Made with only 6 ingredients, this Paleo Sweet Potatoes Recipe is great for serving on holidays, as a simple side dish, or meal prepping! Healthy, gluten free and dairy free – a delicious sweet potato recipe!
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It’s no secret that I love potatoes, and you guys clearly do too. We make these Crispy Sheet Pan Roasted Potatoes at least once a week for a side dish with dinner, and these Spiralized Rosemary Potatoes are a fan favorite on the site!
I mean… what’s not to love about potatoes though. They’re starchy/carby, take on any flavor you want them to, are so easy to prepare… and are just YUMMY!
These Paleo Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes, however, take potatoes to a whole new level!
They’re light and fluffy, have sweetness from the potatoes and just a tiny bit of maple syrup, and they’re SO easy to make.
Perfect for a holiday dinner, easy weeknight side dish, or for meal prepping!
(And if you’re still planning your Thanksgiving menu – check out these 50 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes!)
There’s a lot of confusion around sweet potatoes/the paleo diet – so we’re outlining some info on that for you here.
Please note: Some butters are not paleo. Butter is optional in this recipe.
Can you eat sweet potatoes on the paleo diet?
Yes, you can! Many people on the paleo diet limit their amount of carbs to avoid their blood sugar spiking, but sweet potatoes are technically paleo.
Why are sweet potatoes Paleo and not regular potatoes?
In my opinion, this is a silly rule that the paleo diet has and the reasoning doesn’t make sense. Paleo experts explain that it comes down to two things: glycemic index and nutrients
Sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index (AKA they don’t spike your blood sugar as quickly) than regular white potatoes. Sweet potatoes also are slightly more nutrient dense in terms of vitamins/minerals even though both sweet and white potatoes have basically the same amount of carbs.
This rule makes no sense to me because the paleo diet was founded on ‘eating like cavemen’ and focusing on nutrient dense, whole foods. There’s a good chance that our ancestors were eating both sweet potatoes and white potatoes.
This might cause the paleo police to come after me… But I would consider my diet primarily paleo, and we eat lots of white potatoes.
What is the color of sweet potato?
There are so many different types of sweet potatoes. We used orange sweet potatoes, but you could make this with purple or white sweet potatoes.
If you’re looking to try paleo roasted sweet potatoes – check out this recipe. We also love this Sweet Potato Gnocchi Recipe.
Ingredients for Paleo Sweet Potatoes:
To make paleo sweet potatoes you’ll need:
- sweet potatoes
- maple syrup
- almond milk
- ground ginger
- ghee or butter (optional)
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded substitutions box.
How to make Paleo Sweet Potatoes:
Making these paleo mashed sweet potatoes is pretty easy to do.
- Peel + chop your sweet potatoes.
- Boil for 10-15 minutes + strain.
- Using a potato masher or mixer, mix the potatoes until smooth.
- Stir in spices + milk of choice until combined.
Paleo Sweet Potato Substitutions:
Potatoes: I haven’t tried this with other potatoes but I don’t think it would be as good with russet or gold potatoes. Those potatoes aren’t really meant to be ‘sweet’. It would work with yams but might have a slightly different texture. Here is our favorite Healthy Mashed Potatoes recipe.
Butter: Ghee/butter is optional in this recipe, but it adds a nice richness. If you are vegan – you can sub in vegan butter or skip it entirely.
Maple Syrup: I haven’t tried this recipe with honey but I think it would work
Milk: Any milk should work in this recipe. We have tried whole milk and oat milk and both worked fine. Feel free to sub in your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk.
Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole: I haven’t tried turning this into a casserole but I’m sure if you topped it with marshmallows/pecans and baked it – it would be delicious!
Toppings: You can top this with pecans for a sweet potato casserole feel!
What to Serve with Mashed Sweet Potatoes
These sweet potatoes go well with pretty much any dinner! We like to serve them with:
- Turkey Breast or Whole Roasted Chicken
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic
- Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole
Storing Paleo Sweet Potatoes
Storing: You can keep these potatoes in the refrigerator for up to 4 days
Freezing: I wouldn’t recommend freezing these sweet potatoes, I don’t think they would reheat well
Other paleo side dishes:
We have a whole blog post all about Paleo Side Dishes – but here are some of our favorites!
Paleo Sweet Potatoes
- 3 lbs sweet potatoes
- 2.5 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon butter or ghee optional but recommended
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. While water is boiling, peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1 inch cubes.
- Once water is boiling, add sweet potatoes and cook for 10-15 minutes, until they are fork tender.
- When potatoes are done cooking, drain the water. Return the potatoes to the pot or add to a stand mixer.
- Mix the potatoes using a handheld or stand mixer until they are smooth. Once mixed, slowly add in milk, maple syrup, spices and butter until everything is combined.
- Serve + enjoy!
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