This was my favorite dish at a raw vegan potluck I attended, made by the hostess who ever-so-greatly shared her recipe. She says she celebrates Christmas with this dish. It's a quick and easy recipe that doesn't require a whole bunch of exotic ingredients and equipment. She originally suggests to use 1/2 teaspoon of salt - I used less than that and still found it too salty, so I would suggest starting out with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and take it from there. She also adds 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the yam / sweet potato mix but I didn't use any. The mixture is soft but it does somewhat hold its shape. I did a quick calorie estimate for those interested and it comes out to about 2400 calories, so that comes out to about 480/400 calories for each piece a 5/6-serving dish. For a picture of the Sweet Potato Casserole, go to: http://nocrapdiet.wordpress.com/s-recipes-rawism/ . Enjoy! =)
*Update* I found out that what I was using was a Sweet Potato and not a Yam, so I made the change. Btw I think it's weird how someone rated this recipe with 2 stars only a moment after I posted it...
4 cups sweet potato, peeled and chopped into small pieces
3/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup or a bit more of dates
1/2 cup water (use the water used for soaking the dates)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup agave nectar or honey
1/4 - 1/3 teaspoon salt
1. Soak the walnuts and dates overnight, separately.
2. Place the sweet potato, walnuts, dates, water and ground cinnamon in a food processor and process until smooth. Pour into a pie or baking dish.
3. For the topping, process the walnuts to a coarse consistency and mix in the salt and agave nectar / honey. Add on top of the yam sweet potato mixture and serve.