Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Loaf

Why did I just eat so much? Why do bacon and eggs go well so together? Why am I watching ‘I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry’ by myself on a Saturday night?

You don’t have an answer? Me neither.

Wait. Now I’m watching ‘The Wedding Planner’. Ugh, gag me.

Actually, I know why. Because my face is in a lot of pain. Acne is straight up painful. It legitimately hurts. And trying to get rid of it hurts even more. I went to see the woman who works on my face and she definitely had her work cut out for her. So frustrating. I eat well, I work hard, but my face is still ridden with extremely unattractive bumps. Dumb. So going out on a Saturday night with my face looking like someone had thrown darts at it was out of the question. Plus going out sucks. My couch is incredibly comfortable. My blanket is even more comfortable. AND I own fuzzy socks. Boom.

Wanna know a secret that’s not really a secret now because of the world of Facebook?! My birthday is coming up. Yes, yes it is. And yes, I know I can remove my birthday from my Facebook, but who wants to do that when a ton of random people you never talk to you tell you happy birthday? That sh*t feels good. Don’t act like you don’t love it. But anyways, I’ve decided for my birthday, I’m going to spend money I don’t have on a new camera. I’m going to do it. Then maybe someday, if I have more money that doesn’t really exist, I can put together a cookbook. With good pictures. That make your stomach growl. And sing joyful songs.

Like this recipe. This bread was delicious. Straight up wonderful. ESPECIALLY with the walnuts on top. My friend Zanna had the idea of making it into french toast which is GENIUS. But I didn’t try it…because I ate all of it….pretty quickly. Laura had like 4 bites too so it evens it all out, right? Thought so.


Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Loaf

  • Yield: 4-8 1x



For the bread

  • 1 medium sweet potato (or yam) ~ equivalent to 1 cup, skin removed after baking
  • 1 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
  • 6 medjool dates, pitted
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt

For the topping

  • 1.5 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Poke holes in your sweet potato and bake for 30-40 minutes or until soft and completely cooked through.*
  3. While your sweet potato cooks, add your dates to a food processor and pulse to combine. Then add your cashews and let run until you have paste with the cashews completely broken down and combine with the dates.
  4. Once your sweet potato is cooked, reduce heat of oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Add cashew and date mixture to a bowl, along with your baked sweet potato with the skin removed, eggs and all other bread ingredients. Mix well.
  6. Grease two loaf pans (I used 9 x 5 sized) and add your sweet potato mixture equally to both pans.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes then let cool.
  8. While the bread is baking, place a small skillet over medium heat and add your coconut oil then chopped walnuts.
  9. Let the walnuts begin to toast for a minute or two, then add your honey, cinnamon, maple extract, and pinch of salt.
  10. Mix to combine and let cook for about 1-2 minutes more.
  11. Add your sticky nut mixture to the top of your sweet potato breads.
  12. Let cool completely (the nut mixture will harden a bit) then cut and serve!


If you want that process to be quicker, add your holey sweet potato to the microwave and cook on high for 3-4 minutes or until soft.

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


83 thoughts on “Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Loaf”

  1. My list of must try recipes keeps growing every time you post one! I can’t keep up! Not that I am complaining……

    I’m so sorry your face hurts! No bueno. I have found that margaritas dull the pain. Kidding. Sorta : )

    1. Ditto!

      Ps Juli, if you did a cookbook I’d buy it. I just found your blog today and it’s official, you’re my new love. My Paleo Pin board is filling up with your recipes and I can’t wait to try them!

  2. DAYUMM that sounds amazing, I love anything with maple and nuts.

    ps. I took my birthday off of facebook this year to see who would remember, and hardly any of my bffs did! and it’s new years eve so I thought it might be a little more memorable to them, guess not, a-holes reliant on facebook!

  3. I too suffer from acne. 🙁 Sh*t sucks. Although when I started Paleo I noticed my skin cleared up dramatically, but not completely. I recently started using tea tree oil and I think it’s been helping. Do you know what yours is caused by? I have PCOS so some of mine is hormonal, but after reading the Paleo Solution I can almost be certain that all the gluten and grains I was eating caused my PCOS so hopefully now I can help clear that up as well.

  4. I ate a crap ton of food this weekend too – husband took me to a seafood restaurant and I ate every crab and shrimp in sight! Hope you’re feeling better today! Recipe looks good! Might play with making it minus the walnuts for our allergies.

    1. That’s a GREAT idea!!! I bet that’d make it a lot easier to get started on the whole thing!!! JB your followers are desperate for your cookbook!!! =)

  5. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who buys myself b-day gifts…I also bought myself a camera for a birthday once :). I’m sure you have been researching a ton but I LOVE my Canon Powershot…not too expensive, small and takes professional photos.

  6. Ugh, I HATE acne! I tried everything from topical stingy stuff to birth control pills. I did Accutane when I was 13 and that got rid of most of it, but I would never recommend it.
    I found for me, the more Vit. K and Calcium I get, the less I have issues. Especially if I eat kale a few times a week.
    Might be worth a try!

  7. Looks delicious. I definitely think you should get yourself a REALLY GREAT CAMERA for your birthday. I also think that there are many of us who follow your blog regularly who will directly benefit from even more photos from your new REALLY GREAT CAMERA. If the money you don’t have is the issue, you should consider adding a donation tab to your website so that we can help you out with voluntary monetary support. I know that paypal has a way of doing this, as does websites like What’s to lose?

      1. Do it Juli!! Set up the tab for people to give towards a new camera. I will contribute. A really great camera will change your life and a really great cookbook will make you rich. 🙂 YAY!

  8. Ugh! Acne sucks. Mine got *better* with paleo, but still would get random horrible breakouts. Then, a friend told me about this:

    This is the ONLY thing that has worked for me [had been to a dermatologist in the past, etc]. I swear by it. And you can do it with all over-the-counter stuff. I don’t use any of his products, but the “regimen” is awesome.

      1. No problem! Should you choose to try it, be sure to read his FAQ and “What to Expect” section – it really helped me stick with it when I was getting discouraged that it wasn’t working. Just had to get through an annoying “adjustment” phase. My experience when first starting it pretty much mirrored what he outlines on the “what to expect” section.

        Goodluck girl. You rock.

    1. The regimen has worked wonders for me as well! I’ve been doing it for about 8 years with OTC products. I do love his AHA+ stuff though. I use it on my face/chest/back every night before bed.

      Can’t wait to make the recipe Juli, it looks delicious as always!

      1. I’ve actually wanted to try that! I use the Neutrogena equivalent now, but it’s a lot more pricey than his. When my Neut. one runs out one of these days I think I’m gonna go ahead and try his.

  9. My roommate made these for me for my birthday (27, fml) and she made them into cupcakes with almonds on top instead of walnuts. I’m pretty sure I ate 5. Thanks for the recipe!!!!!

  10. Yum this recipe looks amazing! I’ve been making the transition to a Paleo diet (AKA still having trouble giving up the bread) and your blog has been a great tool.

    Acne is no fun – I’m 25 and I finally got it under control about 3 months ago. I take a low dose of spironolactone (oral) every day as well as Retin-A (topical) twice a day. The spironolactone makes me have to pee a lot but its a small price to pay for clear skin. I tried the regimen ( and it didn’t work for me, as I don’t have time to wait around for my face to dry in the morning. Plus, I’m super active, so a lot of times I have to wash my face more than twice a day. Good luck with your acne woes – I feel your pain!

  11. What camera are you thinking of getting? I need a new one, too. My Point and Shoot Cannon isn’t doing the job when it comes to my kids’ sports 🙁 I cannot wait to try this recipe!! YUM! I have been trying all your recipes and I have yet to be disappointed! Going Paleo has been a lot smoother since stumbling upon your site! Thank you, and happy early birthday =)

  12. Grrrrrrr acne! Never had it as a teen, but then I went and growed up. The introduction of kefir into my diet helped clear my hormonal acne (i.e.,it occurs around the jawline in those big cysty bumps). If you don’t want to drink cow’s milk kefir, you should try coconut milk kefir. I’m convinced the probiotics is the way to clearer skin. Also, I started “washing” my skin with coconut oil and/or jojoba oil only. (Google it, sistah!)

      1. Usually about 6 oz., but I love the stuff so sometimes I drink more. I tried to coconut kefir once, years ago, and I didn’t love it, but that was before I had incorporated so much coconut into my life. I should give it another shot.

        Also, zinc. It’s good for your immune system and it rebalances your testosterone (or something) so it helps with acne.
        Good luck!

  13. Haha I love you… french toast next time that’s all. I 100% share your frustration with your skin…trust me. I think your georgeous… in and out (just an f.y.i:) oh and Jen has a great idea! Juli, so many people would “fund” you, I know I would!

  14. Made this tonight and wow, so good!! I didn’t follow the recipe exactly (I only had walnuts, no cashews), but it was so, so good. Thanks for posting! I love your page!

  15. I want to make ALL of your recipes! I just found your blog yesterday, but I am addicted! I got ingredients today for a few of the crock pot recipes, and I’m super pumped to try em out! I know I would buy your cookbook! 🙂

  16. Can not wait to try this. Yum. BTW, I just read that coffee enemas help acne. Not much fun, but maybe worth a try. You can tell us all about it!

  17. Juli, have you had a chance to try coconut oil for your acne. Some people break out real bad for a couple of weeks after they start using coconut oil as it pushes out the bacteria of their skin, some don’t break out at all. But, just keep using it and your skin will clear up and be beautiful. It’s natural and doesn’t dry out your skin. Here’s a URL for some feed back on what people who have tried it say about it. Good luck.

    1. I totally agree with Tim on this one. I had evaded coconut oil because of the comedogenic rating because I thought I’d have a breakout. Somewhere in the fall last year I tried it out and it worked miracles for both my acne and my acne scars. The only time I did have a breakout was when I left it overnight. A lot of people are just scared of clogged pores, when in reality as long as you wash it off you’re safe. I found this article with 3 methods of applying it, personal fav of mine is Method #3. But really, it’s worth checking out!

  18. I did a lot of research about buying a camera recently and the photographers I talked to all suggested Cannons in the Rebel series. The T3i is the latest “best” version, but from what I read you can get one of the cheaper versions like the T1, T2 or T3 (without the i) and they are pretty much the same give or take a few features. But the trick is in the lenses and the flashes that are of course, add-ons. So maybe spend a little less on the camera, and buy a nice flash. Also – save some time to learn how the F to use it b/c those cameras are complicated!

    Hopefully this advice can save you a little time when figuring out which camera to buy? You’re awesome and we all support you!

    1. I had a Canon T2i with a 50 mm lens, and it was absolutely outstanding. Took amazing portrait shots. I had to sell it 🙁

      A 50mm will cost you next to nothing, and make people, food, whatever look dead sexy!

  19. Juli Juli Juli. First n foremost ur gorgeous with a rockin bod so F acne! I seriously think ur gonna have to rethink your rants about being single bc with ur looks, personality, n cooking skills you should get snatched up pretty quick! Second I follow ur blog daily n LOVE IT. Give retin a a try that shit worked! And girl get urself a camera!

  20. Are you taking high dose fish oil? I remember Robb Wolf talking about how a few, not very many, but a few women who take fish oil may break out with acne. He recommended taking a GLA supplement. I had a client I worked with and she had this same problem and I recommended it to her and she said it helped clear it up. It sounds counter intuitive as GLA is an omega 6 but it works. Also I cannot have milk or milk products at all without breaking out in acne. About the only thing I can get away with is ghee and limited amounts of quality butter. This is pretty common with lots of people.
    Love the recipes BTW

  21. Juli,

    Seriously cut out the nuts. I know how much you love ’em, but the O6 levels you’re consuming is probably causing your acne.

    1. For reals? I eat paleo now, and am addicted to Crossfit (and in way better shape, much more active than I have ever been) and was hoping to see an improvement in my skin…but am probably eating nuts almost every day. My skin actually seems to be a little bit worse, and I never would’ve thought to blame nuts!
      Thanks! I am going to take a break from them and see what happens!

  22. I’m a photographer on the side ( and absolutely LOVE Canon. I’ve heard great things about the T3i model, but I had the XSi before I upgraded to the 7D and it was AMAZING. If you don’t wanna go all the way to SLR level, there are some really great non-SLRs, like the G12 and S95. But lenses are the key to really great photos on SLR cameras, so if you get one, make sure not to get a cheap lens bc, trust me, they’re worth the investment in the long run. One of my favorite lenses is the 85mm f/1.8 – super sharp photos! The 50mm f/1.8 is by far the best bang for your buck- way cheaper price than other lenses but a GREAT lens!

  23. I TOTALLY know what you mean with the painful acne. I’ve suffered with it for soooo long until the past 8 months. I literally just wash my face with cool water, and if I’m breaking out I use apple cider vinegar (use Bragg’s. it’s gotta be the raw kind!) It’s pretty stinky, and it stings a bit but it works wonders! And if my skin feels kind of clogged, I’ll use baking soda or a cinnamon/nutmeg/honey scrub to get off all the dead skin. Hopefully that helps! Acne is the wooorrrsst.
    PS Your blog is amazing, and your recipes make me drool! Cheers!

  24. Wow does this look amazing! Question: Can I substitute almonds (the ones I have are unblanched, or however you say that) for the cashews in this recipe?

    Thanks for everything you do to make paleo a realistic option for those of us with a sweet tooth! 🙂

    PS: Add my name to the list of people who say to go for it on the camera, but especially the lenses. I take a lot of photos in my work (check out, would love feedback) and use a Nikon D90 with the best lenses I can afford.

  25. Awesome flavor! Would be even more delicious if I hadn’t accidentally dropped half an eggshell into the blender. Eating it anyway and just trying to ignore the crunchy-bits. 🙂

  26. This recipe was insane! It is an awesome coffee cake and/or dessert and/or…possibly…a midnight snack…not that I would know.

  27. Just made this and it is awesome! I am hiding it from my kids so that I have breakfast for the week! Thank you!!

  28. Loving your ‘treats’ section – have made loads of them but not this one yet, next on the list for a weekend treat 🙂

    Re: acne. A recent paper in the UK showed that thyme tincture used like a toner (dilute a little with water) was better than topical conventional treatments. It’s very anti-bacterial and works on the p.acnes bacteria prevalent in acne. There are other herbs I use internally for acne too (I’m a Medical Herbalist!). Feel free to email for more info or check out the website

    Keep posting – love the blog!

  29. This looks yummy!!! Can’t wait to try it.

    **p.s- I just realized I know your cousin. She works at Wesley Johnson’s office in Panama City. Small world. 😀

  30. Made this last night – awesome flavor but the topping did not stick as much as I would have liked – definitely a keeper recipe.

  31. You just watched my two least favorite (or is it most hated?) movies off all time! What a coincidence!
    On a different note, I have yet to find a recipe I don’t like on your blog. Keep up the awesome work–you’re basically my menu planner.

  32. Juli,

    This sounds awesome but here in Vermont we don’t use maple extract, it’s a mortal sin. We use the real thing (and our family makes the delicious liquid gold). How should I modify the reciepe to use the real thing? Substitute it for the honey? Thanks in advance. Great site. Can’t wait to try these on the fam.

  33. Re: dealing with acne. I’d like to say that i love, and can easily follow, your rants. Your humor is something i can appreciate. For your acne: YOU MUST TRY EMU OIL!!!! I started getting acne as an adult, 7 years ago. After much struggle i tried emu oil products,like i used on my son when he was a newborn struggling with skin issues. Now i find periodic application of an anti blemish emu oil topical keeps my itchy, red painful bumps under control. Granted, what i use it horrifficly stinky, but IT WORKS!!! good luck! -D

  34. Oh my sweet deliciousness.. I made this for Mother’s day since, well 1-it was Mother’s day, and 2-my grandparents were coming over, and it was a hit! My grandpa stole my recipe for it so now I have to reprint it. and I just ate another piece. I’ll be searching for more reasons to make this!!

  35. You probably have parasites since you have acne. Research parasites they are the most undiagnosed condition. If you drink some diatomaceous earth ( food grade) it will leave you with unbelievable smooth skin.

  36. How long have you been doing paleo? Recent epidemiological research and understanding of the hormones in dairy have implicated dairy as a cause of acne, breast cancer and prostate cancer. I have found that dairy restriction has eliminated acne and folliculitis after a few months.

  37. I would buy your cookbook. And then I would buy it for all my friends and family for their birthdays or JUST BECAUSE I CARE!!! You really have a talent that is absolutely AMAZING! Plus, your HI-larious. So, yeah. Cookbook please! =)

  38. trust me over the counter tenetmrats for acne dont work as there not strong enuff and often irrate the skin and make it worse! clearasil, visibly clear, oxy you name it i tried it and wasted a lot of money. Then i finally went to the doctors and he prescribed me sum zineryt and within a few weeks my skin completey cleared up so dont waste ur time and money just get to the doctors.

  39. This would be my first post and it’s not in reference to your recipe but to your face. Let me elaborate, I stick to the same diet and them some more (I have “the diabetis”). Anyway, I had insistent acne until I tried detoxing diary and all things cow; it worked! I no longer eat diary or soy but my face is back to normal. Not sure if you’ve tried detoxing diary (gluten can have similar effects) but best of luck to your face.
    P.S. this website is heaven-sent! And my cousins adolecent love your apple nachos. Thanks a million times over.

  40. I just heard about your website this week. And I just made this delightful recipe. Geez Louise! Who needs a pecan roll when they can make this. Absolutely delish. I am really starting to love Paleo. I plan on eating from your recipes all week. Can’t wait. Keep up the good work.

  41. I just made this and it came out awesome. I subbed pecans for walnuts because I don’t care for them too much. It turned out like a delicious sweet potato casserole. 🙂

  42. Your recipes are incredible. I honestly post atleast 2 of them a week on my facebook. Oh, and practically live off of them. Thank you for the great site!

  43. I’ve only just switched over from Atkins to Whoe30/Paleo and just discovered your site. I’m blown away at your cooking talent! This recipe looks delicious and I’m going to try it soon!

  44. Just wanted to let you know hubby and I made this last night and it is absolutely delicious. I miss not having “bread” for breakfast but this did the trick. You are amazing!! Thank you for such great recipes! Easy, Delicious, and most importantly Paleo!! Wish I could post a picture of how ours came out!

  45. I found this recipe after googling paleo loaves; it looks delicious!! One thing: cashews are not paleo! I’m going to try it, but will try it with a different nut, maybe macadamia or almonds.

  46. OMG!!!!! These are incredible!!! I am allergies to walnuts so I subbed almonds…used almond meal instead of cashews…you are incredible chef!!! When does your book come out????

  47. I made this today for my family as a 4th of July dessert. Wow! I grew up in Vermont, so maple syrup is part of my DNA, but this, this is an awesome recipe.

  48. This is probably one of my favorite recipes of yours! I made mine in a 9×9 glass pan. I’m planning to try muffin tins next time. Great recipe for fall/winter!

  49. I too suffer from acne. 🙁 Sh*t sucks. Although when I started Paleo I noticed my skin cleared up dramatically, but not completely. I recently started using tea tree oil and I think it’s been helping. Do you know what yours is caused by? I have PCOS so some of mine is hormonal, but after reading the Paleo Solution I can almost be certain that all the gluten and grains I was eating caused my PCOS so hopefully now I can help clear that up as well.

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