Baked Maple Orange Sweet Potatoes –

Baked Maple Orange Sweet Potatoes

  By lentilsorg      

July 10, 2015

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Sweet potatoes can be roasted directly on the oven rack alongside your turkey, roast, or other main dish. With more moisture than a regular baked potato, these can also be roasted ahead of time and reheated.

  • Prep: 15 Minutes
  • Cook: 45 Minutes
  • 15 Minutes

    45 Minutes

    1 Hour

  • Yields: 8


  1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. SCRUB the sweet potatoes and poke once or twice with a fork. Place directly on the oven rack and bake for 30-60 minutes, or until soft. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. MEANWHILE in a small saucepan, cover the lentils with about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 12-14 minutes, or until very soft. Drain and place in a medium bowl.
  4. WHEN the potatoes are still warm, but cool enough to handle, cut them in half lengthwise and scoop most of the flesh out of the skins (leave about ½-inch in order to keep them from collapsing), placing into the bowl with the lentils. Add the butter, orange juice, salt, pepper, and sage. Mash with a fork until well blended.
  5. SPOON the mixture back into the sweet potato skins. Top with toasted pecans and drizzle with maple syrup. Serve immediately, or cover in a baking dish and slide back into the oven to keep warm until serving time.


4 small dark-fleshed sweet potatoes

1⁄3 cup (185 mL) split red lentils

2 Tbsp (30 mL) butter

1 orange, juiced

salt and ground black pepper, to taste

pinch dried sage or curry powder

1⁄3 cup (185 mL) chopped pecans, toasted

1⁄3 cup (185 mL) pure maple syrup


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 stuffed sweet potato half
Sodium110 mg
Potassium362 mg
Protein4 g
Cholesterol10 mg
Sugar12 g
Total Fat6 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Total Carbohydrates29 g
Dietary Fiber4 g