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Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline Topping - this is a really special sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Roasted sweet potatoes and sweet spices add lots of flavor and the praline topping is amazing!

Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline Topping

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 8
Calories 400 kcal


  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or organic unsalted butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup organic half and half

Praline Topping

  • 1/4 cup gluten-free flour mix
  • 1/4 cup organic dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons organic unsalted butter cut into small pieces and softened
  • 1/2 cup pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Use a knife to poke holes in the sweet potatoes. Place sweet potatoes on a foil lined baking sheet and roast potatoes until they can be squeezed easily (use a kitchen towel and squeeze gently with your hand), about 1 hour or more depending on the size of the sweet potatoes. Remove from oven and cut lengthwise to let steam escape. Scoop flesh out into food processor and process until almost smooth. Add melted coconut oil or butter, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, pepper, egg yolks and maple syrup; process until combined. With processor running, pour in half and half and process until blended. Transfer to a baking dish and spread into an even layer. At this point, you can cover and refrigerate the dish until the next day; otherwise, continue with the Praline Topping.

Praline Topping

  1. Reduce oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in food processor; pulse until combined. Add butter to food processor and pulse until crumbly, just a few seconds. Sprinkle nuts over mixture and process a few more seconds until combined.
  3. Sprinkle praline topping on top of sweet potato mixture. Bake until topping is well browned and sweet potatoes are hot, about 40 minutes.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have dark brown sugar, you can use 1/4 cup light brown sugar and stir in 1-2 teaspoons of molasses. Recipe Adapted from Cook's Illustrated.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline Topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 497mg22%
Potassium 844mg24%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 32430IU649%
Vitamin C 6.1mg7%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.