RecipeSweet Potatoes à la Mode with Salted Maple Pecans

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 290
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Total Fat: 14 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 3.5 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 35 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 39 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4 g
  • Total Sugar: 20 g
    • Natural Sugar: 12 g
    • Added Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 830 mg

This better-for-you spin on sweet pie and ice cream is quickly becoming my new favorite dessert. I build it using oven-roasted sweet spuds as the base. Then, I mash the flesh with a dash of melty butter and a cozy blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves (by the way, to save time, you can easily swap in pre-bought pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice seasoning blend). Finally, in true “a la mode” fashion, I top it with a scoop of light vanilla ice cream and a sprinkling of toasted maple-infused pecans. It’s nutrient-rich and insanely delish!

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This recipe makes 4 servings

For the Sweet Potatoes:
• 2 sweet potatoes (about 10 ounces each)
• ½ cup pecan halves
• 2 tablespoons maple syrup
• ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt (like fleur de sel) or kosher salt
• 4 teaspoons butter, at room temperature
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 pint light vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt

For the Sweet Potato Spice Blend
(makes ~1½ tablespoons):*
• 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon ground ginger
• ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
• ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
• ¼ teaspoon ground clove

*To save time, you can swap in 1½ tablespoons pre-made pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice blend


Preheat the oven to 375˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Scrub the sweet potatoes and pat them dry with paper towels. Then prick each of them with a fork multiple times to create little holes for steam to escape. Add them to the baking sheet and bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until the potatoes are completely soft and the juices start to slightly drip onto the pan.

While the potatoes are baking, make the spice blend and salted maple pecans.

To make the spice blend:
In a small bowl, stir together all of the spice ingredients and set aside for later.

To make the salted maple pecans:
Lay the pecans on a small baking sheet and place in the oven (with the potatoes) for about 8 minutes, or until slightly browned and fragrant. Remove the pan from the oven, allow them to slightly cool and roughly them chop up. Then add them to a small bowl along with the maple syrup and ½ teaspoon flaked sea salt or kosher salt and mix until well combined. Line the same small baking sheet with parchment paper and mist the paper with nonstick oil spray so the pecans don’t stick. Add the maple-and-salt-coated pecans to the sheet, spread them in an even layer, and return them to the oven for an additional 8 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from the oven and allow the nuts to cool and harden.

When the potatoes are done cooking, splice them each in half lengthwise. Then, using a fork, scrape and fluff the insides, being careful to leave the outside skin intact. Add 1 teaspoon butter, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon spice blend to each potato half and continue to carefully mix and mash until combined.

Transfer to a serving dish and top each sweet potato half with a scoop of ice cream, a pinch of spice blend and 2 tablespoons of salted maple pecans.

Nutrition for 1 serving (½ sweet potato with ½-cup scoop ice cream and 2 tablespoons pecans)

Try these Single-Serve Sweet Potato Casseroles!