Sweet Potato Casserole Recipes

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If you’re anything like me, the mere mention of ‘sweet potato casserole recipes’ brings to mind cozy family gatherings and the irresistible aroma of cinnamon and brown sugar wafting through the kitchen. It’s that perfect dish that is a blend of a hearty healthy side and dessert, making any meal feel like a special occasion. But there are so many different ways to make this traditional dish. From classic takes to healthy swaps, check out this variety of sweet potato casserole recipes and try a new one this Thanksgiving!

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What Ingredients are in Most Sweet Potato Casseroles?

The beauty of this post is showing you that there are lots of different variations on sweet potato casseroles: healthier, vegan, nut-free, etc… but there are a handful of traditional ingredients that MOST will have:

  1. Sweet Potatoes: The star of the dish, usually peeled, cooked, and mashed or cubed.
  2. Butter: Adds richness and flavor to the sweet potatoes.
  3. Brown Sugar: Sweetens the dish and adds a caramel-like depth.
  4. Vanilla Extract: Enhances the overall flavor profile with a hint of sweetness.
  5. Eggs: Helps bind the casserole together and give it a creamy texture.
  6. Milk or Cream: Adds moisture and creaminess to the mixture.
  7. Cinnamon: Provides warm, spicy notes that complement the sweet potatoes.
  8. Nutmeg: Adds a subtle, nutty flavor that pairs well with cinnamon.
  9. Salt: Balances out the sweetness and enhances all the flavors.
  10. Toppings (optional): Common toppings include marshmallows, pecans or walnuts.

These ingredients come together to create a deliciously comforting sweet potato casserole that’s perfect for any occasion, but let’s be real, we all pull this one out for Thanksgiving!

Ingredient adjustments can be made based on personal preferences, dietary needs, or family traditions, and we’ll be getting into those ideas next!

Healthier Sweet Potato Casseroles

The most common alteration people want to make to traditional sweet potato casserole recipes is learning how to make them a bit healthier. The traditional recipe has a ton of white sugar, brown sugar, loads of butter, and basically an entire bag of marshmallows. Lots of people want that traditional sweet dish, but want to veer away from Grandma’s recipe a bit for a slightly healthier version that also preserves all the goodness. Here are some easy swaps to make for a healthier sweet potatoe casserole recipe:

  1. Reduce Sugar: Use less brown sugar or substitute with natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey with stevia and monk fruit.
  2. Limit Butter: Cut down on butter by using alternatives like olive oil or coconut oil, or simply reduce the amount used.
  3. Choose Low-Fat Dairy: Use low-fat milk, almond milk, or Greek yogurt instead of cream to reduce fat content while maintaining creaminess.
  4. Add Nutrient-Rich Toppings: Opt for more chopped nuts (like almonds or pecans) instead of marshmallows for added protein and healthy fats.
  5. Enhance with Spices: Increase flavor with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger instead of relying heavily on sugar for taste.

By making these adjustments, you can create a sweet potato casserole that’s lighter on calories and fat while still being delicious and satisfying.

10 Variations of Sweet Potato Casserole Recipes

Sweet Potato Sausage Breakfast Casserole

This Sweet Potato Sausage Breakfast Casserole is standout delicious. It’s stellar for all the brunches and breakfast-for-dinners. It also happens to be an easy Whole30 and Paleo recipe that’s gluten-free and dairy-free.

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Casserole

Creamy mashed sweet potatoes in a cinnamon maple flavor topped with a candied pecan crumble. This gluten-free sweet potato casserole is a scrumptious addition to any dinner table.

Old fashioned sweet potato casserole

The holiday season is a time for special family traditions and delicious food. One timeless favorite you’ve got to try is this Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Casserole with a crunchy pecan streusel! It’s a beloved side dish that has been enjoyed at Thanksgiving dinners & holiday gatherings for years, and it’s easy to see why!


This simple recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans is always a winner at Thanksgiving dinner. A crowd-pleasing casserole that is perfect for all kinds of special occasions, and can even be made up to 2 days ahead of time!


This easy gluten free sweet potato casserole recipe with a candied pecan topping is the perfect side dish for the holidays! It’s also dairy-free and paleo-friendly.

Sweet Potato Casserole

This easy Sweet Potato Casserole recipe is topped with pecans and marshmallows is a traditional side at our family Thanksgiving table.

Marshmallow Sweet Potato Casserole

This simple version of the classic Thanksgiving side is as easy as they come! Marshmallow sweet potato casserole comes together quickly and tastes delicious so that you can get back to spending time with loved ones.

Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Topping

This sweet potato casserole with pecans is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving. Fluffy sweet potatoes mashed with maple syrup and spices are baked in the oven with slightly sweet, crunchy pecans.


 Today I’m excited to be sharing one of my signature dishes: my recipe for the south’s best sweet potato casserole. This casserole is perfect for Thanksgiving and has a crispy crunchy crust with hot soft sweet potatoes underneath.

Sugar Free Sweet Potato Casserole

This Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole recipe is a delicious Thanksgiving side dish! It’s only sweetened with applesauce and is paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free & sugar free! 

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