Vanilla Bean-Whipped Yams

Vanilla Bean-Whipped Yams

Simple and flavorful, our Vanilla Bean Whipped Yams are healthier than sugary full-fat versions of this dish. There’s no butter added, so diners may top with butter if they wish. The vanilla bean gives it a smooth sweetness that will have everyone asking for seconds.



20 mins

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Main Ingredients

  • 3 pounds yams (sweet potatoes can be substituted)
  • 1 cup low fat milk, whole milk, or fat-free half and half
  • 1 vanilla bean (slit lengthwise, seeds scraped out with small metal spoon or dinner knife)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste (optional)

Cooking Instructions

Step 1

Pierce yams several times with a big fork and microwave until tender (about 7-9 minutes). 

Step 2

While yams are in microwave, combine milk, vanilla bean and seeds that have been scraped out of the vanilla bean in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring often. Let simmer about a minute then turn off heat and remove the vanilla bean shell and discard.

Step 3

When yams are tender, cool slightly, then cut each in half lengthwise and scoop out all of the flesh with a large metal spoon and place in food processor. With the processor running, pour the vanilla cream mixture into the yams and process until smooth. 

Step 4

Season with salt and pepper then transfer to a serving bowl and serve with whipped butter and/or toasted pecans if desired.

All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.