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My Healthy Mashed Potatoes are a must-have side dish for Thanksgiving, but these Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes just may rival them. Sweet potatoes are often served as a sweet side dish with marshmallows or cinnamon sugar. But this savory recipe is a lighter option that’s still full of natural sweet flavor from the sweet potatoes and pairs really well with turkey or chicken!
When it comes to planning holiday menus, nothing gets me as excited as all of the side dishes; and sweet potatoes always have to be served! These mashed sweet potatoes are ready in 20 minutes and great for weeknight meal or festive holiday dinner.
Why are these mashed sweet potatoes healthy?
These mashed sweet potatoes are deliciously creamy and still only amount to around 130 calories a serving. Low fat milk is used in the place of cream but you don’t have to skip the butter! There’s no added refined sugar in the dish either, so no judgement if you go for seconds!
How to make mashed sweet potatoes
It’s so easy to make this side dish!
First up, prep the potatoes, you can peel or not, depending on your preference. Cut them into similar sized chunks so that they cook quicker and are easier to mash. Don’t leave them whole.
Place the chopped potatoes into a saucepan and cover them with water. Bring them to a boil and cook uncovered until they are fork tender. Drain the potatoes and add them back to the saucepan. Add the milk, butter, salt and pepper.
While they’re still hot, mash until they are smooth and consistent.
Serve them warm and garnish with thyme leaves.
Savory toppings for sweet potatoes
I keep it simple with some freshly ground black pepper and fresh herbs. But there are so many other great topping ideas for sweet potatoes that don’t include sugar, pecans, maple syrup or marshmallows. Check out some of these savory toppings:
- Brown butter
- Cheese: try shredded gruyere cheese or cheddar cheese, or even feta cheese
- Roasted garlic
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Sour cream
Tips for making mashed sweet potatoes
- Gradually add the milk to the cooked sweet potatoes. There are so many different types of sweet potatoes and the amount of liquid you might need will depend on the size and type of potato you use. So add the liquid in stages. You can always add more liquid if needed.
- Be careful not to over-boil the potatoes. They should be cooked until fork tender, but not falling apart. If you overcook them, they will absorb too much water, resulting in a mushy consistency.
- Make them more fluffy by adding one regular potato. Russet potatoes have a lighter texture, so you can add one to the pot and boil with the sweet potatoes. Mash everything together, and you can hardly tell there’s a white potato in there!
- Make them vegan with quick swaps. Substitute the butter with vegan butter and use plant based milk. You will hardly tell the difference with that substitution and it makes these healthy mashed sweet potatoes vegan friendly!
Frequently asked questions
Can you make mashed sweet potatoes ahead of time?
Mashed sweet potatoes reheat perfectly from the fridge so they are a great side to make ahead. Let them cool to room temperature, transfer to an airtight container and they will keep well for about 3 days. You can the gently reheat them on the stovetop in a pan just before serving.
How to freeze mashed sweet potatoes?
Allow the mashed sweet potatoes to cool completely. Then place the sweet potatoes in a freezer-safe container or bag. If you’re using a freezer bag, it’s a good idea to flatten the bag and remove any air before sealing. Place in the freezer for up to 3 months for best taste.
What to do with leftover mashed potatoes?
If you have leftover potatoes, you can reheat them a couple of days later to serve again, but you can use them in so many other recipes! You can substitute them for white potatoes in this Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie recipe, or use them to make Sweet Potato Muffins or Sweet Potato Waffles.
More sweet potato recipes:
- Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
- Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
- Loaded Breakfast Sweet Potatoes
- Melting Sweet Potatoes
- Smashed Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
I just know that these healthy mashed sweet potatoes will be a hit on your holiday table! They are so easy and quick to make and loaded with flavor.
If you make this healthy-ish feelgood Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I would love to hear about your experience making it. And if you snapped some shots of it, share it with me on Instagram so I can repost on my stories!
Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- 2 pounds 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into 2″ chunks
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup low-fat milk
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon sprigs fresh thyme
- Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan over high heat and cover generously with boiling water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium, and cook uncovered until the sweet potatoes are fork tender, about 15-20 minutes.
- Drain the sweet potatoes, and return to saucepan. Add the milk, butter, salt, pepper and cinnamon; mash with a potato masher to desired consistency.
- Serve warm and garnish with thyme leaves.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.
I used 1/4c cooking liquid, 1/4c almond milk, 1/4c fat free greek yogurt, and 1T butter. Delicious!
Yay! That’s perfect!
How many ounces of the recipee equal 1 serving…or is it a quarter or half cup. All the nutritional info is great..but knowing serving size is essential. Thankyou.
The nutritional information is for one serving because every time you make it, the total weight of the recipe will be different. I recommend making a batch of the recipe, weighing it all, and dividing it by eight to get the exact weight for each serving.
I really wish I could look up a recipe without having to dodge 100 different ads.
Hi Jon – Thanks so much for the feedback. I’m working with my ad company to improve the experience everyday!
I didn’t think these were flavorful enough at all. Very easy recipe though.
Yeah, they are pretty simple! Glad you found the recipe easy though!
I am trying 4 of your recipes for thanksgiving this weekend. Mashed sweet potatoes would definitely be the give me more dish.