Good food is your gateway to great health and having dessert which doesn’t involve confectionaries is a better way to conclude your evening meal. Other than fruits and salads which often come as appetizers, Africans have become even more creative and have decided to cut down on the sweet meals after a meal.

Apart from confectionaries and fruits, dessert may also include cheese, nuts, dessert wine or liqueur and so many others.

Although, most desserts apply sweet foods, but Southern Yam dessert squares does not contain a lot of sweetened ingredients confectionaries bring to the table. This, in turn, makes it healthier, and the best amongst dessert considering that it is prepared with one major food Africans to love so much, Yam! Ever tasted the wonder Yam brings to the table as a dish on its own? If that’s a yes then you should also try it as a course after your evening meal.

To try out this mouthwatering delicacy that completes your meal and gets you ready for a long night of sweet dreams, you have to know the ingredients and how to put them to together in the right quantities and at the right time to get your tummy filled with this amazing wonder. The Southern yam dessert squares are seen as the best among yam desserts. Let’s go for a ride that would leave you craving more of Southern yam dessert squares.


  • 1 pounded yam or 16-18 ounces of canned sweet potatoes; all drained and mashed into fine particles.
  • 1 ½ cups of unsifted flour
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon of grated orange rind
  • ½ cup of chopped pecans
  • ½ teaspoon of ground allspice


  • Preheat your oven to 350°C.
  • Pour in your oats, baking soda, flour, and salt and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat your butter, sugar, and vanilla until it becomes fluffy.
  • Add, the dry ingredients and mix until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  • Scoop out 1 cup of crumb mixture for reserve and press the remaining firmly on the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Pour in the remaining ingredients (except nuts) in a large bowl while the crust is baking and mix until an even mixture is achieved.
  • Pour the mixture over the prepared crust.
  • Add the nuts that weren’t mixed to the reserved crumb mixture earlier scooped out and sprinkle evenly over the top of the crust.
  • Bake for another 25 to 30 minutes or until it turns golden.

There, you have your Southern Yam Dessert squares ready to be served either warm or cold and with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Bet it wasn’t so difficult to make after all.

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