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Healthier Candied Yams

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Course: Side Dish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 167kcal
Author: "Robin's Healthy Take," by Robin Miller of the Food Network


  • 2 large orange-fleshed yams about 2 pounds total, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar OR raw or coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon OR pumpkin pie spice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Place the sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and pour over enough water to cover by about 2 inches. Set the pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes, until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Add the greek yogurt and maple syrup to a bowl and mix to combine. You do not want your power blender to break down thickness of the yogurt. (If you have a blendtec, however you can add to your blender and gently PULSE* 3 to 4 times to combine). Remove 2 Tablespoons of the mixture and set aside.
  • Drain the potatoes and return them to a power blender container*. Add all but 2 tablespoons of the maple-yogurt mixture, sugar, butter, and cinnamon.
  • For Vitamix: Start on Variable Speed 1, turn the machine on and slowly increase to Variable Speed 10/High. Use the tamper to push the ingredients into the blades. Process for 30 seconds if you want a mash with more texture, or up to one minute if you want a smoother, thick puree.
  • For Blendtec: Using the Fourside or Wildside Jar, use Manual Speed 7. If the blade spins freely stop the machine, use a spatula to push ingredients towards the blade and repeat process until you reach the texture you like. If using the Twister Jar you will need to do two batches of yams + rest of ingredients. Use Manual Speed 7, turning the lid counterclockwise.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper if desired **.
  • Transfer the sweet potatoes to a serving bowl and top with remaining maple-yogurt mixture.
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments to enter our weekly photo contest! :) Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes


* This can also be done in a food processor as the original recipe calls for.
** Make sure to blend in two batches - and reserve 2 Tbsp of the maple-yogurt mixture!
*** The mixture could be baked afterwards, 20-30 minutes at 350, to make it more of a casserole, then dolloped with Maple Yogurt Cream at the table.


Calories: 167kcal