potatoes are a classic holiday side dish that goes well with a variety of meats served during the holidays like turkey, ham, roast, or chicken.

What is the difference between candied yams and sweet potatoes?

In the US people casually refer to sweet potatoes as yams even though they are completely different vegetables. Yams a more starchy, have a lighter-colored interior with a rougher and darker exterior. Whereas, sweet potatoes have a creamier and softer reddish interior and are sweeter than yams.

close up candied and glazed sweet potato slices

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top view of sliced candied potatoes in a white dish

Baked Candied Sweet Potatoes

Sliced sweet potatoes tossed with cinnamon, orange juice, maple syrup, nutmeg, pecans, and then baked to perfection.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 lb sweet potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice or pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease a medium oven-safe dish with coconut oil.
  • Place the sweet potatoes in the prepared dish and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the fresh juice, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Pour the maple mixture over the sweet potatoes and toss to coat.
  • Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 45-50 minutes, gently tossing into the potatoes halfway.
  • Once the time is up, the potatoes should be fork-tender. Remove and gently toss with the pecans.
  • Return to the oven and bake uncovered for 8-10 more minutes, or until slightly caramelized on top.

Notes

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Maple syrup: you can use honey or brown sugar instead. to keep it vegan friendly, do use maple syrup or brown sugar
  • Pecans: you may replace pecans with walnuts
  • The thicker the sweet potatoes slices the more time it will need to bake
  • Any other bland oil may be used instead of coconut oil
  • Store the remainder in the fridge for up to one week.

Nutrition

Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 650mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 21497IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg
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