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.

PaleOMG Sweet Potato Casserole

PaleOMG Sweet Potato Casserole

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.

PaleOMG Sweet Potato Casserole

PaleOMG Sweet Potato Casserole

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.

PaleOMG Sweet Potato Casserole

PaleOMG Sweet Potato Casserole

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Sweet Potato Casserole

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  • Author: juli


  • 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

For garnish

  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • cinnamon, for topping
  • flake salt, for topping


  1. 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.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

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PaleOMG Sweet Potato Casserole

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  1. Ashley says:

    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 🙂

  2. Joanna says:

    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!

    1. Lacy says:

      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!

      1. juli says:

        awesome!! so glad you liked it!

  3. Lindsey says:

    I make a very similar recipe, but add a splash of bourbon into the sweet potato base. It’s just delish!

  4. Cass says:

    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!

    1. juli says:

      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

      1. Hailee says:

        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!”

        1. juli says:

          definitely doing that next time, thanks Hailee!! i thought you could only do that at UPS or fedex!

  5. Danielle says:

    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!

    1. juli says:

      hope you guys like it Danielle!!

  6. Dana says:

    Is there a way to make this in advance if you are traveling for the holiday?


    1. juli says:

      yes, you could totally make all of it beforehand then just bake it once you get to your destination

  7. Amelia says:

    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.

    1. juli says:

      yes!! the topping is totally worth eating on its own lol

  8. Jamie Shields says:

    Couple fam members cannot tolerate Tapioca.
    Can you sub Arrowroot instead of Tapioca?

    1. juli says:


  9. Julia says:

    What if you don’t use the tapioca flour? Do I REALLY need it? It’s not something I ever use.

    1. juli says:

      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

  10. Jenny says:

    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!

    1. juli says:

      oooooo I definitely want to try those marshmallows!!