Sweet Potato Casserole
To be honest, I never grew up eating marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole. I remember eating a sh*t load of stuffing, tons of potatoes, and I poured gravy on everything…but marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes?! PASS. It sounded disgusting to me back then and it still does to this day. Not sure why since I love all things sugar (is there sugar is syrup? – name that movie), but probably because I think marshallows have their place in this world. And that place is between two graham crackers and a slab of a chocolate bar. Not on top of my sweet potatoes. So this year I wanted to create a new spin on a sweet potato casserole that left the gelatinous balls out of the equation…and I have to say, I LOVE this take on the casserole! It’s sweet, it’s salty, it’s crunchy, and you definitely don’t miss the gelatin. Just trust me.
It’s official, guys. In t-minus 2 weeks, we move into our new home!! Time has gone by so fast and I can’t believe it’s finally here!! I spent the entire weekend clearing out some of my closet and putting the items on Poshmark. I spent so much time over the weekend doing this that I now dream about Poshmark. Even last night I dreamt about it. Last week I shipped out 118 boxes. In one week. I’ve never shipped out that many boxes in my entire 31 years on earth. But here’s the problem I keep running into – I usually have 10-30 boxes that need to be shipped out in a day. So I go to the post office to drop them off in the big rotating bin that spits the boxes out behind the wall (so the mailman doesn’t have to put 30 boxes in his car). But I’m guessing they rarely clear that section out behind the wall because EVERY TIME my boxes get stuck and I can’t get the bin to rotate back to me. Yesterday I went to THREE post offices and all three bins got stuck, after only 2 boxes went through. Two. And these aren’t big boxes. They contain t-shirts. My life now consists of driving from post office to post office and screaming as I drive to each one. It’s quite irritating.
It’s been nonstop work, business, talking to banks, and clenching my jaw lately. You always forget how stressful moving is until it comes back around and slaps you in the face. Luckily we have a vacation to Cabo planned!! We planned this trip waaaaaay before the thought of even moving had creeped into our brains, and now we are on vacation until the day before we close on our house. Not great timing, but also perfect timing. I think I need to chill TF out before we move. Usually I have at least 5 trips planned for the upcoming year, but I’ve decided to take some time off from traveling and stay home for the foreseeable future. I’ve traveled pretty regularly for the past 3 years and I need a break. Now I just want to stay home with my dog, create new fitness programs for you guys, and decorate our new house. Traveling is cool and all, but have you ever just sat on your couch with your dog in your lap while eating homemade sweet potato casserole? That’s the life right there.
Sweet Potato Casserole
- 4 large sweet potatoes or yams, cubed*
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- hefty pinch of salt
For the toppings
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup chopped cashews
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons ghee
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup pecan halves
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- cinnamon, for topping
- flake salt, for topping
- Add sweet potatoes in a large pot then fill with water and cover. Place over medium-high heat and cook for 25 minutes, until fork tender. Drain.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix and bring to a low boil then use a potato mash to mash the sweet potatoes until smooth. Grease a large baking dish then pour the mixture into the dish and spread evenly throughout.
- Then in a food processor, add all the ingredients for the toppings and pulse until broken down into a crumble texture that sticks together in a slight ball. Use your fingers to spread the crisp mixture evenly throughout the dish on top of the sweet potatoes.
- Lastly, in a small bowl mix together pecan halves and maple syrup. Press the pecans throughout the top of the dish then pour the remaining maple syrup on top.
- Place in the oven to bake for 45 minutes. Once it comes out of the oven, sprinkle with cinnamon and flake salt before serving!
*I left the skin on for extra nutrients, but you can peel before you cook the sweet potatoes, if you prefer!
More Sweet Potato Side Dish Ideas:
Cinnamon Sugar Skillet Sweet Potatoes
Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Bacon & Chive Sweet Potato Biscuits
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33 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Casserole”
I can say I’ve NEVER in my life had marshmallows on a sweet potato casserole and I’m not mad about it…they belong, like you said, in a s’more! Can’t wait to try this; it sounds delicious! I like the addition of syrup for the sweetener! And lastly, ELF! Only one of the best Christmas movies 🙂
We always grew up eating marshmallows and pecans on our sweet potato casserole! I look forward to it every year. It is basically a dessert, not a side dish, so I eat it with the pies!
I made this last night and my family RAVED about it! I’ve also never been a fan of the traditional dish. It’s too sweet. This was a flavor explosion in a great way! Loved the balance you created with the salty/sweet and the dish really need the texture and crunch you created. New family favorite!
awesome!! so glad you liked it!
I make a very similar recipe, but add a splash of bourbon into the sweet potato base. It’s just delish!
I saw a woman at the post office the other day with a bunch of boxes. After she put in 3, it was jammed. She just asked them to clear it and showed her how many boxes she had. And they did it!
the thing is, there is always about 10 people deep at the post office so getting to the counter to ask them to clear it can be a bit challenging
The Post Offices totally understand. You know you don’t have to wait in line if you are dropping off pre-marked boxes. Usually there is an open desk (typically near the entry door) and place them on the desk, they’ll ask “are those already labeled?” and with a confident smile “Yes, they are”, they will typically respond with “thank you have a great day!”
definitely doing that next time, thanks Hailee!! i thought you could only do that at UPS or fedex!
When my MIL was visiting once I mentioned that I was going to make sweet potatoes as a side for dinner (roasted). She responded “you like those things with all the marshmallows and everything?!” As if that was the only way to eat them, lol! Definitely making this version for Thanksgiving!
hope you guys like it Danielle!!
Is there a way to make this in advance if you are traveling for the holiday?
yes, you could totally make all of it beforehand then just bake it once you get to your destination
I am with you on keeping marshmallows off the casserole (my phone typed asshole ?). I hope it’s sunny and dry when you finally move!!
Can I just make the topping and eat it? It looks so good and crispy crunchy kinda like pie crust. Mmm. Definitely adding this to the menu.
yes!! the topping is totally worth eating on its own lol
Couple fam members cannot tolerate Tapioca.
Can you sub Arrowroot instead of Tapioca?
What if you don’t use the tapioca flour? Do I REALLY need it? It’s not something I ever use.
yes, it wouldn’t be in the recipe if you didn’t need it lol. but you could use arrowroot instead, if you don’t have tapioca
That crust looks divine, Juli. I also do a nut + brown sugar topping on my sweet potato casserole. Don’t miss the gelatin either! I found that Trader Joe’s has gluten-free and gelatin-free (vegan + Kosher) marshmallows for those of your readers who insist on the marshmallow topping. Thanks again for the Thanksgiving inspiration, Juli!
oooooo I definitely want to try those marshmallows!!
This is amazing! I made the recipe exactly as-is and it tastes like dessert. This will definitely be going into my regular rotation of recipes, not just for holidays!
yay!! glad you liked it Rhiannon!
We made this for Thanksgiving and it was the best side dish served! It was determined by all this would be the new staple for sweet potatoes served at Thanksgiving! Amazing Juli!!
yayyyyyy!! that’s so cool to hear!
Does this taste coconutty?
i don’t think so, but i’m also a person who likes coconut so it’s hard to say
Thanks, Juli! I would love to try to make this but my daughter is allergic to coconut. What could I use to substitute for coconut?
I’m so sorry, but i haven’t tried the recipe a different way so i can’t say for sure.
Hi Juli, thank you for your wonderful recipes! I can’t wait to make this one! I am allergic to almonds. Is there another flour I could use in its place?
i haven’t tested the recipe with another flour so i can’t say for sure!
I’m doing a Paleomg Thanksgiving this year because everything you create is insanely delicious. Could I add unsweetened shredded coconut to the topping at all for a toasted coconut crunch effect? Also, is it ok to roast the sweet potatoes instead of boiling? Love your blog!😘
Of course, that would be delicious! and yes, you could totally roast whole sweet potatoes then peel and mash them!