Caribbean Sweet Potato Bake

Organic bananasThe traditional Sweet Potato Bake, topped with gooey browned marshmallows, has become a Thanksgiving tradition—especially if you have kids. 

But recipes are now geared toward more adult tastes, be it Creamy Vanilla Sweet Potatoes or Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Apples with Pecan Streusel Topping

Bananas add a touch of the exotic—and a nutritional boost—to today’s Caribbean-inspired recipe. Prep time is 20 minutes, bake time is 40 minutes, and all of the ingredients should be available at a well-stocked natural and organic food store.

Caribbean Sweet Potato Bake

Makes 6 to 8 servings

3 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (2 pounds)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons dark rum, optional
Grated peel and juice from 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 bananas, peeled and diced
Additional banana slices for garnish (optional)
Parsley (optional)

  1. Combine mashed sweet potatoes with eggs, brown sugar, butter, rum, lime peel, juice and nutmeg in large bowl. Beat until well blended. Fold in diced bananas.
  2. Spoon into shallow 5-cup or 8-inch baking dish, sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 375°F for 40 minutes. Garnish with additional banana slices and chopped parsley, if desired. 

Recipe and photos courtesy of Dole Organic Bananas