I try to eat healthy, and I think I maintain a pretty well-balanced diet. But I’ll admit it, I’ve got the sweet tooth of a four-year-old. And that’s just one of the reasons why I love this recipe.
Sweet potatoes on their own have a fair amount of sweetness, but by adding a little bit of fresh maple syrup and some salty butter, it turns a mere potato into a delicious comfort food, perfect for the colder months. Sure, adding butter and sugar to a potato probably sounds like a decadent treat, but keep in mind, baked potatoes are pretty high in vitamin B and contain other healthy nutrients, so why not add a little fun?
Plus, we received some amber maple syrup from family who recently visited Canada and I had been staring at the delicious little leaf-shaped bottle for long enough that I decided I needed to do something with it.
- Two sweet potatoes
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp salted butter, softened
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Scrub and clean potatoes, then poke a generous amount of holes in the potatoes with a fork.
- Wrap potatoes in aluminum foil.
4. Bake 60 to 80 minutes; give or take, depending on your oven. Be sure that the potatoes are tender before removing from the oven.
5. When they are tender, remove from the oven, unwrap, and set out to go for a few minutes to cool.
6. Slice across the top of each one. Scoop out the orange potato and place into a bowl.
9. Remove from oven, and place a small amount of butter on top (if you’re decadent like me), and enjoy!