The holidays are right around the corner, so it makes sense to share this delicious paleo sweet potato casserole recipe with you. This healthy sweet potato casserole is a lower sugar version to the traditional sweet potato casserole, but just as flavorful. It’s a great option to serve at holiday gatherings, as this dairy-free sweet potato casserole is also gluten-free and grain-free. It still tastes like the best sweet potato casserole to me! I can’t wait for you to make it.
This sweet potato casserole with pecans is super sweet and delicious, but only uses about 6 tablespoons of (coconut) sugar for this entire dish. A standard sweet potato casserole recipe calls for around 2 cups… 2 CUPS. That’s INSANE! I don’t care if it feeds 12 people, that’s still over 33 grams per person just for a serving. No, thank you.
Sweet potatoes are already sweet enough, and when we add a bit of maple syrup and coconut sugar, you don’t need much to bring out the sweetness. Have no fear, this gluten-free sweet potato casserole is still plenty sweet – without the 2 cups of sugar!
Okay, now that my little sugar rant is over, let’s just talk about this streusel. It’s not your standard pecan crumble anymore. No, no, no, I’ve added BACON to it. Everything is better with a little bacon, am I right?
The smoky, salty bacon goes great with the sweet pecans. I’ve always been a lover of the salty/sweet combo, and this is the best way to add sweet and salty flavors to your holiday tables. I simply baked up some bacon and crumbled it in with the pecans and coconut sugar before sprinkling it over the potatoes. Then I let it get all bubbly and gooey in the oven for about 15 minutes. It was honestly hard to wait to dig in, but I had to take pictures before I could do that!
How Do You Make Sweet Potato Casserole?
This baked sweet potato casserole is so easy to make, yet the flavors are complex and slightly fancy. Here are the easy steps to make this healthy sweet potato casserole recipe:
- Cook sweet potatoes. Peel, cut, and boil sweet potatoes until tender. Drain.
- Add in the coconut milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Blend using an immersion blender, until smooth.
- Make streusel. Pulse together the bacon, pecans, sugar, and coconut oil in the food processor.
- Bake your dairy-free sweet potato casserole. Throw it all in a casserole dish, top with streusel, and bake until hot, bubbly, and golden brown. Enjoy!
Is Sweet Potato Casserole Paleo?
Some sweet potato casserole recipes are paleo, and some are not. Sweet potatoes are naturally paleo, but the white sugar or brown sugar usually added to these casseroles is not.
My paleo sweet potato casserole recipe doesn’t have any weird ingredients (or a ridiculous amount of sugar – as noted above!), so you can feel good about eating it.
Can You Eat Sweet Potato Skin?
Yes, you can eat the skin of sweet potatoes.
My recipe for dairy-free sweet potato casserole calls for you to peel the sweet potatoes, but if you want to leave the skin on, you certainly can. The texture is going to be different (a bit more lumpy from the skin), but the dish will be more nutritious.
Are Sweet Potatoes Better For You Than White Potatoes?
Actually, both sweet potatoes and potatoes are good for you if you don’t mind the carbs.
However, sweet potatoes have more fiber and a lower glycemic index, which makes me prefer them.
How Do You Store Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole?
Store leftovers of this dairy-free sweet potato casserole recipe in an airtight container. Your simple sweet potato casserole will last anywhere from 3-5 days in the fridge.
You can warm up the casserole by heating it in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. You just want it to bake long enough to get hot.
Another option is to place the sweet potato casserole recipe with pecans in the microwave. Use a microwave-safe dish and cover it with a paper towel. Heat up for a minute or two at a time, until hot.
Can You Freeze Sweet Potato Casserole?
Yes, you can freeze dairy-free sweet potato casserole. You can prepare it as directed and put it in the casserole dish without baking. Then, cover it with plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe container.
When you are ready to serve it, let it thaw overnight and bake as directed. It’ll still be the best sweet potato casserole recipe even after freezing! 😉
Another option is to prepare and bake the paleo sweet potato casserole completely, then freeze it. Either way will work!
What To Serve With Sweet Potato Casserole
You can serve this sweet potato casserole recipe with any of your favorite main dishes. But since it’s such a popular Thanksgiving dish, here are more paleo Thanksgiving recipes for you:
- Paleo Cranberry Sauce – Naturally sweetened, can you guess with what? It’s whole30 friendly, too!
- Green Beans Almondine – An easier alternative to green bean casserole… though I’ll be sharing that soon as well. 😉
- Paleo Pie Crust – An easy, versatile base for all your pies for the holidays!
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The Best Healthy Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
This healthy, dairy-free paleo sweet potato casserole recipe is made with less sugar, but tastes just as sweet. And with BACON added, it's the best sweet potato casserole ever.
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Sweet Potato Casserole
- 1.5 pounds Sweet potatoes (3 large; peeled and cubed)
- 1/2 cup Full-fat coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons Coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons Maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon Sea salt
- 4 slices Cooked bacon
- 1/2 cup Pecans
- 1/4 cup Coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon Coconut oil
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Preheat oven to 400° F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Boil the sweet potatoes until tender, about 10-12 minutes. Drain and return to the pot with the heat OFF.
Pour in the remaining ingredients for the mash and blend with an immersion blender. (You can also transfer to a mixer, blender, or food processor, or simply mash by hand). Place in a 1.5-quart or 2-quart baking dish.
For the streusel, pulse the bacon and pecans a few times in a food processor. (You can also just crumble them by hand.) Mix with the coconut sugar and coconut oil, and sprinkle over the sweet potatoes.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the top is bubbly.
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Serving size: 1/2 cup
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I made this recipe for Thanksgiving, and everyone LOVED IT. So easy to make. Delicious!! I’ll be checking out more of your recipes from now on. Thank you.
MELISSA L HENDERSON
Made this today and it is so good. I used dates and tigernuts in the topping with the bacon, instead of pecans, to make it AIP, and it workout perfectly. Thank you for this recipe.
If you buy a can of coconut milk how do you measure it out…it is always a lump in some liquid….do you just measure out the solid part? Heeeeelp me, I never know how to use cocunut milk from a can and I would like to try this recipe. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving 2020!
I don’t have coconut sugar or oil and don’t really want to get it. I will sub brown sugar for the c. sugar as you suggested but what would be the best oil to use?
Made this today- HUGE hit!! Thank you!
Can you use regular sugar? An if so, is it the same measurement?
Hi Elizabeth! I wouldn’t use white sugar but you can substitute brown sugar!
The bacon in the topping is totally genius, I want to try this for sure!
The bacon pecan streusel really got my attention, what a great idea for the topping! I love that you reduced the sugar, it makes this casserole totally guilt free.
Whoa, 2 cups? That would be insane! I prefer your version. 🙂
These sweet potatoes look so yummy!
I have to admit: I’ve never been interested in making or eating a sweet potato casserole until your version of this dish! Love that you cut the sugar and added bacon. Bacon does make everything better! 🙂
I love sweet potato casserole this time of the year! I make mine in a similar way except the bacon. That’s a nice addition!
Jill Silverman Hough
Love that you cut down on the typical amount of sugar, Maya! Sweet potatoes are delicious enough without it–and I’d rather have bacon than sugar any day 😉
Love sweet Potatoes and pecans! The best thing about this recipe is I can omit the bacon to make this vegan. Yes I will enjoy this for sure, Maya! 🙂
You’ve made a rather monotone casserole look delicious through the screen. Kudos. I love fall!