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Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole with an oat, pecan and cranberries topping and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Gluten-free, no refined sugar added!

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Sweet potato casserole with an oat, pecan and cranberries topping and sweetened with maple syrup. No sugar added!

This sweet potato casserole was almost a no-go.

Since American Thanksgiving is coming up, I wanted to test out some healthier versions of traditional sides.

My first attempt was a big pile of mush that was a result of trying to make it healthy AND vegan, which meant subbing applesauce for eggs and coconut oil for butter.

Nope.

Running out of maple syrup mid-way through didn't help either, since I also was going sugar-free.

After wasting that much sweet potato, I almost gave up.

Sweet potato casserole with an oat, pecan and cranberries topping and sweetened with maple syrup. No sugar added!

Then that night I was snacking on the pecan mix I used in these “nachos” and realized that same sweet and savory combo with pecans & dried cranberries would be a great topping for my next attempt.

Re-inspired and re-stocked with more pure maple syrup, I hit the kitchen again.

Sweet potato casserole with an oat, pecan and cranberries topping and sweetened with maple syrup. No sugar added!

I still made 2 out of 3 of my original goals – while it's not vegan, it's still a healthier version and NO added sugar.

(Also accidentally gluten-free since I used an oat topping instead of flour.)

Don't worry, it's still sweet from the maple and has some of the best holiday spices for flavor.

Bonus – you can forgo an extra bowl if you want and just mix it up in your casserole dish!

Sweet potato mash before baking

I'm probably not the first to put dried cranberries on top of a sweet potato casserole but I think it's pretty amazing.

I know fresh cranberries are all the rage this time of year but the dried ones add just the right flavor.

Sweet potato casserole with an oat, pecan and cranberries topping and sweetened with maple syrup. No sugar added!

You're going to want to make a big batch of mashed sweet potatoes so that you can make this casserole and those amazing rolls I shared with you the other day. Okay?

Sweet potato casserole with an oat, pecan and cranberries topping and sweetened with maple syrup. No sugar added!

Sweet potato casserole with an oat, pecan and cranberries topping and sweetened with maple syrup. No sugar added!
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Healthier Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole with an oat, pecan and cranberries topping and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Gluten-free, no sugar added!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 275kcal
Author Kelly @ trial and eater

Ingredients

For sweet potatoes:

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (about 1.5 pounds or 5 medium potatoes)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For topping:

  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter , melted (or unsalted butter with an extra pinch of salt)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

For sweet potatoes:

  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the mashed sweet potatoes and eggs until combined. Stir in milk, maple syrup and cinnamon.
  • Transfer to a 9 inch casserole dish and top with sea salt and nutmeg.

For pecan topping:

  • In a small bowl, mix together the pecan pieces, oats, maple syrup, cranberries and butter.
  • Pour pecan mixture evenly on top of sweet potatoes. Bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Serve hot.

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Doreen Colnaghi

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

So happy to find this recipe. I was looking for one and all had so much sugar! So I put in healthy and got yours. I’m making this tomorrow for sure. Thank you.

Kelly

Saturday 25th of November 2017

I'm so glad it was helpful, and I hope you loved it! My family sure did!