Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe is a creamy (egg-free) sweet potato side dish, prepared with a crunchy cashew-pecan topping!

Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

For the holiday season, we recently served this Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole at our Thanksgiving feast. It’s sort of like a Sweet Potato Souffle, because it’s fluffy and so good (but of course without eggs).

Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

A Sweet Potato Casserole is one of our family favorite side dishes, and this time we modified the topping with coconut milk and cashews – so good! For non-vegan, you may want to try our Curried Mashed Sweet Potatoes or RecipeGirl’s Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes or Mexican Quinoa Sweet Potato Casserole.

We just love mashed sweet potatoes!

Easy Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

Gather these ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Orange
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut milk
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt

For the topping

  • Toasted pecans
  • Toasted cashews
  • Shredded coconut
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut sugar
  • Avocado oil
  • Salt

Sweet Potato Casserole

How to bake sweet potatoes

  1. Wash and dry the potatoes. Poke fork holes in each potato a few times.
  2. Roast the sweet potatoes on a foil-lined pan for one hour to an hour and a half, depending on the size of the potatoes.
  3. Potatoes should be tender when poked with a fork and caramelizing at the base.
  4. When done, remove from oven and allow to cool.

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Tips and substitutions:

  • Bake the sweet potatoes ahead (love a side dish I can prepare the day before).
  • Peel and mash the potatoes.
  • Make the topping, and right before serving, bake the sweet potato casserole with a crunchy cashew-pecan topping!
  • You can substitute the nuts for your favorite nuts (almonds, pistachios, walnuts).
  • With the leftovers, make this Sweet Potato Garlic Crostini.

Your guests are going to love you!

Intentions versus reality

Friends, I think about our intentions this time of year versus reality. Most of us have good thoughts and ideas of what we can do for others, but when it comes down to it, sometimes those ideas are hard to follow through with because of busyness.

In steps LOVE.

Intention plus love plus our life experiences make us compassionate and loving toward others.

I can’t take another “to-do” list at Christmas, because I find that it makes me anxious and not really able to enjoy anything that I’m attempting to do.

Tasty Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

The gift of love

I’m really focusing this month on getting up early (in the dark, of course) before anyone is up, to have alone time. Quiet time, or prayer time, or whatever you want to call it. This is a magical part of the day in which I feel a lot of love. And it’s a time of day where I can offer my love for others. What a beautiful Christmas gift that is, to know someone is praying for you.

So instead of our daily to-do list … instead we should ask ourselves … how well did we love?

We are stewards of the goodness of God and this beautiful world, and besides the usual gifts, hospitality, and time spent with family and friends—which are a given at Christmas— there’s a place for quietness of the soul and prayer for others.

Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole - family

In the meantime, I think back to this past holiday and the fun our family had together.

Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole - goofy family

Here are some goofy and not goofy pictures of the group.

And a sweet one of Abby with her Pa.

We enjoyed this DELISH Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole that I can’t wait to make again.

Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole - dtr + pa

More Sweet Potato recipes:

Tender Melting Sweet Potatoes [Foodie with Family]

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts [The Food Charlatan]

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Biscuits

Epic Sweet Potato Dinner Board

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Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Yield: 6


Sweet Potatoes:

  • 5-6 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c coconut milk
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • Salt to taste


  • 1/2 c toasted pecans
  • 1/2 c roasted cashews
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/8 c avocado oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Preheat oven to 450°
  • Wash and dry the potatoes. Roast the sweet potatoes whole on a foil-lined pan for one hour to an hour and a half, depending on the size of the potatoes. They should be tender when poked with a fork and caramelizing at the base.
  • When done, remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • In a food processor, combine the coconut cashews, pecans, avocado oil, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and salt to taste. Pulse until coarse and paste-like.
  • In a large bowl, beat the potatoes with an electric mixer. When smooth, add in coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange juice, and zest. Beat until smooth and salt to taste.
  • In a greased 9X13 pan, pour in sweet potatoes and spread them evenly into the pan. Then, add the topping—because it’s paste-like, use your fingers to crumble it on top.
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes and serve warm!
Course: Side Dish
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9x13 pan of vegan sweet potatoes