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Maple Cinnamon Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes.

I have made no secret of the fact that my second trimester has been all about baked potatoes.  And while baked potatoes are wonderful, I think Casey would like to see a little more diversity in our dinners.  So I branched out at the grocery store this week and picked up some sweet potatoes, hoping they would still satisfy the same urge.  What came next would surely satisfy any craving… 

Maple Cinnamon Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

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Ingredients:  (serves 2)

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp light sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • 1 tbsp Earth Balance (or butter)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • salt to taste

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Instructions:  Rinse and scrub two medium sweet potatoes to remove any dirt, and pat dry with a towel.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

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Using a fork, pole holes in the sweet potatoes in order to allow the steam to release while cooking.

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Place sweet potatoes in the oven directly on the top oven rack.  Place a sheet pan or sheet of foil on the rack below to catch any drippings and keep your oven clean!  Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until potatoes are soft to touch with a fork.  Remove from oven, and allow to cool.

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Once cool enough to touch, cut a slit along the top of the potato from top to bottom.  Using a spoon, gently scoop out the flesh of both potatoes and set aside in a small bowl.  Sweet potatoes skins aren’t quite as tough as traditional russet potatoes, so be careful not to rip the skin while removing the potato flesh!

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It’s okay to leave a little potato behind in the skins too – aim to scoop out about 75% of the filling.

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Add the sour cream, butter, maple syrup, and spices to the potatoes, and then mash to combine.  Taste the mixture and season with salt.

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Gently spoon the potatoes back into the shells…

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At this point you can re-bake them right away, or you can save them until later.  This is a great meal to make ahead of time because all you have to do is pop it into the oven to warm up for serving!  Wrap in plastic and store in the refrigerator for up to one day.

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Once you are ready to eat, place sweet potatoes on a sheet pan and squeeze to reclose as much as possible.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until warm.  Serve with your favorite sides!

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I thought I loved sweet potatoes before, but the addition of the mix-ins took these potatoes to a whole new level.

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Served with delicious barbecued tofu and enjoyed on the balcony.  Would you believe we didn’t eat until nearly 9pm and the sun was JUST starting to go down?  Everything is different out west.

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These are a great healthy addition to a summer cookout or party menu.  You can make them ahead of time and simply heat them up once the guests arrive!

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Or you can just make them for yourself and eat them while you watch Modern Family.  The choice is yours.

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Enjoy!

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Colleen (What's Baking in the Barbershop)     at 12:14 pm

These look heavenly! I am in LOVE with sweet potatoes. I roast them 2 or 3 times a week but I’ve never tried making them as twice baked potatoes. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the tasty recipe! :)

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Freya     at 12:15 pm

:-O
Why couldn’t you have posted this 4hrs ago!? I had sweet potatoes with lunch, but they were nowhere NEAR as good as what doing your recipe would’ve been! Ohmygosh.
I need to make that recipe!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Because 4 hours ago was 5am in Seattle! :)

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Michelle (The Runner's Plate) Reply:

Not that it is a big deal, but the clock on your blog must still be set to the East Cost time zone.

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Chelsea@ A New Frontier     at 12:15 pm

Holy Yum!! Sounds delicious! I bought sweet potatoes yesterday….so this may be a meal for tonight!!

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Maria     at 12:22 pm

YUMMM!!!! I love Sweet potatoes :-)

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JL goes Vegan     at 12:24 pm

I can’t lie … I’m thrilled you’re posting recipes again! I learn so much from you! I have yet to bake a twice baked *sweet* potato and can’t wait to try this!

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Emily Malone Reply:

I am thrilled to be COOKING again! I promised you guys if you would just hang on it would be worth it. Thanks for waiting!! :)

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Sarah     at 12:25 pm

Yum! Your dinner looks fantastic (I like both options- I think Modern Family is my favorite TV show!).

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PB Addict     at 12:26 pm

Maple cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes are one of my favorite things! This recipe looks delicious.

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lindsay     at 12:26 pm

Sounds super yum! Since I’m lazy / can’t wait 45 minutes, I think I’ll microwave though :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

That works too! :)

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Jacquelynn     at 12:26 pm

Oh wow! That looks great! I am going to try them (with vegan sour cream). I am visiting my family in Ohio and driving to visit my brother in Cincinnati this weekend… I think I will make them for him and his girlfriend (they are veg-curious). Thanks for the great idea :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Have fun in Cincinnati!

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Jacquelynn Reply:

Thanks! Any great veg-friendly restaurants you like when you visit?

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Emily Malone Reply:

Green Dog Cafe (Columbia Tusculum) and Melt (Northside) are my two favorites! Both SO delicious!!

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Stephanie B.     at 12:30 pm

Actually, the sun doesn’t go down until late b/c of how far north the city is!

You’ll find in the longest days, that the sun doesn’t go down until almost 10, and that light peeks over the horizon as early as 3:30am.

And then in the winter, the sun doesn’t rise until almost 9, and goes down at 4-4:30. Meaning that if you work 9-5, you won’t get to be outside in the sun at all :/

Joy in the summer, SAD in the winter.

<—former Washingtonian :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

I figured we would pay for it in the winter – boooo. :/ That’s going to make it very hard to get out of bed in December!!

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Michelle (The Runner's Plate) Reply:

I know all about this seeing as I live in Alaska!!

I used to live in Minnesota and thought it was bad there, but I will never again take the “normal” hours of daylight for granted!!

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Alison @ Hospitality Haven Reply:

I live up in Victoria, BC and we have the same sort of thing, but probably a pinch more light because of being slightly higher. It’s beautiful in the summer! And yes, a lot harder in the winter. But the lack of snow makes up for it!! ;)

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Sara Winter Reply:

It’s definitely strange for the sun to go down close to 10:00 p.m. Trust me it will start happening pretty soon!

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Evan Thomas     at 12:31 pm

Anything with sweet potato and butter is calling out my name.

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Alexandra     at 12:33 pm

Well, guess I know what I’m having for dinner. I already have all these things at home…. thanks!

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Colleen     at 12:37 pm

I can’t believe it was still light out at 9:00pm!!! What time does the sun come up?
I love Modern Family, especially Filipe ;) He cracks me up.

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mrianda @working mom works out     at 12:38 pm

Eek, those look incredible AND something I could get the Hubs to eat.

And hooray for Modern Family!!!

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Kelly @foodiefresh     at 12:41 pm

Those sound amazing! Modern Family is one of our favorite shows at my house. :)

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Leah Reply:

Us to! The one this week made us LOL a lot. The sliding door and kiddie pool… :)

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Kelly Reply:

We haven’t seen it yet! We don’t have cable so we usually catch up on abc.com streaming on the weekends or early the next week. Looking forward to it! :)

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Leah Reply:

You’ll love it. :)

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Lindsay     at 1:03 pm

I love twice baked potatoes! But sadly, I don’t really like sweet potatoes :( I wish I did though!! These sound awesome!

Um, Modern Family is the funniest show on TV. Hands down.

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Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN.     at 1:19 pm

Love sweet potatoes so this twice baked idea is brilliant! Thanks!

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Julie (A Case of the Runs)     at 1:21 pm

Wow, you’re on a roll with these recipes! I will save this one!

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Megan     at 1:36 pm

Omg these look delicious!!!! I am making these when I get back from my work trip. :) I have to agree with a few other comments-as much as I love all your posts, I am so happy you are cooking again. Yummy!!!!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Me too! :)

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Maryann     at 1:38 pm

Emily,
You’re twice baked look so good.
I made sweet potatoes last night but I made french fried sweet potatoes. First time. Sliced carefully in small long slices mixed with Olive oil and added some cumin and chilli small amts because I was experimenting. Put in oven at 400* baked for 10″ turned over then 10″ more watching carefully. I’m not that good a cook but they did get okay. Hubby liked them.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Sounds delicious!!

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Sophiegoose     at 1:44 pm

I always have trouble with parts of baked potatoes not getting cooked, and other parts getting overcooked. Do you have any suggestions?

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Emily Malone Reply:

Hmm really? Maybe your oven is uneven – might want to try rotating the pan half-way through cooking to distribute the heat. Or cooking on a lower temp for a little longer!

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Meredith     at 1:45 pm

I just made these on the spot because I had all of the ingredients. Success!

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Emily Malone Reply:

AWESOME!

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Stephanie @ StephSnacks     at 1:50 pm

These will definitely be made in the near future!

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Maggie     at 2:03 pm

Welcome to Seattle! You’ll come to appreciate the gorgeous sunny days (though we’ll get more and more of them now! Yay summer!). Seriously this week has been gorgeous out here. But yeah, it takes a little getting used to the sun setting so late – but I love it (however, when the sun goes away at 5 in the winters it’s a little bit tougher).

And those sweet potatoes look so good! Definitely will have to try them soon!

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Angie (Losing It and Loving It)     at 2:06 pm

Oh my now this is my kind of dinner. I don’t know that hubby would like it but that would mean I would have leftovers for the next day right? LOL

I can’t believe I never saw your tofu post. That was great.

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Katherine     at 2:06 pm

Holy crap! This looks amazing! I am definitely going to be trying something like this soon. Me = huge sweet potato fan.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey     at 2:36 pm

Time differences are so neat! And so are these sweet potatoes. I could eat one a day. In fact, I usually do.

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Meagan     at 2:37 pm

OOH. I’d totally do this but with chicken not tofu!

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Marci     at 2:47 pm

Yum looks like dessert! sweet potato pie. miss seeing you in DC this weekend for eat write retreat!

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lindsay     at 2:53 pm

Wow thanks for the fabulous recipe! I bet you are having a blast cooking in your new kitchen!!! Still getting used to where everything is?? :)
Sweet potatoes + tofu = killer combo! I’ve tried it too!

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Jenna     at 3:03 pm

This looks and sounds fantastic!

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Beth     at 3:14 pm

I’ve never had greek yogurt on a sweet potato. I like it on everything else though, so I might just have to try this. Sounds amazing!

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Nichole (Flirting with Food, Fitness and Fashion)     at 3:21 pm

I love baked potatoes, I don’t indulge too often on them but this recipe is definately worth it!

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Gina     at 3:24 pm

Ohmygosh…we were just saying the same thing last night…we ate around 8-8:30 and it felt like 6pm, it was so bright still! I love summer!

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Lauren     at 3:24 pm

Oh those sounds amazing! i am definitely trying those soon!!

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erica     at 3:38 pm

i’ve only recently discovered that i love sweet potatoes! lol.
i’m definitely going to have to try making this! :)

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Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama     at 3:44 pm

I’m totally making these this week. Thank you!!

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Amy     at 3:46 pm

I recently made twice-baked sweet potatoes with caramelized onions, spinach and herbed goat cheese, which were awesome, but I love the combo of maple and cinnamon in this recipe. And I bet caramelized onions (my obsession) would be a great addition…yes, I definitely see sweet potatoes in my future!

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Katie     at 4:03 pm

Pretty random, I made a twice baked sweet potato yesterday with a leftover half! I added unsweetened vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, some butter, and chili powder for a spicy and sweet potato mixture.

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Candy (Healthy In Candy Land)     at 4:28 pm

I craved potatoes when I was pregnant too! It was weird because I never really even liked potatoes until then, and didn’t really after either.

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amy     at 4:49 pm

yum those look so awesome! you just reminded me how much i love sweet potatoes!

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katie @ KatieDid     at 5:01 pm

I usually have no patience for baking sweet potatoes so I just microwave them, but the other day we decided to bake them for 3 hours! and OMG the difference was amazing. I had no idea baking would completely change the flavor complex. These look SO good, i’m adding this to my list for dinners this week coming up!

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Abby     at 5:11 pm

These look amazing! :)

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Lindsay Love Veggies     at 5:19 pm

These look awesome! Veganizing them wouldn’t be too tough either. My mom intorduced me to twice baekd potatoes, and I am a huge fan. I must try these!

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becca (bellebottoms)     at 5:24 pm

ooooh I like that! Modern Family and maple sweet potatoes are a winning combo in my mind!!!

now, if only I could find someone to give me a backrub to top it off….hmmmm….

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The Healthy Hipster     at 5:30 pm

LOVE twice baked potatoes. I made them for my family this easter with a little light goats cheese and honey with similarly sweet, creamy and delicious results.
Come to think of it I have some sweet potatoes in the pantry right now… ;)

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)     at 5:32 pm

I want all of this now! It’s almost dinner time and I have none of this in the house. You know I’m gonna have to go to the store now…

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset     at 6:43 pm

OH MY, this recipe has to be made now! The title of your post grabbed my attention right away, sweet potatoes= love :)

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Alaina     at 8:03 pm

That dish looks so good! I’ll have to try the bbq tofu. :-)

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Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen     at 8:18 pm

I have an addiction to sweet potatoes. I think this just made it worse. Thank you! :D

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Stefanie     at 8:25 pm

That sounds so good. Im a potato lover and am always looking for new ways to make them.

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Babs     at 9:14 pm

Love the switch :) Plus sweet potatoes are more nutritious. Who doesn’t love a twice-baked anything?

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Tina Whitmire     at 10:01 pm

Try mashing a crunchy nutbutter and black beans in those stuffed sweet potatoes. I promise it will rock your world!

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KaraHadley     at 10:58 pm

Random question — do you bake or pan fry your bbq tofu? whenever i make it myself something is off.

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Sarah K     at 12:45 am

I just mentioned the other day that I wanted to try and make tofu, and that sweet potato looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and try this out.

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Ella     at 1:19 am

I grew up in Olympia and my favorite time of year was summer – daylight until 10 pm or later! (and I think it’s because we’re so far north, not just because we’re west)

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Ashley     at 3:06 am

Yay for this recipe!!! Lovely photos too! I never thought to do make a twice baked sweet tater. Genius! The tofu looks perrrrrfect as well. :) Lately, we don’t eat earlier than 9pm!

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megan @ the oatmeal diaries     at 6:44 am

Ooh this looks so amazing, especially paired with the tofu! So perfect for a summer BBQ!! :)

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Kate @ NaturaStride     at 11:12 am

man. I love sweet potatoes. mmmmmm

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Amber K     at 11:31 am

I wish I could learn to like sweet potatoes. Just too sweet for the nice savory side dish I desire. They look so pretty though!

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