DELICIOUS Holiday Potato & Sweet Potato Side Dish Healthy Recipes!
Instead of Marshmallows, Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans & Oatmeal Topping!
For this healthy sweet potato casserole, I’ve lightened up the traditional recipe by using mashed bananas for natural sweetness! I love the fruity flavor they bring to this fluffy mash and the nutty, crunchy topping. Plus, I don’t have to add ANY sugar or sweetener to this recipe!
Usually, a classic Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole is loaded with sugar and topped with marshmallows. And, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the sugar and marshmallows! But, if you’re looking to lighten up your holiday feast, this easy baked sweet potato casserole is an awesome option.
After all, sweet potatoes are also naturally sweet. You don’t need to add much of anything for them to taste great—especially after they’re roasted! And, the mashed bananas provide extra sweetness, along with the comforting fall-time flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Yes, there are no marshmallows here… Instead, this healthy sweet potato casserole recipe has pecans, dates, and a crave-ably crunchy oatmeal topping that’s lighter but perfectly sweet. After those chopped dates roast and caramelize, you won’t even miss the marshmallows!
Tips for Maximum Deliciousness
First of all, it’s crucial to use truly ripe bananas that are spotty and turning brown, because they’ll provide the most sweetness since their starches have converted to sugars. Honestly, the mushier your bananas are, the better this healthy sweet potato casserole will be!
Then, to bring out even more of that natural sweetness, I ROASTED my bananas for a few minutes. I love the caramelized flavor it creates, and they’re so easy to scoop out of their peels afterward! But, you could skip this and mash your bananas straight from the peel, if preferred.
Either way, I do recommend using a hand mixer or a whisk and some muscle to whip up your mash for this healthy sweet potato casserole. It’s a simple step, but it will add SO much fluffiness—definitely worth the bit of extra effort!
Finally, be sure to let your oatmeal topping crisp up until golden brown in the oven so it turns out perfectly crunchy and satisfying. If needed, you can set your healthy sweet potato casserole to broil for about a minute before it’s done—just watch closely so it doesn’t burn!