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Sweet Potato Walnut Balls

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Course: Side Dish
Servings: 1
Calories: 109kcal
Author: Jill Weisenberger MS, RDN, CDE, FAND


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp real maple syrup (feel free to use honey if you prefer)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt or other coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest, preferably freshly grated
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 1.5 cups chopped walnuts, pecans or a combination of both


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Microwave sweet potatoes until soft. Cut each potato in half, and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Discard the skins.
  • Mash the sweet potatoes with the maple syrup, salt, pepper, orange zest and orange juice.
  • Shape the mashed sweet potato mixture into 18 balls.
  • Heat the honey gently in the microwave.
  • First roll each ball into the honey and then into the chopped nuts.
  • Place each ball onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick baking spray or lined with a nonstick baking mat. Bake for 20 minutes.


Serving: 1ball | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 38mg | Fiber: 2g