My Favorite Sweet P Recipe

by HEAB on December 2, 2010

Yesterday while Summer napped, I got busy in the kitchen. Usually, I try and lie down while she sleeps in the afternoon, but I had a sudden burst of energy. Must be all those sweet potatoes I’ve been eating. 🙂

First, I whipped up a batch of


Indian Spiced Sweet Potato Oaties


2 cups rolled oats, toasted

1 cup Nutmeric

1 medium sweet potato, mashed

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Dark chocolate chips (I used 4 squares of Baker’s unsweetened chocolate, chopped)

Sweetener of choice (I skipped it, but I would recommend 1/2 cup maple syrup)

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp dry mustard

Pinch of salt


Pre-heat oven to 325℉. Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate at least 15 minutes. Roll into balls and bake for 11 minutes.

In my opinion, there is nothing like a plain oven baked sweet potato. However, if I’m making sweet potatoes for a crowd, the following is my go-to recipe, and I can’t believe I’ve never blogged about before. If you know of any sweet potato haters…and trust me, they’re out there, make the following recipe for them. Perhaps, they’ll see the light. 😉

Hawaiian Baked Sweet Potatoes from Country Life Vegetarian Cookbook

Pre-heat oven to 350℉. Wash and cut 3 medium sweet potatoes into 1/4″ inch thick slices (no peeling necessary) and steam for 15 minutes. Place potatoes in greased baking dish and add 1 cup pineapple juice mixed with a pinch of salt.


While potatoes steam, blend 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut with 1 cup granola of choice in a blender. You may have to stop and break up any clumps with a fork. Blend until a fine meal forms and pour over sweet potatoes and pineapple juice. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.

Finished product:


Then feast away like I did last night…


Our delivered meal of the day (Thank you Stephanie!): roasted broccoli, cooked millet, and Three Sisters Stew. Tasted great with the sweet potatoes.

So that burst of energy I had yesterday is long gone. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted, and I definitely see a nap in my near future. I would also like to get outside for a walk. It’s cold buy sunny, and I am in major need of some vitamin D. I also need to stretch out my hamstrings as they are quite sore from some Polly yoga. It was my first yoga in almost a month. So good to be back! 🙂


Amber from Berlinswhimsy January 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Heather— I’ve seen you mention Country Life Vegetarian Cookbook a few times. Do you use many of the recipes in it? I’ve been looking at some used copies & wondering if it’s worth getting… Thanks!

HEAB January 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Country Life is by far one of my favorite cookbooks, and I’m not even a vegetarian! Definitely worth purchasing if you can find one.

Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life December 3, 2010 at 7:36 am

What great ideas!! I normally just bake a potato and have at it hahahahaha!!

michelle December 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

granola and coconut crumbs… mind is swimming with ideas!

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} December 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm

My mom is a sweet potato hater. I just don’t get it!!

Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 2, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I love sweet potatoes and like to roast them in the oven with a little olive oil and brown sugar!

Katy (The Singing Runner) December 2, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Everything looks great! I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

Sam December 2, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I just had one of my all time favorite foods and it made me think of you. Cubed or sliced roasted sweet potato with oil, salt, and CHILI POWDER…lots of it. Please try if you haven’t. Heaven!

HEAB December 2, 2010 at 9:44 pm

OK, I will. 🙂

Ellen @ fatgirlwearingthin December 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Pumpkin and sweet potato – my two most favorite things to eat this time of year…..actually, any time of year. But now is when I get to enjoy them most. I recently found a tea site that offered sweet potato pie loose leaf tea and it actually has little bits of sweet potato delicately mixed in with the black leaf tea. It is out of this world. I’m printing out these recipes as I type and will try each of them over the holidays. Thank you!

HEAB December 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Sweet Potato tea – never heard of such a thing. I bet it is good, especially with a little cream and cinnamon. 🙂

Lisa Torres December 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm

So Doc puts me on Nutrional Yeast too…said for my body it will be a superfood supposed to eat as much as I want….not asorbing any vitamins ..still trying to heal my tummy from corn and gluten… SO I made CD’s Chilli and added the yeast….YUM….made me feel like I had cheddar cheese all over it which for now is a NONO….So excited and the almond butter was perfect!! Almost put in Justins Chocolate by accident..LOL…that might have been interesting….Just so you know I am completed addicted to Justin’s maple and chocolate…uh and its all your fault….LOL. Amazon had a Black Friday special 3 packs that I couldnt pass up!! Hi my name is Lisa and I addicted to Justin’s Chocolate Almond butter and its all HEAB’s fault!!! LOL

Lisa Torres December 2, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Oh forgot to tell you….I added some sweet potatoes too…to the chili….so YUM>>>>that was the point got carried away….LOL

HEAB December 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm

You are too funny. I’ll happily take responsibility for your Justin’s chocolate almond butter addiction. Addicted to it myself. Definitely my favorite chocolate nut butter out there, and I personally think it would taste good in chili. I mean, people add cocoa powder to chili and so why not chocolate nut butter? Why have I never added nooch to my chili? CD covers his in Parm all the time. Next time for sure! Oh, and I bet it was really good with sweet potatoes. 🙂

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) December 2, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Yum those oaties are brilliant. You SKIPPED sweetener!?!?!?!? So they were savory? Hope you are well my friend! Just getting back into the groove here. Love you!

HEAB December 2, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Well, I never sweeten my oats and so I figured the sweet potato would add enough sweetness for me along with the honey in the nutmeric nut butter. I loved them – definitely more sweet than savory, but I think the average person would prefer some added sweet love. 🙂

Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Those oaties sound amazing!! IThat sweet/spicy combo’s perfect!

Erika @ FoodFitnessFun December 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I know what you mean, I’ve tried some of Polly’s videos (located on her blog) and they kicked my butt! 😉

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) December 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Indian Spiced Sweet Potato Oaties look amazing! And I cant believe that you have time to just whip up dessert balls and post recipes in between nursing, pumping, trying to sleep, trying to not pass out from exhaustion..and then blog!!! about it all. My hat is off to you! 🙂

And the Hawaiian Sweet Tater recipe looks awesome…anything w/ granola and coconut is off to a great start!

And the spices in those cookies (I’m back to those) or the balls…they must make your house smell soooo good!


Cailin @ Stir Crazy December 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Loving the oaties recipe! I’ve been on a sweet potato kick for quite a few months now… ever since I realized my little guy LOVES them. I always have them in the house. I agree that there’s nothing like a plain baked sweet potato, but sometimes it’s fun to get more creative 🙂

Nicole December 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I’m loving sweet potato week!! Those oaties…omg if I wasn’t at work right now I’d be all over that! XOXO!

Nicole December 2, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Looks great! I’ve been coming away from your blog with such great sweet potato recipe ideas!

Corey @ the runner's cookie December 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Those sound so good…Maybe I can make my own nutmeric and make these!

HEAB December 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Yeah, I think you could. Just add some honey and turmeric to some plain roasted almond butter. Enjoy. 🙂

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Those sweet potato oaties look DELISH!!! I’m going to make some with some of my Nutmeric!

grocery goddess jen December 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm

oooohhhh those look great with the coconut and granola! I’m also a big believer that a plain old oven-baked sweet potato is as good as dessert (well, sometimes), but it is nice to have some other ideas for sweet potatoes.

Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Ooh, sweet potatoes with skin would be so nice! I’m going to try that tomorrow night! I love Sweet Potato Week- you’re opening my eyes to the versatility of the SP!!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan December 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Oh wow, you hit on two of my favorite things ever: sweet potatoes and Indian food! As soon as I get home from chef school, I know what I’m going to do with the Nutmeric I have waiting for me there 🙂

Namaste Gurl December 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Looks amazing, as per usual. I NEVER doubt any sweet potato recipes, especially coming from you 🙂

Enjoy your day , sweet Heather! 🙂

Moni'sMeals December 2, 2010 at 11:46 am

Those oaties, are a must try!

Thanks Heather, I am trying them today or tommorow. 🙂

Heather December 2, 2010 at 11:15 am

Tarred? I meant taters! Stupid phone with it’s auto-correct!

HEAB December 2, 2010 at 11:16 am

Hehe – I knew what you meant. 😉

Felicia (a taste of health with balance) December 2, 2010 at 11:14 am

Oaties!! Best cookie ever!! So glad you got some yoga in 🙂

Valerie @ City|Life|Eats December 2, 2010 at 11:14 am

ALl this talk of sweet potato inspired me to put half a roasted on in a green smoothie instead of using banana. I had done that with squash and pumpkin before, but never sweet potato. It was delicious 🙂

HEAB December 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

I’m not sure if I’ve ever added a sweet potato to a smoothie. I bet it was delicious! 🙂

Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 2, 2010 at 11:12 am

Those look delicious! I love sweet potatoes in just about any form.

Heather December 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

Those Hawaiian sweet tarred sound delicious! I ant believe I’ve never thought about putting shredded coconut on them before!

Congrats on getting back to yoga! Hope you’re getting your rest!

Katie December 2, 2010 at 11:03 am

One mention of Hawaii and I am now craving Hawaiian Sweet bread….which would be great slathered in mashed sweet potato. Dang.

Kiran December 2, 2010 at 11:03 am

I love coconut with sweet potatoes! I see myself making pancakes with this combo in near future 😉

Christin@purplebirdblog December 2, 2010 at 11:02 am

Tonight is the first hatha flow class at my yoga studio, and I am very excited! And Polly’s DVD is sooooo good. I love it!

HEAB December 2, 2010 at 11:15 am

Hope you enjoy the yoga class tonight! 🙂

Shanna, like Banana December 2, 2010 at 10:54 am

What an interesting combo — this would make an awesome and unexpected appetizer. Yum!

Emily Elizabeth @ Kisses for Breakfast December 2, 2010 at 10:31 am

I’m glad to hear you got a yoga session in! I bet that helped you to start to feel slightly normal again. 🙂 I hope to get some vitamin D in today too. Just a short 15 minute walk outside can make all the difference. I don’t know why I don’t do it more often!

Alina @ Duty Free Foodie December 2, 2010 at 10:29 am

Those oaties look super tasty!! How completely creative – I would never have thought to combine all those things.

polly December 2, 2010 at 10:18 am

hi love!
ORANGE mommies are adorable. 😛
So happy you joined me for yoga! hehe. If only we lived close by… sigh. I’d have and Summe over for some REAL LIFE yummy! You are such a sweet friend, can’t wait to see ya in person again someday soon.

Happy Thursday! I am thankful for you. XOXO

Natalia - a side of simple December 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

A day with with oaties AND yoga? Sounds like a good one 🙂 Hope you’re getting some rest!

Kristina @ spabettie December 2, 2010 at 10:10 am

al of your sweet potato creations lately look SO GOOD… I love the idea of these oaties!

YAAAY for yoga!! <3

Healthy Choc December 2, 2010 at 10:03 am

Those oaties look fantastic!!!!!!!!! The hawaiian sweet ‘taters do too! Just last night I bought some sweet potatoes….now I have to decide what I’m gonna do with them. And then go out and buy some more so that I can try out more recipes! =D Thanks for all of the recipes, Heather!

HEAB December 2, 2010 at 10:06 am

Healthy Choc,
You’re welcome. 🙂 Try the Hawaiian recipe – my favorite!

Jen December 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

Did you see the Today Show this morning? They had a man on there that ate nothing but sweet potatoes for a month (or more I think). And it was NOTHING but potatoes – in different cooked methods -but no toppings. He ate 20 a day. He did it simply to debunk the myth that starches will cause weight gain and diabetes. He lost 20 lbs and his cholesterol dropped.

But even he admitted that it was probably because he just wasn’t eating enough calories overall (he should have had 25/day he said 😉 ).

Duh. Not to mention people don’t just gain weight or get unhealthy from eating starches – it’s they type, how much of it and the combination with other food. Most people eat their potatoes alongside McD’s.

HEAB December 2, 2010 at 10:06 am

I didn’t see the segment. 20 sweet potatoes a day, huh? Sounds like my kind of experiment. Was he glowing orange? My mom mentioned I was looking like I use fake tanning cream. Hehe, might be time to back off the orange goodness for a bit. 🙂

TSB December 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I miss watching the today show 🙁

Meghan Telpner December 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

Heather, that meal looks amazing!!!

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 2, 2010 at 9:38 am

Eek! Cut me off mid-comment! Ha!

Those oaties sound awesome! Great flavor combo!

VeggieGirl December 2, 2010 at 9:37 am

Lovin’ all the sweet potato goodness!

And yes, go nap and enjoy yoga 🙂

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 2, 2010 at 9:37 am

Those o

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

Ya gotta love those bursts of energy! The oaties look delicious! I made some gingerbread dough balls yesterday and I am thinking now that sweet potato dough balls would be so good! I even have a sweet potato to give them a try! Have a great day Heather. Enjoy yoga!

HEAB December 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

Sweet potato dough balls – yes, I think they would be very good. 🙂

melissa @ the delicate place December 2, 2010 at 9:21 am

yum! i’ve been getting back into yoga myself lately (partly because i suck at stress management and also loathe the cold weather). i cannot force myself to go out there and run more than 1x weekly haha. indoor yoga is just fine with me this winter!

Jessica @ How Sweet December 2, 2010 at 9:20 am

You make some amazing sweet potato creations! And I can’t believe you are back to yoga already – time is flying!

Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 2, 2010 at 9:15 am

I can’t believe all the things you are coming up with to make from sweet potatoes! Keep them coming, I am really enjoying these posts! BTW- those oaties look so good!

Victoria (District Chocoholic) December 2, 2010 at 9:03 am

I can’t decide if I’m more wowed by these sweet potato cookies, or the sweet potatoes covered in cocoa powder. And so glad to hear you are back on the yoga!

HEAB December 2, 2010 at 10:03 am

2 words…coco powder. Definitely more wow worthy. 🙂

chocolate-covered katie December 2, 2010 at 9:00 am

Those oaties are genius!
I’m going to try em!
P.S. Sending you an email today, so if you don’t get it, check your spam :).

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