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Best Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes are lower in carbs than traditional mashed potatoes. They’re quick to make, have a naturally sweet taste, and can be topped with fresh herbs and butter. The result is a simple side dish that can be paired with holiday turkey, chicken, beef or pork.

mashed sweet potatoes in a white bowl with melted butter and fresh thyme sprinkled on top.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes are a wonderful alternative to traditional mashed potatoes. They are lower carb and have a naturally sweet taste.

I’ve been making this recipe for a few years now. I’ve used it at our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and have also served it for weeknight dinners with baked chicken legs. I love to top it with fresh thyme and a chunk of salted butter. It’s an easy side dish for a variety of meals.

Serving mashed sweet potatoes for the holidays? You might also like my garlic green beans with bacon and my keto stuffing recipe – both are gluten-free, low carb and keto-friendly.

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Mashed Sweet Potato Ingredients

  • Sweet Potatoes – You’ll need 3 lbs of sweet potatoes.
  • Coconut Milk – I used canned coconut milk. You can also use regular milk, or non-dairy milk (almond, oat, etc).
  • Salted Butter – I used salted butter. You can also use coconut oil or avocado oil.
  • Salt and Pepper – Add sea salt and ground pepper to your taste.
  • Fresh herbs – I topped mine with fresh thyme. This is optional.

These sweet potatoes would taste great served with turkey and my homemade cranberry orange sauce.

Close up of mashed sweet potatoes in white bowl with melted butter on top.

Mashed Sweet Potato Directions

The process is similar to regular mashed potatoes.

  1. Boil – Wash, peel and chop the sweet potatoes. Add them to a pot and pour enough water to cover the tops of them. Bring that water to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer until sweet potatoes are tender when poked with a fork. Add sweet potatoes to a strainer and drain the excess water.
  2. Mash – Add sweet potatoes back to the empty pot along with milk and butter. Use a hand mixer or potato masher to mash and puree the sweet potatoes. Season with sea salt and groung pepper to your liking.

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Easy Mashed Potato Recipe

Mashed sweet potatoes are quick to make, have a naturally sweet taste, and can be topped with fresh herbs and butter. The result is a simple side dish that can be paired with turkey, chicken, beef or pork.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 287kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs sweet potato - peeled and chopped
  • cup coconut milk - regular milk or non-dairy milk will also work
  • 4 Tbsp salted butter - or coconut oil
  • sea salt and ground pepper - to taste

Instructions

  • Wash, peel and chop the sweet potato. Add it to a pot and fill with enough water to cover the tops of the sweet potato.
    Bring the water to a boil and reduce to let simmer.
  • Check sweet potatoes after about 5 minutes by poking with a fork. Potatoes will be soft and tender when they're cooked.
  • Drain the excess water, add the coconut milk (or other milk), butter (or oil), and mash. You can use an electric mixer or a hand masher.
  • Serve with melted butter and fresh thyme sprinkled on top (optional).
Nutrition
Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 794mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition Info Note: The actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes and the size and number of what you make. The nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands you choose and the ingredients you use.

If you’re looking for more specific details (for example, to track your macros) then I recommend adding specific brand ingredients and this recipe to a food tracker app on your phone.

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