These mashed sweet potatoes are perfectly spiced with the flavors of chai and a touch of brown sugar to enhance their natural sweetness. Perfect for Thanksgiving!
The way we treat sweet potatoes in this country is a travesty. A travesty! They're sweet and delicious on their own, but for some reason we feel the need to add heaps of sugar and boatloads of mini-marshmallows to them. It's just not necessary.
My husband had his heart set on a sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving, but I wanted to make something a little more creative this year.
Rather than steaming or boiling the potatoes, as you do with many sweet potato casseroles, I baked them in the oven. Does this take more time? Yes! Is it worth it? Absolutely!
By baking the potatoes, they caramelize and get even sweeter, so you don't need to add tons of sugar to them. Just a touch will do.
Rather than going the traditional cinnamon route, I added chai spices and a bit of vanilla coconut milk. Plus a little touch of brown sugar - only about a tablespoon is enough to bring out all the natural sweetness.
These chai-spiced sweet potatoes are sweet and perfectly spiced without overdoing it. I promise, you won't miss the marshmallows at all!
This has become one of our go-to Thanksgiving side dish recipes for the past several years. If you're here planning your holiday feast, be sure to check out our other Thanksgiving recipes - and my complete Vegan Thanksgiving eCookbook!
More Tasty Recipes
If you love these Chai-Spiced Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes, you'll want to check out these other delicious ideas:
- Chana Masala Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Five Spice Sriracha Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Vegan Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Sauce
- Potato masher
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and bake in oven for about an hour, until tender. Allow to cool slightly.
- Remove skin from potatoes. Mash in a large bowl with a potato masher or ricer. Stir in vanilla milk, brown sugar and spices.