I don’t want to offend anyone’s holiday traditions but I have never understood sweet potato casserole as a side dish. Maybe as a dessert but how can anything that sweet be a side dish? I do love sweet potatoes so I don’t want to leave them out of the festivities so I made this toned down version of the classic casserole which I think is even better. The crumble crust adds texture to the soft creaminess of the filling and a hint of cayenne cuts down the sweetness without over powering the other flavors.



  • 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (1-2 large sweet potatoes, the orange flesh kind sometimes called yams)
  • 2 cups squash puree, acorn, butternut or pretty much any hard winter squash will work. *See notes*
  • 16 ounces organic silken tofu
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 2-3 tbsp maple sugar
  • 2 tbsp organic raw coconut oil
  • oil for baking dish


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a 1 1/2 - 2 qt baking dish.
  2. Place the pecans, flour, and maple sugar into a food processor. Process until you have coarse crumbles. Add the coconut oil and pulse until combined. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes, squash, tofu, maple syrup, salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, cayenne and coriander into the food processor. Process until smooth.
  4. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  5. Top with the nut mixture.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve while hot.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 8 servings.

Serving size approximately 3/4 cup.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 193, Cal. from Fat: 83, Total Fat: 9g, Sat. Fat: 3.6g, Carbs: 27g, Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 12.5g, Protein: 5g, Sodium: 255mg, Chol: 0mg


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. The topping will get a little soggy but will still taste great.

I like to use roasted squash that I puree myself. You can bake the squash and the sweet potatoes at the same time and then towards the end you can even toast the pecans in the oven too.

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