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

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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. I have a nut allergy, could I just make it without the pecans, or is there something I could substitute? thanks!

  2. I tried your sweet potato casserole for desert this year for Thanksgiving and it was a hit! Thank you! Next time, I think I’ll do yams instead since we happen to like them more. The only thing we did different was the topping. We did butter, oats,brown sugar (I used coconut palm sugar), cinnamon, and nutmeg. It was delicious!

  3. I made this for Thanksgiving this year instead of the sugary one I usually make and got rave reviews. I’m so glad I found your recipe!

  4. We made this on Saturday for a “pre-Thanksgiving” Dinner with friends! IT WAS SO DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!! We really enjoyed it!!!! Plus, the leftovers the next day of this were amazing!! I really enjoy your blog and thank you for this recipe!

    We made a few small adjustments to the recipe, if anyone is curious.
    1. We didn’t put the topping on top so it was nut-free. Instead, after we put the mixture into the casserole dish, we drizzled a thin layer of maple syrup on top (and spread the syrup over evenly on top) before putting it in the oven. This worked out really well and gave the perfect amount of sweetness, for anyone who is looking for a nut-free alternative.

    2. Don’t be afraid to increase the sweet potato amount. We used likely 4 pounds of sweet potatoes (we were feeding a large group) but we kept all of the other ingredient amounts the same. It tasted great and was sooo yummy! We were glad we decided not to increase the proportions of everything else!

  5. Hi! Not only am I a newbie “real-food” eater, which I’m loving btw, but I’m also new in the kitchen. Double whammy! Can you tell me what size square dish I would use? Thanks for your help & I love love love your blog. :)

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Cyndee. We’re glad you’re enjoying your new way of eating!!! I would use a 9×9 pan, like the one you would use to make brownies. Jill

  6. Made this last night and loved it! I substituted almond milk, because I have a milk allergy. I thought it tasted wonderful but my husband said it was a bit dry. Any suggestions for making it more moist?

  7. I am going to make this and sub 1/2 cup of the pecans for one half cup of shredded coconut for the topping. I also like the idea of using a little oatmeal in the topping.

  8. I make a dish that’s similar but add 2 to 3 Granny Smith apples cut into chunks. The tartness of the apples plays well with the sweet potatoes.

  9. Just wanted to say, I made this for our Thanksgiving dinner, and it was a Big hit. Mmmm
    Will definitely make again.

  10. I made this tonight for our church Thanksgiving tomorrow. I found out I was lactose intolerant (after lots of stomach problems) so I made this dairy free. I used Lactaid milk and Earth Balance spread. Not as “real” as butter, but I have no other choice. I think the majority of my problem was butter. But it turned out amazing! And I know I will have at least 1 thing I can eat tomorrow with no worries. Love it!!

  11. I just made this today, it was soooooo good. I’m not doing wheat flour so I just threw some whole raw pecans, maple syrup and melted butter in my food processor and pulsed until the nuts were chopped then spread it over the top. It was really good, thanks!

  12. This recipe is awesome! I didn’t have unsalted butter, so I subbed one TB of the butter with olive oil in both the potatoes and the topping (and reduced topping butter/oil to 3 TB). Also, I couldn’t find organic sweet potatoes at my grocery store, so I used organic yams instead. My 14-month-old very enthusiastically ate this. Next time I make it, I’ll try honey instead of maple syrup. Thank you for all the great real food!

  13. I make something similar to this but my topping is more of a streusal topping with whole wheat flour and oats, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. I usually do my potatoes whipped, peel, boil and whip with half n half or whole milk, butter and whatever sweetner you would like (maple, brown sugar or honey or a combo!)

    1. Danyelle – I plan on making this for my son’s Thanksgiving lunch at his school tomorrow. I just found out that I couldn’t use the pecan topping because of kids with peanut allergies. Your streusal topping will be a perfect substitute! That’s so much!

      1. Awesome! I haven’t made it since last year, but the inlaws devoured it! Along with the fried (very very bad but very good lol) turkey that I injected with crushed garlic, beer, butter and little honey and rubbed it inside with a turkey rub :)

  14. I tried this today for a work potluck with lots of dishes and lots of people. It was half finished. I asked for honest feedback (from folks not committed to a “real foods” lifestyle) and got “not sweet enough.” So not sure it will work for the big holiday. My hubby will pronounce final judgement tonight. I do like it since it’s not overpoweringly sweet.

  15. I have some sweet potatoes that need to be used and was thinking of making this tonight along with the crockpot chicken recipe…..do you think I can sub almonds for the pecans so I can avoid a trip to the store?? Thanks for all the great recipes!!

  16. Thanks for posting this recipe. I look forward to trying it. Do you have any replacement ideas for the pecans? I (unfortunately) am allergic to all nuts.

  17. Yum! I made this a few nights ago, and it is great! I really felt good after eating it, too. I don’t know how to discribe it, but it’s something that I definitely noticed. Thank you so much for all of the fabulous recipes and Real Food tips!

  18. Love this variation! Our family recipe does not have quite the sugar content as your original, but it certainly has more than enough fat and sugar. Can’t wait to try this one out :)

  19. Thanks for posting this! I just completed the October Unprocessed challenge, and it’s really changed the way I am feeding my family. This looks like a fantastic side for Thanksgiving, and I plan to try it then! I’ve been following your site since you did the first 100 day challenge. I always find great information and inspiration here. Thank you!

  20. Thanks! I am doing the cooking for Thanksgiving this year and am trying to stick to healthier and organic options. This blog is a godsend.

  21. I love that you guys are doing this! We just did a 30-day Challenge with no processed foods! You are definitely inspiring me to continue the trend though!

  22. This looks great. I love sweet potatoes, I often wonder why I don’t make stuff like this great casserole more often! I mean how is this that different than my other go-to side dishes? This would be especially nice for a Sunday supper!

  23. I’ve been leaving the skins on for mashed sweet potatoes and I think I will for this casserole, too. I hardly notice them! I’m so glad you posted this; I was just really sad last week thinking about all the terrible stuff in sweet potato casserole, but now I don’t have to be!

  24. This looks great! I agree that sweet potatoes don’t need a whole lot of sugar added, none most of the time, in fact. Maple syrup here seems like a good substitute for sugar. I’m not all the way “real” so this following part may raise some eyebrows… I got canned sweet potatoes that were packed in…get this…water! No sugar added! I did that for two years to make for my twin babies which saved a lot of time. But now they no longer make that variety. They are ALL packed in light syrup. :o( Bummy. But I think I’ll be trying this one with the real deal REAL soon! Trying to watch carbs, though, so I may toast the pecans in a pan and lightly drizzle with maple syrup instead of doing a crumble.

  25. Mark Bittman from How to Cook Everything also has a super-simple (and real) version of sweet potatoes that’s awesome. He grates the sweet potatoes first, then stir fries everything. It’s simple and quick, and my kids like it a lot. I don’t think they’d go for “potatoes” with marshmallows and tons of brown sugar. They’d wonder how they were even potatoes!

  26. This sounds great! Question…could you use coconut oil in place of the butter or do you think it would change things too much?

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      It would definitely change the flavor, but you could try it! If you are dealing with a dairy intolerance you could try ghee (a.k.a. clarified butter) as well. Good luck!

  27. Sweet potatoes have such a delicate flavor. I find that boiling them makes them tasteless. Just throw them in the oven and bake them. I know you have to factor that into the prep time, but it is hands off time you can use to do something else. Lisa, I love your site and follow it religiously!

  28. My “real” sweet potato casserole recipe for Easter was very similar to this. I find that it’s easier to bake the washed whole sweet potatoes first. Then, the skins just slide off and it’s so much quicker. Then, I always run them through my mixer to get all of the “strings” out and make them very smooth. Then, I proceed.
    Also, the topping and the filling both freeze well (separately). So, I make this ahead of time and then freeze it. Once it thaws, I cook the filling until it’s hot and almost done and then I add the topping so it doesn’t burn.
    I love thanksgiving!