Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole with Curried Cashews

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Unlike traditional sweet potato casseroles that are loaded with syrup and topped with marshmallows, this healthy sweet potato casserole gets its flavor from buttery cashews and smoky, spicy madras curry powder. 

Sweet Potato Casserole with Curried Cashews

This healthy sweet potato casserole is a warm and comforting side dish that makes a frequent appearance on my dining room table in the colder months.

The curried cashews that top this sweet potato casserole were one of my favorite recipes from culinary school.

We made them to add to quinoa and apple salad, but I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate them into other recipes ever since.

As soon as the cooler weather began to roll in, it hit me: sweet potato casserole! The buttery, spicy nuts are an amazing contrast to silky smooth sweet potatoes.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Sweet Potatoes.

Orange Juice. Instead of using milk or butter, I mashed the sweet potatoes with orange juice. It gives the potatoes a nice bright flavor and keeps the recipe dairy free.


Madras Curry Powder. This has a richer flavor and more spice than the traditional yellow curry powder that you might be more familiar with.

Egg. An egg mixed in to the potatoes helps them rise a little so they’re light and fluffy, but you can omit it for a vegan option.

Shredded Coconut. I like to use unsweetened coconut for additional flavor and texture.

Brown Sugar. For a hint of sweetness to balance out the spicy curry and tart orange juice. You can use either dark brown sugar or light brown sugar in this recipe.


  • Try using reduced calorie orange juice for less sugar
  • OJ with pulp or without — it’s your choice!
  • Use a combination of sweet potatoes and roasted butternut squash to reduce carbs
  • Omit the egg to make it vegan
Sweet Potato Casserole with Curried Cashews

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Curried Cashews

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

This healthy sweet potato casserole is topped with a flavorful curry-cashew topping that gives it an irresistible crunch. Perfect for a cozy night in or a special holiday meal, this casserole is a must-try for sweet potato lovers.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy sweet potato casserole, sweet potato casserole with curry
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 196kcal


  • ¾ cup halved raw cashews
  • 1 teaspoon grape seed oil
  • ½ teaspoon Madras curry powder
  • 2 large sweet potatoes about 4 pounds total
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


  • Heat your oven to 325°F.
  • Toss the cashews with the oil, curry powder and salt. Arrange them in a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until lightly toasted, 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into 2-inch cubes. Place them in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then simmer until fork-tender — about 15 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add the orange juice and mash until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the egg, then transfer the potatoes to a 9"x13" baking dish.
  • Mix the toasted cashews with the coconut and brown sugar. Scatter them over the mashed sweet potatoes.
  • Return to the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the casserole is golden brown and slightly puffed.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 62mg3%
Potassium 422mg12%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 10774IU215%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hi, I'm Lauren!

I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie. Read more...


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