With Thanksgiving just around the corner, here is an easy recipe for Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecan Topping. A stressfree, super easy to make Paleo sweet potato side dish recipe for special holidays or everyday occasions! Even better are recipes that can be made ahead!
Adding Organic Sweet Potatoes To Your Diet:
Changing my diet to grain, gluten and dairy free required effort. And, at this point, with several years experience, I know how important sweet potatoes are to my success. (You’ll see a list of some of the great health benefits later in this post). I still get to have the most scrumptious brownies and truffles.
What would I do without this amazing Paleo sweet potato breakfast casserole on busy days?
Once the cold weather hits, Crockpot Turkey Chili goes on the menu.
And sweet potatoes also make a great smoothie!
And luckily, this side dish is very transportable and makes great leftovers. The organic sweet potatoes in the grocery store have been ginormous lately, so I used 2 extra large. I prefer buying the larger size because they seem easier to peel.
I prefer organic sweet potatoes in an effort to choose the cleanest grown produce possible.
Related: Must try Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes
What You Will Need To Make Your Paleo Savory Sweet Potato Casserole:
- 2-3 organic sweet potatoes
- ghee (DIY tutorial for making homemade ghee)
- maple syrup
- ground cinnamon
- ground nutmeg
- vanilla extract
- fine sea salt
- coconut sugar
For the candied pecans topping:
- raw pecans
- maple syrup
I used 2/3 cup of raw pecans, but you could use 1 cup to completely cover the top of your casserole. I only had 2/3 cup of pecans on hand, so that is what I went with and it worked fine.
Awesome Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes:
Sweet potatoes are a great source of:
- Vitamins especially A and C, B vitamins
- anti-inflammatory nutrients
Sweet potatoes are purple, orange or white fleshed. Yams are an acceptable substitution for use in this recipe.
Isn’t it great to have at least one dish that is fairly simple and can be made ahead of time at Thanksgiving?
This Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole is simple enough for every day, and yet perfect for special holidays!
- 2 Extra large or 3 large organic sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into small 2" cubes)
- 1 tablespoons ghee
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (I used a few twists of my nutmeg grinder spice)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (sprinkling on top of casserole before baking)
- Candied Pecans:
- 2/3 cup raw pecans
- 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (I used one tablespoon)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bring a pot with water to a boil and add cubed sweet potatoes and cook for 8-10 minutes until fork tender.
Drain water and add to an electric mixer with ghee, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and sea salt. Mix until combined and to your preferred consistency.
Spray a casserole dish with spray oil ( I use coconut oil) and pour sweet potatoes into the dish and smooth top.
In a cast iron skillet (or small pan), spray lightly with coconut oil, add the raw pecans, maple syrup on medium-low and mix with a spoon for about 30 seconds to 1-minute coating all the pecans with maple syrup.
Pour pecans onto a baking sheet with parchment, spread out in one layer and let cool.
Arrange the pecans on top of the casserole and sprinkle with coconut sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
*Can be made ahead and reheated.
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