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    Have I mentioned how much I love sweet potatoes? We eat sweet potatoes in our home probably every week. Because we love these orange tubers so much, my husband decided to grow some in our vegetable garden again this summer. It turns out it is pretty easy to grow sweet potatoes and they are relatively undemanding plants. Today, I am sharing with you my favorite recipe for healthy sweet potato casserole with pecan topping (also gluten-free).

    He planted them in May and they took off pretty well. We didn’t spend much time taking care of them. A couple of years ago, he built automated watering system before our almost 3 week trip to Europe, and even though the rest of the garden looked pretty sad when we came back, it looks like the sweet potatoes were doing just fine. We did the same this year but probably because of the drought and heat this summer, we didn’t have as many sweet potatoes. They are so delicious and creamy. We are planning to plant sweet potatoes again next year. I just wish we could find a better way to store them longer.

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    Can you believe there are only 3 months left until Thanksgiving? I am planning to share more Thanksgiving recipes over the next months until Thanksgiving. I think you will love them! I am so excited to share them with you, I can’t wait.

    The first one – Easy Sweet Potato Casserole that you can also make Paleo by omitting or substituting the oats with more nuts. It’s creamy, delicious and with crunchy pecan oat topping.

    recipe for sweet potato casserole

    What you need

    4 cups cooked and pureed sweet potatoes

    1/3 cup coconut sugar

    1/2 cup grass-fed butter, softened (or ghee)

    2 eggs

    1 tsp vanilla

    1/2 tsp cinnamon

    1/4 tsp salt

    For the topping

    1 cup coconut sugar

    3 Tbsp grass-fed butter (or ghee)

    1/2 cup almond flour

    1/2 cup gluten-free oats (omit for Paleo, or substitute with chopped nuts)

    1 cup chopped pecans

    1/2 tsp cinnamon

    coarsely chopped pecans (~15 pecans), optional

    Preparation

    Scrub and rinse the sweet potatoes. Slice them into about 1-inch slices, this will make them softer quicker as they cook. Place them in a large pot with water and boil them until they are soft.

    Preheat oven too 350 F.

    Remove from heat and rinse potatoes with cold water. Carefully peel the sweet potatoes under cold water. Move them to a large bowl and mash them with a potato masher. Add 1/3 cup coconut sugar, 1/2 cup softened butter, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp salt. Mix the ingredients and place the sweet potato mixture in a greased baking dish.

    In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup coconut sugar, 3 Tbsp butter, 1/2 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup gluten free oats, 1 cup chopped pecans, 1/2 tsp cinnamon.

    Using your hands blend topping ingredients until well blended and crumbly. Spread topping mixture over sweet potato casserole. If you wish, you can also add some coarsely chopped pecans on top. It’s optional and just makes the pecan topping more crumbly.

    Bake at 350 F for about 35 – 40 minutes.

    If making this ahead, cover with foil and refrigerate until Thanksgiving day. Then before serving, uncover the casserole and place in the oven before turning on the oven. Warm up the casserole in the oven for about 10 minutes at 300 F, or until casserole is warm.

    healthy sweet potato casserole

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    How To Make Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

    5 from 13 votes
    Sweet Potato Casserole
    Best Sweet Potato Casserole
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    35 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
     

    A healthier sweet potato casserole topped with sweet & delicious crunchy pecan topping. Perfect for Fall and Thanksgiving!

    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Servings: 10
    Calories: 419 kcal
    Author: Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy
    Ingredients
    • 4 cups cooked and pureed sweet potatoes
    • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
    • 1/2 cup grass-fed butter softened (or ghee)
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • For the topping
    • 1 cup coconut sugar
    • 3 Tbsp grass-fed butter or ghee
    • 1/2 cup almond flour
    • 1/2 cup gluten free oats omit for Paleo, or substitute with chopped nuts
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    Instructions
    1. Scrub and rinse the sweet potatoes. Slice them in about 1 inch slices, this will make them softer quicker as they cook. Place them in a large pot with water and boil them until they are soft.
    2. Preheat oven too 350 F.
    3. Remove from heat and rinse potatoes with cold water. Carefully peel the sweet potatoes under cold water. Move them to a large bowl and mash them with a potato masher. Add 1/3 cup coconut sugar, 1/2 cup softened butter, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp salt. Mix the ingredients and place the sweet potato mixture in a greased baking dish.
    4. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup coconut sugar, 3 Tbsp butter, 1/2 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup gluten free oats, 1 cup chopped pecans, 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
    5. Using your hands blend topping ingredients until well blended and crumbly. Spread topping mixture over sweet potato casserole. If you wish, you can also add some coarsely chopped pecans on top. It's optional and just makes the pecan topping more crumbly.
    6. Bake at 350 F for about 35 - 40 minutes.
    7. If making this ahead, cover with foil and refrigerate until Thanksgiving day. Then before serving, uncover the casserole and place in the oven before turning on the oven. Warm up the casserole in the oven for about 10 minutes at 300 F, or until casserole is warm.
    Recipe Notes

    *Topping is enough to cover sweet potato casserole made in a 9 " x 13 " baking dish. If using a taller and narrower baking dish, halve the ingredients for the topping.

    Nutrition Facts
    Best Sweet Potato Casserole
    Amount Per Serving (132 g)
    Calories 419 Calories from Fat 220
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 24.4g 38%
    Saturated Fat 9.3g 47%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 15.1g
    Cholesterol 66mg 22%
    Sodium 166mg 7%
    Total Carbohydrates 49.1g 16%
    Dietary Fiber 4.8g 19%
    Sugars 27.7g
    Protein 4.9g 10%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

    A healthy sweet potato casserole recipe topped with sweet & delicious crunchy pecan topping. Perfect for Fall and Thanksgiving!

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    I have this on my ‘to blog’ list but not sure I can do it justice after seeing your beautiful photos! Love that the sweet pots are pureed…yum!

    We are pretty big fans of Sweet Potato here and this looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

    What a lovely recipe! I am not sure I have ever had a sweet potato casserole, and it is one that I need to try.

    You’ve convinced me – the husband and I totally need to start a sweet potato garden next year. This looks AMAZING!

    I am not a huge sweet potato person, but my daughter is. She would love this dish.

    This looks like a really comforting dish and love the crunchy nut topping:-)

    This looks and sounds wonderful! Love the texture combination of the creamy pureed sweet potatoes and crunchy pecans!

    I make a similar sweet potato casserole my mother brought to Thanksgiving several years ago. So nice to have healthier alternatives to the heavy marshmallow casseroles of my childhood. Yours looks so crunchy and tasty!

      Looks so refreshing and what a great flavor!

    Omg this looks divine…would really love to dig into this…love the pictures too 🙂

    Yum! Perfect recipe for the upcoming holiday season 🙂

    We love sweet potatoes too and eat them often. Sweet Potato Casseroles are what I look forward to the most on Thansgiving. This looks absolutely delicious!

    I looove sweet potatoes and I looove pecans! This would be awesome to bring to Thanksgiving this year! Omg pinning for sure! Thanks for posting this recipe! 🙂

    That looks amazing! I wish it’s Thanksgiving already! Pinned, too.

    This looks SOOOOOOO good! oh my gosh, can’t wait for Thanksgiving!

    Hmmmm…… wrote a comment, then it got all wonky on me! Anyways….. this looks so so good. Nicely done!

    This needs to make it on my holiday table. The perfect fall side dish ! yum!

    Oh my gosh that pecan topping! YUM!

    I’m officially excited for Thanksgiving dinner! The sweet potatoes are the thing I usually take seconds of. And topping them with pecans is extra amazing and tempting!

    Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe

    This is the loveliest sweet potato casserole I’ve ever seen! Pinning this for Thanksgiving!

    I make a similar casserole for Thanksgiving, this looks so good!

    This looks so good, I can´t even begin to tell you!! Pinneed!!

    Janey B

    Wow, none of the commenters have actually tried this recipe yet? How can you give it 5 stars without trying it? Would love to hear from people who have before I make it.

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