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Instant Pot Clean Candied Yams

These healthy Instant Pot Candied Yams are good for you if you can believe it! Thanksgiving can be a fairly healthy holiday if you’re willing to make a few adjustments.

Thanksgiving and the holidays are always a trigger for most people.  If you look around you will see sweets and food anywhere and everywhere.  I have learned in order to change my lifestyle I have to change up my holiday recipes.  What would a holiday be without Candied Yams?  I spent a lot of time in my kitchen trying to perfect this recipe and let me tell ya, it is absolute perfection!

These Candied Yams are absolute perfection and you will be left with people asking for more. They are great for family gatherings and get togethers with friends around the holidays. The recipe is so easy to make and that’s what keeps me coming back each year. They are just that delicious.

No marshmallows here but with the combination of natural sweetness from the maple syrup and sweet potatoes you really don’t miss the added sugar!

Another perfect reason for making this recipe is that most of the items needed are already in your pantry. When you have retrieved all your ingredients, I start off be adding cubed sweet potatoes (I leave the skin on), maple syrup, water, butter, and cinnamon to your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. I leave them in for 10 minutes and then I remove the lid and use the immersion blender to puree potatoes to your liking.

Add pecans and stir. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with an additional handful of pecans and cinnamon.

Enjoy this recipe because it is one that truly goes well with every other Thanksgiving recipe.

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Clean Eating Instant Pot Candied Yams

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  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes or yams (peeled and cubed in 1.5” pieces)
  • 1/3 cup 100% pure grade a/b maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 5 tablespoons ghee or grass-fed butter (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecan halves


  • Add sweet potatoes, maple syrup, water, butter, and cinnamon to your Instant Pot Pressure cooker.
  • Using the display panel select the MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK option. Use the +/- buttons to program the pot to 10 minutes.
  • When the time is up you can quickly release the pressure by opening the vent valve or let it naturally release by leaving it closed. Both ways work. Remove the lid and use and immersion blender to puree potatoes to your liking.
  • Add pecans and stir. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with an additional handful of pecans and cinnamon.
Servings: 10
Author: Brittany Williams


  1. I love that I can blindly make any of instantloss recipes and they turn out yummy! I made these last minute for Christmas dinner and they were the best I have ever made! Thanks Brittany for all the hard work you put into sharing your masterpieces.

  2. 5 stars
    I love these!! I have a unhealthy sweet potato recipe I make every Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve that my family just loves, When we switched to healthy eating I knew I would just have to give up this dish and watch everyone else enjoy it. Then I searched your website and found this one, I was so happy and these are so yummy I didn’t ( nor did my husband, Mother in Law and Sister in Law and her Husband) have to give up eating our favorite side dish. Thank you for recreating this family favorite.

  3. Can you use honey in place of maple? We have a food sensitivity in our family and they can’t have 100% maple syrup. Thank you.

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