November 21, 2019

Lightened Up Sweet Potato Casserole

with a Cinnamon Pecan Streusel

Fluffy sweet potato casserole topped with a mapley, cinnamon pecan streusel

Sweet potato casserole is my absolute favorite thanksgiving side dish of all time. My love for this dish is mostly because it’s really a dessert disguised as a side dish so to whoever made that happen, you’re a genius and I love you. 

Traditional sweet potato casserole usually calls for a stick or so of butter and a ton of sugar however, this recipe contains no butter and low sugar which is why it is labeled “lightened up.” But hey, don’t let that scare you. You’ll never be able to tell that this casserole isn’t the same traditional side dish you’re used to.



The potatoes in this casserole are baked in the oven opposed to boiled or canned which makes a huge difference in texture and taste. Baked sweet potatoes have a slight brown sugar taste to them due to the caramelization that slowly baking them creates plus the potatoes come out softer throughout. Luckily, I find that baking them is much easier because you simply put them in the oven for an hour and they’re done. If you’re making this dish for Thanksgiving and you’re worried about timing and a million things needing to go into the oven, you can bake the sweet potatoes a day or two ahead so that they’re ready to go on turkey day. 


There are only 3 main ingredients for the potato portion of this dish, aside from the potatoes themselves, which are milk, maple syrup, and an egg. I used dairy free milk to make this recipe dairy free but any type of milk you prefer will work. The egg can be omitted if you or someone you’re serving is intolerant to eggs or vegan.


The streusel portion of this dish has 5 main ingredients: oats, pecans, coconut sugar, coconut oil, and a tiny bit of maple syrup for that irresistible maple flavor. If you or someone you’re serving is gluten free, make sure to buy gluten free oats. The pecans in this streusel can be omitted to make this recipe nut free or you can replace the pecans with any type of nut you prefer. Coconut sugar can be replaced with cane sugar or brown sugar. And lastly, the coconut oil in this recipe can be replaced with melted butter or a different oil you prefer. 

The potatoes in this casserole are incredibly light and fluffy and mixed with flavors of maple, cinnamon and vanilla. The streusel that spreads over the top is sweet and full of cinnamon pecan goodness!!! You can easily please a crowd with this delicious side. 

If you’re serving this dish for Thanksgiving, I wish you the best time with friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for your support. 


If you’re serving this dish for a different occasion or for a weeknight dinner because you love it as much as I do, then I wish you the best as well and I have even more respect for you now that I know we both have great taste in food!!



  • ~ 4 cups sweet potato (2-4)

  • 1 cup nondairy milk 

  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 egg



  • 1 cup oats

  • 1/2 cup pecans

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar

  • 1/4 cup liquid coconut oil (or melted)

  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 tsp cinnamon 

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla 

  • sprinkle of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

  2. Place 2 extra large or 4 medium sized sweet potatoes onto a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for approximately 1 hour or until potatoes are soft

  3. Remove potatoes from oven and remove skin (you can go through the next steps after the potatoes are cooled or while they’re still hot)

  4. Place potatoes into a food processor and blend until smooth (a high-powered blender or standing mixer can be used if necessary)

  5. Transfer blended potatoes to a large bowl. Use a hand mixer or standing mixer to slowly combine the milk with the potatoes

  6. Add remaining ingredients and blend together

  7. Transfer potato mixture into a greased, deep baking dish of choice and spread evenly

  8. In a medium bowl, add streusel ingredients (microwave coconut oil if not already liquid) and mix together until combined

  9. Spread streusel over top of the potatoes evenly

  10. Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes or until top is golden and casserole is slightly bubbling

  11. Serve hot and enjoy!!!


Lightened Up Sweet Potato Casserole

with a Cinnamon Pecan Streusel

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