Bobby’s Lighter Sweet Potato Bake

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Bobby’s Lighter Sweet Potato Bake

By Bobby Deen

Bobby takes one of his mom’s classic recipes, keeps the essential nutrients and cuts the fat.  The result, a tasty new side for the family holiday dinner table.

Sweet Potato Bake

4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon softened butter
1/4 teaspoon salt

Bring the potatoes and enough cold water to cover to a boil in a large saucepan.

Reduce the heat and simmer until fork-tender, about 20 minutes.

Drain and cool. Mash the potatoes in a large bowl until smooth.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 2 1/2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray.

In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, syrup, egg, and vanilla in a small bowl.

Add the milk mixture to the potatoes, stirring to combine well. Stir in the raisins, coconut, and salt until blended.

Spoon the mixture into the pan.

To make the topping, combine the brown sugar, flour, pecans, butter, and salt in a medium bowl. Sprinkle the topping over the potatoes and bake, uncovered, until the center is hot and the topping is browned, 25 - 30 minutes.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 12 servings (Generous 1/2 cup per serving)
Per Serving: 220 Cal; 3 g Protein; 3 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 46 g Carb; 4 g Fiber; 24 g Sugar; 70 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 258 mg Sodium; 23 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Lightened Up version courtesy Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen test kitchen

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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Love the sweet potato recipe and want to use it for Thanksgiving~and Christmas too! Thank you Bobby anfd Paula..

By Lynda Brooks on November 02, 2012

Just wanted to say I love all your recipes, and what a blessing that your son’s have the lighter versions available. We can eat some of these treats a little more than just on special occasions. Diabetes runs in my family(siblings/parents). I want to teach my son (6yrs.), about healthy habits and foods for his lifestyle plan, getting him started early on healthy habits. I’m a single parent recipes have to be affordable and delicious.  So far he’s not a picky eater, he does eat vegetables in stews, soups, spinach in sandwiches, broccoli,carrots,celery for snacks but I would like to offer him more, you know change it up a bit. Thank you so much for thinking of us.  Again lots of love to you and your family.

By Laura Salinas on October 06, 2010

Mom and I made this recipe for Thanksgiving and we loved.  Everything we have tried so far has been outstanding.  Can’t wait to try the mac and cheese.  How about a lower calorie version of corn casserole.

By Cindy Greene on December 12, 2009

have not made this yet but will try because I do need to loose about 30 pounds…..thanks.  will get back with you

By Patty on November 14, 2009

i would like to no more about hoe to cook with sweet poatoes i also love you cooking show on food network i just love your mom paula dean

By LaVonne Quintana on November 12, 2009

Love it!  I made this tonight and it was outstanding!

By Rebekah Bunn on November 10, 2009

Honey, thank you so much for doing this for a little old gray haired lady who needed to lose a little weight and still enjoy eating!  Noooo, I’m not really your Mama, but I think she and I were separated at birth.  Love this great recipe and keep ‘em coming.  Love ya!

By carolafaver on November 10, 2009

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