Eat For Your Health: Sweet Potato Coconut Mash (V, GF)

Dessert First...

This side dish has quickly become one of my favorites.  It is super simple and absolutely delicious.   Sweet potatoes, a naturally sweet vegetable, are packed with Vitamin A and antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties and can help with blood sugar regulation, even in people with Type 2 Diabetes.  It is a much healthier alternative to your average white potato.  

This particular recipe was adapted from The Blue Zone Solution by Dan Buttoner.  I topped mine with unsweetened Dang toasted coconut chips to add a little crunch and extra coconut flavor, but this is obviously optional.  

sweet potato mash

Time: 30-35 min

Serves: 6 as a side dish

What you need: 

  • 5 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup low-fat and unsweetened canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or himalayan salt
  • Dang unsweetened toasted coconut chips

What you do:

  • Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot and add enough water so they're submerged by about 1 inch.  
  • Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and cook until the potatoes are soft, about 25 minutes.
  • Drain in a colander, then transfer the sweet potatoes to a large bowl.  Add 1/2 cup coconut milk and mash with a potato masher, adding more coconut milk as needed to get a smooth, rich puree
  • Stir in the cinnamon and salt, top with Dang coconut chips and serve