Creamy Sweet Potatoes with Honey & Date Tahini and Cinnamon
I wanted to do a new and interesting twist on the classic sweet potato and marshmallow holiday dish. I know not having marshmallows may be a deal breaker for some, but give tahini a chance! It is (sort of) similar in texture, and can be quite delicious when sweet (Halva anyone?). Plus, swirling this sweet, sticky mixture into warm, sweet potatoes gives them an enviable creamy consistency. To sweeten the tahini, I used a mixture of date syrup (Silan) and honey to give this dish even more of a Middle Eastern flare. However, since Silan can be hard to find abroad, substituting it with honey works as well.
- 3 medium to large sweet potatoes – peeled and cubed
- Drizzle of olive oil
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup tahini
- 1 tablespoon date syrup
- ½ tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2-3 teaspoons water
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Candied pecans roughly chopped as topping
- Step 1 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Step 2 In a large bowl, drizzle olive oil over sweet potatoes and mix so all pieces are lightly coated. Spread them evenly on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake approximately 40-60 minutes until they are soft enough to mash.
- Step 3 While the potatoes bake, mix the remaining ingredients in a small pot over low heat. Tahini has a tendency to separate
- Step 4 make sure to mix the tahini prior to measuring. Add the date syrup, honey, and lemon. If the tahini is a stiff paste, add 1-2 teaspoons of water. Taste the mixture
- Step 5 it should be fairly well rounded at this point. If you prefer it to be a bit sweeter, add more honey. If you prefer it to be more tart, add lemon juice. Add the cinnamon and mix. Add another teaspoon of water if needed. If the mixture begins to sizzle remove from heat, the goal is for it to be warm and creamy.
- Step 6 Once the potatoes have finished roasting, mash them with a potato masher until fairly smooth. Mix in tahini mixture. The sweet potatoes should begin to look creamy and delicious. Top with candied pecans for a bit of crunch and enjoy!