Sweet Potato Casserole

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If you are starting to plan out your Thanksgiving menu then this one is for you. I “real foodinized” an old family sweet potato casserole recipe that called for 2 cups of brown sugar…yikes!
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If you are starting to plan out your Thanksgiving menu then this one is for you. I “real foodinized” an old family sweet potato casserole recipe that called for 2 cups of brown sugar…yikes! Why would sweet potatoes even need that much sugar when they’re already naturally sweet?

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe from 100 Days of Real Food

Well, once you try this dish I think you’ll agree this “better for you” version is actually quite delicious and would be a great addition to any Thanksgiving Day spread. If you have the pleasure of serving an extra big crowd this holiday season then double the recipe!

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    1. Hi Melody,
      I just tested out the print button on my end and it seems to be working. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and the recipe turned out delicious for you. – Nicole

  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe of the classic sweet potato casserole without all the added sugar! It was a great side dish to our Thanksgiving meal. Thank you!

    1. While we haven’t tried, it should be fine, but I might suggest keeping the topping off and add when you’re ready to eat. – Nicole

  2. 5 stars
    I don’t normally like sweet potatoes as a casserole because they are so sweet. I just tried this for a Sunday dinner side and it was delicious! My 4 year old said it was good but didn’t really eat it. However, the next morning I used the leftovers to make pancakes. My 4 year old devoured them and said he LOVED the maple pecan pancakes. When I told him they were from lasts nights potatoes he thought it was funny that there were potatoes in the pancakes. Great recipe, two meals!

  3. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes and I am not usually a sweet potato fan. It is June 2nd and I am making it today so I can eat through out the week! With dairy free options it makes a great meal(or several!) for me. YUM!!!

  4. Help!! I made and had to triple the recipe but it is too runny! I havent baked yet what can i add to mixture to thicken it up?

    Thanks!!

      1. My sweet husband ran to the store and bought me more sweet potatoes:) I was not sure if flour would mess them up! Thanks!

  5. My son and his girlfriend are vegan. I was planning on using vegan butter but do you think almond or soy milk would be the best dairy free option here? ( I know it won’t be clean but I love your recipes and thought this one might be a good compromise for the holidays)

  6. About how many cups do 2 medium to large sweet potatoes yield? I would like to try this with butternut squash (family members have potato allergy), but not sure how much butternut squash to use. Thanks!

    1. Well, I’m not sure about everyone else, but my sweet potatoes yielded about 1-1 1/2 cups apiece when diced. Hope that helps.

  7. 5 stars
    What gluten free flour could you sub for this recipe Almond flour? Also could you sub Stevia for the sweetener if so how much?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. While I really like both coconut and almond flour, I find a whole grain gluten free flour blend, like Bob’s Red Mill, to be the easiest sub. We’ve never subbed with stevia so I can’t give advice there. ;)

  8. 5 stars
    This was awesome!! I think I used more sweet potatoes than the recipe called for. I also used about 1/2 the amount of butter. I hosted a holiday party with tons of food and this was everyone’s favorite dish. Thank you for remaking this classic.

  9. Has anyone tried a dairy-free version (due to allergies)? Will the topping come out right if I use margarine instead of butter?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Anita. We would not sub with margarine. Margarines can be particularly unhealthful. Our typical sub for butter is coconut oil. ~Amy

    2. Anita, you can probably leave out the butter in the sweat potato mixture and used oil to mix in with the pecans. I used 2 T. of butter when I made this casserole and it was plenty- I would use the same amount of oil.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Jennifer. Our typical dairy free sub for butter is coconut oil. We’ve not tried it in the recipe, however.

  10. Haven’t tried yet but have my eye on it for thanksgiving! Trying to do as much ahead as possible. Any chance you’ve tried/had success making ahead & freezing and maybe just doing topping day-of? Thanks in advance for any insight :)

  11. FYI this recipe is actually for yams not sweet potatoes! I never knew the difference until we moved to the Northwest! Sweet potatoes look just like baking potatoes but they are sweet. Sweet Potato casserole actually uses yams which are also sweet but an orangish color. I personally like the flavor of yams better than sweet potatoes so I am also so disappointed when I ask my Hubby to pick up sweet potatoes for dinner and he takes me literally and buys sweet potatoes and not yams. Sweet potato casserole is just not the same!

    1. I have a version from the Barefoot Contessa from many years ago that uses apples as the topping. That might work as a substitute for the nuts for you. Cut up 1-1/2 apples into wedges or 8ths. Melt some butter in a skillet and add the apple wedges and a little bit of maple syrup. Then lightly brown the apples wedges. Then place them on top of the sweet potatoes.

  12. 5 stars
    This was great! My family is used to the “old” recipe with the 2c brown sugar and two sticks of butter (yes, really!!), but they ate this right up! My husband commented that it wasn’t as sweet as it usually is, but he ate two servings. :-P I used walnuts instead of pecans since that’s all I had on hand.

  13. I’ve noticed lots of your recipes call for unsalted butter, particularly the biscuits and this dish. As an inexperienced baker, I was just wondering why it needs to be unsalted? Is it simply to cut the sodium content of the dish or is there another reason? I really love your blog and am learning so much! Thanks!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Marcy. It will only affect the saltiness of your recipe. If you only have salted butter on hand for a recipe that calls for unsalted, a good rule of thumb is to cut the salt in the recipe by half. I’ve used salted butter in this recipe with no ill effects. :) ~Amy

  14. 5 stars
    YUM!!! this has just the right amount of sweet mix with savory, this recipe will be added to the Thanksgiving recipes!

  15. Made this today and it was DELISH!! For the topping I used soaked, dehydrated almonds (I didn’t have pecans), half butter and half coconut oil and, instead of whole wheat flour I used about 2T coconut flour. It was wonderful!

  16. This was so good!! So wholesome! Will deff be making this more often! My 2 and half year old son loved it and all the family for thanksgiving! Thankyou:)

  17. Can you clarify the amount of butter to be used in this recipe? It lists 3 tablespoons and then 4 tablespoons as well. Thanks!

  18. Hi! I am making this for a potluck tomorrow and was wondering, do you think I could mix everything up after cooking the potatoes and cook in my crockpot for an hour or so (on low)? I was going to toast the pecans and add on top. Thanks!

  19. Hi there! I am planning to make this for Thanksgiving. Do you think I could make this the day before, minus the pecan topping, refrigerate and bake with the pecan topping on Thanksgiving day?

  20. Hi! Love Love Love your blog! I wanted to try and make this dish for a gluten free family member. Do you think ground up gluten free oats would work as a flour subsitute? Thanks for all you do😃

  21. Is honey an ok substitute for maple syrup? I have noticed that several other recipes also call for maple syrup.
    Thanks so much!

  22. 4 stars
    Just made this as I am starting to experiment with foods to use for Thanksgiving using as much real food as possible. It was a success!! Three out of four LOVED IT!!! I did add some cinnamon to the sweet potato mix and it tasted fantastic!!! Found one side dish for holiday dinners, now to continue the search… ;)