Healthy Sweet Potato Pie
This easy and healthy sweet potato pie is made with coconut sugar, coconut cream and fresh sweet potatoes. It’s dairy-free, vegan and can easily be made gluten-free as well. I don’t think you guys are mentally prepared for this recipe! It is SO good I ate it for breakfast the morning after recipe testing. Oops! […]

This easy and healthy sweet potato pie is made with coconut sugar, coconut cream and fresh sweet potatoes. It’s dairy-free, vegan and can easily be made gluten-free as well.

I don’t think you guys are mentally prepared for this recipe! It is SO good I ate it for breakfast the morning after recipe testing. Oops!

My first experience with sweet potato pie was a few years ago when a friend brought his mom’s sweet potato pie to our Friendsgiving celebration. One bite and I was hooked. I’ve always loved pumpkin pie, but if you were to make me choose between pumpkin and sweet potato pie today, I’d pick sweet potato. With sweet potato pie, the filling has more texture and tastes a bit sweeter too, which makes sense given that pumpkin is a bit more watery and bland tasting, in my opinion.

Slice of sweet potato pie topped with whipped cream. A bite is taken out of the pie.

Sweet Potato Pie’s Roots

Sweet potato pie is a holiday staple in African-American and Southern homes. This stems from sweet potatoes and yams being major crops in the South and common go-to options for slaves when preparing food (for themselves and the white families they served). The filling consists of mashed sweet potatoes, evaporated milk, sugar, spices (like nutmeg) and eggs. The texture can be silky smooth or dense, it just depends on the recipe.

Since I adore the sweet potato pie that my friend’s mom makes, I decided it would be fun to try my hand at a vegan version with coconut cream and coconut sugar. After a couple test batches, I landed on this recipe and I have to say, it’s pretty darn good! I need to make one for my friend’s mom to see what she thinks of it. 🙂

Slice of sweet potato pie topped with whipped cream. A bite is taken out of the pie.

The best part about this pie? It’s crazy simple to make, especially if you use a store-bought pie shell! Once you’ve baked your sweet potatoes, the filling takes no time at all to prepare.

Easy Sweet Potato Pie Ingredients

  • mashed sweet potatoes – I baked two large sweet potatoes and mashed the flesh. You can also boil the potatoes, if needed.
  • coconut sugar – I chose coconut sugar because it’s similar in flavor to brown sugar, but a bit less refined. I haven’t tried this recipe with any other natural sweeteners so I’m not sure how it will work with maple syrup or honey.
  • canned coconut cream – make sure you look for coconut cream specifically! It’s thicker than full-fat coconut milk.
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • cornstarch
  • salt
  • unbaked 9″ pie shell – I like using Wholly Wholesome organic pie shells, which are vegan. They also make a gluten-free version if needed! You can also skip the shell and make this a crustless pie if you want! The filling is so good on it’s own. Of course, you can also make your own pie crust if you’d like!

Blender with sweet potato pie mixture.

Buying & Storing Sweet Potatoes

When shopping for sweet potatoes, look for firm, unwrinkled skins. Sweet potatoes come in all different colors – creamy white, deep orange and purple. I usually buy the orange or cream ones most often just because that’s what is typically available at my local store. The orange sweet potatoes are usually sweeter than the cream sweet potatoes. Store you sweet potatoes in your pantry or on the counter top at room temperature. They’ll last about a week before they start to go bad (which usually means getting wrinkly and softer).

3 Ways to Cook Sweet Potatoes Before Mashing

  • Bake – Pierce the sweet potatoes 3-4 times with a fork and place them on a baking sheet and bake at 400ºF for about 45-65 minutes, depending on the size.
  • Boil – Peel and cube the sweet potatoes and place them in a large saucepan and add water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook, uncovered until tender. It should take about 15 minutes depending on the size.
  • Instant Pot – Add one cup of water to the bottom of your Instant Pot. Place the trivet on top and then the sweet potatoes on the trivet. Cook for 18 minutes on high pressure (for medium-sized potatoes), let steam naturally release for 10 minutes and then quick release any remaining pressure.

Pie with sweet potato filling before being baked. Foil is crimped over the crust.

How to Make a Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Mash – If you haven’t already, mash your cooked sweet potatoes. I like to leave some chunks for texture!

Mix – Add the mashed sweet potatoes, coconut sugar, canned coconut cream, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch and salt to a stand mixer, blender or food processor and combine until smooth. I combined everything in my Vitamix.

Fill pie shell – If using a pie shell, make sure to pre-bake it according to package/recipe instructions. Pour the filling into the pre-baked pie shell and use a spatula or spoon to smooth out the top. If you’re not using a shell, pour the filling into a greased pie tin.

Bake – Bake at 350ºF for 25-30 minutes.

Cool + chill – Allow the pie to cool and then transfer to the fridge to set up and chill before slicing and serving, for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.

Sweet potato pie topped with whipped cream. A slice is taken out of the pie and is on a plate.

How to Freeze Sweet Potato Pie:

Most pumpkin and sweet potato pies can be frozen for up to one month. If you want to prepare this pie ahead of time and freeze it, here’s what I would do:

  1. Let the pie cool completely, on a wire rack at room temperature for at least 4-8 hours. You want to make sure the pie has ample time to cool.

  2. Wrap the pie tightly in a couple layers of plastic wrap, then wrap in a layer of aluminum foil.

  3. Place a label on the pie with the date and freeze.

  4. To thaw, bring pie out of the freezer the day before you plan to serve it. Remove the foil if using and thaw in the fridge overnight. Serve as normal.

To be fully transparent, I haven’t tried freezing this specific recipe so if you try it, please let me know how it works for you in the comment section. I’d love to know if the flavor and texture turn out well after freezing.

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Slice of sweet potato pie topped with whipped cream. A bite is taken out of the pie.

Healthy Sweet Potato Pie


Description

This easy and healthy sweet potato pie is made with coconut sugar, coconut cream and fresh sweet potatoes. It’s dairy-free, vegan and can easily be made gluten-free as well.


Ingredients

  • 23 medium/large sweet potatoes, scrubbed and washed
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup canned coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 unbaked 9″ pie crust (use store-bought or make your own)
  • coconut whipped cream, for topping

Instructions

  1. Bake sweet potatoes: Heat oven to 400°F. Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork several times and place sweet potatoes on baking sheet. Roast 45 minutes or until tender. Let cool and remove skin from the sweet potatoes and discard. Place flesh into medium bowl, mash with a fork and measure 3 cups. Save any extra for another use.
  2. Meanwhile, place pie crust in a 9″ inch pie pan and pre-bake according to package/recipe instructions.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  4. Combine filling ingredients: you can do this in a stand mixer using the flat beater or in a high powered blender or food processor. If the volume is too much for your blender, you can blend the sweet potato in batches, transfer to a bowl and then mix in the rest of the filling ingredients. I combined everything in my Vitamix.
  5. Transfer filling into the baked pie shell. Cover the crust with aluminum foil or use pie protectors to keep the edges of the crust from getting too brown.
  6. Bake: Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until pie has set.
  7. Cool + Chill: Allow to cool and then transfer to the fridge to set up and chill for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight. Serve chilled with whipped topping.

Notes

  • You can also boil the sweet potatoes if you prefer. To do so, peel and cube sweet potatoes. Place in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until tender, 15 minutes, depending on size. Drain potatoes, mash until smooth and measure 3 cups for the recipe.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice without whipped cream
  • Calories: 313
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Sodium: 185mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg

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Overcoming obstacles to exercisingIf you’re having dysfonctionnement beginning an exercise plan or following through, you’re not alone. Many of us struggle getting out of the sedentary rut, despite our best intentions.

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Whatever your age or sport level—even if you’ve never exercised a day in your life —there are steps you can take to make exercise less intimidating and painful and more fun and instinctive.

Ditch the all-or-nothing attitude. You don’t have to spend hours in a gym or puissance yourself into monotonous or painful activities you hate to experience the physical and emotional benefits of exercise. A little exercise is better than nothing. In fact, adding just modest amounts of physical activity to your weekly routine can have a profound effect on your esprit and emotional health.

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Even the busiest of us can find free time in our day for activities that are important. It’s your decision to make exercise a priority. And don’t think you need a full hour for a good workout. Short 5-, 10-, or 15-minute bursts of activity can prove very effective—so, too, can squeezing all your exercise into a couple of sessions over the weekend. If you’re too busy during the week, get up and get moving during the weekend when you have more time.

It’s never too late to start building your strength and physical sport, even if you’re a senior or a self-confessed couch potato who has never exercised before. Very few health or weight problems rule exercise out of the question, so talk to your doctor about a safe routine.

“No pain, no gain” is an outdated way of thinking about exercise. Exercise shouldn’t hurt. And you don’t have to push yourself until you’re soaked in sweat or every bourrinage aches to get results. You can build your strength and sport by walking, swimming, or even playing golf, gardening, or cleaning the house.

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For most people, aiming for moderate intensity exercise is sufficient to improve your overall health. You should breathe a little heavier than normal, but not be out of breath. Your body should feel warmer as you move, but not overheated or sweating profusely. While everyone is different, don’t assume that training for a marathon is better than training for a 5K or 10K. There’s no need to overdo it.

For more on the genres of exercise you should include and how hard you should work out, read Best Exercises for Health and Weight Loss. Getting started safelyIf you’ve never exercised before, or it’s been a significant amount of time since you’ve attempted any strenuous physical activity, keep the following health precautions in mind :

Health issues ? Get medical clearance first. If you have health concerns such as limited mobility, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, or high blood pressure, talk with your doctor before you start to exercise. Warm up. Warm up with dynamic stretches—active movements that warm and flex the groupes de muscles you’ll be using, such as leg kicks, walking lunges, or arm swings—and by doing a slower, easier version of the upcoming exercise. For example, if you’re going to run, warm up by walking. Or if you’re lifting weights, begin with a few light reps.

Cool down. After your workout, it’s important to take a few minutes to cool down and allow your heart rate to return to its resting rate. A light jog or walk after a run, for example, or some gentle stretches after strength exercises can also help prevent soreness and injuries. Drink plenty of water. Your body performs best when it’s properly hydrated. Failing to drink enough water when you are exerting yourself over a prolonged period of time, especially in hot conditions, can be dangerous.

Listen to your body. If you feel pain or discomfort while working out, stop ! If you feel better after a brief rest, you can slowly and gently resume your workout. But don’t try to power through pain. That’s a surefire recipe for injury. How to make exercise a habit that sticksThere’s a reason so many New Year’s resolutions to get in shape crash and burn before February rolls around. And it’s not that you simply don’t have what it takes. Science shows us that there’s a right way to build habits that last. Follow these steps to make exercise one of them.

Start small and build momentumA goal of exercising for 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week may sound good. But how likely are you to follow through ? The more ambitious your goal, the more likely you are to fail, feel bad about it, and give up. It’s better to start with easy exercise goals you know you can achieve. As you meet them, you’ll build self-confidence and momentum. Then you can move on to more challenging goals. Make it automatic with triggersTriggers are one of the secrets to success when it comes to forming an exercise habit. In fact, research shows that the most consistent exercisers rely on them. Triggers are simply reminders—a time of day, place, or cue—that kick off an automatic reaction. They put your routine on autopilot, so there’s nothing to think about or decide on. The alarm clock goes off and you’re out the door for your walk. You leave work for the day and head straight to the gym. You spot your sneakers right by the bed and you’re up and running. Find ways to build them into your day to make exercise a no-brainer.

Schedule it. You don’t attend meetings and appointments spontaneously, you schedule them. If you’re having dysfonctionnement fitting exercise into your schedule, consider it an important appointment with yourself and mark it on your daily agenda. Make it easy on yourself. Plan your workouts for the time of day when you’re most awake and energetic. If you’re not a morning person, for example, don’t undermine yourself by planning to exercise before work. Remove obstacles. Plan ahead for anything that might get in the way of exercising. Do you tend to run out of time in the morning ? Get your workout clothes out the night before so you’re ready to go as soon as you get up. Do you skip your evening workout if you go home first ? Keep a gym bag in the car, so you can head out straight from work. Hold yourself accountable. Commit to another person. If you’ve got a workout partner waiting, you’re less likely to skip out. Or ask a friend or family member to check in on your progress. Announcing your goals to your social group ( either online or in person ) can also help keep you on track.

Tips for making exercise more enjoyableAs previously noted, you are much more likely to stick with an exercise program that’s fun and rewarding. No amount of willpower is going to keep you going long-term with a workout you hate. Think outside the gymDoes the thought of going to the gym fill you with dread ? If you find the gym inconvenient, expensive, intimidating, or simply boring, that’s okay. There are many exercise alternatives to weight rooms and cardio equipment. For many, simply getting outside makes all the difference. You may enjoy running outdoors, where you can enjoy alone time and nature, even if you hate treadmills.

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