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Published by : Dec 01 2023 Posted by : NVIH

No-Sugar Added Sweet Potato Casserole

As the holidays approach, there’s one dish that never fails to steal the spotlight on the dinner table: the beloved sweet potato casserole. This recipe is a celebration of flavors, blending the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes with a delectable topping that adds a delightful crunch. The no-sugar added recipe below is a healthier twist on a beloved classic. This recipe can be easily modified to your taste. Experiment with different nut and dried fruit varieties to make the recipe your own!


  • 7 cups cubed peeled sweet potatoes (2 pounds)
  • ½ cup reduced-fat milk
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup pepitas
  • ¼ cup chopped dried fruit (we like a combination of cherries and currants)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Bring two inches of water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Add sweet potatoes to the steamer basket, cover and steam until very soft, about 18 to 20 minutes. Remove basket and discard water. Return sweet potatoes to the pot. Add milk, 4 tablespoons butter, salt, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon and pepper; mash until desired consistency. Transfer to a 1 1/2-quart baking dish.

  3. Stir pecans, pepitas, dried fruit and the remaining 1 tablespoon butter together in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the top of the sweet potatoes.

  4. Bake casserole until hot and the nuts are lightly toasted, 20 to 30 minutes.

Pro Tip

To make ahead: Prepare through Step 3 and refrigerate for up to 2 days.


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