4 large garnet yams, peeled
2-3 Tbsp vegan butter (about 5 skinny pats of butter - add more if you want)
1/3 cup maple syrup*
1 tsp cinnamon
other spices I like to add: 3/4 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, a few dashes cayenne
2/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice + 1/2 tsp orange zest
1/8 tsp salt (or add after baking - to taste)
2 Tbsp organic brown sugar
cinnamon to taste (optional)
Optional: Toss in a few golden raisins, chopped pecans, diced apples, chopped walnuts or cranberries into the baking dish. For the marshmallow-lovers out there, toss in a few Dandies vegan marshmallows too.
garnish: a few sprigs of green parsley are a nice touch.