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Savory Vegan Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

A savory vegan twice baked sweet potatoes recipe perfect as a side dish for Thanksgiving table or other holiday gatherings. These healthy vegan stuffed sweet potatoes (gluten free too) deliver a savory combination of caramelized onions, brown rice, cranberry, pecans and bell peppers – all baked and finished with a balsamic maple glaze.

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Vegan Savory Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

I know many people like to make sweet versions of twice baked sweet potatoes filled with sweet toppings, but I’m more inclined to savory sweet potato recipes.

When I made these vegan stuffed sweet potatoes recipe (or twice baked sweet potatoes), the house smelled incredible for the whole day – sweet, woody with caramel notes. This Vegan Butternut Squash And Sweet Potato Casserole has a similar combination of ingredients, if you want to check that out.

I bet some people would love to have this smell for Thanksgiving, or for everyday dinners during the fall and winter months. The rich flavor of the sweet maple balsamic sauce makes this savory twice baked sweet potatoes recipe irresistible!

Another stuffed veggie recipe you might love for your Thanksgiving table: Stuffed Cabbage Rolls And Peppers (Gluten And Dairy Free)

Loaded Sweet Potatoes Recipe - Savory Baked sweet potatoes loaded with rice, vegetables and dried fruits - baked in the oven and finished with a maple balsamic glaze

Reasons To Make This Savory Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

  • It’s a perfect side dish for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, or even a party appetizer.
  • Is kid-friendly, and sometimes it’s fun to try holiday recipes other than your traditional Thanksgiving sides.
  • Vegan and gluten-free: Perfect for those with these dietary restrictions.
  • Can be made ahead of time. Prepare these twice baked sweet potatoes in the morning, and then bake them right before serving.
  • They can be stocked in the freezer to love later on.
These Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes make a great, filling, healthy dinner, lunch, breakfast or side dish recipe for your Thanksgiving table. Loaded Baked sweet potato skins baked to perfection and then stuffed with the most delicious rice based vegan filling - with sweet and savory notes. A perfect healthy holiday side dish – vegan, gluten free, dairy free, clean eating recipe.

Ingredients You Need

  • Sweet potatoes, choose fat short sweet potatoes.
  • Brown rice or use any white rice
  • Onion –  white or red, your preference.
  • Bell pepper, I used red.
  • Dried cranberries or any sweet dried fruit.
  • Pecans, or walnuts.
  • Oil for cooking.

Ingredients For Sauce

  • Olive oil – extra virgin – or any other oil of your choice.
  • Balsamic vinegar – for acidity and flavor.
  • Garlic cloves – to give it flavor.
  • Maple syrup – for sweetness.
  • Stone ground mustard or Dijon mustard – for creaminess.
  • Salt and pepper.

See the full printable ingredient list with measurement below in recipe card.

How To Make Savory Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Twice baked sweet potatoes are basically baked twice. The first time is to soften the baked potatoes so you can scoop out the inside (making sure to leave a sturdy shell). And the second time is to mix the pulp with other ingredients and add the mixture back to the potato skins.

Tip To Save Time

Make in advance. To save yourself some time, you can bake the sweet potatoes first time a day in advance, then do the scooping, and twice baking on the day you want to serve them.

Vegan Twice Baked Sweet Potato Filling

As savory filling for sweet potatoes I used caramelized onions, red bell pepper, dried cranberries, chopped pecans and cooked brown rice mixed with the sweet potato pulp. Once baked all this is finished with a little bit of maple balsamic sauce to bring out the flavors.

A final brief stint in the oven and your Thanksgiving side dish is ready!


Other Baked Sweet Potato Toppings

  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Pesto
  • Seeds
  • Vegan cheese
  • Olives
A savory twice baked sweet potatoes recipe perfect as a healthy lunch, dinner or side dish for your Thanksgiving table. These little stuffed sweet potatoes are vegan, gluten free and deliver a savory combination of caramelized onions, brown rice, cranberry, pecans and bell peppers - all baked and finished with a balsamic maple glaze.

Tips For Perfect Savory Twice Baked Potatoes

  1. Buy short, fat sweet potatoes versus the long and skinny ones.
  2. Use a knife to poke a couple holes in each sweet potato to prevent an “explosion” in the oven.
  3. Don’t over-bake the sweet potatoes the first time around. You want them to be very soft but still able to cut the pulp into little cubes when out.
  4. Do not make them overly sweet, this is a savory dish. The maple balsamic glaze is enough to bring out the sweetness you need.

Can You Reheat Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes?

Absolutely. Reheat your twice baked sweet potatoes in the oven at 350F for 20 minutes covered (if they’re not frozen, to trap the moist) or uncovered if frozen, so you get nice crispy edges. The microwave is quicker but you won’t get the same result plus I like to avoid it.

What Can I Serve With Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes?

These loaded sweet potatoes (even if they’re vegan) make a pretty hearty meal, so I suggest serving them with a light green salad or some pickled fermented veggies like this carrot salad or this beet and cabbage sauerkraut.

Did you try these healthy vegan twice baked sweet potatoes?

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Savory Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe Vegan Gluten Free
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Vegan Savory Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

A savory vegan twice baked sweet potatoes recipe perfect as a meatless side dish for Thanksgiving or other holiday table. These healthy vegan twice baked sweet potatoes are also gluten free dairy free and deliver a savory combination of caramelized onions, brown rice, cranberry, pecans and bell peppers – all baked and finished with a balsamic maple glaze. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 436.8kcal
Author: HealthyTasteOfLife
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Ingredients
 

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 medium onion - diced
  • 2 tbsp grape seed oil - or olive oil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper - cubed
  • 1/2 cup brown rice - (about 2/3 cup when cooked)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans - or walnuts
  • 2 tbsp parsley - chopped

The Maple Balsamic Glaze

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper. Use a fork to poke a couple holes in each sweet potato to prevent exploding.  Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour (depending on how large the sweet potatoes are).
  • While the sweet potatoes are roasting, boil the brown rice, let it cool. Also sauté the onions in 2 tbsp of olive oil or grape seeds oil in a large pan over medium heat for 5-8 minutes or until the onions are soft.
  • To the onion then add the bell peppers, chopped pecans (or walnuts), rinsed cranberries, and the cooled brown rice. Stir to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile prepare the glaze: to a small container add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, maple syrup, salt and crushed black pepper, mix to combine.
  • Toss half of the glaze on top of the cooking mixture. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed and remove from heat.
  • Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes or until you can safely handle them. Cut in half and carefully scoop out the insides (pulp) into a large bowl. Leave a thin layer of pulp to support the skin and serve as walls.
  • Add the pulp of the sweet potatoes into the rice mixture. (You can mash it or finely chop it). Then scoop the mixture back into the potato skins and put the tray back in the oven for 10 minutes to warm them up.
  • Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven, drizzle the rest of maple balsamic glaze over the top and garnish with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.

Notes

Savory Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe Tips

 
  • If you’d like to prepare these sweet potatoes ahead of time, you can bake the sweet potatoes, make the filling, stuff the potatoes and then refrigerate them. Just bake the sweet potatoes the second time a little bit longer than 10 minutes – to heat them all the way through.
  • Store the leftover stuffed sweet potatoes in an airtight container for 4 days. When you reheat them, cover to prevent them from drying out.  
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Nutrition

Calories: 436.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.8g | Protein: 4.6g | Fat: 24.9g | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 708.6mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 21.3g | Vitamin A: 7065IU | Vitamin C: 53.4mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2.1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.

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Recipe Rating




Kelsey G

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Has anyone every tried to make these with an added stuffed ingredient like ground turkey? Just curious how I would season and when I would add.

Amy W.

Sunday 8th of November 2020

These are absolutely delicious! I added black beans to make them into more of a main course. I'll definitely be making them again.

HealthyTasteOfLife

Monday 9th of November 2020

That's sound like a great idea, I'm really glad you enjoyed it!

Angie

Thursday 26th of March 2020

Made this almost exactly as instructed. Came out great!! I used pecans, and because I didn’t have maple syrup I used cane syrup. It was very good the day I made it, and I put half in the fridge. They were just as good a couple days later. Thanks for the recipe!

HealthyTasteOfLife

Thursday 26th of March 2020

I'm really glad you enjoyed it! I don't think some minor tweaks of the recipe will affect the taste much, so I'm glad you got inventive!

Cheryl

Tuesday 31st of December 2019

These are super good and easy! I love that you can make them ahead. For the veggies I used Simple Truth Organic - Southwest style Quinoa ( steam in the bag) Included red quinoa, sweet corn, black beans and chili citrus sauce!

HealthyTasteOfLife

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

mmm... it sounds super yummy. Thanks for your feedback!

Steph

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

wow I can't wait to try this for thanksgiving! thank you pintrest!!!

HealthyTasteOfLife

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Enjoy!