Sweet Potato Recipes You Must Try This Fall

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Colder weather is now upon us, and we’re finally making use of those jackets and coats that have been collecting dust all year long. This crisp fall weather calls for warm and comforting food and VALLEY has you covered with some essential recipes to make this season. 

Sweet potatoes are the perfect food to cook up when the weather gets colder and can be so much more than just a side at your Thanksgiving dinner table. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or even dessert, sweet potatoes can be prepared for any meal or snack throughout the day.

Sweet Potato Waffles
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If you’re looking to start your morning with something that is both sweet and nutritious, try out these sweet potato waffles. This recipe from Feel Good Foodie will keep you feeling warm and cozy all day long.

What You Need
  • 1 large sweet potato (cooked and mashed)
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ all-purpose flour
  • ½ milk of choice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
What You’ll Do
  1. Combine the cooked sweet potato, oats, and flour and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour in the rest of the ingredients and continue blending until all ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Spray your waffle iron with cooking spray and cook each waffle for about 4 to 7 minutes.
  4. Serve with toppings of your choice and enjoy!
Candied Sweet Potatoes
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Looking for that sweet side to add to your savory dinner? These candied sweet potatoes from Sally’s Baking Addiction have the perfect amount of sweetness and are a great addition to any Fall meal you make this year.

What You Need
  • Five or six sweet potatoes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
What You’ll Do
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Peel and slice sweet potatoes and place them in a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with some salt and mix to evenly coat. 
  3. Combine the butter, water, syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the butter is fully melted and allow the mixture to come to a boil. After boiling for a few minutes, add the vanilla extract and remove from the stove. 
  4. Pour the sauce over the sweet potatoes and mix until the potatoes are evenly coated. 
  5. Bake for one hour. Allow to cool and enjoy with your friends and family.
Sweet Potato Hummus
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Hummus is the perfect pick-me-up for a busy day. Turn the basic chickpea-based snack into something sweeter with this recipe from Bon Appetit.

What You’ll Need
  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 2 smashed garlic cloves
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 and ⅓ teaspoon salt
  • 1 lime
What You’ll Do
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place sweet potatoes and garlic on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and roast for about 40 to 45 minutes.
  2. Transfer the cooled vegetables into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the tahini, salt and line juice and continue to blend. While blending, slowly add in 1 cup of water until the consistency is similar to hummus. 
  3. Serve with your favorite crackers and enjoy!
Sweet Potato Brownies
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Sweet potato brownies may sound a bit skeptical, however, the pureed sweet potatoes surprisingly give the final product that perfect fudgy texture. If you’re feeling adventurous this Fall, give this recipe from Minimalist Baker a try.

What You’ll Need
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree
  • ⅔ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup almond or peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and ½ tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1.2 cup cocoa powder 
  • 1.4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅔ cup oat flour
  • 1.2 chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
What You’ll Do
  1. Bake your sweet potato in the oven at 375 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes. Allow the potato to cool and add to a food processor to create a puree.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper. 
  3. Add the sweet potato puree, syrup, almond butter, vanilla extract and avocado oil into a mixing bowl and stir. 
  4. Add in the cacao powder, salt and baking powder. Continue stirring until well combined. Finally add the oat flour and stir until the batter becomes a thick consistency. 
  5. Transfer the batter to the baking dish and spread evenly throughout. Top with pecans and chocolate chips if desired. 
  6. Bake for about 28 to 32 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. 
  7. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving and feel free to enjoy!
Sweet Potato Pie
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Want to impress your family or friends with a dessert this Thanksgiving break? Taste of Home created a sweet potato pie recipe that will definitely have your loved ones going for seconds this holiday season.

What You’ll Need
  • Dough for a single-crust pie
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes that are peeled and cubed
  • ⅓ butter (softened)
  • 1.2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature and lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 and ¼ teaspoon salt
What You’ll Do
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. On a floured surface, roll out the pie dough into a ⅛ inch thick circle. Transfer the dough into a pie plate and refrigerate while preparing the filling.
  2. Add the sweet potatoes to a saucepan and add water. Bring to a boil, reduce the head and cook until the potatoes are tender. Mash the potatoes until they are smooth and cool them to room temperature.
  3. Mix together the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs, milk, mashed sweet potatoes, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Pour the mixture into the crust and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue to bake until a knife inserted will come out clean. 
  4. Allow the pie to cool for 30 to 45 minutes and serve to your friends and family.

Decided to try one of these recipes out? Tag us, @VALLEYmag, on Instagram and show us how you’re using sweet potatoes this year.

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