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Self-Candying Sweet Potatoes (Yams)

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“I have been a long-time disliker of sweet potatoes. David (being Southern) loves them. However, all that butter and sugar aren't overly conducive to a heart-healthy diet. Then, my MIL saved the day with this recipe. She showed me how to prepare this naturally heart-healthy veggie so that they would candy themselves. Incredible! I just had to try them on her last visit, and they were just to die for--or live for! Fat-free, sugar-free, and GUILT-free; and they couldn't be any easier to make! I can't wait to see if y'all like them as much as our family does.”
2hrs 10mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Thoroughly wash sweet potatoes; pat dry with paper towel.
  3. Prick each potato several times with a fork (about every 1").
  4. Wrap each potato well in aluminum foil and line baking sheet with foil.
  5. Place potatoes on baking sheet. They should not touch but can be close together.
  6. Bake potatoes for 2 hours.
  7. Remove from oven. Carefully remove foil, and serve immediately. Top with butter, if desired.
  8. NOTES: Toward the end of the baking time, the potatoes may begin to leak their juices. This is okay (and why we line our baking sheet with foil). David & I never use the butter, but the kids love it.
  9. For Vegan do not use the butter.

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