12 Comforting Sweet Potato Casseroles

By Jess

One of my favorite holiday dishes is sweet potato casserole, but even for non-Paleo eaters, the marshmallows can be overwhelmingly sweet. What about a lighter, healthier, paleo friendly version? You got it.

Nothing gives me that umami feeling like sweet potato casserole! I grew up with it, and it reminds me of when I would go over to my grandmas house and she would cook for me. Here are some of my favorite recipes that bring that feeling rushing back…

1. Sweet Potato Gratin Casserole

This recipe may not be for everyone, because many paleo eaters are strict about not consuming any dairy. But if you do eat dairy, this sweet potato gratin made with full fat, grass fed cream and parmesan cheese is an absolutely delicious addition to any table, especially for a holiday meal.


2. Sweet Potato Casserole

Our classic sweet potato casserole is better than Grandma’s, and better for you too! Start with sweet potatoes and add in the right ingredients to make them taste absolutely amazing. No butter, no dairy, and no marshmallows but somehow it tastes amazing!

3. Pecan Topped Sweet Potato Casserole

Now we’re getting more into the sweet potato casseroles you remember from Thanksgivings past. Except these aren’t covered with a sickly sweet layer of gooey marshmallows. This casserole is topped with a buttery, coconut sugar sweetened pecan crunch.

4. Layered Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

Here’s a variation on the sausage and sweet potato breakfast casserole, using ground turkey sausage crumbles, bell peppers, coconut milk, sage, and spicy red pepper flakes. You’ll end up with three layers of goodness from the bottom to the top.

5. Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

My favorite part of a good sweet potato casserole is the topping (whose isn’t?), so I’m really loving this recipe with a vanilla, cinnamon, and maple topping with from chopped pecans and almond meal. Don’t skimp on those warm spices!

Sweet-Potato Casserole With Candied Pecans
Photo: Lexis’s Clean Kitchen

6. Sweet Potato Casserole With Candied Pecans

Sometimes you just need to keep things simple. Crumbled toppings can be messy to make, and you need to watch them so they don’t burn. If you’d like an easier way to top off your casserole, try this simple and beautiful candied pecan topping over creamy sweet potatoes.

7. Praline Butternut Squash Casserole

Butternut squash is similar in flavor and texture to sweet potatoes, but you can use sweet potatoes in place of the squash in this recipe if you’d like. The best part, anyway, is the praline topping made from chopped pecans, shredded coconut, and almond flour.

8. Skinny Sweet Potato Casserole

This casserole has the fresh and bright flavors of ginger and orange, and it’s sweetened with maple syrup. This is a lighter casserole, and it gets its creaminess from coconut butter, a source of healthy fat and nutrients that help keep you full.

9. Vanilla Scented Sweet Potato Casserole with Hazelnut Streusel Topping

Now we’re getting fancy. Give this recipe a try, with its sweet vanilla flavor and the lovely, lovely hazelnut topping. The flavor of the hazelnuts is an elegant and sophisticated balance to the sweetness of the yams. Crumbly, toasty, and totally delicious.

Whipped Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Maple Pecans
Photo: The Healthy Foodie™

10. Whipped Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Maple Pecans

I love the light, whipped texture of this casserole, which is sweetened and flavored with maple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice, cinnamon, ghee, ground white pepper, and nutmeg. The process is a little bit more involved, but the final result is worth it.

11. Sausage and Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

This extra savory, protein rich breakfast meal combines sweet potatoes and sausage with eggs, coconut oil, sweet onion, coconut milk, and power greens like kale, spinach, and arugula for a breakfast that’ll keep you full and fuel you for the best start to your day.

12. Sweet Potato Casserole With Spiced Pecans

This dish is made lighter by using part cauliflower and part sweet potato. Plenty of smoked gouda adds the most amazing flavor and texture, if you’re dairy free and you like the sound of this recipe anyway, you can leave the gouda out.


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