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Easy Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Easy Sweet Potato Casserole recipe combines delicious sweet potatoes with apples and warm spices under a crunchy pecan topping. You’ll love this spin on the classic Baked Sweet Potato Casserole.

Top down view of a casserole dish filled with baked sweet potate and apples topped with pecan brown sugar topping.

When you love sweet potatoes but don’t really want the traditional overly sweet and gooey sweet potato casserole of your childhood, bring this delicious and unique recipe for sweet potato casserole to your table instead.

Why You’ll Love About This Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

  • Vegan sweet potato casserole. And it will work as a side dish or dessert depending on your preference. Make sure you use dairy-free butter.
  • Not overly sweet. Usually, sweet potato casseroles use mashed sweet potatoes. With this recipe, I made it a lot less sweet and didn’t mash the sweet potatoes. Combined with the apple we didn’t miss the extra sugar and I ditched the cream for less fat.

Ingredients For Your Easy Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients used to make baked sweet potato cassarole.
  • Sweet Potatoes. You will need about 18 ounces which is about two potatoes.
  • Granny Smith Apples. These apples have a tart edge that provides the perfect complement to the sweetness of the potatoes. They are great for baking without becoming too soft or mushy. Honey Crisp apples or a similar tart apple will work as well.
  • Brown Sugar. Dark brown sugar will bring more flavor to the dish and the intensity pairs well with apples and sweet potatoes. Light brown sugar will work.
  • Cinnamon. Traditional and tasty.
  • Nutmeg. A wonderful spice for sweet potatoes or squash.
  • Allspice. If you only use these spices during the holidays, make sure your jars are not expired. Spices really only last about six months in the cabinet with any flavor potency.
  • Salt. To intensify the flavors and provide cohesiveness.
  • Vegetable oil or non-stick cooking spray for a light drizzle. Canola will work as well.

Ingredients for the Pecan Topping

  • Pecans. If you prefer, use your favorite baking nut.
  • All-purpose flour. This recipe will definitely work with a gluten-free all-purpose one-for-one flour instead.
  • Brown Sugar. Again, dark or light brown sugar will work.
  • Butter. Use dairy-free or vegan butter if desired.

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How To Make An Easy Sweet Potato Casserole

Step 1: Bake the sweet potatoes.

Place the sweet potatoes in a baking dish and drizzle them with vegetable oil. In a preheated oven, bake these until soft. Remove from the oven.

Step 2: Prepare Sweet Potato Casserole Topping

Step 3: Assemble and Top

  1. Mix the topping ingredients together until creamy.
  2. Add the apples to the baked sweet potatoes.
  3. Stir in the brown sugar spice mix. Spoon it over the sweet potatoes and apples.
  1. Top the casserole with the pecan topping.
An unbaked recipe for sweet potato casserole

Step 4: Bake your Easy Sweet Potato Casserole.

In thirty minutes, you will have a delicious dessert or holiday side dish.

  • Add marshmallows to the pecan topping. Marshmallows are a delicious addition to the topping. Just add about a half cup and bake when you return the sweet potato casserole to the oven.
  • Use all sweet potatoes instead of a combination with the apples.
  • Walnuts or almonds will work just as well for the topping if you already have one of those on hand.
A plate filled with recipe for sweet potato casserole topped with a pecan topping.

How To Reheat & Store Easy Sweet Potato Casserole

Best Way To Store Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

Keep the leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days or until it gets weepy and starts to separate.

Can I Freeze Baked Sweet Potato Casserole

Yes. Freeze the entire casserole to reheat later or freeze individual servings to use as needed. This makes a great treat for a busy workday! Use airtight containers and freeze for up to three months. The texture of the sweet potato casserole may change during the freezing process.

How To Reheat Easy Sweet Potato Casserole

You can eat your leftovers cold or reheat individual servings in the microwave for thirty seconds at a time until it reaches your desired temperature. Stir before eating to remove hot pockets. A whole casserole can be reheated from leftovers in the oven at 350º for 20-25 minutes.

Please note, that the recipe card has more complete instructions. This is intended as an overview.

Baked Sweet Potato Casserole FAQs

What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?

What Americans and Canadians refer to as yams are actually sweet potatoes. Yams have rough bark-like skin and the inside is more like a regular potato, starchy and not sweet.

Can I use frozen sweet potatoes to make sweet potato casserole?

Yes, it will save you some prep time when it comes to peeling and chopping. After 20 minutes of baking, check them regularly until fork tender.

Can you make sweet potato casserole ahead of time?

Yes. I’d bake the sweet potatoes and then assemble them. Refrigerate until you’re ready to bake. Sprinkle with the topping and bake as instructed.

Casserole dish filled with baked sweet potato casserole

Tips for the Perfect Recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole

This recipe easily scales up or down, as long as you have the right size casserole dish (or multiple dishes).

To mix the topping, it helps to use your hand to rub the ingredients together between your fingers, as the butter may stay clumped up and not mix well with just a spoon. You can also mix the pecan topping with a pastry cutter or two forks.

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Top down view of diced sweet potatoes and apples in a brown sugar and pecan sauce.

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
This easy sweet potato casserole recipe uses apples and warm Fall spices to pack in the seasonal flavors and finished with a delicious crunchy pecan topping.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Potatoes, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword: Potato Casserole, Sweet Potato Recipe
Servings: 6 Servings

Ingredients
 
 

  • 18 oz sweet potatoes ~2 potatoes – peeled and cut into 1” pieces
  • 9 oz granny smith apples ~2 apples – peeled and cut into 1” pieces
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp salt

Pecan Topping

  • ½ cup pecans – roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup flour AP or gluten-free
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp butter dairy free for vegan

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
  • Drizzle the sweet potatoes with a small amount of oil, or use oil spray, and bake in the oven in a casserole dish for 30 minutes or until fork tender.
  • While the sweet potatoes are cooking, Mix together ¼ cup of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt in a small bowl.
  • Once the sweet potatoes are baked, add the apples to the casserole dish and sprinkle with the brown sugar spice mix until evenly distributed.
  • In a separate larger bowl, mix the topping ingredients together by combining the pecans, flour, butter, and the other ¼ cup of brown sugar.
    It helps to use your hand to rub the ingredients together between your fingers, as the butter may stay clumped up and not mix well with just a spoon.
  • Sprinkle the pecan topping over the top of the casserole.
  • Return it to the oven for 30 minutes until the topping is golden-brown and has a nice crunch.

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 0.4mgSodium: 151mgPotassium: 398mgFiber: 5gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 12100IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating




Radha

Monday 7th of November 2022

The sweet potatoes and apples along with spices and nuts sounds super delicious! I love the flavor combinations.

Marcelle

Wednesday 2nd of November 2022

I've never been more excited to make sweet potato casserole for the holidays!! That pecan topping....!! Yum!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 3rd of November 2022

Thank you, Marcelle!

Kathryn

Wednesday 2nd of November 2022

I love anything that has to do with sweet potatoes so these are perfect for us! I love how easy these are to make. Adding these to my dinner menu!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 3rd of November 2022

Me too! Thank you, Kathryn!

Inger

Tuesday 1st of November 2022

Every year I get a huge quantity of sweet potatoes from my CSA. WHy have I never done something like this yummy casserole before!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 3rd of November 2022

I love them and eat them all year long! They always feel indulgent but have so many health benefits too. Thanks, Inger!

Hezzi-D

Monday 31st of October 2022

Oh yum! I like the idea of the pecan topping on these sweet potatoes!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 3rd of November 2022

Thank you, Hezzi!