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Close Up of Vegan Candied Yams in a Dish with Serving Spoon
Vegan Candied Yams
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Tender sweet potato chunks are baked up in sweet and sticky brown sugar sauce to make these decadent vegan candied yams. The perfect side for a holiday feast!

Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 292 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • 2 ½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (1-inch)
  • cup organic brown sugar
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup whiskey, optional
  • ¼ cup vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon powdered ginger
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cold water (if needed, see step 9)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (if needed, see step 9)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Spread the sweet potatoes evenly into a 2-quart casserole dish or 9-inch deep dish pie plate.

  3. Place the brown sugar, orange juice, whiskey, butter, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt into a small pot and place it over medium heat.

  4. Heat the mixture, stirring frequently, until the butter melts and it comes to a simmer.

  5. Lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes, until all of the alcohol has cooked off (if using whiskey), and the mixture is very glossy.

  6. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

  7. Pour the brown sugar mixture over the sweet potatoes. Stir gently a few times.

  8. Place the dish into the oven. Stir the sweet potatoes every 10 minutes or so while baking.

  9. Check the sweet potatoes after about 30 minutes. If the sauce is still very runny, stir 3 tablespoons of cold water and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch together in a small cup, then stir the mixture into the sweet potatoes. Return them to the oven to finish baking.

  10. Bake the sweet potatoes for a total of 40 to 45 minutes, until they're very tender and the sauce is thick and syrupy.

  11. Remove the dish from the oven and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Candied Yams
Amount Per Serving
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.8g9%
Saturated Fat 1.8g9%
Sodium 150mg6%
Potassium 1206mg34%
Carbohydrates 53.9g18%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 13.8g15%
Protein 2.3g5%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.