Cranberry Apple Yam Bake {Marshmallow Free Yams}

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Last Updated on August 3, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

Cranberry Apple Yam Bake is a wonderful alternative to yam with marshmallow. This baked yam recipe combines cranberries, yams, and apples for wonderful flavor. This yam bake is a great holiday side dish! Serves 6



Cranberry Apple Yam Bake



Yam With Marshmallow

Growing up, my family never had a yam bake at the holiday table. In fact, a baking yam was never done in my mom’s kitchen. So I never had yam with marshmallow until I was married and on my own.


The first time I made yam with marshmallow, it was really good and I fell in love with canned yam recipes after that. Now that I am watching my sugar intake yam with marshmallow is not the ideal holiday recipe for me. So I need a marshmallow free yam bake.


Cranberry Apple Yam Bake layer one


Yam Bake

Years ago I made an apple yam bake for my first Thanksgiving meal I cooked as a divorced woman. It was good, but it also had marshmallows on it. I thought, If I play with that canned yam recipe, I could make that yam bake marshmallow free.


Cranberry Apple Yam Bake with toppings


Canned Yam Recipes

I have always used canned yam recipes. Why? As I said above my mom never had baking yams in her kitchen. Plus I hate to admit this when comes to canned yam, it just makes baking yam dish easier. Plus maybe I am being lazy because I do not want to peel a yam.


added butter


Baked Yam Recipe

The tart of both granny smith apples and cranberries with the sweet yams and walnuts in a cinnamon sauce is simply amazing. My favorite part of this baked yam recipe is when this yam bake was baking up, the aroma that was coming out of the oven. It just smells like it is the holidays.


Cranberry Apple Yam Bake front view


Cinnamon Smell

There is something about the cinnamon smell in a kitchen that can cheer anyone up. I love that sweet cinnamon smell of this canned yam recipe. When you have that first bite of this apple yam bake, all I can say is YUM! It is a perfect combo of flavors.


Cranberry Apple Yam Bake close up


Cranberry Apple Yam Bake

My taste testers really love this Cranberry Apple Yam Bake. They commented that they did not miss the traditional yam with marshmallow. That was my goal, to create a yam side dish that can be an alternative to a marshmallow yam bake. I achieved it with this Cranberry Apple Yam Bake.


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Cranberry Apple Yam Bake overhead


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Yield: 6 Servings

Cranberry Apple Yam Bake Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Cranberry Apple Yam Bake is a wonderful alternative to marshmallow-topped yams. This yam side dish will be the new favorite recipe.


  • 2 Granny Smith apples, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 (17 ounce) cans yams, drained
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray lightly.
  2. Mix the brown sugar with the cinnamon together.
  3. Next places a layer of apples and yams on the bottom of the dish.
  4. Sprinkle on a little bit of the brown sugar mixture.
  5. Top with some of the cranberries and nuts.
  6. Dot that layer with half of the butter. Then repeat doing the layers again.
  7. Once you have all together drizzle the heavy cream over the top of the dish.
  8. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes.
  9. Take out the oven, serve it up and ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g

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  • Trang
    November 11, 2017

    Yum! This would make a great holiday side dish!

  • Thanh | Eat, Little Bird
    November 11, 2017

    Ooh I agree about the smell of cinnamon baking! That’s one thing I love about baking 🙂 This looks like a lovely dessert.

    • Deanna
      November 11, 2017

      Thank you, I love the smell of it baking in the Fall/ Winter!

  • Ellen
    November 11, 2017

    Perfect for Thanksgiving!

  • Traci @ The Kitchen Girl
    November 11, 2017

    Ok who’s in love with cranberries, apples, and yams? I am! Looks like a winner…thanks for sharing!

  • Ginny
    November 11, 2017

    What a great way to serve yams. Love the festive looks and fruit additions.

  • Olivia
    April 3, 2018

    Mmm I love this apple bake!! It looks so yummy!