Sweet potato pie

Sweet potato pie

The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day
Martin Poole

Sweet potatoes in a pie may seem strange, but it’s traditional at Thanksgiving. I’ve made a version that tastes like heaven but is much better for you than the usual sugar bomb. Try bringing this out next time you have friends over for dinner!


Quantity Ingredient
60g coconut oil, plus extra for greasing
2 large sweet potatoes
120g mixed nuts, crushed
120g rolled oats
230g wholemeal flour
2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
170ml almond milk
50g stevia
3 tablespoons cornflour
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
small pinch chilli powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and grease a 23 cm round baking dish or tart tin with coconut oil. Put the sweet potatoes in the oven for about 1 hour, or until they are very soft all the way through. Once baked, scoop out the flesh and set aside to cool. Turn down the oven to 190°C.
  2. Meanwhile, gently melt the coconut oil in a pan over a very low heat. Mix the crushed nuts, oats, flour, melted oil and maple syrup together in a bowl to form a crumbly, dough-like texture.
  3. Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish or tart tin and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and leave to cool.
  4. Mix the sweet potato flesh, almond milk, stevia, cornflour and spices together and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon to create a smooth mixture. Fill the baked base with this mixture and return to the oven for a further hour. Leave to cool completely before serving.

Good for:

  • Eczema and skin health; healthy gut flora

Star ingredient:

  • The rich orange flesh of sweet potatoes comes from beta carotene, which can offer localised antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. They are also rich in fibre, and their sugars stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the gut.
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