Paleo Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole is the perfect easy and healthy side dish for Thanksgiving. Best of all, it’s made entirely in the crock pot, saving you valuable oven space.
I’ve got another Thanksgiving side dish again! If you’re looking for a few lightened up versions of some classic Thanksgiving side dishes, this Paleo Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole would make a delicious addition to your holiday table.
It’s gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and can be made either paleo or vegan (simply leave out the egg or use an egg substitute).
Plus since you make it in your slow cooker, that means one less thing to worry about taking up precious oven space on the big turkey day.
It starts off with a smooth and creamy sweet potato puree dressed up with a little bit of milk (almond and cashew work great), some pure maple syrup for an extra touch of sweetness, coconut oil and a little salt and vanilla to round things out.
I’ve tested this with eggs and without and I loved both versions. The eggs/egg sub bind everything together and give it a little structure so it doesn’t fall apart on your plate but it tastes great without them too.
The sweet crunchy topping gets a coating of maple syrup, almond meal and some cozy cinnamon and nutmeg so you can totally skip the traditional marshmallow topping.
This sweet potato casserole makes a delicious and healthy side dish so that you’ll still have enough room for dessert.
A few helpful notes for this Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole:
Make it ahead! The mashed potatoes can be made the day before and you can just mix up the topping right before you cook it in the slow cooker.
If you’re going egg-free simply leave out the egg, it will still tastes great but the texture will be a bit looser and more like a puree than a cohesive mash. You can use a little less milk for a thicker mash to compensate for this.
Toasting the pecans adds that extra-special touch of flavor and can be done ahead of time in the oven or on the stove for a few minutes
This recipe includes directions for the slow cooker and the oven.
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