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This Sweet Potato Casserole tastes like my mom’s, and that is the highest praise I can give it. THM XO
The inspiration for this recipe
There are certain recipes that just go with certain holidays in my mind, and no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without my mom’s sweet potato casserole. She makes it from a recipe in an old church cookbook of ours and it’s like dessert: a creamy sweet potato filling topped with buttery, nutty crumbles of streusel. Oh, so fattening.
But sweet potato casserole doesn’t have to be fattening! And this healthy version is not. It’s a crossover for you Trim Healthy Mamas, which means that it combines carbs and fats and is therefore not as weight loss promoting as a recipe with either carbs OR fats, but it shouldn’t cause weight gain unless you go totally overboard and eat several servings in one sitting. Which I may or may not have done the first time I tested this recipe.
I excused myself by saying that I ate it as a side dish and dessert.
THM Crossovers and their proper place
If you’re trying to lose weight, crossovers are best reserved for special occasions – or those times when you REALLY want to go off plan and need something special to fill the cravings.
But don’t be afraid of crossovers! They have their place!
Crossovers are perfect for
- pregnant and nursing mamas,
- husbands and growing children with high metabolisms,
- and those who are ready to maintain their current weight.
Great way to use up leftover sweet potatoes!
This sweet potato casserole would be a great way to use up those leftover baked sweet potatoes that end up stashed in your fridge once in awhile. No – just me?
Other favorite Thanksgiving recipes:
- Deviled Turkey & Stuffing
- “Brown Sugar” Glazed Ham
- Jiggly Cranberry Orange Salad
- Green Bean Casserole
- Amazing Yellow Squash Casserole
- Pumpkin Pie
As always, check out the Notes section of the recipe for helpful info and answers to frequently asked questions!
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New and improved
This recipe is an update of the Sweet Potato Casserole recipe on page 125 of Necessary Food. This recipe makes a 9″ x 13″ pan instead of an 8″ x 8″ pan. There are some other small tweaks for balanced flavor and sweetness, and the streusel topping has a more authentic texture.
This recipe was first published to the blog on November 23, 2015. It was updated November 2021.