Steam the peeled and diced sweet potato until tender, about 10 minutes. (alternately, you can microwave or bake).
Drain and mash the sweet potato in a small saucepan and add in all of the listed ingredients (except for the pecans). Cook the mixture over medium heat for 10 minutes until the oats are nice and tender. Taste test and adjust to your preferred sweetness/spice level. Top with some delicious raw or toasted crushed pecans. Enjoy!
If you have the time, I like to pour my oats (with the pecans on top) and bake at 375F/190C for just a few minutes until a tad crispy. I don't know why, but this just takes it to the next level of yummy. Drizzle extra maple syrup on top.