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Healthy Twice Baked Sweet Potato

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This healthy twice baked sweet potato can be served as a vegan meal or side dish – your choice!  It’s packed with a sweet mixture of pineapple and maple syrup and topped with crunchy toasted pecans, then baked to perfection. These sweet potatoes make the perfect vegan Thanksgiving side dish or holiday meal.

Since you are interested in my healthy twice-baked sweet potato recipe, I bet you enjoy these Thanksgiving and holiday recipes. I know you’ll love this Vegan Stuffing, these Pumpkin Pie Bars, my fan-favorite Spicy Cranberry Salsa, or my Best Ever Sweet Potato Casserole. These recipes will make your holidays tastier!

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Well, it’s nearly holiday time! Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t far off and I’m looking forward to simple, but delicious meals and I know many of you are too, which is why I created this vegan healthy twice-baked sweet potato recipe.

Sometimes I just want a quick and satisfying meal that doesn’t take all day to cook, so I love make ahead twice-baked sweet potatoes or plain baked potatoes. They are filling and healthy, as long as you don’t “load” them with sour cream, bacon, cheese, and all of the fixins’.

These twice-baked sweet potatoes aren’t without added sweetener and vegan butter, however, they are significantly healthier than the typical marshmallow-topped creations found on a lot of holiday tables.


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Speaking of holiday tables…I know some of you are wondering …

What to serve with baked sweet potatoes

You can make them a meal by adding a side salad or sauteed greens. If you’re enjoying a baked sweet potato as a side dish, it can be served with a vegan ham, a bowl of black bean soup, or a meatless loaf.

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Are sweet potatoes good for you?

They are highly nutritious with lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They promote gut health, may help prevent cancer, and improve your vision and brain health. You can read more about their benefits if you’re into that kinda stuff.

Healthy Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Ingredients

image of healthy twice baked sweet potato ingredients. Two sweet potatoes are on a pizza pan with holes. There are spices in small glass bowls, chopped pecans, vegan butter, and maple syrup surrounding the pizza pan
  • Sweet Potatoes – I always recommend using organic produce when it’s possible and affordable.
  • Pineapple – It’s optional and I didn’t photograph it in the picture above, but it brings your sweet potatoes to a completely different level.
  • Vegan Butter – I used unsalted so you can control the amount of sodium.
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Salt – it helps balance the sweetness, but you can omit it.
  • Maple Syrup – you could sub monkfruit or stevia sweetened syrup
  • Pecans – walnuts are a nice option, too
  • Flour – you could sub oat flour for a gluten-free option

Tips for Making This Vegan Side Dish

I recommend baking the sweet potatoes ahead of time and keeping them in the refrigerator. Then you can enjoy plain baked sweet potatoes for a busy weeknight meal or make the filling, stuff, and bake it again for a healthy twice-baked sweet potato.  

You can cook them in an instant pot rather than using the oven to bake.  However, I encourage you to do the second bake in the oven so that your sweet potatoes have a nice crunchy top.

If you want to make them a little lower in carbohydrates you can substitute monkfruit sweetened syrup or stevia sweetened syrup instead of maple syrup.

How to Make Healthy Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

image of two sweet potatoes on a pizza pan with holes. A hand is holding a knife and cutting into a sweet potato
  • Gather your ingredients
  • Bake the sweet potatoes until soft in the center
  • Allow them to cool.
  • Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise and remove the center, but leave enough of the flesh and skin to keep the shape.
image of a hollowed out sweet potato in the background. A hand is holding a glass bowl of pineapple chunks over another glass bowl of sweet potato filling
  • In a large bowl, mash the sweet potato filling.
  • Add the spices, vegan butter, salt, and pineapple.
  • Mix until combined.
image of a stuffed sweet potato and a bowl of chopped pecans.  A hand is holding a glass bowl with vegan butter in it
  • Stuff the sweet potatoes with the mashed sweet potato filling.
  • Make the crunchy pecan topping by adding butter, flour, and spices to the pecans.
  • Top the sweet potatoes with the pecan topping.
image of two sweet potatoes stuffed and topped with pecans on a pizza pan with holes
  • Bake again for 20 minutes or until the filling is hot and the pecan topping is crunchy.
  • Enjoy!

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Healthy Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes – Vegan

These healthy twice baked sweet potatoes can be served as a vegan meal or side dish – your choice! They’re packed with a sweet mixture of pineapple and maple syrup and topped with crunchy toasted pecans, then baked to perfection. They’re the perfect Thanksgiving side dish or holiday meal.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword double baked sweet potatoes, healthy holiday side dish, pecan twice baked sweet potatoes, sweet potato recipe, Thanksgiving, twice baked sweet potatoes, Vegan holiday side dish, vegan meal, vegan thanksgiving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 467kcal
Author Cindy Newland with Intentionally Eat

Ingredients

Sweet Potatoes

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp vegan butter
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, chopped

Pecan Topping

  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp vegan butter
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Clean and dry sweet potatoes. Bake 40-50 minutes, or until soft in the center. Check doneness by inserting a knife in the center of a sweet potato to see if it's soft.
  • Reduce the heat to 350 degrees. Allow sweet potatoes to cool until they can be handled without burning your hands.
  • Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise and scoop out the sweet potato flesh. Be sure to leave about 1/4 inch of the sweet potato and skin in order to keep the shape.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the sweet potato flesh, vegan butter, maple syrup, and seasonings. Mash until well combined. Stir in pineapple. Stuff the sweet potato with the mixture.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add the pecans, cinnamon, flour, vegan butter, maple syrup, and salt. Top each sweet potato with the pecan mixture.
  • Bake the sweet potatoes for 20-30 minutes or until topping is crunchy. Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Fiber: 8g

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I reheat sweet potatoes?

You can reheat these twice-baked sweet potatoes in a 350-degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until heated through.

  • How do I store leftover baked sweet potatoes?

You can store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

  • Can I add marshmallows?

This recipe is very versatile, so you can add vegan marshmallows (regular marshmallows have gelatin), raisins, or walnuts for a fun twist.

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About Cindy Newland

Hey, I’m Cindy! I used to be morbidly obese! I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a family history of heart disease and cancer.

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