With the holidays quickly approaching, I’ve been in the kitchen experimenting with some delicious low calorie ideas for Weight Watchers Thanksgiving Recipes, and I am having way too much fun with this!

One of my personal favorites is candied yams. I never liked them much as a child, but as an adult, I grew to love them. But with the amount of butter and sugar in most traditional candied yams recipes, the Points count would be way out of control.

This lower calorie version still uses all of the essential ingredients (can’t skimp on those!), but with just a few tweaks to make them more Weight Watchers friendly. Each serving is just 5 Points, and that’s for 3/4 cup, which is a pretty decent serving size for a side dish.

If you want candied yams on your table this Thanksgiving, these are a must try.

Low Calorie Candied Yams Recipe

A must have Weight Watchers Thanksgiving Recipe, these low calorie sweet potatoes have all the traditional flavors you love, but half the fat and calories. Sweet and decadent, they’ll make the perfect Thanksgiving side dish recipe!


  • 6 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 3 tbsp light butter, melted (I used Brummel & Brown)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Arrange sweet potatoes in an even layer in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. Combine maple syrup, butter,brown sugar, lemon juice, nutmeg, salt and in small bowl. Pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes; toss to coat.
  3. Cover and bake the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes.
  4. Uncover, stir and cook, stirring every 15 minutes, until tender and starting to brown, about 40 minutes more.
  5. Sprinkle marshmallows over potatoes, and put back in oven. Cook until marshmallows melt and begin to brown, about 10 minutes.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 8

Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)

Entire recipe makes 8 servings
Serving size is about ¾ cup
Each serving = 5 Points

PER SERVING: 215 calories; 2 g fat; 46 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 5 g fiber


  1. Patti Eldred

    Please add Elise ways to save your recipes like yummly

    • What’s in a name? When it comes to the yam, a bit of confusion. The truth is what you’ve been calling a yam is most likely a sweet potato. Even more, it’s possible that you’ve never even tasted a yam!

      That sweet, orange-colored root vegetable that you love so dearly is actually a sweet potato. Yes, all so-called “yams” are in fact sweet potatoes. Most people think that long, red-skinned sweet potatoes are yams, but they really are just one of many varieties of sweet potatoes. So where did all of the confusion come from? Let’s break down the main differences between yams and sweet potatoes!

      —A true yam (left) compared to an orange-fleshed sweet potato (right).

      Yam vs. Sweet Potato: A true yam is a starchy edible root of the Dioscorea genus, and is generally imported to America from the Caribbean. It is rough and scaly and very low in beta carotene.

      Depending on the variety, sweet potato flesh can vary from white to orange and even purple. The orange-fleshed variety was introduced to the United States several decades ago. In order to distinguish it from the white variety everyone was accustomed to, producers and shippers chose the English form of the African word “nyami” and labeled them “yams.”

      Even though the USDA requires that orange-colored sweet potatoes always be labeled “sweet potato,” most people still think of sweet potatoes as yams regardless of their true identity.

  2. Looks good. I’m hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year and I’m hoping to do a lot of the cooking in crockpots. I wonder if this would translate well.

    I think something like this will make Thanksgiving easier: http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/dining_room/serveware/buffet_serverswarmingtrays/PRD~697169/Tru+Triple+Slowcooker.jsp