Sweet Potato Gratin With Coconut Milk and Chipotle Chile

After reading Melissa Breyer’s excellent article on the wonders of root vegetables, I knew I wanted to make something with sweet potatoes right away. To my delight, I found this recipe from Experience Life. I love that it asks for coconut milk rather than heavy cream, making it healthy and vegan! And that it asks for chipotle–combining sweet and spicy is always a great idea to me!

  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes (about six medium), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rounds
  • One 15-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
  • 1 tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbs. maple syrup
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, coconut milk, chipotle chile, lime juice, salt, maple syrup and garlic. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish (8 x 11-inch Pyrex is ideal). Cover with aluminum foil. Bake 45 minutes to one hour, until the sweet potatoes are just tender. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until the tops are browned.

Recipe excerpted from The Healthy Hedonist Holidays by Myra Kornfeld (Simon & Schuster, 2007).

For other healthy foods for the season, check out Melissa’s article Top 10 Superfoods for Fall.

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Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper3 years ago


Elena Poensgen
Elena P3 years ago

Thank you :)

Dale O.

Sweet potatoes are very healthy, it is difficult to resist them. Looks like a good recipe to try out.

Fi T.
Past Member 3 years ago

Eat with health

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez3 years ago

This sounds good, but will wait until the weather cools down before having the oven on for an hour and a half. That's just too long in this 100* heat we're having. Thanks for the recipe.

Erika M.
Erika M3 years ago

Looks interesting. Thanks

Edvanir L.
Edvanir L4 years ago

I didn't know sweet potato before come to America, and was getting crazy with market' s signal saying "YAMS", when it was sweet potato. Why do they do it??

Charles B.
Charles B6 years ago

And it looks really easy to make, just the way I like it!

Charles B.
Charles B6 years ago

Mmm, will try!
Thanks Megan !

CAROL H6 years ago

This sounds amazing cant wait to make this dish thank you