Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Mash

This Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Mash was really really good. I’d serve it any day and it would also be a nice side for Thanksgiving.

The original recipe is very sweet and even though I like sweet tasting food it was a tad too much for me. I was glad that I had decided to pour the syrup on slowly and taste it before pouring the whole thing over it. You can use your own judgment …

Here are the ingredients you’ll be using (I used walnuts instead of pecans).


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  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or nut of your choice), toasted
  • 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup (original recipe calls for 6)
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, baked (375° Fahrenheit for about 45-60 minutes or until soft in the middle all the way through – use a wooden stick to test)


  1. Bake your sweet potatoes (see above) and set aside to cool.
  2. Bring the oven heat down to 300° Fahrenheit.
  3. Place the walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes (convection oven).  When toasted, set them aside in a small bowl.
  4. In a small saucepan on the stovetop, combine the maple syrup, orange zest, cinnamon stick, and the ground cloves and gentle simmer for a couple of minutes.
  5. Remove the syrup from the stovetop and set it aside.
  6. After the potatoes have cooled, gently scoop out the insides, discard the peel, put the insides in a large bowl and mash them thoroughly.
  7. Remove the cinnamon stick from the warmed syrup and discard it then pour the syrup over the mashed sweet potatoes.
  8. Top the mashed potatoes with the toasted walnuts and serve warm.

Pretty simple recipe … yet delicious.

Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Mash
Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Mash

This recipe was very slightly adapted and the changes are already included above.

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