Sweet Potato Casserole with Coconut Pecan Topping is creamy, crunchy, toasty and so divine! You’ll never top your sweet potatoes with marshmallows again.
This Sweet Potato Casserole with Coconut Pecan Topping is hands down the best sweet potato casserole I’ve ever tasted, and we’ve had many many recipes pass over our table over the years. These whipped sweet potatoes are topped with a sweet, crunchy coconut pecan crumble topping that makes the whole dish taste like it should be on the dessert table. You won’t miss the classic mini marshmallows at all!
Can It Be Made Ahead of Time?
Yes! This is good news for those of you hosting Thanksgiving this year. Doing as much as you can ahead of time makes things go more smoothly as the holiday gets closer. Make your casserole ahead of time, chill in the refrigerator, then bake the day of. It will be delicious!
Does Sweet Potato Casserole Need to Be Refrigerated?
Make room in the refrigerator for this casserole dish. Sweet potatoes can be stored in the fridge for up to five days. And if the casserole is left out for more than a couple of hours, it should be discarded, so make sure to store the leftovers as soon as you can.
Does Sweet Potato Casserole Freeze Well?
The short answer is yes. But plan to reheat and serve the casserole within a few weeks. The flavor of sweet potatoes declines after a month in the freezer. And the sugars in the topping and potatoes can become watery over time.
How to Re-Heat
To reheat this casserole, warm it in the oven at 350 degrees until warmed through, about 20 minutes. If you put it in the microwave the pecans will become soft and you won’t get that good crunch.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows
Now don’t get me wrong, I love toasted marshmallows. But nothing beats sweet, toasty coconut and pecans. It is sugary, sweet, rich and glorious! Save the marshmallows for s’mores; once you try this crunchy topping, you will never go back. But if you simply MUST use marshmallows as your topping, swap out the crumble topping in this recipe and follow the rest as instructed.
Is Sweet Potato Casserole Gluten Free?
When making Sweet Potato Casserole the traditional way, it is gluten-free. To make this recipe with the crumbly topping GF, swap out the flower in the coconut topping for coconut flour, rice flour or any other favorite gluten free flour mixture.
Can I Use Fresh Sweet Potatoes Instead of Canned?
Yes, you can use fresh sweet potatoes. You will need 3 ½ cups of mashed sweet potatoes. Peel the potatoes and discard the peeling. Boil them in water in a large pot until they are fork tender. Mash with a potato masher.
Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Now that you have your sweet potato casserole planned out, here are a few more of our family’s favorite Thanksgiving recipes:
- Green Bean Casserole
- Cranberry Sausage Stuffing
- Best Dinner Rolls From Scratch
- Perfect Mashed Potatoes
- Traditional Pumpkin Pie
- Orange Cranberry Sauce
More Delicious Sweet Potato Recipes
Thanksgiving or not, sweet potatoes are always a delightful side dish, and a sweeter alternative to regular potatoes. Try a couple of these favorites:
- Rocky Road Scalloped Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Lime Dip
- Coconut Pecan Sweet Potato Halves
How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole with Coconut Pecan Topping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl or mixer, combine sweet potatoes, milk, brown sugar, melted butter, egg, vanilla, and salt. Beat ingredients with a hand mixer (or in a mixer) until the sweet potatoes are light and fluffy.
- Transfer sweet potato mixture into a greased 9×9 inch baking pan.
- Stir all of the topping ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Sprinkle the topping evenly over the sweet potatoes.
- Bake uncovered for 35 minutes.