Clear square baking dish with maple pecan sweet potatoes with spoon.

maple pecan sweet potatoes

  • Author: Denise
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 side servings 1x


Subtly sweet, gooey maple syrup and coconut milk, hints of zesty ginger and orange and crunchy pecans, bake up a simple maple pecan sweet potatoes side.



  • 3 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 ½ lbs. or 4 cups), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 small orange (2 Tbsp. orange juice + the zest)
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 4250 F (2200 C).
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and dice them into cubes (about 1 inch). Place them in a small baking dish (I used 10 x 7 inch).
  3. In a small bowl, whisk 2 tsp. maple syrup, 1/3 cups coconut milk, 2 tbsp.  orange juice, 1 tsp. minced ginger, 1 tsp. cinnamon, ¼ tsp. ground cloves and ¼ tsp. salt.
  4. Add the sauce to the sweet potatoes and toss so the potatoes are covered.
  5. Sprinkle the top with the orange zest and chopped pecans.
  6. Cover the dish and place it in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes then uncover the dish for the last 5 minutes to toast the pecans. Your potatoes are done when they can easily be pierced with a fork.


  • Because we are using orange zest, it’s a good idea to use an organic if you can. Otherwise, be sure to scrub the skin prior to grating.
  • If you want to cut back on the baking time, you can par-boil the sweet potatoes first. To do this, simply peel and dice the sweet potatoes, place them in a pan and cover them with water. Boil the potatoes for 3 minutes and then immediately drain and rinse them in cold water to stop the cooking process. Proceed with the instructions as outlined above. Bake for 20 -25 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  • Category: On the Side
  • Cuisine: American

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