Thanksgiving and the holidays are around the corner, and for most people this is a season of dietary terror. It’s especially hard because so many recipes we’ve grown up with look like carbohydrate explosions that will take days or weeks to recover from. So while turning some of these dishes into perfect keto-friendly alternatives may be impossible, I’ve definitely been trying to find lower carb versions that still bring those holiday memories back. If you are in maintenance-mode on your keto journey, these are hopefully choices that won’t make your New Year’s resolutions feel like you over-indulged.
And who doesn’t loves candied yams?! In my family it’s a must-have at Thanksgiving and I’m so happy that I can splurge and cook something that’s not only a healthier option but is also beneficial for my gut bacteria. With absolutely no added sugar I can feel good about what I give my family and they are only to happy to eat something as tasty as this!
My husband was expecting these to come in thick slices, two inches or more, but when I first made this recipe I cut the yams into quarter inch thick slices, closer to what you would use for something like potatoes au gratin. It turns out we really like these thinner yams and they cook quite a bit easier. It may be that we just love the sauce and we seem to get more with each bite this way!
What you need
4 Medium size organic sweet potatoes
1/2 Cup salted butter (melted)
1/4 Cup water
1 Cup VitaFiber Use code ( VFGSCH20 ) at check out to get 20% off
1/4 Cup Lakanto Monkfruit
1/2 Tsp Amoretti Extract, Molasses (Or 1 Tbsp Natural Maple Extract)
1 Tsp vanilla
1/4 Tsp salt
1/2 Tsp nutmeg
1/2 Tsp cinnamon
Pre-heat oven to 350 F. degrees.
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into desired shape. Put the potatoes in baking dish you wish to use and set aside. In a bowl add the remaining ingredients and mix. Pour over your potatoes and cover with foil. Put in the oven for 60 minutes covered, then remove foil and finish baking for 30 minutes uncovered.
This keto candied yams recipe makes about 12 servings. It is 196 carbs for the whole batch, making each serving 16.5 carbs! If you would like the recipe to be even more lower carb, then leave out the monkfruit sweetener. That would bring the the whole batch down to just 148 carbs and each serving to about 12 carbs. The sauce will be just a bit thinner in consistency (and slightly less “candied”) but it definitely will still fill that spot on your traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu.
Curious to know how many carbs regular candied yams hold? For the same amount of sweet potatoes but with 2 cups sugar and 1 and 1/2 tbsp of maple it comes to 521 carbs for the batch (12 servings), making each serving 43.5 carbs!
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