Preheat oven to 425℉ Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay whole sweet potatoes in a single layer. Pierce each potato several times with a fork.
Bake potatoes for 40-60 minutes (depending on size) until they are puffed and fork-tender. Remove from oven. Allow to cool slightly and then remove potatoes from their skins.
Turn oven back to 350℉. Coat 1½ quart casserole (or 8” square pan) with cooking spray.
Place apple butter, ¼ cup of melted butter, eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a mixing bowl. Combine with an electric mixer or whisk. Add potatoes and continue to beat until the mixture is smooth. Spread into the casserole.
Roughly chop pecans and dates. Mix in 2 tbsp melted butter and almond flour. Sprinkle over potatoes.
Bake for 20-30 minutes until bubbly and hot with an internal temperature of 160℉.
Hack: Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or packaged in serving-sized portions and frozen for up to 12 months.
Hack: The sweet potato portion of this dish can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Sprinkle topping on before baking and allow a few extra minutes of baking time for the cold dish to come up to temp.
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Did you know? Sweet potatoes have a surprising number of health benefits including maintaining blood pressure and insulin levels!
Preheat the oven to 350℉. Line a 15”x10” rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix oats, nuts and salt and cinnamon until well blended.
In a separate bowl, whisk olive oil, honey and vanilla until smooth.
Add olive oil mixture to oats. Mix until well incorporated and all nuts and oats are coated. Spread evenly on the lined baking sheet.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and use a spatula to flip the granola in sections. Press granola down with the back of the spatula to make it more cohesive.
Return to the oven and bake until golden brown (10-12 minutes). Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem crunchy enough at this point. It will continue to crisp up as it cools.
Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle cherries and dates evenly over the top. Use the back of the spatula to gently press the fruit down.
Allow to rest undisturbed until completely cool then crumble or break into pieces.
Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
Hack: Granola is incredibly versatile. Feel free to use whatever nuts or seeds you have on hand. The same goes for dried fruit. Alternative sweeteners such as maple syrup or applesauce can also be used. Go crazy!
Did you know? Oats are a great way to start your day. They’re packed with nutrition that combats heart disease and diabetes while helping control your weight and digestive health. Check out the factshere!