1/3 tsp Cayenne Pepper
5 whole Dates
1/4 cup Ghee
3 tsp Maple Syrup
1/2 cup Oats
1/2 cups Pecans
2 pinch salt
3 cup Sweet potato
1. Coarsely chop through the nuts. In a large frying pan or cast iron, melt 2 tbsps of ghee over low-medium heat. Add maple syrup, a pinch of sea salt, and cayenne. Mix well, then add pecans and oats to your glaze mix. Stir to completely coat the nuts. Toast for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grate the raw sweet potatoes. Feel free to leave the skins on. Coarsely chop your dates and remove pits. In a medium-large mixing bowl, toss sweet potatoes, dates, and remaining 2 tbsp of ghee. Sprinkle in sea salt.
3. Lightly grease a baking dish that has a tight fitting lid. A dutch oven, ceramic dish, or pyrex are all excellent choices. Pour sweet potato mixture into the dish to about 2-3” in height. Use a spatula to spread them evenly.
4. Spread crust mixture over the sweet potatoes. Crust should be approximately 1/2 inch thick.
5. Bake covered for 1 hour. Remove lid for the lid for the last 10 minutes for a crispy top. When you pull it out of the oven, drizzle with a little maple syrup and sprinkle of sea salt. Make it “a la mode” by serving with a dollop of maple syrup yogurt!
How Can Sweet Potato & Spicy Pecan Crisp Make You Feel Great?
Healthy Comfort Food
Sweet potatoes are much lighter than white potatoes, but offer the same comfort and satisfaction. Their sweetness makes them ideal for light dessert options. Sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, which means these roots can satisfy the appetite for long stretches. Sweet potato is also easy to digest and contains ample fiber to encourage good elimination.
A Dessert to Stabilize Blood Sugar
Despite the name “sweet,” sweet potatoes may be a beneficial food for diabetics as preliminary studies revealed it helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. Pecans are high in proteins and unsaturated fats, which further stabilize blood sugar. Pecans also add invigorating proteins and help lower cholesterol. Yams are often labeled as a sweet potato, and medicinally are similar. However, yams have phyto-estrogens, while sweet potatoes are a diuretic. That makes yams ideal for Vata types who may be deficient, while sweet potato is ideal for Kapha types who tend to retain water.
Spice Up Your Life!
Sweet and spicy is a winning combo. The rich, roasted tones of cayenne and savory sea salt off-set the sticky sweetness of sweet potatoes and dates. Thanks to the heat and appetite stimulating effects of cayenne powder, Vata and Kapha constitutions can happily enjoy this dish.
Dates are rich, sweet, heavy and cool – they bring the body the prized ojas, bestowing strong immunity and a healthy “juiciness.” Ojas is Ayurveda’s word for deep vitality, to be seen in the sparkle of the eye or a healthy glow. Stay bright and vibrant through these darker months with Sweet Potato and Spicy Pecan Crisp!
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.