With Thanksgiving almost here already, I have been experimenting in the kitchen lately with some healthier sides like this maple cinnamon baked sweet potatoes and apples.
We will be going to my parents house for like the first time in 15 years for this holiday. My husband and I always end up working on Thanksgiving, the life of a hospital employee, so we are super excited to go this year. Plus I figured one healthier side would be good to have considering all the desserts that will be there, that I may or may not be making some of as well.
I also created this recipe for a project I am involved in that is going to be announced this week. SO EXCITED about this too. A really good friend of mine asked me to help create healthy recipes for the project, so I will be posting them here as well as there. I really am so honored about being asked to take part in this. All I can say is that its going to be an amazing community of incredible women sharing about health and fitness, recipes, lifestyle, beauty and makeup, positive body image and so on and so forth. I just really couldn’t be more thrilled. Plus I am having a blast creating healthy, wholesome recipes that not only my family has been enjoying but so I can share my passion of healthy cooking with others. That and baking ridiculously sinful sweet treats because life is tooooo short not to ever eat cake. Or a cookie. Or pastry. Or pie. Or Cupcakes. Or I could really go on all day with this here…
I used some of the granny smith apples and sweet potatoes we picked at the local orchard here in Vegas, Gilcrease Orchard. I know weird right an orchard in Vegas? It was so awesome it totally didn’t feel like we were in Vegas at all. So cool . I roasted them with coconut oil, pure maple syrup, tart cranberries and pecans add in a nice crunch. Also added in cinnamon and nutmeg to really make it feel like Fall on a plate. This maple sweet potato and apple bake is really easy to make and the house smelled amazing while it was baking. And you won’t feel guilty for eating half a pie later on in the day when you know at least one of the side dishes at the big meal next Thursday was healthy. At least I know I wont!!
- 3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2” pieces
- 4 small sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2'” pieces (about 4 cups)
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp pure maple syrup , room temperature
- 2-3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
Fall on a plate. Not literally. The season. Unless you want to fall on it and plant your face in it to eat it. I wont tell anyone. Its just that good.