Maple Sweet Potato Casserole with Granola Topping (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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Today I’d like to share a healthier version of one of my favorite Thanksgiving and holiday sides–sweet potato casserole.

Instead of using a ton of sugar, butter, and marshmallows, this vegan and gluten-free version is lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup and gets its richness from a few spoonfuls of coconut oil. You can adjust the sweetness according to your liking and substitute organic grass-fed ghee or butter for coconut oil for a more “buttery” taste.

The topping is a delicious and refined sugar-free granola, whose crunchy texture pairs perfectly with the soft and creamy sweet potato center.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

This sweet potato casserole is the perfect side dish for your thanksgiving feast (or any other meal)! Sweet potatoes are in peak season during the fall, making them most nutritious to eat at this time and this casserole incorporates a crunchy granola topping that goes perfectly with the flavor of the sweet potatoes! One serving of this casserole packs 482% of your daily vitamin A needs since sweet potatoes are loaded with Beta Carotene - the form of Vitamin A that gives sweet potatoes their beautiful color. Each serving also carries 9g of fiber, so this side will be sure to help fill you up!

By Liz Lederman
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Maple Sweet Potato Casserole with Granola Topping (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan)

  • Prep Time:35 minutes
  • Cook Time:30-35 minutes
  • Servings: 12

Ingredients

Sweet Potato Mash:
4-5 pounds sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (more if needed)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Granola Topping:
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup pecans, walnuts, or almonds
1/4 cup almond flour (or almond meal)
6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Fill up a large pot with about 2 inches of water and add in the cleaned sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes (depending on the sizes) until potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork. Drain the water and set them aside until cool enough to handle or run cold water over them to quick-cool
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the granola topping: Add all granola ingredients to a food processor and pulse a few times until fully combined but still chunky. Alternatively, you can mix everything in a bowl as long as you chop the pecans first
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Peel the sweet potatoes and add them to the food processor in batches and process until smooth. You can also do this by hand using a potato masher, but a food processor will yield much smoother results. Add the rest of mash ingredients and mix until fully combined
  4. Pour the sweet potato mash into an oven safe casserole dish, even out the surface with a spatula, and cover with the granola topping, evenly distributed
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown on top. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!
Fill up a large pot with about 2 inches of water and add in the cleaned sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes (depending on the sizes) until potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork. Drain the water and set them aside until cool enough to handle or run cold water over them to quick-cool Meanwhile, prepare the granola topping: Add all granola ingredients to a food processor and pulse a few times until fully combined but still chunky. Alternatively, you can mix everything in a bowl as long as you chop the pecans first Preheat the oven to 375 F. Peel the sweet potatoes and add them to the food processor in batches and process until smooth. You can also do this by hand using a potato masher, but a food processor will yield much smoother results. Add the rest of mash ingredients and mix until fully combined Pour the sweet potato mash into an oven safe casserole dish, even out the surface with a spatula, and cover with the granola topping, evenly distributed Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown on top. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 355; Total Fat: 17 g; Saturated Fat: 9 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 98 mg; Potassium: 659 mg; Carbohydrate: 50 g; Fiber: 9 g; Sugar: 14 g; Protein: 5 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 7%; Vitamin A: 482%; Iron: 11%; Calcium: 11%

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