Easy Sweet Potato Casserole

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Sides
Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole with oats, walnuts and cinnamon sticks

Yes, you can enjoy your Thanksgiving favorites and still lose weight! Sweet potato casserole is a classic side dish that many Americans enjoy each year. While the typical recipe is filled with added sugar, butter and other unhealthy ingredients, you can rest assured that our version fits into your weight loss plan. Garnished with a crunchy crumb topping and filled with the sweet and savory flavors that you know and love, this Easy Sweet Potato Casserole recipe is sure to become a new family favorite!

The first step to making our Easy Sweet Potato Casserole is baking the sweet potatoes. You’ll need about four to five sweet potatoes. Poke them all over with a fork, then place them onto a lined baking sheet. Bake them at 400 degrees for about 45 to 60 minutes or until they are soft. Let the potatoes cool a bit, then peel off and discard the skin. Mash the potatoes with a hand masher, standing mixer or food processor.

Add unsweetened almond milk, orange juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract to the sweet potato mixture. Beat an egg in a separate bowl and add it to the potatoes. Pour the sweet potatoes into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. 

Now that the sweet potato base is complete, it’s time to make the crumb topping! Place oats and the nuts of your choice into a food processor. We love the recipe with walnuts and/or pecans, but almonds are also delicious! Process the oats and nuts until they are roughly chopped, then stir in finely chopped dates, cinnamon, nutmeg and light butter.

Spread the crumb topping on top of sweet potato mixture and pop the almost complete sweet potato casserole into the oven. Bake for about 45 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Pro Tip: If you like marshmallows on your sweet potato casserole, you can add them during the last 10 minutes of baking. Just be sure to account for these additional calories by counting them towards your daily Extras.

This Easy Sweet Potato Casserole makes eight servings, so there’s enough for the whole family to enjoy on Thanksgiving day! If you’re losing weight on Nutrisystem, each 278-calorie serving can be logged as one and a half SmartCarbs, half of a PowerFuel and two Extras in your NuMi app journal.

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Servings: 8

Calories per Serving: 278

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 ½ SmartCarbs, ½ PowerFuel and 2 Extras

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potato Base
  • 4-5 sweet potatoes
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • Crumb Topping
  • ¾ cup dry oats
  • ¾ cup nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc.)
  • ¼ cup light butter
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 4 medjool dates, pitted and finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Poke sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Place on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 400°F for 45-60 minutes or until soft. Reduce heat to 350°F.
  2. Once soft, remove potatoes from oven and let them cool some. Peel off skin and discard. Mash with hand masher, standing mixer or food processor.
  3. Add the milk, orange juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Beat the egg in a separate bowl and then stir into the sweet potato mixture.
  4. Pour sweet potato mixture into a greased 9x13 baking dish.
  5. To make crumb topping, place oats and nuts into food processor. Process until roughly chopped.
  6. Stir in dates, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter.
  7. Spread crumb topping on top of sweet potato mixture. Bake for 45 minutes or until top is golden brown.
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