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Skinny Sweet Potato Tarts

February 25, 2015 | Healthy Cajun Recipes
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Skinny Sweet Potato TartsThis 100-calories, vitamin A rich dessert features the Louisiana state vegetable, the sweet potato!

It is time for the dietitian to confess. I love desserts, sweets, and cookies! I said it! I don’t believe in cutting desserts – in fact, desserts are a big part of mine and my family’s life! The secret to my desserts – I DECREASE the amount of sugar, fat and carbs in the recipes. While I don’t completely cut out sugar entirely, I decrease the sugar enough to give the dessert a nice flavor. I want taste!

I have to talk about one of my favorite desserts – Sweet Potato Pie! Growing up, I would ‘sneak’ little bites of sweet potato pie when my mom was not looking! I know that was not very nice, but it was amazingly tasty! Looking back at my love obsession with sweet potato pie, I now realize how this can affect my waistline.

Skinny Sweet Potato TartsTraditional ingredients in Sweet Potato Tarts/Pie:

  • 2 cups of sugar – leads in increase in carbs and calories
  • 1/2 cup butter – increases saturated fat and calories
  • Flour or pre-made pie crust – increases carbs

To showcase the love of the state vegetable and enjoying pie, I created my Skinny Sweet Potato Tarts.

How we ‘skinny-ed’ the Sweet Potato Tart:

  • Decreased sugar to 3/4 cup – reduces calories by 963 total and 250 carbs!
  • Decrease butter to 2 tablespoons of whipped butter – reduces calories by 612 total!
  • No flour!
  • Added 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

My kids LOVE these tarts, and well, you will as well!

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Ingredients:

4 sweet potatoes, cooked, peeled, and mashed
3/4 cup of sugar*
6 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons of whipped butter
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 (12 ounce) can fat free evaporated milk
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine sweet potato, sugar, egg yolk, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, whipped butter, applesauce, evaporated milk, and vanilla.
  3. Mix with hand mixer on lowest speed.
  4. Divide filling among cupcake/muffin pan. Bake 50-65 minutes.
  5. Serve.

**Many of you want to eliminate sugar. I fully understand and encourage you all to use your own sugar substitutes/substitutions. Let me know how it turns out!

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This 100-calories, vitamin A rich dessert features the Louisiana state vegetable, the sweet potato!
Ingredients
  • 4 sweet potatoes, cooked, peeled, and mashed
  • ¾ cup of sugar*
  • 6 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • ⅛ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons of whipped butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 (12 ounce) can fat free evaporated milk
  • 2½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine sweet potato, sugar, egg yolk, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, whipped butter, applesauce, evaporated milk, and vanilla.
  3. Mix with hand mixer on lowest speed.
  4. Divide filling among cupcake/muffin pan. Bake 50-65 minutes.
  5. Serve.
  6. **Many of you want to decrease your sugar more. I fully understand and encourage you all to use your own sugar substitutes. Let me know how it turns out!

 

 

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