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Fully caramelized pecan topping on the sweet potato casserole.

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

  • Author: Kari
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This holiday classic is good as a side dish to so many dinners, you’ll find yourself adding it to the menu often! It’s the perfect amount of sweet, and the creamy sweet potato filling pairs perfectly with the caramelized pecan topping.



2 sweet potatoes, 2 pounds

4 Tablespoons ghee, or coconut oil, see notes

1/4 cup coconut milk from the can

1/2 Teaspoon sea salt

1/4 Teaspoon ground black pepper

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

Pecan Topping:

1 1/2 cup pecan, (unsalted, not roasted) roughly chopped

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 Tablespoon ghee or coconut oil

1/4 Teaspoon sea salt

1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 425ºF and thoroughly wash the sweet potatoes. Poke holes in the sweet potatoes with a knife and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake until completely soft and starting to caramelize, 1 hour. The timing will vary depending on the size of your sweet potatoes.

Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven, and let them cool until you can peel them. After you’ve peeled the sweet potatoes, add them to a medium sized bowl.

Mash the sweet potatoes until no lumps remain. Add the ghee/coconut oil, coconut milk, sea salt, pepper, vanilla, and egg, and mash again until smooth.

Lightly grease a 9″ pie pan or 10″ flan pan, (glass or ceramic works best). Spread the sweet potato filling evenly into the dish.

In a small bowl, stir together the pecans, maple syrup, ghee/coconut oil, sea salt, and cinnamon. Spread the pecan mixture evenly over the top of the sweet potato mixture.

Bake the sweet potato casserole at 350ºF until bubbling and caramelized, about 30 minutes.

Make Ahead Tips: You can bake the sweet potatoes ahead of time, then the day you’re ready to bake the casserole proceed with the step where you peel the roasted sweet potatoes. You can also make the filling ahead of time, then add the topping before baking.


If you can have dairy, I recommend browning 4 tablespoons of butter to use in place of the ghee or coconut oil. Browned butter makes for a super tasty variation you’ll definitely want to try.

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

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