Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

Steamed sweet potatoes are whipped together with honey, egg, cinnamon, and nutmeg in this healthy casserole. This sweet potato casserole is unbelievably light and addicting; you won’t be able to resist a second helping!

This Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole is filled with warm spices and lightly sweetened with honey | Kristine's Kitchen

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Have you started planning your menu? Or do you already have the menu all set? I’ll be hosting this year, but I will have lots of help from family who will be bringing appetizers, side dishes, and even dessert. While we like to try a new Thanksgiving dish now and then, my family pretty much has a set menu that we make from year to year.

One dish that I always make is the sweet potato casserole. I used to follow a recipe that had been a staple at our family’s Thanksgiving table for years. It was delicious, but loaded with butter and brown sugar. Then one year I came across this recipe in a magazine, tried it, and I’ve never looked back. Baked sweet potatoes pretty much taste like candy as is, so it’s not necessary to add a lot of butter or sugar to them to make them irresistible.

This Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole is filled with warm spices and lightly sweetened with honey | Kristine's Kitchen

I originally posted this Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole four years ago, in the early days of the blog. It’s become a staple in our house, and I wanted to bring it to the forefront once again since many of you weren’t reading back then. Plus, the photo desperately needed updating, and I’ve made a few tweaks to the recipe over the years.

This Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole is filled with warm spices and lightly sweetened with honey | Kristine's Kitchen

You won’t find a bit of butter in this lightened up sweet potato casserole. You won’t miss it at all, promise! The sweet potatoes are lightly sweetened with honey, and I’ve added plenty of cinnamon and some nutmeg. Instead of the traditional marshmallow topping, a cinnamon-brown sugar-pecan topping is the perfect finishing touch.

This Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole is so easy to make, and so delicious, that you’ll want to include it at all of your holiday meals. And maybe even on a regular weeknight now and then, too.

This Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole is filled with warm spices and lightly sweetened with honey | Kristine's Kitchen

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 8 servings
 
Steamed sweet potatoes are whipped together with honey, egg, cinnamon, and nutmeg in this healthy casserole. This sweet potato casserole is unbelievably light and addicting; you won't be able to resist a second helping!
Ingredients
For the sweet potatoes:
  • 3½ pounds sweet potatoes (about 5 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
For the topping:
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tbsp. packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
Directions
  1. Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a pot fitted with a large steamer basket. Put the sweet potatoes in the basket, cover, and steam until tender, about 20 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a large mixer bowl and let cool slightly.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. To the bowl with the potatoes, add the honey, egg, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt; beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread the sweet potato mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Mix the brown sugar, pecans, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl; sprinkle over potatoes. Bake until hot and beginning to brown around the edges, 40-45 minutes. Check casserole after 30 minutes and cover with foil to prevent over-browning.

For the photos above, I halved this recipe. If you make the full recipe, you’ll have 8 side dish-size servings.


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  1. One of my favorite casseroles!

  2. When I think about sweet potato casserole I don’t instantly think of healthy. This might have to go on my menu this year. I’m doing my best to have a happy but healthier meal this year.

    • I’m realizing that my favorite holiday dishes can still be enjoyed, but in a much healthier way. Most times there’s just no reason to add all of the sugar, butter, or processed ingredients that are often found in side dishes like this one. I hope you try this casserole, it really is so delicious!

  3. I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year, though I still need to decide what side dishes to make! This sweet potato casserole looks mouthwatering, Kristine! I love that you lightened it up a bit, yet still kept it full of flavor. Sounds delicious!

  4. This looks amazing! I love seet potatoes – they are so delicious!

  5. This recipe sounds fabulous! Gorgeous pics too!

  6. What a gorgeous casserole, Kristine! I don’t think I’d want to share a single bite. Pinned!

  7. This looks great! Goodness knows I don’t need more butter and sugar on Thanksgiving day. Love that I can still get my sweet potato fix without filling up!

    • Thank you, Courtney! I’m all for indulging a little on Thanksgiving, but there are plenty of other opportunities besides the sweet potatoes to do that, right?!

  8. Ginny McMeans says:

    I so needed this recipe. My sweet potatoes were way too sweet last year. Thanks for this healthier version.

  9. Love the healthy spin on a what should be a “good” vegetable.

  10. This looks amazing, and I love that it’s good for me! I would love to have this at Thanksgiving or anytime as a side dish!

  11. Wow Kristine! This looks absolutely delicious! My mouth watered when I saw those photos. I could definitely see this on my holiday table. Pinned!

  12. I love sweet potato pecan casserole and now I can have an extra scoop because your recipe is healthy…right!? Looks delicious!

  13. This casserole looks unbelievable! I want I want!

  14. I’ve never had sweet potatoes in dessert form before, definitely curious to know what this casserole tastes like. It does look delicious!

  15. This looks so tasty! I love sweet potato!!

  16. This looks and sounds so wonderful! Love how healthy you’ve made this!

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