Spicy Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Grannie used to make Thanksgiving sweet potatoes loaded with butter and gooey marshmallows, but the calorie count was off the charts. Still, sweet potatoes are a well-loved harvest feast tradition that we donít want to do without–at least in part because they are loaded with antioxidants and fiber. So here is chef Alex Jamiesonís healthy–but still delicious–version of the classic stand-by, sweetened with maple syrup and livened up with a touch of zesty spice.

Itís fun to try healthier new takes on traditional fare and realize they taste every bit as good–but they wonít hurt our health! Hereís the simple recipe for these tasty sweet potatoes:

1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon chili powder, or more, to taste
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons slivered toasted almonds (optional)

1. Bring a 6 to 8 quart pot of water to a boil and cook the sweet potatoes for about 12 minutes, or until soft.

2. Drain and transfer the sweet potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Add the oil, maple syrup, chili powder, and salt and mash well with a potato masher.

3. Top with toasted almonds, if desired, and serve hot.

Serves 4 to 6.

Adapted from The Great American Detox Diet, by Alex Jamieson (Rodale Press, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Alex Jamieson. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
Adapted from The Great American Detox Diet, by Alex Jamieson (Rodale Press, 2005).


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton6 years ago


Julie W.
Julie W6 years ago

Aren't they sweet enough without adding maple syrup? Or is this a dessert?

Kay M.
Kay M6 years ago

thanks for the ideas.

J.L. A.
JL A6 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

g             d c.
g d c6 years ago


Mary B.
Mary Frances B6 years ago

Layer cooked, sliced sweet potatoes with Granny Smith apples, brown sugar and cinnamon and bake. It's to die for!

Bmr Reddy
Ramu Reddy6 years ago


Tanya W.
Tanya W6 years ago


Ram Reddy
Ram Reddy6 years ago

Thank you