Sweet Potato Casserole

In previous Thanksgiving’s I would make a Sweet Potato Casserole, packed with butter, brown sugar, and topped with lots of marshmallow’s. This year I wanted to make my traditional, Southern Sweet Potato Casserole plant-strong and relatively guilt-free.

Sweet Potatoes Casserole that is vegan and gluten-free.
I hear there are vegan marshmallow’s somewhere out there but I decided to make a pecan glaze instead. I was inspired by Fat-Free Vegan’s Susan Voisin and her Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping. Her recipe looks beautiful but I didn’t want to add the sugar and margarine so my recipe differs dramatically. I prefer the Sweet Potatoes without the glaze myself but everyone seemed to like it when I served this to a dozen guest last week.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Glaze

Ingredients for Casserole

  • Sweet Potatoes (I used two huge potatoes but 4-6 regular sized would probably work)
  • 1/2 cup rice milk, more if needed
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Ingredients for Glaze

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar


  1. Bake sweet potatoes, allow to cool slightly until they can be peeled.
  2. If using a potato masher mash peeled potatoes in a large bowl, adding milk a little at a time as needed.
  3. Add maple syrup and cinnamon.
  4. Pour into a casserole dish. I used a 9×9 dish and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
  5. While casserole is baking mix up the glaze by adding all ingredients to a bowl and stirring well.
  6. Taste glaze, add anything that appears lacking.
  7. Pour onto sweet potatoes and allow to cook for 15 to 20 more minutes.


This casserole is perfect for Thanksgiving Dinner but is also delicious any other time of the year. It is really easy, can be made ahead of time and re-heats extremely well. Whether you make the glaze or not I think your guest will be impressed. My 1 and 3 year old’s took care of the leftovers in no time at all.

What to Eat…Part 4

On the weekends I typically get out of my normal routine. One of the casualties is drinking water. Do you drink a lot of water? Your whole body will function better if you do. Over Christmas vacation our teenagers were visiting (they live in another state) and the oldest had a headache two days in a row. I asked if he had an water recently and he had not. As soon as he started drinking water he felt better. Water helps every part of our body. So stop reading, get up and get a big glass of water.

The Apple Muffin recipe I promised is at the bottom of the post.

Today’s Meal Plan

Breakfast: Pancakes

There are a lot of pancakes recipes out there. I tried a new one today from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook by Lindsay S. Nixon. It tasted great and the pancakes were light and fluffy. I used whole wheat pastry flour and made half of the batch with blueberries. The blueberry pancakes were superior to the plain.

I also love pancakes with peanut butter or topped with fruit. 

Lunch: Baked Sweet Potatoes

Before changing my diet I had only had baked sweet potatoes at restaurants, mostly Salt Grass Steak House. Restaurants typically serve baked sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar and/cinnamon.

Baked sweet potatoes are easy to make and really good for you, sans dairy and sugar. If your in a hurry you can even “bake” it in the microwave. Our microwave has a “baked potato” button. To prepare a potato just wash thoroughly, wrap in plastic wrap (if your cooking in the microwave) poke a few holes in it then bake until soft. If your cooking them in the oven wrap in foil and bake 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of your potato. While your at it save time and bake a big batch.

I like to add cinnamon to my bake sweet potatoes but my husband has them plain. Everyone in our home loves them. We have convinced our toddler that the peel is the best part, which he repeats continuously as he eats us.

Dinner: Stir Fry

We are never “in the mood” for stir fry. I usually make it once my veggie drawer starts looking pathetic and we need to use up all of the veggies that I had good intentions to cook. Something magical happens every time and it ends up tasting so good. 

  • carrots
  • onion
  • broccoli
  • peppers
  • any other veggies that need to be eaten
  • cooked brown rice, or noodles
  1. In a heated skillet add carrots and any other veggies that are hard and need the longest time to cook. You not need oil. If the veggies start to stick add a spoonful or two of water to your pan. Keep stirring veggies.
  2. Add onions and peppers.
  3. Add broccoli and other fragile veggies that don’t need much cooking time. 
  4. Spices can be added now. 

Serve with warm brown rice or noodles. This could also be served with other cooked grains like millet or amaranth for some variety. 


Apple Muffins

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • dash nutmeg
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup diced apples
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add applesauce, agave and 1 tsp vanilla to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Add 1 cup dice apples and mix until just combined. 
  5. Spoon batter into paper lined muffin cups until 3/4 full. You can sprinkle extra oats or cinnamon on the muffins before baking if  you’d like. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Try not to burn yourself by eating these fresh from the oven. I took them to a ladies Bible study and they were a big hit. We ran out quickly so I plan to make more soon.