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This Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with candied pecans makes the absolute perfect side dish at your Thanksgiving dinner or at your December holiday party. Do you want to know the best part? It's lighter than your typical sweet potato casserole and free of refined sugar!
Servings 6 -8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 3 large 3 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 3 tablespoon grass-fed butter or ghee or coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins optional

For Quick Candied Pecans

  • 1 cup whole raw pecans
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup or honey


  • Preheat oven to 375ºF and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large pot place cubed sweet potatoes and cover with water. Cover and let boil for 15 minutes or until fork-tender.
  • Meanwhile, make quick candied pecans: Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add 1 cup pecans. Toast until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Carefully add maple syrup and mix to coat all pecans. Once the maple syrup is boiling, remove from heat, and spread on the baking sheet to cool.
  • Drain potatoes and return back to the pot. To the sweet potatoes add maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg vanilla and salt mash together until mostly smooth. If adding raisins, add in now. Alternatively you could pulse this in a food processor or high-speed blender if you want an ultra smooth filling.
  • Scoop the mashed sweet potato into your Baking dish and smooth over the top.
  • Garnish the sweet potato casserole with the pecans.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes and serve warm.


  1. Want to make this dish ahead of time to bring? You have two options!
  2. Make Ahead Instructions:
  3. You can make this dish up until the point of baking. Let it cool completely before covering with the Ello Storage Lid and store for up to 1 day until ready to bake. Or you can fully bake this dish, cool completely, cover and store for up to 1 day and reheat when ready to serve.


Calories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 58.7gProtein: 5gFat: 28.8gSaturated Fat: 7.5gSodium: 190mgFiber: 7.7gSugar: 22g
Course: Side Dish
Author: Lexi