This Thanksgiving, we’re putting the sweet potato marshmallow combination where it belongs- the dessert course!
Far be it for us to tamper with tradition or Aunt Kathy’s casserole routine, but doesn’t it seem like the sweet potato marshmallow combination would be better suited for… oh, I don’t know…. dessert? We’re not necessarily saying nix the side dish (we don’t want to face your Aunt Kathy’s wrath), but we gave this combo a Healthyish makeover, and even Aunt Kathy might be convinced.
Similarly to the Healthyish Pumpkin Cake Varieties we shared, you can substitute 1 Tablespoon organic sweet potato puree for the butter in the standard Healthyish baking instructions. We added sweet potato to our Organic Bright White Cake Mix and our organic Mellow Yellow Mix, but we wouldn’t be opposed to experimenting on the chocolate front either.
The sweet potato puree yields a lower-fat, spongey cake with that sweet fall flavor. Plus, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6, so eat them roasted, mashed, sautéed and best of all, for dessert! If you’re feeling extra festive, sprinkle the cakes with a dash of pumpkin pie spice.
When it comes to a Healthyish sweet potato marshmallow combo, we admit, the marshmallow side is a little indulgent, but at least with Smash Mallow’s Cinnamon Churro Marshmallows, you know you’re eating sweet-tooth-satisfying flavors with real, whole ingredients- nothing fake, and no corn syrup (we can’t say the same for Aunt Kathy’s choice). Or, if you feel like diving into your kitchen this Thanksgiving season, try making your own marshmallows.
For a toasted marshmallow, bake your sweet potato cake(s), allow them to cool, then remove from the baking cup. Then, place your cakes on a metal sheet pan, arrange your marshmallows on your cake, and hit them with a culinary torch. Or, put the marshmallow-topped cakes under the broiler on low, and watch carefully for that perfect level of caramelization. Serve immediately with a homemade pumpkin spice latte.
Here’s to staying Healthyish this holiday season! Don’t forget to share your Thanksgiving inspired creations on Instagram (#HealthyishFoods).
Quelcy is a Pittsburgh based food stylist, photographer, dessert advocate and crazy dog lady. She shares seasonally inspired recipes rooted in nostalgia on her blog, WithTheGrains.com. Her favorite Healthish combo is tangy lemon cake with a dollop of dark chocolate frosting.