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Gluten Free Sweet Potato Casserole

This gluten free sweet potato casserole is a family favorite for Thanksgiving! Delicious sweet potato filling is topped with a homemade salty sweet pecan crumble.

gluten free sweet potato casserole with pecan topping

This sweet potato casserole is a family favorite!

This pecan and brown sugar topped sweet potato casserole is melt in your mouth delicious. A must make for your Thanksgiving dinner!

This sweet potato casserole with pecan topping is nothing like the bland sweet potato casseroles of the past.

It is buttery, spiced perfectly, and topped with the most amazing salty sweet pecan topping that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

It’s even naturally gluten free for anyone with allergies. Everyone who tries it can’t get enough! It’s a holiday recipe that is sure to impress.

ingredients to make sweet potato casserole

Ingredients to make gluten free sweet potato casserole

  • sweet potatoes
  • butter
  • milk
  • pure maple syrup
  • brown sugar
  • pecans
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon and salt
Gluten free sweet potato casserole with pecan crumble

How to make Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

Step 1: Make the sweet potatoes. You will need 5 cups of mashed cooked sweet potato. Peel the sweet potatoes first.

sweet potato in a sauce pan

Since I’m always finding ways to make Thanksgiving day faster, I often will boil my sweet potatoes the day before Thanksgiving and put them in the fridge.

You will need around 3 – 4 large sweet potatoes, depending on the size. If you cut them into chunks before boiling you can cut down on the time that it will take for them to be fork tender.

Step 2: Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, you can make the filling.

ingredients to make the sweet potato casserole filling

Add the mashed sweet potato, butter, milk, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to a bowl and stir to combine.

This sweet potato filling is buttery, sweet, and tastes heavenly!

Step 3: Transfer the sweet potato casserole filling to a 9 by 13 baking dish and start making the pecan topping.

ingredients to make the gluten free pecan topping

This recipe calls for pecan crumbs, which is basically just taking pecans and placing them in a blender until a flour like texture forms. It only takes a few seconds to blend up.

Add the pecan crumbs, butter, brown sugar, and salt to a bowl. Use a rubber spatula to stir until combined. The pecan crumble should resemble wet sand as pictured below. I love using pecan crumbs in desserts for the holidays!

Step 4: Spread the pecan topping evenly over the top of the sweet potatoes and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, until browned and bubbly.

When you have something sweet like the classic favorite sweet potato casserole, you absolutely need some salt in there to help counteract all the sweetness.

Gluten free sweet potato casserole with pecan crumble

While this is definitely sweet, it is contrasted by the saltiness of the topping and the flavors coincide perfectly in your mouth with each bite.

Sweet potato casserole went from a no-thank-you to a non negotiable part of my Thanksgiving table each year! It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without this delicious sweet potato casserole on the table.

p.s. if you are more of a marshmallow person be sure to try my sweet potato casserole with marshmallows!

Love Pecans? be sure to check out my pecan cream pie, pecan pie bars, pecan pie brownies, or my dark chocolate pecan cookie bars for Thanksgiving dessert!

sweet potato casserole with pecan topping

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gluten free sweet potato casserole with pecan topping

Sweet Potato Casserole FAQs

Can I make this dairy free?

Yes! To make this dairy free, use vegan milk and butter.

How do I store leftover sweet potato casserole?

Leftover sweet potato casserole can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

gluten free sweet potato casserole with pecan topping

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Casserole

Joy Shull
This gluten free sweet potato casserole with pecan topping is a must have side for your Thanksgiving table!
4.55 from 114 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Thanksgiving Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 329 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 cups mashed sweet potato around 3-4 large sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • cup 2% milk
  • ¼ cup pure grade a maple syrup
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

For the Pecan Topping

  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 ¼ cups pecan crumbs see notes
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Peel and boil the sweet potatoes until they are soft and fall apart easily. You can do this the day before to save time on prep work.
  • Measure the mashed sweet potato into a bowl
  • To the sweet potatoes, add butter, milk, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt and stir well
  • Transfer the sweet potato filling to a greased 9 by 13 casserole dish
  • Add the pecan crumbs, butter, brown sugar, and salt to a bowl and mix with a rubber spatula to combine. The pecan crumble should resemble wet sand
  • Spread the pecan topping evenly over the top of the sweet potato filling
  • Bake the sweet potato casserole at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until bubbly

Video

Notes

Use a food processor or blender to grind up the pecans into flour texture

Nutrition

Calories: 329kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 2gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 276mgFiber: 2gSugar: 29g
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Recipe Rating




Gale

Friday 1st of December 2023

Can you make this the night before then bake it in the oven the following day?

Joy Shull

Saturday 2nd of December 2023

Yes! I would just leave off the crumble and add it once you're ready to bake

Nancy

Tuesday 14th of November 2023

How can I make this for 2 people?

Joy Shull

Sunday 19th of November 2023

If you want leftovers, I would cut the recipe in half and then you could eat on it a few times. This is what I have done in the past when it's just my husband and me eating.

Steve

Sunday 18th of December 2022

Serve cold. Add a la mode with butter pecan. Add a bottom layer of ground pecan.

Steve

Sunday 18th of December 2022

I love it cold right out of the frig. As a dessert a la mode. Can at a bottom layer of pecans.

Melissa McNitt

Thursday 17th of November 2022

Getting ready to make this again for thanksgiving. Everyone loves it!

Joy Shull

Friday 18th of November 2022

So glad your family enjoys the recipe, Happy Thanksgiving!