Sweet Potato Casserole (Best Baby Food Ever)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist Gluten Free, Grain Free, Recipes, Side DishesComments: 22

sweet potato casserole

When my first child was a young toddler, I didn’t know about the importance of serving a healthy and wholesome fat with vegetables in order to improve nutrient absorption.  A healthy fat mashed in with baby food also greatly improves satisfaction from the meal and will result in the child feeling full much longer.

Consequently, when I made baby food for my son, I simply steamed the organic vegetables in a bit of filtered water and then pureed them without adding anything at all before serving.

The problem with this approach is that my son didn’t seem to get filled up very well. He was always hungry again within a very short time and ended up eating way too much – so much so that he developed a condition called carotenaemia which is an orange coloration of the skin from excessive beta carotene in the diet.

Doctors say that carotenaemia is a benign condition that resolves on its own and my son certainly didn’t seem to suffer any ill effects from it – he just looked like he spent a lot of time in the sun which was a very strange look for a young child! But it did seem to indicate very clearly to me that large amounts of organic baby food was less than ideal.

By the time my second child was born and ready for homemade baby food, I had learned all about Traditional Foods and had added generous amounts of healthy fats to my family’s diet.

I noticed that my second son, who also was capable of eating large amounts of my homemade baby food, ate much less when I included these healthy fats in the veggie puree.  He never came close to eating the massive amounts of veggies that my first son did at the same age and he stayed full between meals and was much more satisfied after eating too.

To my great relief, he never developed carotenaemia either! You can learn more about the beta carotene Vitamin A myth in this article.

Below is the sweet potato casserole recipe which was my second son’s favorite baby food dish.  It is made with organic sweet potato and loads of healthy fats.  Ensuring that homemade baby food always includes some healthy fats is very important so that baby can absorb all those wonderful nutrients and stay happy and full afterward until the next mealtime rolls around!

Sweet Potato Casserole

1-2 pounds sweet potato
1/4 pound (1 stick) butter (where to find)
2 cups raw coconut cream (where to find)
1/4 cup soured, raw cream
3 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (where to find)

Bake (do not microwave) sweet potato until tender and peel while hot. Place in a casserole dish and mash until smooth. Melt coconut cream and butter together over low heat on the stove.

Mix butter/coconut mixture, cream, egg yolks and optional spices with mashed sweet potato in the casserole dish. Whip until mixed well. Sprinkle sweet potato casserole with additional cinnamon on top if desired.

Place sweet potato cassesrole in a preheated 350 F degree oven for 30 minutes or until bubbly on top.

Serve immediately and refrigerate any sweet potato casserole leftovers after a thorough cool down.

Love sweet potato?  Check out this recipe for sweet potato pasta.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


Sources and More Information

Busting the Beta Carotene Vitamin A Myth

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Comments (22)

  • Ashley Rozenberg via Facebook

    This is almost identical to what I fed my toddler except he hates sweet potato so I did it with other veggies. Tastes great mixed up with ripe banana too. It was so yummy I sometimes had to make extra for me , which was good because I was breastfeeding and all that healthy fat made for good breast-milk.

    November 10th, 2012 12:07 pm Reply
  • Tiffany @ The Coconut Mama

    I’ve been making something similar to this for years for my kids! I love to add coconut butter(coconut cream) to my baby food. It’s so nutritious!

    November 10th, 2012 1:50 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    Will the end result look like the first or second picture? More watered texture or thicker like the first picture? Sounds great! Can’t wait to try it!

    November 10th, 2012 3:30 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      It really depends how much sweet potato you use. The recipe works with 1-2 lbs of sweet potato so adding more veggies will make for a firmer looking result. If you want it more of a soupy texture, use less sweet potato.

      November 10th, 2012 9:38 pm Reply
  • Vjosa Mire Jona via Facebook

    Sounds yummy… cant wait to try it!

    November 10th, 2012 4:18 pm Reply
  • dear olive

    Oh yum – this sounds delicious for me, not just the baby! Kellie xx

    November 10th, 2012 7:21 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes, great for the whole family :) It’s also a great alternative to those sugar loaded sweet potato casseroles most people make for Thanksgiving.

      November 10th, 2012 9:39 pm Reply
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  • Holly Larsson via Facebook

    I cannot wait to make this with all my sweet potatoes we just got from our CSA!! Perfect timing. Thank you!!

    November 11th, 2012 11:56 am Reply
  • Erica Brooks

    This is a smart idea. My children are school aged now but I take care of infants regularly as a family child care provider and many of my parents would love this for their infants.

    November 11th, 2012 7:14 pm Reply
  • Amy Rose

    Sounds great! I will defiantly give it a try, now that Im pregnant Im looking for the best way to nourish my body and my baby’s.

    November 12th, 2012 10:14 am Reply
  • Jodi

    I was told not to give my 7month babe dairy…butter…until age one. I don’t have access to raw milk or dairy, although I am working on that. Are there good substitutes for babes under age one? I am finding it difficult to keep my guy full on veggies too as he is already a nig eater! I currently use coconut oil.

    November 12th, 2012 1:28 pm Reply
    • Melissa

      I pretty much did this with our last baby, only I added in breast milk for the dairy. If you can do this, it is great for thinning it out for a new eater.

      November 14th, 2012 7:01 pm Reply
  • Chelly

    Sounds good… making it now for dinner. Thanks for sharing :)

    December 22nd, 2012 8:42 pm Reply
  • adriana

    At what age did you introduce this recipe? My baby is 5 months and we are introducing fruits and veggies. I breast feed exclusively but he seems to be hungry all the time

    January 10th, 2013 7:07 pm Reply
  • Megan

    I believe Sarah would say, and correct my if I’m wrong – I am curious to know as well, to avoid sweet potatoes for as long as possible, perhaps to 2 years old ??
    Here is a link to another article titled, “The Right Way to Feed Babies.”

    In this article she states, “Best also to avoid high starch veggies like potatoes and sweet potato, which contain very complex starch molecules which are much more difficult to digest for baby than non starchy vegetables.” She goes on to say, “I would recommend delaying any introduction of grain based foods and starchy vegetables for as long as possible. Some experts advise that the child be 2 years old before being given these foods to eat.”

    I also have a 5 month old. We have started the soft-boiled egg yolk and I add coconut oil to that, but I’m curious as to what I should add next to his diet (after the liver). He seems to have a bad allergy to avocados, in which bananas are often included in that. Since bananas may not be an option right now I’m hoping to try pears or apples within a few months.

    January 17th, 2013 7:15 am Reply
    • Maria


      I had the same fears when my baby was that age, especially because I was a first-time mom. Read these books, they are excellent guides for me, together with Dr. Weston Price’s teachings: Super Nutrition for Babies: The Right Way to Feed Your Baby for Optimal Health [Katherine Erlich, Kelly Genzlinger, David Brownstein M.D.] and Gut and Psychology Syndrome [Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride]. Trust your gut for everything.

      Best of luck to you and your baby :)

      January 19th, 2013 1:34 pm Reply
  • chinonso enimola

    Wow dis is reaLly grt my baby is 14months old I hope this recipe will be grt for her cus she is actually chubby

    April 10th, 2013 5:15 pm Reply
  • Sowmya

    Is Margarine a healthy fat ?

    December 12th, 2013 6:03 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      No … it is processed factory fat.

      July 31st, 2014 10:05 pm Reply
  • Sunny L. Klang via Facebook

    Now I understand the reason behind my putting butter on my families cooked veggys. Handed down from my Grandmother I guess. My mother always did it too. She taught me to cook. Love that butter in my mashed potatoes. Thanks Sarah. Love your blog. I have learned a lot from you. My daughter, new Mom, has learned and still learning from you.

    August 1st, 2014 2:42 pm Reply
  • Cj Lambert via Facebook

    I was wondering how to take sugars out of foods I already love , but needs that sweet taste . I will look into more foods that can be replaced with coconut oil cream. Thanks

    August 1st, 2014 6:41 pm Reply

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