Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Gratin

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I’m in a list making mood. I love lists. I have the ColorNote app on my droid so I can make lists ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. I make grocery lists, lists of wods I want to do, lists of random ideas that pop into my head (sh*t, you should see that list) and the good ole to do list. Yes, you should be reading that last sentence as fast as you can. That’s how I said it. I even tend to make lists of things I like. Why wouldn’t I? Here’s what it consists of. Yes, it’s mostly food. Yes, most of my thrills are through food. Yes, that’s why I’m single…and am eating chunks of chocolate…from a bag, while I type. The keyboard may or may not be sticky. Anyways.

Let’s talk about things I like!!!! I know that’s EXACTLY what you wanted to read about at work today.

  • Coconut milk egg nog–This stuff is kind of like crack. If crack made your ass bigger and made your nights seem like sunshine.
  • Coconut butter packets–These packets are full of saturated fat. Saturated fat = happy Juli. Happy Juli = happy coach. Happy coach = more enjoyable wods for athletes. More enjoyable wods for athletes = healthy people. Healthy people = better world. Better world = more coconut butter packets.
  • Enjoy life chocolate chunks–I may sometimes buy a bag of these JUST so I can eat them directly from the bag. Sometimes I buy them to actually bake with, but let’s be realistic, I eat half the bag before they even make it into baking mix. I really like chocolate.
  • Dark chocolate almonds AND walnuts from whole foods–Get these in the bulk isle, aka the sample isle. You know you all do it. Walk to the bulk isle, sample something to “see if you like it” then conveniently not buy anything after you’ve tried every single thing covered in chocolate. If you don’t do this and give the people that do dirty looks, your life sucks. And lacks luster. Do it once. Live a little people.
  • Americanos with heavy cream–I don’t even know what I’m writing this. You already know it since it’s really all I talk about. At a speed that is not socially acceptable. If you haven’t met me in person, you’re lucky. I talk REALLY fast.
  • Broccoli–obviously. No I don’t poop green. Just FYI.
  • Reading BeastModalDomains and Forging Elite Sarcasm. If you are sensitive or easily offended, don’t click the links. These websites aren’t for people who lack a sense of humor. If you want to pee a little or maybe even blow a lil snot out of your nose as you snort, read these blogs. If you have a stick up your bum, it ain’t gonna work out.
  • All social media. Well, I don’t know if I love it. But I do have a Twitter account now!! Follow me, whatever the hell that means. My handle (not to be confused with my two love handles) is @PaleOhMyGoodnes (1 s people!). Let’s follow each other everywhere. And pinterest. Oh dear lord, I love that site.
  • ‘People you may know’ on facebook. I really like looking through all those people. But I don’t know Camille Leblanc or Pat Barber or Rich Froning. Just because I crossfit doesn’t mean I’m going to know those people OR friend them just because I have heard their name. But I’m guessing most people feel as though they are best friends with her since Camille and I have over 60 friends in common…and she’s from Canada. Just sayin…sayin you’re kind of creepy for adding her so you can just creep on her pictures. Creeper.

Ok, that’s all I got. Well, and men. But there are none of those available.  Lamesies.

So let’s talk about the food instead. I thought this was pretty fantastic. Laura agreed. But Jason and Jake both gave it a 7. I feel neutral about their opinions, but I had to share that info with you all. Can’t lie now can we? The tip they did give me that I do agree with is that they wished the bacon was chopped up and put INTO the gratin instead of on top. I’m pickin up what they’re throwin down! Just remember guys, I have a much more refined palate than theirs. Just make this.


Paleo Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Gratin


  • 2 sweet potatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 4 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • enough bacon to cover the top OR cook and put inside


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with whatever kind of fat you’d like. I greased mine with bacon fat, but that’s because I’m incredibly intelligent. You can do what you want.
  3. Now you need to pull out your handy dandy mandoline. If you don’t have one, you are going to have to thinly slice 2 sweet potatoes, so you can come read the rest of these directions in an hour. BUT, if you have a mandoline, start thinly slicing your sweet Use the mandoline as well to thinly slice your onions.
  4. Now you’re going to start the layering process. Super fun I tell you. Actually, I kind of thought it was fun. Start layering the sweet potatoes in lines so you can’t see the bottom on the dish. Then layer with a little onion and a little almond meal. No need to pile it on, you’ll have many layers to go. We’re not building a cake for gosh sakes.
  5. Keep on layering until all your sweet potatoes are gone.
  6. Now it’s time to make our saucey sauce. Pull out a saucepan and put over medium heat.
  7. Add your coconut milk, coconut butter, almond butter, agave (or honey), and spices to the saucepan and stir until the coconut butter and almond butter have cooked. Don’t boil. We don’t need caramel.
  8. Once everything is mixed together, pour the mixture over the sweet potato layers. Then top off everything with a little bit more almond meal.
  9. Cover the rest of the dish with strips of bacon (unless you chopped and cooked it to add into your gratin).
  10. Cover your baking dish with aluminum foil and put in the oven for around 30 minutes.
  11. Once the 30 minutes are up, pull out the dish, remove the aluminum foil, and put dish under the broiler for about 3-5 minutes, or until bacon is nice and cripsy (or however you like yours).
  12. Let cool for 10 minutes or so then dig in. For real, dig the hell in to this.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


37 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Gratin”

  1. Hey, Juli. I've stumbled into your blog a few times and really dig it. Your food looks great and your approach to "this Paleo life" even better. I'm a big fan of chocolate and like the occasional (or maybe more than occasional) beer. Thanks for taking time to share your story.

    Oh, and I too find five fingers disturbing. Those toe shoes scare the hell out of me.

  2. Tom R– Thanks so much for checking out my blog!! A man who likes chocolate is a smart man. Beer tastes like feet though. Maybe even feet that have been in toe shoes. Kidding, kind of. Thanks again for checking out the blog!! let me know if you try any recipes!

  3. If I can find the majority of those ingredients in rural FL where we're having Thanksgiving, I'm totally making this on Thursday. Sounds YUMMY!

  4. I've actually tried about 10 of your recipes, and the chicken avocado salad is a lunch staple. Thanks again for the blog, and have a happy Thanksgiving.

  5. That's so freaking awesome Tom!! Have you liked most of them?! THANK YOU for your support and have a wonderful turkey day 🙂

  6. Ok, this stuff is heaven in your mouth! I just made it last night & both hubby (who thinks he hates coconut) & I agree that it is a keeper.

  7. This recipe is by far my most favorite paleo recipe I've ever made! My husband who is not eating paleo even loved it and has asked me to make it again. I am going to make it for his family for Christmas and for mine TONIGHT! I am so excited because it is SO good! Thanks for sharing your gift of cooking!

  8. That's awesome snorkelbuddy!! People who think they don't like coconut just haven't had it in the right way 😉

    Jillian- that is AWESOME!! so cool your husband liked it 🙂 hope the family likes it as well!

  9. This is the first time I have come across your blog thanks to foodee. OMG this dish is amazing, it is more like a dessert! Where do you find coconut and almond butter?? I left that part out and it is still amazing!

    1. I get my almond butter at the store or I just grind my own in a food processor. I get coconut butter from Tropical Traditions. They are under products I love under the coconut cream concentrate. SO good.

      1. Is coconut concentrate the same as coconut butter?! Do you know what brands Whole Foods has to offer? I’ve searched and cannot find any!

  10. I’ve made this a couple of times now. It’s really good. The first time I put bacon on every layer. The 2nd time I put the chopped, cooked bacon just on the top. I liked it better with the bacon on top. It stayed crispier. This one tastes good cold too… marker for a GREAT recipe. I enjoy your straight forward, no non-sense approach to things.

  11. As stated above, I LOVE this recipe. I just wanted to comment again to tell you we are using this as our carbs this week to prepare for our half marathon next Sunday. We might have to make it twice…and make your sweet potato brownies a time or two..or three….thanks for the awesome recipes!

  12. I’m so happy you’ve posted your Thanksgiving recipes! I am attending a very American Thanksgiving (meaning green beans with canned cream soup, store bought pies, you get the idea!). I have been put in charge of the sweet potato souffle, the family favorite. This favorite includes canned yams, yuck! Needless to say I will be cleaning this recipe up and now that I have found your recipes, I will be bringing a second sweet potato dish. Everyone seems to think that my immediate family and I are weird for eating the way we do, and we think they’re weird for eating fake foods! So I guess we’ll all get to eat what we love on Thanksgiving this year 🙂 THANK YOU!

  13. This. Was. Amazing. We tried several new dishes for our first ever Gluten-Free/Paleo Thanksgiving feast. This was a favorite. So delicious. Very rich. The flavors and texture are spot on. Thank you for sharing!

    1. No coconut butter is ground coconut flesh. Coconut oil just hardens when cooled. Coconut butter is much thicker. You can make it yourself or find it in the store

  14. Made this, it was amazing! What was not amazing are my mandolin skills. I was careless and not using the holder thingy for the potato and took part of my finger off. Those things are DEADLY!

  15. OMFG!! Words can not describe how amazing this is.

    Tried it last week. Were making it tomorrow for Thanksgiving.

    Thank you!

  16. OMFG!! Words can not describe how amazing this is.

    Tried it last week. Were making it tomorrow for Thanksgiving.

    Thank you!

  17. This sounds delicious, but I gave what may be a dumb question; do you cook the bacon before layering it? Hoping to make this as part of our Christmas dinner. Thanks for the great posts!

  18. just made this for Easter – loved it, thank you! going to print out recipe now and plan to make it again and again
    the bacon in strips on top was so nice and easy though!!, and then I used my scissors on the bacon to get the serving going

  19. Can I leave out the coconut butter, I do not have any on hand and this dish looks fabulous! Or are there any substitutes for it

    Thank u!!

  20. Ok I made this with very low expectations because I didn’t have coconut butter and so I subbed with coconut oil (and not even equal parts because I ran out right then). Then I accidentally added to much almond butter because I was just eyeballing everything and I was kicking myself as it cooking wishing i had just taken my time. Well even with being a little bit off on my measurements and ingredients, it was incredible. Ate left overs for lunch and it’s not even holiday season.

  21. I found that at 30 minutes, my sweet potatoes were still mostly raw. I did slice them very thin. Anyone else run into this problem?

  22. This was my Husbands Favorite dish from our First Paleo Thanksgiving, Thank you for this Awesome recipe!!!

    (I took your advice and started on the mimosas early, so I may or may not have forgotten to add the can of coconut milk {I did} and used almond milk instead to thin it out but it was still amazing!)


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