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Change up your Thanksgiving sweet potatoes with this recipe with a twist – bananas and honey sweeten the dish and add a unique flavor.

Sweet Potatoes with Banana and Honey | Taste and Tell

Food blogging and I fit together really well. You see – I don’t like making the same recipe more than once. In fact, if I ever do repeat a recipe, you know that it’s a really good one. There are only a handful of recipes that I can think of off the top of my mind that make this list.

The last 4 Thanksgivings, I have made the same sweet potatoes. They are good. Really good. And really, they are almost more like eating a dessert instead of a side dish. (Maybe that’s why I like them so much! :)) I haven’t claimed what I’m bringing to the big meal this year yet, but for some reason, sweet potatoes have been at the forefront of my mind lately. So much that I found myself searching for a new sweet potato recipe to try. Because we can’t have the same sweet potatoes 5 years in a row, right??

The minute I saw this recipe I was intrigued. Bananas in my sweet potatoes? One reason I really liked this recipe is that it has less sugar than the recipe I have been making. Don’t get me wrong – there is still a lot of sugar, but it’s significantly less than my go-to recipe.  Instead, the potatoes are sweetened by the addition of a roasted banana and some honey.  I’m so grateful for the comments and reviews on this recipe, because I cut way back on the bananas and I loved that there was just a hint of banana flavor coming through.

These sweet potatoes would make a delicious, and a little different, side dish for your Thanksgiving meal this year!

Sweet Potatoes with Banana and Honey | Taste and Tell

Sweet Potatoes with Bananas and Honey
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Change up your Thanksgiving sweet potatoes with this recipe with a twist - bananas and honey sweeten the dish and add a unique flavor.
Serves: 10-12 servings
  • 5 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 banana, unpeeled
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ cups pecans, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork and put on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until the potatoes are soft, 45-50 minutes. During the last 10-15 minutes of cooking, add the banana. Remove from the oven.
  2. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, remove the skins and place the potatoes in a bowl. Peel the banana and add to the potatoes. Add in half of the butter, the honey, and season with salt. Mash the potatoes and banana with a potato masher until light and fluffy. Place in an oven proof dish and smooth out the top.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar and pecans. Add in the second half of the butter and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle on top of the potatoes.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are heated through and the crumb topping is golden brown.
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  6. adapted from Tyler Florence


Check out these other great sweet potato sides:

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen
Sweet Potato Souffle from This Week for Dinner
Sweet Potato Casserole from My Baking Addiction


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11 Responses to Sweet Potatoes with Bananas and Honey

  1. The banana in this recipe makes it SO interesting! I never would have thought to add banana to a sweet potato dish, but I absolutely love the idea of it! I am looking forward to making this… YUM! 🙂

  2. Bev Weidner says:

    I could lick. that. bowl. clean.

  3. Kristy says:

    What a clever idea! I imagine plantains would work well in place of bananas too. I love that you rarely repeat a recipe. That has to make for some fun eating in your house! I wish my family varied the Thanksgiving menu…while I still enjoy most of it. I’m ready for something new. Maybe I should just be the one to bring something out of the box this year. 😉

  4. Abby says:

    Bananas! I love that idea. I’ve also been seeing a lot of sweet potato recipes with honey in them this year. Can’t wait for Thanksgiving!

  5. Nettie Moore says:

    My stomach is grumbling, what a great recipe!!

  6. Liz Parker says:

    I made this the year my Son was born in 2005 and at 11 months old, homeboy had a field day on Turkey DAy! These are awesome sweet potatoes. 🙂

  7. I’m totally the same way when it comes to recipes! I love coming up with new ones! The combination of banana and sweet potatoes sound like it would be a killer combination!

  8. Joanne says:

    I’ve actually been meaning to make this for a while now but was always a bit reticent because of the bananas….but I’m totally going to make your pared down version! I never make the same thing twice either…I blame it on food blogging but it’s really because I want to eat everything once! Who has time for repeats?!?!?

  9. Katrina says:

    This is really neat! So unique and yummy sounding.

  10. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I love that this has bananas in it! A nice natural sweetener 🙂

  11. I have NEVER seen a sweet potato dish like this–so interesting!

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