Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

This paleo sweet potato casserole with pecans is one the entire family will love. No refined sugars, no marshmallows, just real good ingredients.

If you love sweet potatoes in bite sized pieces, then this sweet potato casserole with pecans is for you. Oh, and don’t let the Paleo scare you… it just means that this recipe has none of the marshmallows, brown sugar, or  refined ingredients out there…and it’s loaded with flavor.

Paleo Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole via SuperGlueMom.comSince giving up all grain three months ago, I’ve been thinking of some delicious recipes I can share with you that anyone can eat. I mean, this is family-friendly recipe blog… not a true specialty blog. But sometimes, some recipes are so delicious and so “clean” that I can’t help but share them with you.

Sweet potatoes are about the only starch I’ve allowed myself to eat for the last couple of months. Until recently, I rarely cooked sweet potatoes in “casseroles” but a girl has got to experiment.

Paleo Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole via SuperGlueMom.com

My husband loves sweet potatoes that are baked, topped with butter and cinnamon. I personally like them cubed in small bite sized pieces. Sure, they taste the same… but since I’m the one that cooks…

Ok, so back to the recipe. Unlike traditional sweet potato casseroles this dish doesn’t have two sticks of butter, a cup of brown sugar, and a bag of marshmallows. Goodness, we gave the marshmallows up a long time ago (with the exception of the rare s’more party here and there). Although, I am working on a homemade marshmallow recipe you are going to love…

Paleo Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole everyone will love via SuperGlueMom.com

I also love the sweetness of raisins. I use them in things like my cinnamon raisin roll ups, inside of my over night cinnamon rolls, oatmeal cookie dough bites, cinnamon raisin newtonscinnamon raisin peanut butter… even a healthier version of Chick-fil-a’s carrot raisin salad. Yup, I’m raisin obsessed.

Raisins add a sweetness to many of my recipes without needing refined sugar. Plus, they are an inexpensive substitute for many (not all) recipes that typically call for dates.

And this sweet potato with raisins and pecans? It is definitely a clean dish that has the best of both worlds, the sweetness from the raisins and the crunch from the pecans. It’s so good, you are going to want to make it year round.

Paleo Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole everyone will love via SuperGlueMom.com

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

Paleo Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole via SuperGlueMom.com
  • Author: Laura Fuentes - SuperGlueMom
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Dinner

Ingredients

  • 5 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 -1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, raisins and shallots.
  3. Place sweet potato mixture in a 9×13 inch-baking dish.
  4. In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add pecans and stir until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add maple syrup and stir until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 3 minutes.
  5. Top potatoes with caramelized toasted pecans, cover with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven 50-60 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.

 

November 11, 2013

13 thoughts on “Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans”

  1. Jacque says:

    I have these ingredients so wanting to try. However Im a little confused…is it meant to be a savoury dish to accompany meat for eg or is it a dessert? With the maple, raisins and nuts it seems sweet?
    thanks

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      It’s a side dish. Enjoy!

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