Healthy Candied Yams

Thanksgiving it a time when we tend to blow our diets.  So I am trying to find healthy alternatives to those holiday staples.  Recently, I posted a recipe for my vegan green bean casserole.  Here now is my healthy candied yams. These healthy candied yams got the thumbs up from my non vegan in laws.  I hope you like it too.

Healthy Candied Yams

Before starting this recipe, I thought that sweet potatoes and yams were pretty much the same.  After doing some research, I found they are actually quite different.  Yams are much sweeter with a darker flesh than sweet potatoes.  That is probably why they work so well in this dish

I made this recipe with only one yam because I wasn’t sure how it would taste.  Feel free to double this.

Healthy Candied Yams

Healthy Candied Yams!

Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 30 min


  • 1 yam cubed
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 400. 
  2. Slice the yam into 1 inch cubes. 
  3. Throw them in a pot of boiling water for about 5-7 minutes until they are slightly underdone.
  4. Transfer then yams to a greased baking pan. (For this recipe I used an 8X8 glass dish) 
  5. In a measuring cup, mix the orange juice, 1T maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. 
  6. Pour the mixture over the yams. 
  7. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes. 
  8. For the last 2 minutes of cooking, pull the dish out and brush with the last T of maple syrup.  Enjoy!


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41 thoughts to “Healthy Candied Yams”

  1. Silly question: do you peel the yam? Most recipes call for them to be peeled but since a lot of nutrition is in the skins, I like to leave them unpeeled if it would work as well. Thanks!
    1. I did peel them, but I don't waste the peels. I freeze them for making vegetable stock. :) I suppose you could leave the skins on as well.
  2. Thanks for the recipe! It was easy and so delicious, much better than the kind of candied yams that I grew up with. I have a pan of these cooking right now, for our Christmas dinner!
  3. I have never made yams before so this is new to me. I was wondering. There are two of us so would I use two yams or still just use one? If I use two do I double the recipe and the time?

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