Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more psyched. The food, the family, the fun, it’s all just a few days away! As much as we enjoy everything about Thanksgiving, there’s always the dreaded thought of the bloating, weight gain, and massive guilt we feel after stuffing our faces during dinner. But I would be lying if I told you there’s not an alternative. If you’re anything like me, maybe you’ve looked at a healthy Thanksgiving recipe, but have given up on having the best of both worlds. There’s no doubt that it’s hard to believe something can be delicious and guilt-free. Cue the confetti because I’m here to share an unbelievable Thanksgiving recipe that will have you begging for more. This sweet potato casserole is all natural and so easy to make. Here’s everything you need to get started!
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 6 tbsp almond flour
- 1 1/2 tbsp melted vegan butter
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 3.3 pounds of sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 6 tbsp coconut oil
- 6 tbsp vegan butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a casserole dish. Set aside.
- Then, in a 4-quart pot of boiling water, boil the sweet potato for 20 minutes until soft.
- While sweet potatoes are boiling, mix the first four ingredients for the maple pecan topping – maple syrup, almond flour, vegan butter, and chopped pecans. Mix until all 4 ingredients are combined, set aside.
- When the sweet potatoes are finished boiling, drain and mash together.
- Next, add the rest of the ingredients. Use a potato masher to combine all the ingredients fully – about 5-8 minutes.
- Then, spoon sweet potato mixture into the casserole dish and coat the top with the maple pecan topping.
- Finally, bake for 30 minutes, checking continuously to avoid pecans burning. If pecans are browning too quickly, cover the top with foil.
- After the 30 minutes are complete, remove from oven.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then serve.
And that’s all there is to it! Not only is this recipe vegan and gluten-free, there are so many health benefits to sweet potatoes, coconut oil, and pecans. It’s absolutely a win-win for everyone. The best part is, this casserole can be stored in the fridge for up to a week! Make sure it’s covered and sealed properly, to ensure all the goodness is secured. As surprising as it may be, this isn’t the only yummy and healthy option, but it’s definitely a top contender. What’s your favorite healthy Thanksgiving recipe? Leave your comments below!