Discover a healthier take on sweet potato casserole with this Healthy Sweet Potato Soufflé. Flavored with coconut milk, maple syrup, orange zest, and vanilla, it's a rich and satisfying Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish the whole family will love.
This recipe was originally published November 20, 2019. It was updated with new recipe information and photos on January 20, 2021.
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Thanksgiving sweet potatoes don't need to be a sugar bomb in order to be delicious. Get loads of flavor and nutrition with this Healthy Sweet Potato Soufflé, a gluten-free and dairy-free sweet potato casserole.
Are you a traditional Thanksgiving person, are you more into changing it up every year, or would you say you're a hybrid of the two?
As I've been planning and creating recipes lately, I've been thinking about this a lot. How many people like to stick with their traditional thanksgiving menu and how many others like to switch it up each year?
Personally, I'm a hybrid of the two. Though I like to change things up each year, I still like to keep the general type of dishes the same: a nice hearty fall salad, turkey in some fashion, some variety of stuffing, an interpretation on sweet potatoes, etc...
Maybe it's that it's hard for me to do anything the exact same way twice. Or maybe it's because growing up I got hooked on the excitement of discovering each year's new dishes in Cooking Light or Bon Appetit magazines.
(Yes, we're making a brief trip back to Chelsea's nerdy childhood, but I promise we aren't staying here long. ;)).
So maybe I'm actually just into the tradition of the lack of tradition. I look forward to the feeling of trying something new each year. This healthy sweet potato soufflé is a new rendition on an old tradition. I hope you and your family enjoy changing things up just enough, too.
Also, please tell me in the comments below-- what kind of Thanksgiving person are you. Do you like or dislike switching up your dishes each year? I'm really curious to hear how other people approach their holiday menus. 🙂
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- This Healthy Sweet Potato Souffle is...
- Recipe ingredients:
- Ingredient substitutions:
- How to make this soufflé:
- Tips to make this recipe perfect everytime:
- How to roast whole sweet potatoes:
- What is the easiest way to peel baked sweet potatoes?
- How do you serve this soufflé?
- Can you double or triple this recipe?
- How long do recipe leftovers last?
- Other Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes:
This Healthy Sweet Potato Souffle is...
- Naturally sweet
- Full of vitamins and minerals
- Easy to make
- Made without whipping egg whites
- Processed sugar-free
- Also perfect for Christmas!
- ... but not lacking on any of that Thanksgiving flavor we know and love.
It's a healthy and easy sweet potato dish that is low on fuss (just throw the ingredients in a mixer, blend, and bake) and high on homey & comforting flavor while keeping the traditional Thanksgiving sweet potato presence alive and well.
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- Sweet potatoes - we will bake them before adding to the soufflé, caramelizing the flavors
- Coconut oil
- Baking powder - makes the dish nice and light and fluffy
- Maple syrup - sweetens the dish without adding any processed sugar
- Coconut milk - adds richness and creaminess without adding dairy
- Orange juice
- Orange zest - adds dimension and flavor to the sweet potatoes without excess moisture
- Gluten-free flour blend
- Large eggs - holds the dish together, making it impressive yet easy to scoop and serve
- Pure vanilla extract
- Coconut oil - if you are not dairy-free, you can substitute butter
- Coconut milk -- heavy creamy or half & half will work in place of the coconut milk, but it will add dairy fat to the recipe
- Maple syrup - honey (preferably raw) can switch in for the maple syrup, though it will change the flavor a bit. I prefer to use maple syrup over honey for this recipe
- Flour - if you are not gluten-free you can also use the same amount of all-purpose flour
How to make this soufflé:
For the complete recipe and specific measurements, please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Preheat the oven and wrap your sweet potatoes in aluminum foil.
- Bake the sweet potatoes until cooked through and tender when pierced with a knife.
- Remove the potatoes from the oven and carefully peel the skins off.
- Lower the oven temperature and spray the baking dish with non-stick spray.
- Add the potatoes and the rest of the soufflé ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Whip on medium speed with a wire whisk attachment or hand mixer, or until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the sweet potatoes into the prepared baking dish and bake for 40 minutes, or until the soufflé is golden brown around the edges and no longer jiggly in the center.
- Serve hot!
Tips to make this recipe perfect everytime:
- Bake the sweet potatoes completely- until they are tender and caramelized. This will give the dish the best texture and flavor. See my notes below on how to bake sweet potatoes.
- Whip up the sweet potatoes thoroughly - we need the mixture nice and creamy to have the best final texture.
- Don't zest your oranges down to the pith - we need just the outer layer of the orange peel. Zesting down to the white part makes the zest bitter.
- Bake the souffle until it's cooked through - the soufflé is done when it's golden brown on the edges and firm in the center (i.e. no longer jiggly). We don't want to undercook the dish.
How to roast whole sweet potatoes:
Thankfully, it's pretty simple to roast whole sweet potatoes. Just:
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Scrub your sweet potatoes under warm water until the grit and sand are washed off.
- Blot them off with a towel or paper towel.
- Pierce the sweet potatoes with a sharp knife 2-3 times each, piercing in about 1-2 inches.
- Wrap the sweet potatoes in squares of aluminum foil, making sure they are sealed tight.
- Place your sweet potatoes directly on the oven rack and close the oven door.
- Bake for 50-65 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes give easily when pressed with your fingers (wrapped in a towel or potholder, of course!).
What is the easiest way to peel baked sweet potatoes?
The easiest way to peel baked sweet potatoes is to remove them from the oven, peel back the foil and let them cool at room temperature for 5-10 minutes.
Then, run a sharp knife lightly along the length of the sweet potato, just cutting through the skin but not puncturing the inside flesh.
Start pulling the skin back from the cut line and it will release easily. Continue pulling the rest of the skin back from either side of the cut line until it's all peeled off.
Repeat with the rest of your sweet potatoes and enjoy!
How do you serve this soufflé?
This recipe is perfect served for the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.) as well as for Sunday dinners and dinner parties. I love serving it with:
Can you double or triple this recipe?
Yes, you can certainly double or triple this recipe. Just multiply the ingredients by whatever amount you desire and follow the directions as listed, dividing the sweet potato mixture between the number of baking dishes that you multiplied the recipe by.
How long do recipe leftovers last?
Recipe leftovers last covered in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. They can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months but are best consumed fresh or within 5 days of baking.
Other Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes:
- Pumpkin Pie Recipe Without Evaporated Milk (Dairy-Free!)
- Healthy Corn Soufflé
- Honey Glazed Turmeric Carrots
- Healthy Mashed Potatoes Without Butter
- Sour Cream & Chive Mashed Potato Casserole
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Manchego, Dried Figs, & Pepitas
- Holiday Kale Salad
- Easy Butternut Squash Soup (Vegan, Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free!)
- Healthy Pumpkin Spice Blender Muffins (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free!)
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A healthy sweet potato casserole with maple syrup, orange zest, coconut milk, and vanilla.
This Healthy Sweet Potato Souffle is straightforward to make, gluten-free, dairy-free, and has no processed sugar! It's the perfect surprisingly healthier Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish.
- 3 lbs sweet potatoes, scrubbed
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut milk, well shaken
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ½ large orange, zested (or about 2 teaspoons fresh orange zest)
- 3 tablespoons gluten-free flour blend
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Pierce the sweet potatoes 2-3 times each with a sharp knife. Roll each tightly in about a 12x12" piece of aluminum foil then bake for 50-65 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender when pushed and cooked through.
- Remove sweet potatoes from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack. Un-wrap the potatoes and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Decrease the oven temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 2.5-quart baking dish with non-stick spray.
- Once the potatoes have cooled enough, carefully peel the skin of the potatoes.
- Add the potatoes and the rest of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Mix with a hand-held mixer or stand mixer on medium speed for 1-2 minutes, or until the mixture is smooth and no lumps of sweet potatoes remain.
- Pour the sweet potato mixture into the greased baking pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until the souffle is browned around the edges, just starting to turn golden brown on top, and the center doesn't jiggle when moved.
- Serve warm with (optional) powdered sugar sprinkled on top and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving Calories 184Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 62mgSodium 279mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 4gSugar 12gProtein 5g
This nutrition breakdown is just an estimate of the nutritional value of this recipe and cannot be taken as facts. The owners of Mae's Menu are not nutritionists or dieticians and therefore cannot be held accountable for this nutrition estimate. Please contact your nutritionist or medical professional for a nutritional breakdown of this food. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.
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