A lightened up version of a Thanksgiving classic, this sweet potato casserole will quickly become a family favorite!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nellie’s Free Range Eggs. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal views.
Everyone has a favorite Thanksgiving dish, and it usually isn’t the turkey. Yes, turkey is the centerpiece of the table, but it’s the side dishes that most of us look forward to the most. While some people are all about the mashed potatoes and gravy, I’ve always been a sweet potato casserole fan.
My family recipe for this casserole, while delicious, is loaded with sugar, butter, and evaporated milk. But because roasted sweet potatoes are perfectly sweet on their own, I decided to start playing around with the recipe to find a lighter version of my Thanksgiving favorite.
To lighten up this casserole, I substituted regular milk for the evaporated (you can use any low fat milk or milk alternative), used maple syrup instead of brown sugar and greatly decreased the amount, and nixed all but one tablespoon of butter. One ingredient that I didn’t change was including a beaten egg.
The key to a fluffy sweet potato casserole is a large beaten egg, as eggs provide structure and moisture. One of the most common nutrition questions I get is about what kind of eggs to buy. And I don’t blame people – there are so many different labels and it can get confusing.
Personally, I choose Nellie’s Free Range Eggs as all their eggs come from healthy free range hens raised on certified humane farms. Unlike some brands where the hens just spend less time inc cages, these hens are actually cage free – they don’t spend any time in a cage and have clean, well-ventilated barns to live in as well as ample space to roam around outside. I also like that the hens are fed nutritious, high-quality feed free of antibiotics and added hormones, as a healthy diet for the hens means higher quality eggs.
In addition to an egg, the other key to this recipe is the oat streusel topping. I know, no marshmallows, but I promise the oat topping more than makes up for it! We aren’t big pecan fans, but if your family is, feel free to add a couple tablespoons of pecans (or walnuts) to the streusel topping.
If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear! Drop me a comment below or tag @TheHealthyToast_RD on Instagram!
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