Sweet Potato Balls

Sweet Potato Balls

Recipe Rating: 3.64221
Serves 12
These sweet potatoes served atop pineapple rings are an appealing way to get kids (and adults) to eat more healthy vegetables. Lightly sweetened with maple syrup and orange juice, they're a terrific alternative to the standard sugar-laden sweet potato casseroles.
  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • pinch grated nutmeg
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • Olive oil spray
  • 12 slices cored pineapple (fresh or canned)
  • 1 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and crushed
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Bake sweet potatoes in a 350°F oven for 1 hour or until soft. Remove from oven and set aside until cool enough to handle.

Cut cooked potatoes in half and scoop flesh from skins and place into a bowl. Discard skins. Add margarine, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, maple syrup and orange juice to the bowl and mix well. Turn mixture onto a clean work surface and divide into 12 even portions. Roll each portion into a ball approximately 2 inches in diameter. (Wet hands with water or oil to make it easier.)

Lightly spray a baking sheet with olive oil. Place cored pineapple slices on sheet. Roll each ball in crushed pecans and place a coated sweet potato ball in the center of each pineapple slice. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Lightly spray top of each ball with olive oil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Optional: For extra kid appeal, roll half of the ball in pecans (to make "hair") and press raisins into the plain part of the ball to make a face (eyes, nose, mouth) prior to baking. Also, try adding one medium banana to sweet potatoes when mashing them for an exciting flavor.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 190 calories (110 from fat), 12g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 240mg sodium, 20g carbohydrates, (3 g dietary fiber, 11g sugar), 3g protein.
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