These candied sweet potatoes are perfect for the holidays!

Disclaimer:  There is a lot of sugar in this recipe and the potatoes are pretty much candy.  Let’s TRY to enjoy this dish in moderation!


  • 4 pounds of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¹⁄8.ths
  • ½ cup of orange juice
  • ½ cup of filtered water
  • 2 cups of coconut sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise, beans scraped out, and beans placed into the mixture. We will use the vanilla pod as well.
  • 1 tsp of orange zest
  • 1½ tsp of cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp of sea salt
  • 4 tbsp of bourbon, optional
  • 4 tbsp of coconut oil


  1. In a heavy pot, add all the ingredients.  Make sure you also add the vanilla pod as there are a lot of flavorful vanilla seeds in the pod.  Bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 20 minutes or until fork tender. Cover and stir on occasion to ensure the sweet potatoes are cooking properly.
  2. With a slotted spoon, place the sweet potatoes in a casserole dish.
  3. Add the bourbon to the sauce and cook to reduce into a syrup-y texture.  It can take about 15 minutes.  You want to make sure the syrup is thick and will coat a sweet potato.
  4. Very carefully, pour the syrup over the sweet potatoes and bake until browned for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

Servings: 10

Time: 1 ½ hours

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