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Holiday Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes #Paleo #Recipe

I hope all my Canadian readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had gorgeous, sunny weather here so the girls got to play outside every day. On Saturday, the girls had a fantastic time at the Dora the Explorer Live! stage show, and then we had Thanksgiving dinner over at my mother-in-law’s. The girls got to play with their Auntie Susie and Uncle Adrian, and I was happy to get a little snuggle time in with my new nephew.

For dinner we had the traditional turkey, stuffing (both gluten-free and gluten-filled), mashed potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli with cheese sauce, and my mother-in-law’s famous cranberry salad. I brought our favourite alternative to carb-heavy mashed potatoes: coconut mashed sweet potatoes. This kind of sounds like I mashed the sweet potatoes with a coconut, but it’s not quite that interesting.

These sweet potatoes are so much healthier for you, plus they’re dairy free because they’re made with coconut milk instead of cow milk or butter.

Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes #Paleo #Dairyfree #Recipe - perfect for holiday dinners!

Peel 3 pounds of sweet potatoes (about 6-7 medium sweet potatoes) and cut them up into large pieces. Boil the sweet potatoes until fork tender then drain off the water. Add about three quarters of a cup of full fat coconut milk and mash the sweet potatoes until smooth. Add more coconut milk as needed until you get the texture you want. Mix in about half a cup of coconut flakes.

Sweet potatoes are plenty sweet as is, but for a holiday treat, you can add half a cup (or more) of maple syrup and sweeten to taste.

This is a such a simple and delicious recipe, great for everyday or holiday meals. Both of my girls love this side dish and always go back for seconds.

Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes


  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup optional


  • Peel and cube sweet potatoes. Boil until fork tender then drain.
  • Add coconut milk and mash sweet potatoes until smooth. Add more coconut milk as needed to achieve desired texture. Add coconut flakes and mix well.
  • Mix in optional maple syrup for extra sweetness if desired.
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  • This is a clever dish! Coconut is often found in sweet potato casseroles–I like that you’ve used coconut milk to make mashed sweet potatoes. Traditional with a neat twist! Thank you for linking with my potluck this week!

  • Olivia, Thanks for helping to make this Christmas more healthy. In June, I went Paleo in my home. Hubby has not quite seen it yet, but is getting closer, especially with books like the THE GRAIN BRAIN and other publications coming to light. Coconut is my go to oil for everything. Still a little nervous to try GHEE as I am very DAIRY AND GLUTEN intolerant. I did another recipe at Thanksgiving for the sweet potatoes, which my half spanish husband said tasted like flan. He loved it, but I wanted something simpler and not as sweet for Christmas. Thank you and I hope that your family has a very Merry Christmas.

    • Thanks for your visit, Laura! We’ve been paleo for about 2 years, and I don’t see us going back. It’s made such a difference to our overall health. I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and that your family enjoyed these sweet potatoes!

  • I love sweet potatoes and rarely use white potatoes anymore. Thanks for sharing a great recipe idea!

  • I love both sweet potatoes and coconut. Plus this is dairy free, which is a great plus! Pinned it for cooler weather!

  • Sweet Potatoes are my middle child’s favorite This sounds like such a delicious and simple recipe, that I think \i will make it especially for her.

  • This might help my hubby enjoy sweet potatoes. And I can make it for the littles too. I’ll have to give it a try.

  • I don’t know if I’d be a big fan of this recipe because I somewhat like sweet potatoes but I’m not a huge lover, but it does look really good