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Vegan Sweet Potatoes with Candied Pecans


I will be the first to admit that this dish doesn’t necessarily look all that appetizing. Part of the problem was I made this recipe with canned yams and omitted the egg yolks from my stepmom’s famous Thanksgiving recipe–and a bunch of mush is what it turned out to be. However, might I add that it was some of the TASTIEST mush! Scout’s Honor.

I revised this recipe the 2nd time around and used boiled sweet potatoes and not only was it just as good, it was more solid and a much prettier color. Unfortunately the sun was not out for photographs. But please trust me, dear friends, this recipe is so good you will be begging for it again next Thanksgiving.

 Sweet Potatoes with Candied Pecans Recipe


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into even chunks
  • 2 Tb orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange rind
  • 4 Tb brandy
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 heaping tsp ground ginger
  • 3 Tb vegan butter
  • 4 Tb brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cornstarch


  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 4 tb vegan butter
  • 1 1/2 c. pecan
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Boil sweet potatoes until soft to touch with a fork (15 minutes). Drain. Mash with a fork completely and place in oven safe pan.
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Pour topping over sweet potatoes.
  4. Cover and chill overnight if desired.
  5. Bake 350 degrees for 25-30 min til brown and bubbly.

18 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lou #

    Nothing wrong with mush – nothing wrong at all. I loved it when Misty ate purees all the time – I got to eat mush on a daily basis!

    I LOVE the sound of this dish – sweet, salty, nutty, serious comfort food, no?

    November 21, 2012
  2. Yum- this is Justins favorite dish for the holidays!

    November 20, 2012
  3. I don’t think I can wait til Thanksgiving to eat that…. Can I come over?

    November 20, 2012
  4. I hear ya about the way things look sometimes.. but i can imagine the taste.. it has to be delicious!!

    November 19, 2012
  5. I included this yummy looking dish in my Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up this year – Keep up the good work.

    November 19, 2012
  6. My mouth is watering! Wow

    November 17, 2012
  7. What size pan should this be baked in?

    November 17, 2012
  8. petit4chocolatier #

    This is heavenly; beyond heavenly! Love it : )

    November 17, 2012
  9. Reblogged this on Canned Time and commented:
    Some wonderful recipe ideas from Cara for your holiday dinners, thanks Cara!

    November 17, 2012
  10. Mmm! Do you know how many it serves, and what should it be baked in? Thanks!

    November 16, 2012
  11. Looks good to me, Cara! I love candied sweet potatoes, but nobody else in my house does. Sigh…

    November 16, 2012
  12. This is my kind of sweet potatoes! Delicious! Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 16, 2012
  13. Herbivore Triathlete #

    Yum! Sweet potato casserole is one of my favorite Thanksgiving sides! I make mine w/o nuts since my brother is allergic.

    November 16, 2012
  14. Wow Cara that looks so amazing! I love how carmelized all the sugar got on top!

    November 16, 2012
  15. That looks delicious to me 🙂

    November 16, 2012
  16. It sounds absolutely delicious, Cara! Again, I am not surprised 😉 xx

    November 16, 2012
  17. Laurel #

    Ooh, yum. Can I bake it in a pie?

    November 16, 2012

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