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Sweet Heart Candied Yams Recipe

My daughter loves, loves, loves yams and since it is February and all, I decided to sweeten her day by making this delicious Sweet Heart Candied Yams Recipe for dinner last night.

We normally just cube and roast our yams in the oven, but because I wanted to make an extra special dinner for her, I used a cookie cutter to cut the yams into cute heart shapes and covered them with a sweet and spicy glaze made with 100% pure maple syrup, fresh garlic and a dash of cayenne pepper.

These are so decadent and rich, even the pickiest, vegetable-hating kid will gobble these up.

Sweet Heart Candied Yams Made With Real Maple Syrup

Despite, the fact it is just like eating candy for dinner, these yams are good for you too! Ditch the refined sugars and use maple syrup, a natural sweetener, instead.

Did you know that 100% maple syrup has a ton of health benefits? It is loaded with anti-oxidants that help prevent cancer and diabetes and contains high levels of the minerals, zinc and manganese, which are good for your heart and strengthening your immune system.

Make sure to use a good quality 100 % pure maple syrup to reap all the health benefits. Here are a couple of my favorite brands.

Not only is maple syrup good for you, but the yams themselves,  garlic and cayenne pepper also have loads of health benefits. So, go ahead and enjoy this sweet heart candied yams recipe guilt-free. Your kids will think you have gone crazy, serving them candied vegetables for dinner, but that’s okay. It will be our little secret and I promise not to tell them that these sweet treats are actually full of healthy goodness!

Okay, enough talking! Here’s the recipe for you to try and see for yourself that these are the most amazing candied yams you will ever taste! Sweet, spicy, buttery and oh so good!

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Sweet Heart Candied Yams Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Sweet Heart Candied Yams Recipe


  • 2 large yams
  • 1/4 butter + 2 tbsp
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/8 tsp cracked pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease a large glass baking dish with 2 tbsp butter.
  2. Peel the yams and slice them vertically into 1/4" slices.
  3. Using a metal heart cookie cutter, cut out as many heart shapes from the sliced yams as you can.
  4. In a small bowl, melt the butter in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Add the maple syrup, crushed garlic, cayenne pepper, garlic salt and pepper.
  5. Stir until combined thoroughly.
  6. Arrange the hearts in an even layer in the bottom of the buttered pan. Pour the syrup mixture over the yams.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes, turning once after 20 minutes.


Place the scraps in a separate pan and drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in the oven alongside the candied yams and roast for 30 to 35 minutes, turning once halfway through.Or add the scraps to a pot and add an inch of water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Puree or mash them up to use in homemade baby food or make some of these tasty leftover turkey dinner dog biscuits for your pooches.

My daughter loves vegetables, but my son on the other hand, not so much! What are some ways you make vegetables more appealing to your children? Do you add spices and flavorings? Give them fancy names or cut them into fun shapes? Disguise them in their favorite foods?   Please, do share your tips on how to get your picky kids to eat their vegetables with me and other like-minded parents in the comments section below! I can’t wait to hear your ideas and learn a new trick or two!

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I shared this recipe on  Craft Dictator, Anyonita Nibbles, Detours In Life, Lori’s Culinary Creations, Red Cottage Chronicles,  Three in Three, Mini Van Dreams, A Peek Into My Paradise , I’m Not a Trophy Wife and Ma Niche

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