Island Sweet Potatos
by Keleigh May on April 9th, 2015

Island Sweet Potatos
  • 3 large sweet potatos
  • 3 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-4 tablespoons diced candied pineapple
  • zest of a large orange
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespooon honey
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2-4 tablespoons ground macadamian nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut

Wash and dry sweet potatos. Punch a few holes in each potatos and cover in foil. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes or until potatos are tender. 
When potatoes are tender, peel and mash. Mix in all remaining ingredients. 
Pour sweet potato mixture into a greased 9x9 baking dish. 

To make the topping mix together all ingredients EXCLUDING shredded coconut. Spoon over sweet potato mixture. 
Sprinkle shredded coconut over the top, cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown. 

My Son: The Culinary Genius

Ok, so I know I'm his mother so I might be biased, but 4 year old came up with this recipe, so I think genius is totally appropriate.  When we were shopping at Whole Foods for his dinner night, he saw macadamian nuts in the bulk section and asked if we could put them on his sweet potatos, yum YES! I asked him if he would like to add some dried fruit, he said dried pineapple, another brilliant idea. Then he wanted to top it all off with shredded coconut, something he had never tried before. At home when we were baking I gave him choices of sweetners and fats, (ex. brown sugar vs. honey or maple syrup and coconut oil vs. butter) so the end result is 100% a Tucker creation. The result? I dare say this might be better than my Holiday Any Day Sweet Potato Pies. Sweet Potatos are generally paired up with more fall flavors (i.e. pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, cranberries) so this fresh twist is perfect for the warm summer days ahead. Would I have ever thought of this on my own? Probably not, sometimes it takes your culinary genious 4 year old to show you that where there's a meal, there's a way!

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