Friday, November 4, 2011

Fresh Taste Friday ---Recipe #7--- Sweet Potato Casserole VEGANIZED

Growing up, there wasn't a Thanksgiving or a Sunday dinner for that matter, that went by that our mother didn't prepare sweet potatoes. Whether she baked them or candied them, we were having sweet potatoes! My favorite way to enjoy them is either in the form of a baked french fry (which I ate last night; will share the simple recipe soon) or as simply a baked potato with vegan butter and a little organic brown sugar. Tis the season to fancy it up a bit! Our mother usually would candy her sweet potatoes for the holidays but I remember a few occasions where she mashed some potatoes and topped them with some marshmallows. Talk about a classic. I've heard this recipe called yammallow and in essence that's really what it is --> Yams and marshmallows!

Lately, I've become obsessed with veganizing and healthifizing (totally not a word) traditional or readily recognizable recipes. I've also found that if you don't tell people it's vegan, they really wouldn't know the difference. It's all about the layers of flavors and making the vegan version taste a million times better than the original.

This will easily serve about 8 people. Since it's the holidays, you'll definitely want to make more. I promise this recipe is your ticket to being a holiday vegan rock star!!!!

Oh yeah! Vegan marshmallows are a MUST!!!! All marshmallows aren't vegan. Well, none are unless the package says VEGAN. The reason being is because gelatin is derived from the collagen inside animals' skin and bones. All of the commercial marshmallows I've seen on the market contain gelatin making them a non-vegan food. My favorite vegan marshmallows are Dandies and yes, they taste better than the real thing! (All of the measurements can be doubled or tripled depending on the amount of people you're serving)

In addition to the vegan marshmallows, you'll need

4 boiled sweet potatoes (or one per guest)
Lots of cinnamon (I never measure the cinnamon)
4 tbs brown sugar (or 1 tbs per guest)
4 tbs vegan margarine ( 1 tbs per guest)
2 tbs vegan cane sugar (1 tbs per guest)
4 tbs cornstarch mixed with 1/4 of soy milk or soy creamer (to double simply use 6 tbs cornstarch to 1/2 cup soy milk)
1 bag of marshmallows should suffice but if you like it gooey get another bag and have at it!

After the sweet potatoes have been boiled, let them cool until they can be handled. Peel them and if you have a potato ricer press the boiled potatoes through it so the strings can be removed. I just prefer the strings out. This process also takes care of mashing the potatoes for you so from here toss in all of the ingredients (except the marshmallows) and mix until well combined. Place in a casserole dish and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. It should be bubbly around the edges and starting to firm up on the top. You don't want it to be too firm. Top with the marshmallows and bake for another 10-15 minutes (depending on your oven). You're just looking for the marshmallows to look like this.....



  1. Vegan marshmallows sound so cool - I wonder how they get the texture without gelatine? I like to try veganising recipes as well, although I'm not a fan of the taste of margarine...I've found coconut milk is my new best friend however, great to replace a lot of dairy products.

  2. They're actually really good. They have a really mild vanilla flavor but are a little softer than the original. And I totally abandoned soy milk when I discovered how good coconut milk is. It's super rich.

    Thanks so much for reading :-)