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Vanilla Sweet Potato Casserole

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This vanilla sweet potato casserole is a modern spin on the classic Thanksgiving casserole. Lightly sweet, full of vanilla flavor and ready in just 30 minutes!

This vanilla sweet potato casserole is a modern spin on the classic Thanksgiving casserole. Lightly sweet, full of vanilla flavor and ready in just 30 minutes!

I was compensated by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for my time in developing this recipe and post. 

When I was a kid I wouldn’t touch sweet potatoes with a ten-foot pole. My parents would claim they were just as delicious as regular potatoes but I could not be fooled. Then my dad tried to bake them, cover them in brown sugar and cinnamon and I still would have none of their tomfooleries. Finally, they gave up and I went back to happily eating my white potatoes. Plus, the sweet potatoes that were always at Thanksgiving were from a can and just covered in marshmallows. I took a bite once and I all tasted was sugar. Listen, I’m all for sugary sweetness but I want flavor too. Sugar is not flavor.

This vanilla sweet potato casserole is a modern spin on the classic Thanksgiving casserole. Lightly sweet, full of vanilla flavor and ready in just 30 minutes!

Fast forward to now and I’m pretty much in love with sweet potatoes. I’m not sure what was wrong with my child self but I was insane. Who doesn’t like sweet potatoes? (Especially when they are in the form of chipotle bbq pulled pork stuffed sweet potatoes!) They really are just as delicious as white potatoes. Don’t worry I will never not love regular potatoes because of carbs for life. Am I right?

This vanilla sweet potato casserole is a modern spin on the classic Thanksgiving casserole. Lightly sweet, full of vanilla flavor and ready in just 30 minutes!

Usually, when I make sweet potatoes I mash them with a little coconut milk and call it a day. It’s so simple and packs a ton of flavor into any dish you serve it with. However, the one thing I have not been sold on is the whole super-sweet sweet potato nonsense. It just felt they were already sweet enough so how can you add more sweetness and not get overwhelmed?

Vanilla Sweet Potato Casserole LR-1

Well, my friends, I have solved our little problem. That’s right! I have solved our sweet sweet potato problem. Instead of putting sweetness into every aspect of the dish I stuck with mostly added a nice vanilla taste to the potatoes by using Nielsen-Massey vanilla bean paste. It gives the sweet potatoes a nice flavor without being overpowering. I then topped it with Nielsen-Massey vanilla sugar, granola, and mini marshmallows. The mini marshmallows are mostly for nostalgia. You can’t serve Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole without marshmallows. I’m pretty sure there is a law against that.

This vanilla sweet potato casserole is a modern spin on the classic Thanksgiving casserole. Lightly sweet, full of vanilla flavor and ready in just 30 minutes!

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Annalise @ Completely Delicious

Friday 16th of October 2015

Mmm, I love that you can probably get away with eating this for any meal, let alone dessert. Those toasted marshmallows on top look so perfect!

Holly @ 3 Yummy Tummies

Friday 16th of October 2015

Yummy...I love loaded sweet potato casserole and have never thought of adding granola before. I can't wait to try it!

Kim Beaulieu

Thursday 15th of October 2015

Oh man, this looks absolutely perfect. I've never been a huge sweet potato fan but this recipe just changed my mind. Plus it's so darn pretty.

Heather | girlichef

Wednesday 14th of October 2015

Yes, yes, and more YES! I felt the same way as a kid, but LOVE them now. I still don't like them super sweet, but this look and sound like the perfect compromise to the typical ones on a Thanksgiving table. I think this may be one of my contributions to the family potluck this year!

Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

Wednesday 14th of October 2015

This sweet potato casserole could easily double as dessert! :) I just love your little additions to this classic side dish. And those mini marshmallows?? Essential. ;)

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