Sweet Potato Nirvana

Behold.

The Great.

Potato.

Youuuuu guyssss. This is by far one of the most insanely delicious things ever. Literally, ever.

Have you ever had one of those days where you’d like fast forward through dinner and just go straight to dessert? Or rather, have dessert for dinner?

Like everyday? Okay yeah, me too 🙂

Well this recipe is the best of both worlds. You get dinner and dessert in one! How? Because it’s so friggin tasty, and deceptively healthy!

I’d call that a #win!

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OK, back to the spuds.

For this recipe, I used a Japanese Sweet Potato. There are all different types of tubers — sweet potatoes, yams, Japanese sweet potatoes, etc. But I chose the Japanese variety because I like the texture of it. The flesh is actually white, not orange, like we’re used to at Thanksgiving. But the texture is almost gummy, and creates this beautifully thick, paste-like consistency that I found really enjoyable. ((It doesn’t sound that appetizing from that description, but believe me, it was splendid…Think cookie dough!))

Also — to “up” the nutrition factor, and intensify the color, I added steamed carrots to the flesh. Aren’t I tricky 😉

Here’s what you need:  (Serves one — although, I guesssss you could split it)

1 massive Japanese sweet potato, baked
1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped and steamed
1 Tbsp almond butter
1 Tbsp honey
pinch of salt

Drizzle:
3 Tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt

Garnish:
Pecans, roasted and chopped

Tools:
Food Processor
Baking Sheet
Frying Pan
Good Chef’s Knife (This is the one I use and love)
Steamer basket or Pyrex measuring cup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375. Prick the sweet potato all over with a fork. Rub the skin with a little bit of oil – I used grapeseed. Bake for about 1 hour, turning every 15 minutes with an oven mitt. (I placed a cookie sheet underneath the potato to catch any sugary drippings that might ooze out of the spud).

While your potato is baking, steam the carrots either on the stove, or in the microwave. I just used the microwave and a Pyrex measuring cup.

Also while the potato is baking, I made my almond butter drizzle. In the food processor, I mixed the almond butter, honey, and cinnamon until it was nice and smooth and drizzly. If the consistency is too thick, you can add either a splash of water, or a little bit of oil. I used a touch of almond oil, but another flavorless oil would be fine too.

Transfer the drizzle to another bowl, and try to refrain from eating all of it. ((I made a quadruple batch to keep on hand for yogurts, cereal, smoothie additions, fruit dip, etc.))

*You don’t have to clean the food processorfood processor just yet. Any remaining sauce left on the sides/blade will just mix nicely in with the flesh.

Lastly, toast some pecans in a skillet over low heat until fragrant. This doesn’t take very long – about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. But watch them, because they can burn quickly!

Once the potato is finished baking, cut a slit in it lengthwise, but not all the way through. Then, carefully (with oven mitts because it’s hot!) push the two ends together,

Then, spoon out the flesh of the potato and place into your food processor along with the carrots and a pinch of salt. Don’t scrape all of the flesh out of the potato — you still need the potato to be sturdy and able to stand on its own.

While the flesh of the potato and the carrots are still hot, process them until combined and smooth. (The steam given off helps facilitate this). I also added about a Tbsp of almond butter, 1 Tbsp honey, 1 pinch of salt, and 1/8 tsp cinnamon to the food processor to be mixed in.

TO assemble, generously spoon the potato/carrot mixture back into the skin and pile it high! Then, liberally smother that baby with your almond butter and honey drizzle. Garnish with pecans if desired.

DIG. IN.

Was this bigger than my fave? Yes. Did it weigh roughly the same as a large cat? Yes. Was it one of the most delicious things in the entire world? Abso-friggin-lutely!

Ladies and gentlemen, this potato. This potato. This potato. THIS POTATO! I kid you not…it was nirvana. And I use that word because Webster told me that it meant utter bliss. Ecstasy. Pure joy. … Yep, that about sums it up.

It was like eating pumpkin pie flavored cookie dough. It was sweet and nutty and had a kiss of warm cinnamon.

And the texture was marvelous. Like I mentioned, Japanese Sweet Potatoes have a tacky and thick texture that makes it so you almost have to chew it. It was so good.

But the drizzle. OH THE DRIZZLE! In the words of Uncle Jesse…

Seriously though, it should be illegal. It is so rich and nutty and sweet and combined with the sweet potato and carrot mash, it is just out of this world.

Lastly, the color is just outrageous. That orange color is not enhanced, nor from a can, my friends. No filter here! It’s all from some good ol’ beta carotene found in Bugs Bunny’s favorite veggie. Not only do carrots intensify the color, but they also up the nutrition factor too!

This was a ten. Nay — an eleven. If you feel like giving yourself a hug through your stomach, make this dish.

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It’s Din-sert. It’s healthy dessert for dinner. It’s Potato Nirvana.

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80 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Nirvana

    1. hahah thanks!! and oh my gosh that really means a lot 🙂 i’m so glad! Hugs and love xox

  1. You know, I’m not a huge sweet potato person but this sounds yummy! May have to give it a shot. Can you get that particular kind of potato at any normal grocery store or are there specific places that sell them??

  2. I love sweet potatoes! This recipe looks great, when I’m feeling ambitious I’ll have to try and tackle it. I found a different Thanksgiving recipe that called for ICE CREAM to get mixed in. Only in America.

    1. Thanks!! Oh my gosh yowza. Yeah only in America! And even then…shocking! Hugs and love xox

  3. OK, OK you got the taste buds working up a pre saliva invitation and only provided a picture. I like the orange sweet potato variety in Chinese food preparations. Haven’t tried Japanese sweet potato. That picture with the gigantic glasses is super cool.

    1. Hahah thanks Ian. Yeah give the Japanese ones a try – they’re delightful! Totally different potato experience haha Hugs and love xox

  4. Hey Baby Girl,

    Looks delicious! Just did a post on Daddy and hope to be blogging again. How is your Mom doing? Have thought about you so much these past few months. Have missed you greatly. Love you with all of my heart. God Bless, SR

    1. SR! Oh friend how are you doing? How is your father doing? I’ve been keeping you guys in my prayers. thank you for asking about my mom. She’s doing really well. I’ve been so inspired by her courage. Hang in there my friend. You’re giving him such a gift. Stroke recovery is a journey, and your dad is so lucky to have you by his side. Sending so much love oxoxoxooxoxoxoxooxoxoxooxoxoxoxox

      1. Doing okay, tired of course but starting a new life always is. And who in the world likes to move????? Ugh!!!!

        I am so glad about your Mom. Offering prayers for you all. Daddy is okay good and bad days. Dementia is getting a little worse, but still able to keep him at home. Thank you so much for your prayers and you hang in there too, my dearest adopted daughter. Love you so much, SR

      2. You are an amazing person. I pray that you feel Jesus’s closeness during this challenging and new chapter. Love you friend xox

      3. Without Him, and the Church, I could not have made it. You know, I really know now what it is to give up all you have and follow Jesus. Eventually BBB, you get to the resurrection. It was hard, but when you what you are doing requires you to totally do it all for God, to let go of all you have, you realize the only thing in life that matters are those very things. All of the rest of it, has not value at all. Will be doing some post on all of it.

      4. That’s so true. Wow, how beautifully you put that. I look forward to reading more from your heart

  5. Okay, confession time. When I’m home alone at dinner time, I eat a bowl of cereal. I have no desire to make anything for just me. But OMG! I think I might just eat a nice, healthy sweet potato the next time hubby is gone and youngest daughter is out!

    1. Haha nothing wrong with cereal for dinner! Haha thanks! Hope you try it! Hugs and love xox

  6. That looks SOOOOO good! You’ve got my mouth watering ! I wanna run out and buy some sweet potatoes and toppings just so I can make this!

  7. What are the odds. I’ve been watching a lot of Mother Goose Club videos for over a year now, and I’ve been following your blog for a good time . . . Somehow I come across a video and I’m wondering to myself why the face of the lady looks so familiar, nah, it can’t be . . . Then a quick Google search confirmed it was you 😄😄😄😄
    All the while I’ve had you on my tv screen and never realised. Amazeballz! 😆😆😆😆

    1. Oh you’re kidding! Yeah I love MGC 🙂 we go way back. hahah such a small world!! Thanks 🙂 Hugs and love xox

      1. No kidding. Thanks to my daughter of course, and my lil boy has joined the bandwagon 😂😂😂
        You’ve done great! Hugs right back at you 🤗🤗🤗

      2. Oh now there you are singing 5 green speckled frogs 😃😃😃 this is weird in a very nice way. 😍😍😍. I’m about to shout “I know her”…😂😂😂😂

      3. hahahaha too funny! Yeah that was my first video with them! It will always have a soft spot in my heart 🙂 To this day, my niece calls me “Aunt Frog” aka (Doog) because she couldn’t say her F’s, but she grew up watching me sing that, so she calls me Doogs 🙂 hahah

    1. Thanks Mary! They really are such a treat! And super healthy too! Thanks for stopping by! xox

    1. Aw thank you so much Juliet! I hope you try it and love it! Hugs and love xox

    1. Haha thanks Laura Beth! Hope you have an awesome weekend! Hugs and love xox

      1. Thank you so much! I’m with my parents for my uncle’s celebration of life, I’m very happy to spend some time away from work, and surrounded by family and friends.

      2. Aw, I will definitely be keeping you and you family in my prayers as you honor your uncle’s life. sending love x

      1. LOL…Wish I could! I’m puppy-sitting a spoiled, wayward, little English Bull Doggie, and he’s driving me bonkers 🙂 LOL…

        Hugs <3

  8. Definitely have to try this one although you can’t deny it looks like something out of a sci-fi movie like a volcano on an Alien world or something haha

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