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Paleo Easy Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping - the best side dish for Thanksgiving! No one will believe it's vegan friendly, whole30 compliant and gluten/grain/dairy/sugar AND egg free! | Foodfaithfitness.com | @FoodFaithFit

Paleo Easy Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

Paleo Easy Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping is perfect for Thanksgiving! Whole30/vegan friendly and gluten/grain/dairy/sugar free!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 8 People, as a side
Calories 277kcal


For the casserole

  • 1 Lb Sweet potatoes
  • 1 Lb Apples, of choice (I used Fuji)
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee, at room temperature (the consistency of softened butter - or use Vegan butter)
  • 2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract (or powder for whole30)
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut flour

For the topping:

  • 1 Cup Raw pecans
  • 1/2 Cup Halved Deglet Noor dates, tightly packed (100g)
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee, at room temperature (or vegan butter)


  • Peel the sweet potatoes and apples, and remove the cores from the apples. Chop them all into large chunks and place into a large pot. Cover with about 1 inch of water, adding a pinch of salt.
  • Bring to a boil on medium/high heat and cook until very soft and tender, about 30-35 minutes. Once cooked, drain well and place into a large bowl. Additionally, heat your oven to 350 degrees and rub a casserole dish with ghee (I used an 11x8.5 inch oval)
  • Add all the ingredients, except for the coconut flour, into the bowl and mash until well combined but leaving a little bit of the apple chunky for texture. Finally, stir in the coconut flour. Spread into the prepared casserole dish.
  • In a small food processor (mine is 3 cups) combine the pecans and dates, pulsing until broken down and crumbly.  Pour the mixture into a small bowl and mix together with the remaining ghee.
  • Sprinkle the date/pecan mixture evenly over top of the casserole. Bake until the casserole feels set, about 45 mins-1 hour, depending on the size of your casserole dish. 
  • Turn your oven to HIGH broil and broil for an additional 5-10 minutes, until the dates are crispy. * READ NOTES
  • Let stand for 5-10 minutes and DEVOUR!



* I have had readers make this and say the broiler burned the topping at 3 minutes, which was not nearly the case with my oven. Broilers can be VERY different temps, so watch yours like a hawk once you broil  - it could only need 2-3 mins!


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16.2g | Saturated Fat: 4.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.7g | Cholesterol: 11.3mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 6.4g | Sugar: 18.5g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.9mg