Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk

16 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

This three-ingredient dish, known as piele in Hawaii, is fabulously simple. Coconut milk—an occasional indulgence because of the saturated fat—contributes rich flavor.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1½ pounds sweet potatoes, (about 3 medium)
  • ¾ cup “lite” coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt


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  1. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. Microwave on High until tender all the way to the center, 10 to 15 minutes. (Alternatively, place in a baking dish and bake at 425°F until tender all the way to the center, about 1 hour.)
  2. When cool enough to handle, peel off and discard skin. Transfer the sweet potatoes to a medium microwaveable bowl and mash thoroughly with a potato masher. Add coconut milk, ginger and salt; stir well. Reheat in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, or in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven just before serving.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: generous ½ cup
  • Per serving: 130 calories; 3 g fat(2 g sat); 3 g fiber; 23 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 6 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 19,888 IU vitamin A; 20 mg vitamin C; 40 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 339 mg sodium; 498 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (398% daily value), Vitamin C (33% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, ½ fat

Reviews 16

February 07, 2017
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By: South Carolina
I'm so glad I found this recipe! I used regular coconut milk for a richer flavor, and I grated the ginger. I will definitely make this again! Pros: Easy, delicious, Whole30 compliant Cons: None!
November 07, 2016
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By: Amber Schooley
I made this for Thanksgiving last year and they were a hit. Everyone liked them, from my in-laws who always liked everything too sweet to my step-dad who NEVER likes sweet potatoes (I am the only one he'll even try them for). Only downside was there were no leftovers :( I think I did make them with primarily cinnamon as opposed to ginger, and I always tend to add in more than the recommended amount of seasoning, and I used the oven as opposed to the microwave
March 24, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
East and Delicious This was so easy. I sometimes switch out the spices using ginger, nutmeg, all spice or cinnamon or combinations. I omit the salt, I don't use added salt in my recipes. It's also good when made with cashew milk. If you don't like using a microwave it's just as easy to make in the oven. Pros: Easy, healthy,delicious Cons: None
September 27, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Do you call this a healthy recipe all the while using a microwave oven? Do you know the disastrous results of using that kind of heat? Much too fast. No Wonder there is so much cancer in the USA.
August 02, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
3 Ingredients My A** YOU LIAR. oK SO i haD to Be the one THat SeriousLy Shouted this onE oUt. And I wilL now NoTE thaT therE arE JUSt sOme peoPle that Cant StanD mE UsiNg caps Like THIs. ooOps Pros: you added salt. I WILL FIND YOU Cons: the fourth ingredient. YOU
December 24, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Fantastic! This turned out grey! Made the day before and reheated in the oven. None left, my guests loved it. Fresh and tasty! Pros: Easy, inexpensive, simple, tasty Cons: Don't use the microwave!!
October 10, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
simple, and nummy I absolutely love this recipe; i now keep a constant supply of coconut milk just so i can make this whenever i feel like peeling sweet potatoes HIGHLY recommended Pros: easy, few ingredients , delicious
August 19, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Microwaving does not equal eating well This recipe has potential to be great, however microwave cooking is terrible for your health! Throw away your microwave. The convenience is not worth denaturing your food and zapping any enzymes out of existence. And as a previous reader commenter, coconut is good for you and doesn't have the same effects as eating saturated fat from animal sources. It is a great source of lauric acid, a vital nutrient which is present in human breast milk. Pros: coconut milk Cons: microwave preparation
November 24, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
simple & delicious I love this recipe. In fact, I made these for thanksgiving. If you appreciate simple flavors, and love sweet potatoes, there is no reason you will not love this recipe, too Pros: easy, cheap, uncomplicated Cons: none
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