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Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Happy Monday! It’s been raining nonstop here. It’s quite annoying but I’ve actually liked that I had an excuse to lounge at home and basically relax and do nothing over the weekend. It was much needed! However, I do miss the sunshine and I’m VERY looking forward to spending Thanksgiving in Hawaii this year. Bring on the beaches!!

Before leaving, I wanted to share a last minute Thanksgiving recipe that’s so simple and easy to make. If you love sweet potato casserole, I think you’ll like this one! This candied pecan loaded sweet potatoes recipe has the same flavors as a sweet potato casserole, but takes out the labor of blending up the sweet potatoes. I’m all about doing less work than I have to (AND creating less dishes) on Thanksgiving with so many things going on if you are hosting. 

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

I find that sweet potatoes are plenty sweet on their own so I do not like to add more sugar to it, as what usually happens in a traditional sweet potato casserole. There are usually 6 different kinds of pies at the dessert table waiting for you on Thanksgiving, so why load up on excess sugar during your meal? The candied pecans in this recipe adds just enough sweetness to really enhance the flavors of the sweet potatoes, and for me, it honestly felt like I was eating dessert!

If you are looking for a fun and different take on sweet potato casserole on Thanksgiving, I highly recommend this recipe because it’s soooooo delicious. Just try it out and let me know!

Hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet PotatoesCandied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes


Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 6 sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp water
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 2 tbsp butter (Use coconut oil if you have a high sensitivity to dairy)
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
  • Optional: unsweetened coconut flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Wash the sweet potatoes, then poke holes in them by stabbing them with a fork a few times.
  4. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes - 1 hour, until soft and easily pierced with a knife.
  5. While the sweet potatoes are baking, whisk together maple syrup, water, vanilla extract, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  6. Toss in the pecans and stir to coat well. Set aside until the sweet potatoes are done.
  7. Once the sweet potatoes are done cooking, lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  8. Cut the potatoes down the center lengthwise, then push them down carefully from the top to flatten . and open them a bit.
  9. Top each potato with the pecan mixture.
  10. Melt together butter, coconut butter, and salt on the stove top or in the microwave. Pour evenly over the sweet potatoes and the pecan topping.
  11. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the pecans are browned and toasted. If you have leftover pecans, toast it along side the potatoes and save as a snack!
  12. Sprinkle with more cinnamon and unsweetened coconut flakes, if desired. Serve immediately.

Deliciously Sweet Candied Pecan Loaded Sweet Potatoes - Paleo Gluten Free Vegan

The Paleo Kids Cookbook Giveaway + Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

It’s time for another giveaway (and a delicious recipe)! Jennifer Robbins of Predominantly Paleo has come out with another amazing cookbook, and this time it’s to get kids into the kitchen! I don’t have kids myself, but I AM passionate about getting them involved with cooking at an early age so they can learn the importance of healthy, home-cooked meals.

The Paleo Kids Cookbook is filled with nutritious, allergen-free recipes without grain, gluten, dairy, or refined sugar, and majority are also nut- and egg- free. It’s perfect for parents who are transitioning their kids to the paleo diet without having them feel deprived or left out because they can’t eat certain foods that their friends can. Food allergies in children are becoming more and more common these days, and this book has 100 recipes that are kid-friendly, seriously delicious, and so much fun! I’m always a kid at heart so yes, I’ll be trying out all the recipes that take me back to my childhood like Gummy Worms, Graham Crackers, Grain-Free Corn Dog Dippers, and Strawberry Shortcake Bites!

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

The thing I love most about this cookbook is that for every recipe, there’s a “For Little Hands” section that gives suggestions on how your child can help with the preparing and cooking, and what they’ll need supervision on. Even if you aren’t Paleo, it’s a must-have cookbook for your family if you need help getting them to eat healthier but aren’t sure where to start. All the recipes are easy to follow and made with wholesome, nutritious ingredients. And I’m so excited to give away a copy to one of my readers! If you want to get your hands on a free copy, enter below:

This giveaway is open to US residents only. It will be open for entry until September 21st at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be announced below and will also be contacted by email.

As a sneak peek, I’m also excited to share one of the recipes from the cookbook with you today! I had to try this Sweet Potato Bacon Tots recipe when I saw it because I used to love tater tots as a kid, and I just couldn’t get past it when I saw the addition of bacon. And you honestly can’t go wrong with the combination of sweet potatoes and bacon.

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

By the way, that dipping sauce you see? It’s called Awesome Sauce, and it truly does live up to its name and I wanted to dip EVERYTHING in it. I can’t share the recipe, but you can grab it in the cookbook!

As for these tots, they were ridiculous (in SUCH a good way). Crispy on the outside, warm and soft in the inside, and the bacon just elevated it to a whole new level. I can honestly say that they were better than the ones I used to eat at as a child. I will mostly definitely make these the next time I want to cook up something fast and tasty for brunch.

Sweet Potato Bacon TotsWant more tasty and healthy kid-friendly recipes like this one? Enter the giveaway above or purchase The Paleo Kids Cookbook on Amazon!

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 5 strips of crispy bacon, chopped
  • Up to 1 tsp garlic sea salt (to taste)
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ cup (80 g) potato starch or cassava flour
  • Avocado oil or light olive oil for frying
  • Awesome Sauce (optional - recipe in the book!)
  1. Boil the sweet potato submerged in water for about 10 minutes. Remove the sweet potato from the boiling water and once cool enough to handle, peel or slice the skin off. Grate the sweet potato, using a hand grater, mandolin, or food processor.
  2. Once the sweet potato is grated, use a hand towel or a few paper towels to squeeze out the excess water from the potato. This step is important, as you do not want to have soggy tots!
  3. Add the other ingredients (minus the oil and sauce) to the grated sweet potato in a mixing bowl and combine by hand. Preheat the oil for frying in a large skillet over medium/high heat; it does not need to be enough oil for deep frying, but it should be enough to generously cover the bottom of the skillet.
  4. While the cooking oil heats, begin shaping your tots. Roll about a tablespoon (15 g) of the dough into a ball, and then elongate it and flatten the ends to give it that distinctive tot shape.
  5. Fry the tots, rolling them around on all sides to make sure they crisp up. Once all sides are cooked, around 5 minutes or more, use a slotted spoon or skimmer to remove the tots and transfer them to a towel-lined plate to cool slightly. Serve along or with Awesome Sauce.
FOR LITTLE HANDS: Allow your child to help shape the tots. It's okay if they are not shaped perfectly as they will fry deliciously regardless. Older kids can help fry the tots while supervised.

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Kid-friendly Paleo Sweet Potato Bacon Tots - Gluten Free

Avocado Cream Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

avocado cream hasselback sweet potatoesIt’s a few days before Christmas, and I’m definitely feeling the holiday cheer. My parents are here visiting from Korea, and we rented a cabin in Sonoma County to relax and get away for a few days. It’s been pouring rain, but I’m totally fine with it. The place is so cozy with a beautiful fireplace which makes the cabin all on its own. Life goal: fireplace at home. Dream big, Jean… dream big.

Some people get crazy stressed when cooking a holiday meal for many people. I guess I do too, but I also love it. It’s my chance to be creative in the kitchen and make some festive dishes. I love hasselback sweet potatoes, because first, they involve sweet potatoes (duh), and second, they are so simple to make but looks fancy pants. I think that second part makes this dish perfect for the stressful times of the holidays. You can be sure to impress your guests with this beautiful dish filled with Christmas colors!

avocado cream hasselback sweet potatoesavocado cream hasselback sweet potatoesI hope all of you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones, enjoying great food and each other’s company. Make sure to take care of yourself, and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!

Avocado Cream Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
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Hasselback sweet potatoes
  • 6 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 4 slices of thick-cut bacon
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
Avocado cream
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper (omit for AIP)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Slice the sweet potatoes carefully into thin slices about ¾ of the way through, making sure you don't slice all the way through.
  3. Place the potatoes on a baking dish.
  4. Rub ghee all over the potatoes and carefully between the slices.
  5. Sprinkle generously with sea salt, making sure to salt between the slices.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes, or until the slices are cooked through and tender.
  7. While the sweet potatoes are baking, heat a frying pan over medium heat.
  8. Dice the bacon slices into small bits, and cook them in the heated pan until they are brown and crisp.
Avocado cream
  1. Scoop out the flesh of the avocados into a food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients, then blend until smooth.
  2. Taste and add more salt, if needed
To serve
  1. Plate the sweet potatoes
  2. Spoon and drizzle avocado cream over the potatoes.
  3. Sprinkle with bacon bits, pomegranate seeds, and chopped chives.

Avocado Cream Hasselback Sweet Potatoes - Paleo Gluten Free Whole30