Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole with Coconut Almond Streusel

Thanksgiving is almost here and that means everyone and their mother (literally) is working on planning what to make for the big dinner. I finally got myself together and planned our dinner (we’re hosting this year) and I kept it pretty simple – just the classics. One of my favorite dishes every Thanksgiving? Sweet potato casserole.


I’ve pretty much never met a sweet potato casserole I didn’t like but I prefer mine to be slightly sweet and marshmallow free. These little casseroles are just that – slightly sweet (with NO sugar since I’m nixing sugar right now) and not a marshmallow in sight. Instead, they are topped with a coconut and almond streusel that I may or may not have eaten several spoonfuls of on it’s own.


Sweet potatoes + almond  + coconut = serious Thanksgiving bliss.

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole with Coconut Almond Streusel

Serves 6
Prep time 45 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 15 minutes


  • 4 cups sweet potato (peeled and cubed)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, solid


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Bring coconut milk and sweet potatoes to boil in a medium saucepan. Cover and cook until sweet potatoes are very tender.
2. Pour sweet potatoes and coconut milk into stand mixer and whip until thick and creamy. Be careful since it is very hot!
3. After mixture has cooled slightly, stream in egg whites slowly.
4. Add vanilla extract and coconut flour and mix to combine. Pour into ramekins and top with streusel. Bake for 45 minutes until sweet potatoes are sweet and streusel is lightly browned.
5. To make streusel: Combine almond flour, almonds, coconut flakes, cinnamon, allspice and coconut oil in a bowl until large clumps remain. If you want a sweeter topping, add 1/4 cup maple syrup.


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Comments: 19

  1. Brittany November 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm Reply

    Sweet Potato Casserole has always been my favorite dish at Thanksgiving too! I love that this version doesn’t have any sugar.

    • gabbysgfree November 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm Reply

      Gotta love delicious sweet potatoes!

  2. Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife November 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm Reply

    mmm this looks delicious! Does it taste a lot like coconut or just kind of a sweeter taste?

    • gabbysgfree November 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm Reply

      It doesn’t have a super coconutty taste – the coconut flavor mostly comes from the flakes!

  3. Liz @ iheartvegetables November 14, 2012 at 7:45 am Reply

    Ahhh when I saw a picture of this on Facebook I wanted to climb through the screen and take a bite! It looks SO good!!! And yes, still full of good-for-you-things!

  4. Audrey Adams November 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm Reply

    Is this gluten free?

  5. Kimberly November 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm Reply

    We have a nut allergy in our house. Any suggestions for the almonds and almond flour to still allow it to be gluten free?

    • gabbysgfree November 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm Reply

      You can use gluten-free oats – it won’t be grain free but will be gluten free!

      • Kimberly November 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm Reply

        great! thanks!

  6. Kristy H, November 16, 2012 at 6:58 am Reply

    This looks so yummy. If you don’t have individual ramekins, can you put it in one baking dish? Thanks.

    • gabbysgfree November 16, 2012 at 8:23 am Reply

      Sure! You just may need to adjust the baking time & amount of ingredients – it’s a very flexible recipe so it should be fine :)

  7. Jan November 16, 2012 at 8:48 am Reply

    Looks like a great recipe! Thanks for posting. I assume the baking temp is 350? Thanks :)

    • gabbysgfree November 16, 2012 at 8:52 am Reply

      Yes! Just noticed it wasn’t on there, editing to fix that now :)

  8. Becca December 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm Reply

    This looks divine! Am adding it to our Xmas menu (with Lamb Rack, whaddya think? A rich meal, but hey! its Xmas!) :) Thank You for this.

    • gabbysgfree December 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm Reply

      That sounds delicious – love rack of lamb!

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