These healthy mashed sweet potatoes are easy enough to make any time but delicious enough for special occasions. Plus, they are easy to customize to make them just how you like them. Plus, as a replacement for either white mashed potatoes or candied yams, these are way healthier.
Have you ever had the baked sweet potatoes at Texas Roadhouse? Well, these are like those in that they have the caramelized flavor, but even better because they have yogurt, maple syrup, and cinnamon mixed in.
Is anyone else trying to figure out how it is already the middle of Nov. and how Thanksgiving is next week? I know time goes by fast, but these past two weeks have gone by especially fast. It must be because we were out-of-town for a week - it has messed up my entire month :).
Since Thanksgiving is a week and a half away, it is time to start getting serious about narrowing down a dinner menu for the big feast….I would love to make all of the delicious dishes that I see on other food blogs and all over Pinterest, but that is just not practical, let alone possible…so I thought I would post some of my favorite healthy twists on the classic holiday dishes - which is exactly what this post is.
These super-simple mashed sweet potatoes are a tasty and much healthier alternative to traditional candied yams. They are even a more nutrient-dense alternative to traditional mashed potatoes if that is what you are looking for.
They are also super simple to make, calling for only 4 ingredients, so you can spend your time on the most important part of Thanksgiving Dinner…the dessert!
These sweet potatoes are not just for special occasions or holidays. Since they are so simple to make, they are a great side dish for a weeknight dinner and a favorite at our house. My husband will routinely request mashed sweet potatoes, and my darling sister-in-law makes them all the time for her and her husband. There really isn’t anything not to like about these gems!
Here are some tips and tricks to customize these:
- You really can cook the sweet potatoes any way you want. Boiling them makes the smoothest consistency, baking makes them the most caramelized, or steaming works too, although I don't like the consistency quite as well. Update: Now I like to peel them and cook them in my Instapot for about 8-10 minutes.
- You can use how much yogurt you want. I rarely measure it. I just put it in until it tastes right. Sometimes I even use a clean sour cream for all or some of the Greek yogurt.
- I think these taste perfectly fine without maple syrup, but I really don't like sweet side dishes. So don't be afraid to try them before you add maple syrup and see if you like them without it.
These mashed sweet potatoes are quick to make and the Greek yogurt in them makes them extra creamy and healthy.
- 2 large sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped)
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1-2 tablespoon pure maple syrup (optional)
- Boil the sweet potatoes in a large pot of water until they can easily be pierced with a fork
- Drain the water from the potatoes
- Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or a large fork
- Stir in the Greek yogurt and maple syrup
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve
- More or less yogurt maybe used, depending on taste and desired consistency.
- Sour cream or regular plain yogurt maybe substituted for the Greek yogurt.
- The sweet potatoes maybe steamed if you are short on time, but boiling them will create a smoother consistency.
- The maple syrup is optional. I don't add extra sweetener, but many prefer the extra sweetness. Stevia or other natural sweetener maybe substituted.
- Some like to add a pinch of salt as well - feel free to add it, if you feel you need it.
Keywords: Easy, smooth, creamy, healthy