Bobby’s Lighter Sweet Potato-Ginger Biscuits

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Bobby’s Lighter Sweet Potato-Ginger Biscuits

By Bobby Deen

53 Fewer Calories
5g Less Fat

1 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes
1/4 cup plain reduced-fat Greek style yogurt
1 tablespoon sugar-free pancake syrup
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon chopped candied ginger
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup fat-free milk

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Combine the potatoes, yogurt, and syrup in a medium bowl until well mixed.

Whisk together the flour, sugar, ginger, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a large bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Add sweet potato mixture, then milk, until dry ingredients are just moistened. Gently knead dough 5 – 6 times, until a soft dough forms. Do not over mix. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. With a floured rolling pin, roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness.
With a 2 -inch round cookie cutter, cut dough into 12 biscuits. Place dough on baking sheet. Discard any remaining scraps. Bake, until the bottom of biscuits are lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Do not over bake. Transfer to wire rack to cool 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time:  15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Per Serving: (1 biscuit) 155 Cal; 3 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 3 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 25 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 4 g Sugar; 88 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 247 mg Sodium; 13 mg Cholesterol

Test Kitchen Tip: One large sweet potato (about 3/4 pound), peeled and cooked, will yield
about 1 cup mashed.

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen:  Sweet Potato Biscuits
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen
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Bobby Deen is the younger son of celebrity chef Paula Deen. Like older brother Jamie, the Savannah resident has helped shape the Deen media empire with a series of highly successful commercial collaborations, ranging from three best selling cookbooks to the series Road Tasted on the Food Network, and the award winning Lady and Sons Restaurant in Savannah. On a personal side, he was also named one of People Magazine’s Most Eligible Bachelors in 2007.

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Reader Comments:


Hi I read Paula's book about her life and I couldn't put it down I love, love, loved it........It was so inspirational to me I am a single mother (grandmother now) I raised my daughter, Jennifer and my son John and I am now raising my three beautifull grandaughters Kayla 14, Isabella 7 and Ava 4.......I love all of you, Paula, Bobby and Jamie......Keep cooking !!! Elizabeth

By elizabeth rossetti on May 05, 2011


I am so sorry I spelled your name incorrectly Bobby...what an idiot I am. I won't let it happen again. Donna

By Donna on February 07, 2011


I made these biscuits last night and we loved them. For the people that wanted to know where to get candied or (crystallized) ginger...I ordered it from I don't live near a spice store so that is why I ordered it. Greek yogurt is in every supermarket I shop at. I will be making these biscuits again. Thank you Bobbie.

By Donna Cohen on February 02, 2011

Sorry, I just sent one question about where to buy candied ginger.  Also, where can I find Greek-style yogurt?  (I really need help!!)  Thank you. smile

By Crystal Newton on November 09, 2010

I have a dumb question!  Where do I buy candied ginger?  Does Walmart or Food Lion sell it?  Whereabouts—spice isle??  (I feel so clueless.)  I am not a biscuit maker, although I dearly love sweet potato biscuits.  One of my brothers has challenged me to make some for Thanksgiving! :(  Send Bobby over to my house, please.
Thank you!

By Crystal Newton on November 09, 2010

I always try to eat a little bit healthier and I can’t wait to try these!!!

By Aimee Jones on November 08, 2010

Can I hear a Hoo-Ray!!  I think I have ALL of Deen Cook Books (no, I am missing the very 1st self-published one); and while I LOVE all the recipes, as someone who has lost a great deal of weight (and still more to go), I hesitate in making some of the richer recipes (if it’s there, I will eat it!!).  Thanks so much for doing this Bobby and Paula!! (Now, if you could find a way to lighten up the Caramel Layer Cake!!)

By Pat Long on November 08, 2010

Thank you for the wonderful lighter recipes!  My husband and I are on a low fat eating plan and your recipes hit the spot when we get a craving for some of Paula’s recipes, which we cannot have and stay on our eating plan.  We tried your Fried Green Tomato recipe,Y-U-M-M-Y!

By Betty on November 01, 2010

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