Vegan Twice-Baked Yams 🌱 The simple yam (or sweet potato) just doubled its deliciousness! Wait until you take a bite of one of these hot from the oven. They’re easy to make, yummy yammy goodness!
This recipe for vegan twice-baked yams or sweet potatoes is so delish! Subtly sweet and savory, with a soft fluffy texture on the inside and a crispy crust on top. It’s one of my absolute favorite ways to enjoy the goodness of these wonderful root vegetables.
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When I was a kid, we would have yams one time a year, on Thanksgiving. My mom would always prepare them the same way – covered in loads of butter, brown sugar, and marshmallows. Her ‘candied yams’ were just that – super sweet. More like a dessert than a side dish, it’s no wonder we ate them only once every twelve months.
My husband decided he wanted to create an updated less sweet/more savory all-vegan recipe that would celebrate the goodness of the yams. And this is what he made. They taste even better than they look!
This delicious vegan twice baked yams recipe makes a perfectly satisfying simple main or side dish. I love serving them not just at Thanksgiving, but all year-round. Subtly sweet with a hint of spice – they pair beautifully with everything from braised tofu to veggie burgers. Not only are they a healthier alternative to traditional candied yams, they’ll look amazing on your table!
Yams or Sweet Potatoes?
There’s a lot of confusion about the difference between yams and sweet potatoes. I always assumed that yams were those large, dark reddish-colored tubers with deep orange flesh. Sweet potatoes were smaller and more yellow in hue. Even the signage in grocery store produce aisles often label the large, dark tubers as ‘yams’. In fact, they’re actually sweet potatoes.
I did a bit of research and found this interesting article on the history of sweet potatoes posted on manyeats.com. I learned that ‘true’ yams originated from Africa and Asia. Turns out, they’re uniquely different from what most of us think of as yams. True yams are far from the root vegetable we enjoyed at Thanksgiving. Nevertheless, I grew up calling these things yams and, darn it, will continue calling them yams. I yam what I yam!
Are Sweet Potatoes Healthy?
Yes they are! According to this article in TIME:
All potatoes are nutrient-dense and healthy for you. But sweet potatoes—the orange, yellow and purple varieties of the root vegetable—are lower in calories and carbohydrates than the average spud. They’re also higher in vitamin A, an antioxidant that boosts immunity and helps you maintain healthy skin and vision. One sweet potato provides far more than 100% of your recommended daily allotment of vitamin A, according to the USDA.
Sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamin C and vitamin B6, which is important for brain and nervous system health. They’re also a good source of potassium and magnesium, which help improve heart health by helping to regulate blood pressure.
With a soft fluffy texture on the inside and a crispy crust on top, they’re just so yummy yammy good!
Need ideas for other dishes to serve with these yummy yams? Here you go!
- Garden Squash Casserole
- Orange Tofu Veggie Skillet
- Roasted Root Veggies
- Savory Herbed Tofu
- Tuscan Bean Soup
very vegan 🌱 very good
Twice-Baked Yams or Sweet Potatoes
- 4 whole sweet potatoes or yams (thoroughly washed, don't peel)
- 4 oz vegan cream cheese
- 2 Tbsp vegan butter
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar May substitute with maple syrup.
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp coarse sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg plus a pinch on the side
- 1/8 tsp ginger
- 1/2 C breadcrumbs we use Panko plain breadcrumbs
- 4 slices vegan cheese, cut into strips (optional – we use Chao by Field Roast)
- 1/2 C chopped parsley (optional)
- 1/3 C finely sliced green onion (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375º
- Pierce yams all over with a fork. Using 1 Tbsp of sea salt, thoroughly rub into skins of yams. Place whole yams onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Place in oven and bake at 375º for 50 – 60 minutes, or until a sharp knife easily cuts into yams.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool enough to handle. When yams are cool, cut in half, lengthwise.
- Scoop out each half into a large bowl, making sure to keep the outer peel/shell intact.
- Mash the cooked yams thoroughly, until smooth, then add cream cheese, butter, sugar, 1 tsp salt, pepper, cinnamon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, and ginger. Mix completely.
- Spoon filling into each yam skin. Place filled skins back onto parchment lined pan.
- Sprinkle with Panko breadcrumbs.
- Layer with cheese strips (like lattice).
- Place in oven at 375º for 10 – 12 minutes, until yams are just beginning to brown.
- Remove from oven, sprinkle with green onions and parsley. Bake for 3 – 5 additional minutes.
- Prior to serving, sprinkle with remaining nutmeg. Enjoy!
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