Clean eating sweet potato casserole

Here’s the sweet potato casserole you need at your Thanksgiving table. 

Sweet potato casserole with crumble topping

Livi and I were planning on going to squadron Thanksgiving on Friday afternoon. She ended up being awake all night Thursday night -teething is the worst- so after playing with friends Friday morning, we came home for naptime. Since she didn’t sleep well the night before, she napped until 5:30! We ended up missing squadron Thanksgiving (which started at 5)… there was no way I was waking her up. So, we had 15 baked sweet potatoes that weren’t about to go to waste.

I think we can handle them πŸ˜‰ 

sweet potato casserole close up

Healthier Sweet Potato Casserole

This is another one of my favorite clean Thanksgiving recipes. I don’t mean “clean” in the sense that it’s devoid of butter and loaded with Stevia, but rather a lighter option than the usual fare, using all homemade ingredients. 


sweet potato casserole

Sweet potato casserole is one of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving foods. Ok, so I love all Thanksgiving food, but this casserole always has a special place in my heart… and the largest dedicated plate space πŸ˜‰ Even though I do like the ones with the marshmallow topping, I really love this crumble variation. The crumble adds a nice complementary texture to the creamy taters. You could also add some dried cranberries or mini marshmallows for a festive flair.

plated sweet potato casserole

Here’s the recipe:



Sweet potato casserole

A gluten-free variation of a beloved holiday favorite. Feel free to add in some dried cranberries or mini marshmallows, too!

  • Prep Time: 75
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes



For the sweet potatoes

  • 1215 sweet potatoes, depending on size
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/21 cup almond milk or milk of choice

For the crumble

  • 1 cup oats (can use gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 400. Wash the sweet potatoes, poke them each a few times with a fork, and bake on a cookie sheet for an hour until soft.
  2. 2. Let the potatoes cool slightly, peel them, and place in a mixer, along with the butter, vanilla, milk, sugar, salt and vanilla.
  3. 3. Mix well until smooth. Spread the potatoes evenly in a deep baking dish or casserole dish.
  4. 4. Prepare the crumble mixture in a separate bowl by mixing all of the ingredients.
  5. 5. Top the sweet potatoes with the crumble mixture, and bake for 35 minutes.


  • Feel free to use any butter or sugar substitutes that you love. Coconut sugar and Sucanat both work well instead of brown sugar.


  • Serving Size: 12


Are you cooking for Thanksgiving this year? What are you making?

We’re doing the usual lunch/dinner with my dadoo’s side of the family, then everyone is coming over here for nighttime dessert party. I’m thinking of making peppermint brownies, slow cookie hot cocoa, white chocolate cranberry cookies, and buying pumpkin pie from Costco (<– the best).

As far as the weekly meal plan goes, we’re keeping it pretty simple this week.

I’ll chop veggies to have on hand for salads, make some cranberry amazeballs (obsessed with these right now) and make simple dinners leading up to the holiday. 

Lots of fun stuff planned for the blog this week! A 20-minute Tabata/strength video (it’s killer! and minimal equipment so you can add it in during the holiday craziness), all of my holiday gift guides, a custom shoe giveaway, and some fun new recipes. We’re also going to be running a Black Friday/Cyber Mondy Soli Beat flash sale, so keep your eyes open for it πŸ™‚

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!


More clean Thanksgiving recipes:

Quinoa stuffing

Cranberry sauce

Raw chocolate tart

Pumpkin cheesecake for one

The BEST vegetarian green bean casserole

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  1. Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets on November 24, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    YUM! I’ve actually never had a sweet potato casserole before (GASP!), but now am definitely interested in trying this one out! It looks soo delish and very healthy! PS – I love your shopping as a workout plan on Friday πŸ˜‰ sing it, sister!

  2. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on November 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I used to not like Sweet Potatoes, but now they are my favorite food and I can’t imagine living without them! This casserole looks delicious! I’m thinking of making a sweet potato pie for our Thanksgiving this year πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      i don’t think i’ve ever had sweet potato pie!

  3. Neiry on November 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    “I don’t mean β€œclean” in the sense that it’s devoid of butter and loaded with Stevia.” Hahahaha, that was great. Makes one’s current definition of “clean” seem pretty warped. I’m sure in no time we’ll find something “harmful” about stevia, but (praise the lords!) there will be a new sweetener to take its place.
    Even though I sometimes use stevia, it can freak me out a bit. I feel like a creepo when I take out my little dropper bottle and am so intent on only TWO drops in my tea! I’m sure people who don’t know what it is think i’m puttin’ a little extra sumthin’ sumthin’ in there, haha.

    • Fitnessista on November 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      i like stevia just as much as anyone else -especially in coffee- but baking with it (and not using anything else) tastes a little too bitter for me

  4. Olivia at ohmy Olivia on November 24, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing! xo

  5. Ali @ Peaches and Football on November 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I’m making tons of sweet potato stuff this year! I always make a maple pecan sweet potato casserole for my fiance’s family and my family wants a “healthier” option, so I’m using light coconut milk and making the topping with pecans, chia seeds, a little coconut palm sugar, and oats. Should be delicious.

    If I have leftovers sweet pots, I also found a recipe for roasted sweet potato cheesecake. Holy yum! Looks fantastic!

  6. Laura on November 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    How much vanilla is in with the potatoes? It is listed in the instructions (twice, actually), but not in the sweet potato ingredient list. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on November 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      1 teaspoon πŸ™‚

  7. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on November 24, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I love the idea of a night time dessert party! We are going to be away from our family unfortunately this year so I am just going to be cooking for the husband and I. It should be low key BUT I am looking forward to trying out some new healthier Thanksgiving recipes.

  8. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on November 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    This looks so good! And I love the idea of a crumble topping instead of the typical marshmallow — much more appealing to me!

    Happy Sunday!

  9. Ali on November 24, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I actually HATE sweet potato casserole. It was never a staple in my family and it’s too sweet for me. I usually like my squash and sweet potato savory rather than sweet. I have 1/2 a butternut squash in the fridge that need to be used before I leave to visit family for the long weekend. I bet using this crumble on top of the squash would be very good! πŸ˜€

  10. april on November 24, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    i can’t say i’ve ever tried sweet potato casserole, but i LOVE sweet potatoes in general and this recipe looks absolutely delicious!

  11. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on November 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    That looks amazing! I think my favorite sweet potato recipe is the whole foods one with pecan streusal on top! Yummy

    • Fitnessista on November 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      that sounds fantastic!

  12. priya on November 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    to be honest, i only love sweet potatoes plain! but i LOVE them! grill them plain, no sugar butter or oil needed, so my mom saves some for me over thanksgiving πŸ™‚ we do make some with orange zest & juice though, and its pretty good!

  13. Christie @ on November 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Yum!! I love sweet potatoes! This looks so good and much healthier than our usual sweet potato with marshmallow dish on Thanksgiving. I’ll have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Alex @ Kenzie Life on November 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Do you think I could do Soli Beat even if I’m pretty uncoordinated? πŸ™‚ I’d really love to try it but I’ve always had problems with dance style DVDs because they go so fast and I can’t keep up! I don’t have much of a dance background and it feels like a lot of the ones I’ve tried are geared towards dancers even though they say they aren’t.

    I love this recipe though! Sounds great!

    • Jen on November 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Oh me too. Two left feet and no sense of rhythm. Someone needs to answer this question!

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      you TOTALLY could. we also have a “learn” section where we break down all the moves. it’s really just about having fun and moving πŸ™‚

      • Alex @ Kenzie Life on November 27, 2013 at 12:51 am

        Thanks Gina! I’m really glad to hear that because I really want to try your DVD!

  15. Danielle @ Its A Harleyyy Life on November 24, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    omg this is awesome! I love sweet potato casserole! Pinning!

  16. Livi on November 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    yum! I can’t wait to try this out πŸ™‚

  17. lotte on November 25, 2013 at 12:32 am

    loving the sweet potato casserole ! and sounds like you have a busy but fun week coming up πŸ™‚

  18. Laura B @ Fit Mama Love on November 25, 2013 at 1:44 am

    I’m responsible for the sweet potato casserole this year too! I love it so much. Not the marshmallow kind, though. Mine is topped with pecans! I’ll probably be posting it on my blog in the near future.

  19. Jackie on November 25, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I can’t wait for the new video!!!

  20. Jill on November 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

    This sweet potato dish sounds amazing! I’m planning to make it for Thanksgiving tomorrow. The sweet potatoes we usually get at the store are really big so 12-15 sounds like a lot – any chance you know the approximate weight for the potatoes you used?

  21. Emily on November 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I made this for Thanksgiving today and it was a HIT! I love how it was clean, had the crunch, and had all of the items on hand. Winner, winner, turkey dinner! πŸ™‚

  22. Susan on December 5, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I made this for a potluck at work today. So yummy! I will definitely be making it more often. πŸ™‚

  23. Kaleigh on December 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Gina! This looks delicious! Instead of using almond meal (allergy reasons), could I substitute whole wheat flour? Would it be the same measurements? Thanks!

  24. Heidi on November 12, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Do you think this is freezable? And if so, would you make the casserole part and the crumble part separate and freeze them separate, then combine them to bake?

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2014 at 8:47 am

      yes that sounds like a perfect plan!!

  25. Maggie @ Veg Fiend on November 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Mm, I can’t wait to try making cranberry amazeballs!

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