Sweet Potato Banana Magic

A lady in my class and I were chatting about our respective Thanksgiving dinners and she mentioned this dish. It sounded crazy to me .. just crazy enough to be wonderful. There are a lot of variable options here; ..Boil or microwave the potatoes; After you slice potatoes and bananas you can alternate them in the slices in the pan or you can puree then together . but its all good!


6 large sweet potatoes
3 medium sized banana
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 Tbs butter (salted or unsalted)
1 cup pecans
5 Tbs packed brown sugar or brown Splenda


  1. Cook the potatoes – Microwave (Prick sweet potatoes several times with a fork; Place on a microwave safe plate and microwave for 5+ minutes or until a knife can easily go right through) or Boil the whole potato.
  2. Allow to cool and remove sweet potato flesh from the skins; Discard skins or add to compost bin
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F
  4. In a food processor, add cooked sweet potato, banana, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt Pulse until smooth. (or line the baking dish with alternating potato, banana slices)
  5. Spoon filling into 4 ramekins or into a small 8×8 baking dish
  6. In a small skillet over medium heat, melt butter, and mix in pecans and brown sugar.
  7. When the butter/brown sugar mixture has coated the pecans, remove from heat
  8. Pour on top of the sweet potato mix.
  9. On the middle rack, bake for 15 minutes if using ramekins, 20-25 minutes if using a larger baking dish. The dish is done when the top starts to brown