Paleo Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole

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Can you believe we’re coming up on November already?? It’s the time of year for chilly air, family reunions around a table, and AMAZING comfort food!

My FAVORITE Thanksgiving side dish growing up was the “sweet potato soufflรฉ”. When my mom would ask us what dishes we wanted in the Thanksgiving round-up, I always made sure that was included. So when I decided to re-create the dish, I took a look at the recipe…and saw that it calls for TWO CUPS of sugar (some recipes also call for a marshmallow topping)! No wonder I always liked it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The thing is, you can recreate amazing traditional dishes without using all the fake ingredients and loads of sugar.

For example:

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This delicious side is sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving Day table (or for any other special occasion)! The maple syrup enhances the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes, leaving you with a dish that tastes like a treat, but isn’t as sugar-laden as the original.

…And my favorite part? The slightly caramelized pecans…Mmm! ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes, it is possible to have a Paleo Thanksgiving without totally changing the menu. Try this dish out, and let me know what you think!

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Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
1 hr 25 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
1 hr 25 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
For the casserole
  1. 4 Large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2" pieces (about 8 cups)
  2. 1/2 Cup full-fat coconut milk (find it here or here)
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 4 tbsp butter, melted
  5. 3 tbsp maple syrup
  6. 1 tbsp vanilla
  7. 1 tsp sea salt
  8. 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (there are recipes online if you don't have this on hand)
For the topping
  1. 2 cups chopped pecans
  2. 2/3 cup almond flour
  3. 1/3 cup maple syrup
  4. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  5. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
For the casserole
  1. Fill a pot with about 2" of water, and steam chopped potatoes in a steamer basket until mushy (this took about 30 minutes for me).
  2. When the chopped sweet potatoes are done, move them out of the steamer pot and into a food processor. Blend until smooth and then scoop into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Using a spoon or whisk, mix in eggs, coconut milk, butter, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Pour into a 9x13 casserole dish, scraping out all the yummy bits with a spatula. Smooth the top.
For the topping
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, cutting in the softened butter.
  2. Using your hands, gently sprinkle and spread topping over the sweet potato mixture, trying to cover the whole surface.
  3. Place casserole dish in the oven and bake for about 55 minutes.
Notes
  1. Makes 1 full 9x13 casserole dish.
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23 thoughts on “Paleo Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole

  1. Sarah

    I’m SO GLAD you came up with this alternative!! I always hated using so much sugar and would think “well it’s only one day a year”. The problem is when you add in all the other sugary pies and gluten EVERYthing it’s no wonder we feel so stuffed!

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    1. sunny2093@bellsouth.net Post author

      Hi Katie! To be honest, I haven’t tried this with coconut oil yet, but I need to! I use coconut oil and butter interchangeably so often while cooking that I don’t imagine it would be much of a difference, though you may get more of a coconut flavor that wasn’t present in the original recipe. If you try it before I do, let me know how it turns out! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. sunny2093@bellsouth.net Post author

      That’s a great goal, and totally possible with some ingredient switch-outs! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Tammy

    This looks great. Thanks for an alternative to the original recipe! Can this be made in advance and kept in the fridge until we are ready to cook it?

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    1. sunny2093@bellsouth.net Post author

      Hi Tammy! Thanks for the comment – I’ve never held the casserole in the fridge before cooking, but I’m pretty sure you would be fine to do that! ๐Ÿ™‚

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